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Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — 1902-08 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
641°
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Sale Number 958, Lot Number 641, 1902-08 Issues2c Carmine, Imperforate (301 var), 2c Carmine, Imperforate (301 var)2c Carmine, Imperforate (301 var). Unused (no gum), enormous margins incl. huge bottom left corner sheet margins and part of adjoining stamp below, rich color, creases not readily apparent on face

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT 1902 IMPERFORATE ERROR ARE RECORDED.

All of the three known examples of this error -- the only major error found on any of the values of the 1902-03 Issue -- are unused without gum and similarly creased. They are: 1) bottom sheet margin,creases, ex Brody (Shreves Dec. 6, 2002 sale, realized $5,000 hammer); 2) top right corner sheet margin, light creases, ex Chesapeake (Siegel Sale 873, lot 3032, realized $4,750 hammer); and 3) bottom left corner sheet margin, light creases, the example offered here.

With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
642
nh
Sale Number 958, Lot Number 642, 1902-08 Issues50c Orange (310), 50c Orange (310)50c Orange (310). Mint N.H., extraordinarily wide and well-balanced margins, vibrant color and pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE.

The 1902-03 Regular Issue was a great improvement over the Bureau's first efforts in 1894 and 1895. Perforations tend to be cleaner, and centering better, but the large plate layout and perforate method still resulted in a large number of poorly centered stamps. Furthermore, stamps issued in choice condition seldom stayed that way, because the boom in stamp collecting that began with the Roosevelt administration caused hordes of hinge-bearing philatelists to mount stamps over and over again. For this reason, today's collectors have grown accustomed to paying many multiples of Scott value for Extremely Fine stamps in Mint Never-Hinged state. Anyone who has pursued this set can testify that the 50c is rarely encountered in such condition. The 50c 1902 offered here probably ranks among the ten highest-quality examples in existence.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $11,500.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 95J) and only one other shares this grade

1,400
11,000
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643
og
Sale Number 958, Lot Number 643, 1902-08 Issues$1.00 Black (311), $1.00 Black (311)$1.00 Black (311). Lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1902 ISSUE WITH JUMBO MARGINS

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,600 as 95, $2,950.00 as 98). Only two hinged examples (and no Mint N.H. copies) have graded higher to date, and only two others share this grade.

750
2,700
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644
ogbl
Sale Number 958, Lot Number 644, 1902-08 Issues$2.00 Dark Blue (312), $2.00 Dark Blue (312)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Block of four, single hinge mark at center, deep rich color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 1902 ISSUE.

Most blocks have been broken to feed the demand for singles. Scott Catalogue only gives a $450.00 premium for a block versus four singles.

5,250
3,000
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645
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Sale Number 958, Lot Number 645, 1902-08 Issues$2.00 Dark Blue (312), $2.00 Dark Blue (312)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Block of eighteen (3 x 6), registry oval cancels, deep rich color, natural s.e. at left, five stamps with few trivial creases as one would expect on a used multiple of this size, rejoined along vertical row of perfs at center, perf separations reinforced between stamps -- all to be expected in a used multiple of this size

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST KNOWN USED MULTIPLE FOR THE $2.00 1902 ISSUE.

An outstanding exhibition piece with incredible centering for such a large block of the $2.00 1902 Issue. Scott Retail as three blocks of four and six singles does not give a true indication or its rarity.

6,030
9,500
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646
ogbl
Sale Number 958, Lot Number 646, 1902-08 Issues$5.00 Dark Green (313), $5.00 Dark Green (313)$5.00 Dark Green (313). Block of four with horizontal guideline, h.r., intense dark shade and proof-like impression, bright and fresh, nibbed perf at top right

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE AND IMPRESSIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE.

Ex Cheshire. The Scott value for a block carries a small premium over the $12,000 total for four singles.

14,000
4,000
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647°
ogbl
Sale Number 958, Lot Number 647, 1902-08 Issues5c Blue, Imperforate (315), 5c Blue, Imperforate (315)5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Complete set of four different arrow blocks of four and the centerline block, top, left and right arrow blocks have distinctive round marker dots, centerline block lightly hinged, top and right arrow blocks slightly glazed gum in spots, large margins, deep rich color

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SET OF MATCHING ARROW BLOCKS, INCLUDING THREE WITH THE BLUE BALL MARKER DOT, AND ALSO THE EXTREMELY RARE CENTERLINE BLOCK. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION SET.

The bottom arrow block has never been seen by us with the ball marker -- it is only found on the top, right and left arrow blocks. Some arrow blocks do not have the ball markers at all, such as the sets offered in our 1964 and 1971 Rarities sales. According to Johl, the centerline block is particularly rare as only 29 sheets in all were issued imperforate and most were used to make private coils. Johl also notes that not more than ten centerline blocks could possibly have remained intact, and it is likely the actual number to survive is significantly less.

19,100
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648
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Sale Number 958, Lot Number 648, 1902-08 Issues5c Blue, Coil (317), 5c Blue, Coil (317)5c Blue, Coil (317). Pair, deep rich color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE PAIR OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1908 VERTICAL COIL.

The 5c 1908 Coil stamps, which were stripped by hand, are almost always strongly centered to one side. With 1955 P.F. certificate. Blue dealer's backstamp.

17,500
6,000
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649
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Sale Number 958, Lot Number 649, 1902-08 Issues1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color and detailed impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL.

With 1974 P.F. certificate and older certificate with yeardate cut off

16,500
5,750
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650
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Sale Number 958, Lot Number 650, 1902-08 Issues1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). With paste-up and guideline at right, lightly hinged, choice centering

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN ATTRACTIVE PASTE-UP SINGLE OF THE ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 318. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.

With copy of 2005 P.S.E. certificate for pair.

6,000
3,750
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651
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Sale Number 958, Lot Number 651, 1902-08 Issues2c Carmine, Coil (322), 2c Carmine, Coil (322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Choice centering for this difficult issue with wide margins, brilliant color, lightly hinged

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL.

Armstrong notes that only 167 examples had been certified by the Philatelic Foundation as of 1980. The frequency with which this coil appears at auction would indicate that it may in fact be rarer, and that Armstrong's census information may contain duplicate records. Issued on July 31, 1908, and intended only to be used by private vending machine companies, Scott 322 is only known with the Die II widened line at lower left.

Blue backstamp from Scott Stamp & Coin Co. With 1994 P.F. certificate for pair.

7,000
5,250
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652°
 
Sale Number 958, Lot Number 652, 1902-08 Issues2c Carmine, Ty. I, Vertical Pair, San Francisco Roulette (319e var), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Vertical Pair, San Francisco Roulette (319e var)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Vertical Pair, San Francisco Roulette (319e var). Irregular block of 19 with top four stamps with San Francisco roulette, h.r., bright shade, natural s.e. at right with vertical guideline, few minor perf separations sensibly hinge reinforced

VERY FINE. A RARE AND HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE MULTIPLE OF THIS MAJOR BUREAU ISSUE PERFORATION VARIETY.

There are three distinct imperforate errors in the 1908 2c Shield Issue, listed in Scott as Nos. 319d, 319e and a sub-variety of 319e, the San Francisco Roulette. The imperforate-horizontally multiples (Scott 319d) come from a block of 25 purchased from the Washington D.C. post office. All known examples of Scott 319d are printed in a deeper shade of Carmine than 319e or the San Francisco Roulette. The two multiples in the Brody collection (Shreve lots 105 and 106) show that the original Scott 319d multiple came from the upper half of the lower right pane of 100.

The imperforate-between multiples (Scott 319e and San Francisco Roulette) come from two sources, according to research by Roger Brody. All multiples listed as Scott 319e (without roulette) have very faint blind perf holes between the stamps; the shade and centering of all Scott 319e's are identical, but as a group they differ from the rouletted examples. The ex-Brody bottom imprint and plate no. 4475 block of four (lot 108) proves that the bottom two rows were imperforate between.

The third error -- imperforate-between with roulette (offered here) -- should be separately listed in Scott, but it is identified as a sub-variety of 319e, which confuses the two unrelated sources. The rouletted multiples come from a small number of sheets received by the San Francisco postmaster that were missing a line of perforations between the first and second rows at top, unlike No. 319e without roulette, which comes from the bottom two rows. Rather than destroy or return the problem sheets, the postmaster applied his own roulette for separation. The existence of top position blocks confirms the position of the error stamps in the sheet. The plate position of the multiple offered here is known due to the guideline at right.

E. 10,000-15,000
10,000
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