Sale 951 — The Tahoe Collection of Superb Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 27 February, 2008
Category — Trans-Mississippi Issue
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE LOFTY GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE, AND THIS STAMP IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
The dollar-value Trans-Mississippi stamps are rarely found with centering that would qualify for a high numerical grade, but in used condition they are further handicapped by heavy registry cancels, which almost invariably knock points off the final grade. The $1.00 offered here is extraordinary not only for its precise centering and wide margins, but the clearly-struck cancel leaves the entire design visible.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $7,800.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date, and this is the only stamp to achieve this grade.