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Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008

Category — Postage Due

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
557
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 557, Postage Due2c Brown (J2), 2c Brown (J2)2c Brown (J2). Mint N.H., pretty pastel color, Very Fine, scarce in Mint N.H. condition, with 1993 and 2004 P.F. certificates

1,100
700
558
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 558, Postage Due5c Brown (J4), 5c Brown (J4)5c Brown (J4). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade, crisp impression, unusually choice centering with well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1991 P.F. certificate

825
850
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559
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 559, Postage Due10c Brown (J5), 10c Brown (J5)10c Brown (J5). Original gum, barely hinged, intense shade and impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 10-CENT BROWN POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN CHOICE CONDITION.

Collectors waiting for a Mint N.H. example may have a long wait -- we have not offered one during the 14 years of our computerized record-keeping. This hinged copy is among the two or three finest we have offered.

Ex Scarsdale. With 1996 P.S.E. and 2000 P.F. certificates.

950
2,500
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560
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 560, Postage Due30c Brown (J6), 30c Brown (J6)30c Brown (J6). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression, wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

400
425
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561
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 561, Postage Due50c Brown (J7), 50c Brown (J7)50c Brown (J7). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade on crisp paper, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

650
225
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562
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 562, Postage Due1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Mint N.H, 1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Mint N.H1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Mint N.H., beautiful intense shade and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper

FINE. A WONDERFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

The 1c, 2c and 3c are undoubtedly the rarest values of the American Bank Note Co. Postage Due Special Printings, although the sold quantities in the official records are relatively high. William E. Mooz, in an article on the 1c appearing in Chronicle No. 170, May 1996, offers evidence to support his theory that the actual number of true Special Printings sold was significantly lower than the reported figures. For the 1c, Mooz estimates 500 sold, but it is possible that as many as 400 purchased by G. B. Calman were destroyed. It is widely accepted that nearly 9,000 1c stamps sold as Special Printings were actually regular issues.

As an indication of rarity, we have only sold two others in Mint N.H. condition. The most recent, with similar centering, realized $35,000 hammer in our 2005 Rarities sale.

With 1994 P.S.E. and 2005 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged

20,000
9,500
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563
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 563, Postage Due2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9), 2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9)2c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J9). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering for this difficult issue, bright color and detailed impression on crisp paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING, WHICH IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH BEAUTIFUL CONDITION.

As noted in the description of lot 562, the reported sale figures for the 1c, 2c and 3c Postage Due Special Printings probably include orders filled with regular stamps. The 2c is one of the rarest of the set, especially in this sound and centered original-gum condition.

With 1970 and 1995 P.F. certificates.

15,000
22,000
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564
ng
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 564, Postage Due3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10), 3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10)3c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J10). Unused (no gum), bright color and detailed impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 3-CENT IS POSSIBLY THE RAREST OF THE POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTINGS, AND IS EXTREMELY RARE IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

Although 436 copies were reported sold, it is believed that 100 copies were destroyed in the Calman lot. A thorough search of the marketplace, combined with conversations with dealers and collectors, has confirmed the extreme rarity of this stamp.

This is the sixth example we have sold in the last five years. The other five are the Zoellner copy (original gum, inclusion, poorly centered), the Drucker copy (no gum, poorly centered), a third copy (original gum, reperfed at top), a fourth copy (part original gum, small crease), and a fifth copy (no gum and sound). This sound and centered copy should be considered very desirable.

With 1950 and 1995 P.F. certificates

25,000
16,000
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565
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 565, Postage Due5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11), 5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11)5c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J11). Original gum, choice centering, rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that only 249 of the 5c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

Ex Cole. Signed in pencil H R & Co.. With 1946 and 1988 P.F. certificates

13,500
0
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566
ng
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 566, Postage Due10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12), 10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12)10c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J12). Unused (no gum), unusually choice centering, bright color, small thin spots

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 10-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 174 examples of the 10c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

With 1953 and 1995 P.F. certificates

8,000
2,000
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567
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 567, Postage Due30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13), 30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13)30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13). Original gum, lightly hinged, dark color on brilliant paper, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT 30-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 30c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public. The vast majority of these with original gum are faulty. This superb example, with its superior centering and remarkable freshness is a true condition rarity.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

8,500
10,000
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568
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 568, Postage Due50c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J14), 50c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J14)50c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J14). Original gum, fresh color and clear impression, three wide margins, small stain spot at left, light horizontal crease

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 50c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

8,000
1,300
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569
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 569, Postage Due1c Red Brown (J15), 1c Red Brown (J15)1c Red Brown (J15). Mint N.H., brilliant color, Jumbo margins, Very Fine and choice, a huge stamp, with 2005 P.F. certificate

200
275
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570
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 570, Postage Due2c Red Brown (J16), 2c Red Brown (J16)2c Red Brown (J16). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.S.E. certificate

250
300
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571
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 571, Postage Due10c Red Brown (J19), 10c Red Brown (J19)10c Red Brown (J19). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, almost perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1884 RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE. A STAMP OF TREMENDOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

With 1995 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $3,200.00). This is one of the most difficult issues to obtain in such superb condition. To support this observation, XF 90 is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to a J19, and this stamp is the only example to achieve that grade.

1,450
2,800
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572
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 572, Postage Due30c Red Brown (J20), 30c Red Brown (J20)30c Red Brown (J20). Mint N.H., rich color, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2003 P.S.E. and 2005 P.F. certificates

550
700
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573
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 573, Postage Due50c Red Brown (J21), 50c Red Brown (J21)50c Red Brown (J21). Mint N.H., detailed impression, wide margins

VERY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1884 50-CENT RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate.

4,250
2,100
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574
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 574, Postage Due1c Bright Claret (J22), 1c Bright Claret (J22)1c Bright Claret (J22). Mint N.H., intense shade at the deep end of the Claret color spectrum, gorgeous centering with huge and even margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2000 and 2006 P.F. certificates

95
375
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575
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 575, Postage Due2c Bright Claret (J23), 2c Bright Claret (J23)2c Bright Claret (J23). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression on post-office fresh paper, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

100
225
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576
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 576, Postage Due3c Bright Claret (J24), 3c Bright Claret (J24)3c Bright Claret (J24). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp

200
250
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577
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 577, Postage Due5c Bright Claret (J25), 5c Bright Claret (J25)5c Bright Claret (J25). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

325
0
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578
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 578, Postage Due10c Bright Claret (J26), 10c Bright Claret (J26)10c Bright Claret (J26). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1891 BRIGHT CLARET POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,850.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 95J, offered in our Scarsdale sale) and only two others share this grade.

550
2,000
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579
 
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 579, Postage Due30c Bright Claret (J27), 30c Bright Claret (J27)30c Bright Claret (J27). Deep rich color, wide and balanced margins, well-struck oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem

225
325
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580
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 580, Postage Due50c Bright Claret (J28), 50c Bright Claret (J28)50c Bright Claret (J28). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, fresh and Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. and 2000 and 2003 P.S.E. certificates, surprisingly scarce in Mint N.H. condition, we have offered only nine others in the past 14 years

1,900
275
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581
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 581, Postage Due2c Deep Claret (J32), 2c Deep Claret (J32)2c Deep Claret (J32). Mint N.H., brilliant color and crisp impression on bright paper, unusually wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

275
275
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582
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 582, Postage Due3c Deep Claret (J33), 3c Deep Claret (J33)3c Deep Claret (J33). Mint N.H., intense shade and marvelous impression nicely complemented by bright paper, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

600
450
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583
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 583, Postage Due10c Deep Claret (J35), 10c Deep Claret (J35)10c Deep Claret (J35). Mint N.H., beautiful color and proof-like impression, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

1,100
650
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584
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 584, Postage Due30c Pale Rose (J36b), 30c Pale Rose (J36b)30c Pale Rose (J36b). Mint N.H., radiant color, crisp impression, fresh and Very Fine, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

1,250
500
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585
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 585, Postage Due3c Rose Red (J40 var), 3c Rose Red (J40 var)3c Rose Red (J40 var). Mint N.H., bright color, Very Fine and choice example of this sub-shade, with copy of 2004 and 2005 P.F. certificates, the former for block

275
300
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586
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 586, Postage Due5c Deep Claret (J41), 5c Deep Claret (J41)5c Deep Claret (J41). Mint N.H., sharp proof-like impression on bright paper, Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate for block

290
80
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587
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 587, Postage Due50c Deep Claret (J44), 50c Deep Claret (J44)50c Deep Claret (J44). Original gum, single hinge mark, bright shade, fresh and Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

450
225
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588
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 588, Postage Due3c Deep Claret (J47), 3c Deep Claret (J47)3c Deep Claret (J47). Mint N.H., deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, well-balanced margins, single natural perf indentation, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

1,750
700
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589
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 589, Postage Due5c Deep Claret (J48), 5c Deep Claret (J48)5c Deep Claret (J48). Mint N.H. with plate no. 5524 and part arrow at top, rich color, huge margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

300
200
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590
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 590, Postage Due10c Deep Claret (J49), 10c Deep Claret (J49)10c Deep Claret (J49). Mint N.H., brilliant color, three wide margins, fresh and Very Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

360
170
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591
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 591, Postage Due50c Deep Claret (J50), 50c Deep Claret (J50)50c Deep Claret (J50). Mint N.H., wide margins, detailed impression on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 50-CENT PERF 12 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK POSTAGE DUE IS RARE IN SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

Ex Drucker and Scarsdale. With 1984 P.F. certificate for block and 2002 P.F. certificate as single

3,000
0
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592
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 592, Postage Due1c Carmine Lake (J52), 1c Carmine Lake (J52)1c Carmine Lake (J52). Mint N.H., radiant color, fresh and Fine, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

260
100
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593
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 593, Postage Due10c Carmine Lake (J56), 10c Carmine Lake (J56)10c Carmine Lake (J56). Mint N.H., pretty shade, Very Fine, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate for block

220
80
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594
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 594, Postage Due30c Carmine Lake (J57), 30c Carmine Lake (J57)30c Carmine Lake (J57). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright fresh paper, well-centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2001 P.F. certificate

575
600
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595
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 595, Postage Due50c Carmine Lake (J58), 50c Carmine Lake (J58)50c Carmine Lake (J58). Mint N.H., wonderfully fresh, rich color, centered to left and slightly to top

FINE. DESPITE THE CENTERING, THIS IS STILL A HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE EXAMPLE OF THIS POSTAGE DUE RARITY, ESPECIALLY IN NEVER-HINGED POST OFFICE CONDITION.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

32,500
5,500
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596
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 596, Postage Due1c Rose (J59), 1c Rose (J59)1c Rose (J59). Disturbed original gum, radiant color, light creases and small thin spot at right, otherwise Fine example of this rarity, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

4,500
425
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597
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 597, Postage Due2c Rose (J60), 2c Rose (J60)2c Rose (J60). Mint N.H., brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 P.F. certificate

750
325
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598
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 598, Postage Due30c Deep Claret (J66a), 30c Deep Claret (J66a)30c Deep Claret (J66a). Mint N.H., intense color and proof-like impression, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.F. certificate

260
150
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599
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 599, Postage Due50c Carmine (J76), 50c Carmine (J76)50c Carmine (J76). Mint N.H., pretty shade, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date and only five others share this grade

450
1,000
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600
 
Postage Due Balance. 47 unused and 10 used, incl. unused Nos. J1, J3, J42, J53b, J74, J75, used Nos. J17, J18, J37 and J43, few Mint N.H., few flaws, most Fine-Very Fine

2,565
650
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