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Sale 951 — The Tahoe Collection of Superb Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 27 February, 2008

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
23
 
Sale Number 951, Lot Number 23, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose Pink (64b), 3c Rose Pink (64b)3c Rose Pink (64b). Vibrant color, perfectly centered, neat strike of "Cleveland O. Sep. 7, 1861" circular datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, a surprisingly difficult stamp to find in such superb condition, with 1994 P.F. certificate for cover from which stamp was originally soaked and with original cover (a second stamp has also been removed), also with 2008 P.F. certificate

160
1,700
24
 
Sale Number 951, Lot Number 24, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Wide and even margins, beautiful shade nicely contrasted by well-struck blue "Baltimore Md. Jan. 28" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB WIDE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN THE BROWN YELLOW SHADE, CANCELLED BY A BOLD BLUE CIRCULAR DATESTAMP. A STUNNING STAMP.

With 1983 and 2004 P.F. certificates

1,320
3,750
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25
 
Sale Number 951, Lot Number 25, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Perfectly centered with extra wide margins framing design on all sides, bold strike of true green target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 12-CENT 1861 IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DENOMINATIONS OF ANY ISSUE TO OBTAIN WITH A GREEN COLORED CANCEL.

Green cancels are generally very scarce, and most examples are found on 3c values of classic issues used from small post offices. Because the 12c was typically used to pay the U.S-British treaty rates on mail from large cities, examples cancelled in green are extremely rare. A collector looking for a green cancel on a 12c 1861 in any condition would experience great difficulty. A condition-conscious collector who asked a professional for a superb 12c 1861 with a green cancel would be considered slightly mad. The stamp offered here answers that call.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90 -- conservatively based solely on centering/margins without any regard for the cancellation)

670
7,000
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26
 
Sale Number 951, Lot Number 26, 1861-66 Issue24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Perfectly centered with immense margins, light blue grid cancel, deep shade and sharp impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWN LILAC FEATURING HUGE EVEN MARGINS, FRESH COLOR, SHARP IMPRESSION AND COLORED CANCEL. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE SECOND-HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

With 2002 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,450 as 95, $5,400.00 as 98). Only one has graded higher to date (Superb 98), and this is the only example to achieve a P.S.E. 95J grade.

230
6,750
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27
 
Sale Number 951, Lot Number 27, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Precisely centered within wide even margins, beautiful color and detailed impression, face-free circle of wedges cancel leaves design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE, AND THIS STAMP IS ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES TO ACHIEVE THIS LOFTY GRADE.

With 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $7,600.00). This and one other stamp are the only examples of the 90c 1861 (in any shade) to achieve the P.S.E. Superb 98 grade, which is the highest awarded to date.

550
23,000
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28
 
Sale Number 951, Lot Number 28, 1861-66 Issue24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). Choice centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper which is as fresh as the day it was printed, neat strike of circle of V's cancel and trace of red transit at top left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1862 24-CENT LILAC.

Ex Koppersmith. With 1985 P.F. certificate

265
3,250
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