Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
526
 
Sale 958, Lot 526, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. I (5). Position 7R1E, huge margins to in but still showing the identifying characteristics of the type, ample sheet margin at top, deep rich color from what is likely a later printing, bold strike of "New York" large slug dateless circle handstamp used on printed matter

A FINE AND SOUND EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR CLASSIC RARITY. POSITION 7R1E -- THE SEVENTH STAMP IN THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE 1 EARLY -- IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN (TYPE I). OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.

The Wagshal Census notes about this cancel that Ashbrook stated "I believe it was used only on printed circulars as I have never seen its use on a drop letter." Ashbrook also states that earliest recorded use of this cancel is Nov. 5, 1851 and the latest is Jan. 1, 1852.

Wagshal Census No. 5-CAN-090.

80,000
47,500
527°
c
Sale 958, Lot 527, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. I/IIIA/II (5/8A/7). Positions 7/17/27R1E, top stamp Type I, center stamp Type IIIA, bottom stamp Type II, tied by red grids, matching "Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line, March 8" route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, top stamp (Type I) with 5mm tear in margin and just into design, part of bottom stamp (Type II) restored

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE STRIP OF THREE ON COVER CONTAINING THE DESIRABLE TYPE I IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE -- POSITION 7 FROM THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE ONE EARLY. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES ON COVER IN A VERTICAL STRIP OF THREE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE WITH THE LOUISVILLE & CINCINNATI MAIL LINE ROUTE AGENT'S MARKING.

The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains 90 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.

Only 22 covers bearing Scott No. 5 are recorded in the Wagshal census. Of these, some may have been soaked off of their covers to satisfy collector demand for singles. When discovered, the bottom stamp on this cover had a large scraped-away area at lower left. It was expertly repaired and has since been a significant piece in several important collections.

Wagshal Census No. 5-COV-087. Ex Chase, Michaels, Ishikawa and Kapiloff

E. 40,000-50,000
40,000
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528°
c
Sale 958, Lot 528, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Ib-I-Ib (5A-5-5A). Horizontal strip of three, Positions 6-8R1E, center stamp Type I, Position 7R1E, large margins to just in mostly on left stamp (Type Ib), clear of bottom right plume of center stamp, with huge sheet margin at top, tied by "North Cumberland Pa." circular datestamp on January 1852 folded printed tax notice with writing inside to Milton Pa., left stamp (Type Ib) sealed tear at bottom, Wagshal book notes strip repaired, lifted and replaced, which is not reflected on accompanying certificate and overstates the minor sealed tear in left stamp, the 7-8R1E stamps are superb

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE COVER BEARING A STRIP OF THREE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE, INCLUDING TWO TYPE IB STAMPS FLANKING A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF POSITION 7R1E, THE RARE TYPE I.

Ex Jacobs, Krug and Kapiloff. Signed Ashbrook. With 1987 P.F. certificate.

E. 75,000-100,000
105,000
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529°
c
Sale 958, Lot 529, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Type Ia (6). Position 100R4, large margins showing full Type Ia characteristics at bottom, used with perforated 1c Blue, Ty. II (20) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to Torino, Italy, stamps tied by "Ellicottville N.Y. Aug. 6" (1857) circular datestamp and Le Havre octagonal transit, instructions for British Packet service but sent via French Mail and treated as unpaid with appropriate "New York 12 Aug. 8" debit circular datestamp, Type Ia faintly creased, top flap missing, some minor cover wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE FOREIGN MAIL USAGE COMBINING THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IA WITH A PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II ON A 3-CENT NESBITT ENTIRE. THE IMPERFORATE TYPE IA IS RARELY ENCOUNTERED ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN A DOMESTIC COVER.

Ex Kapiloff.

E. 7,500-10,000
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530°
c
Sale 958, Lot 530, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal strip of six, beautiful Plate 1 Early color, large margins to in, tied by blue grids, matching "Marysville Cal. Mar. 9" circular datestamp on buff cover to Kirtland O., tiny tear at top between fourth and fifth stamps, tiny corner crease at bottom left

VERY FINE. A SCARCE HORIZONTAL STRIP OF SIX OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, PAYING THE 6-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE.

The 6c transcontinental rate was effective from July 1, 1851, to April 1, 1855. Approximately seven such West Coast multiples are known to us.

Ex Kapiloff

E. 7,500-10,000
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531
c
Sale 958, Lot 531, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal strip of five and pair, Positions 43-47 and 41-42R1E, ample margins except touched to slightly in on three positions, faint creases and two with small closed tear, used with 3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10) and tied by six strikes of "Rochester N.Y. Dec. 6" two-slug circular datestamps on buff 1851 cover to Quebec, Canada, blue ribbon-style "U. States" cross-border marking, red Montreal circular datestamp, mended opening tear at right

FINE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE FRANKING TO PAY THE 10-CENT RATE TO CANADA.

Ex Baker and Kapiloff.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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532
og
Sale 958, Lot 532, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, unused with traces of original gum, large even margins, deep rich color, small thin spot at left center and another at upper right edge

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III, WITH CLEAR AND DISTINCT BREAKS IN OUTER LINES AT TOP AND BOTTOM -- THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC OF THE TYPE.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2, which has the widest breaks of any Type III position, due to the short transfer during plate entry.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate

20,000
13,000
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533
c
Sale 958, Lot 533, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, large margins to just touched at left, wide breaks at top and bottom, tied by bold "Beverly Ms. Sep. 22" circular datestamp on blue 1857 bank notice used locally, faint vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine, attractive usage, ex Haas, Sheriff and Kapiloff

3,750
5,250
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534
nh
Sale 958, Lot 534, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Mint Never-Hinged, enormous margins all around incl. parts of all eight surrounding stamps, rich color, perfection

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE ATTAINABLE BY ANY STAMP IN ANY PERIOD. IT IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO AN UNUSED IMPERFORATE OR PERFORATED CLASSIC ISSUE, AND, IN FACT, THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED STAMP PRIOR TO SCOTT 212 TO REACH THE ZENITH OF THE GRADING SYSTEM.

Professional Stamp Experts recently introduced a new system for numbering basic United States stamp designs. The U.S. Design (USD) numbering system identifies the denomination and design at its most fundamental level, essentially in accordance with what the U.S. Post Office Department would have called a new issue, starting with the 5c and 10c 1847's. The USD system completely ignores production variations and traditional philatelic classification (printing method, shades, watermark, paper type, perforations gauge, coils, types, etc.) to create a simplified approach to collecting U.S. stamps, which P.S.E. hopes will encourage growth in the number of entry-level collectors. P.S.E. believes that once these new collectors build USD sets, some of them will develop an interest in the more traditional Scott Numbering System, yet others will still feel a sense of achievement in completing a basic USD-based collection.

What does this have to do with the stamp offered here? The April-June 2008 edition of Stamp Market Quarterly specifically cites the 1c 1851, stating, "The Scott Catalog lists no fewer than five whole numbers for this stamp...These small variations notwithstanding, the basic stamp remains the one cent issue of 1851. For many collectors, one nice example of the type would be sufficient." If the USD system has the desired effect of creating a new approach to collecting, then the demand for the most common 1c 1851 -- Type IV, Scott 9, the stamp offered here -- will increase at a far greater rate than the demand for other types, which have characteristics outside the scope of the USD numbering system. Taking this one step further, if collectors want to assemble a set of 1851's according to USD number in the highest possible grade, then the significance of a Mint Never-Hinged Scott 9 in P.S.E. 100 Jumbo grade increases exponentially.

We mention all of this in connection with this stamp, because the stamp market is changing. Whether traditionalists agree or disagree with the USD concept, everyone can agree that the 1c 1851 offered here is remarkable by any standard. It is the most striking example of an unused 1c 1851 we have ever seen. Add to this its Mint Never-Hinged condition and 100 Jumbo P.S.E. grade, and you have what may become future philately's ultimate classic stamp. Purists will always have their rare types, but it will be interesting to see if the "Gem USD" collectors emerge to create another class of philatelic rarity which challenges today's Scott-based rarities.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ as Mint N.H.)

850
80,000
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535
 
Sale 958, Lot 535, 1851-56 Issue3c Deep Claret, Ty. I (11 var). Enormous margins all around incl. sheet margin at bottom and part of three adjoining stamps, intense shade and impression in the distinctive Deep Claret color, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- ONLY THREE EXAMPLES HAVE ACHIEVED THIS GRADE TO DATE, AND THIS IS LIKELY THE ONLY ONE IN THE MORE DESIRABLE DEEP CLARET SHADE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $970.00 as 98 in the Claret shade).

24
2,100
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536
c
Sale 958, Lot 536, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 29L7, perfs scissors-separated but mostly intact, bright color, tied by clear strike of "Chicago Ill. Jul. 15, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to Columbia S.C., trivial overall soiling, cover with sealed tear at top

FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT WITH CHICAGO PERFORATION ON COVER, AND A VERY EARLY USAGE.

Wilson Hulme recorded 40 used on cover, including a pair. He recorded the earliest date of use as May 3, 1856. He also recorded five others used prior to the example offered here.

With 2008 certificate from Richard Celler confirming plating.

9,000
3,750
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537
c
Sale 958, Lot 537, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Margins to just in, tied by "New Orleans La. May 9" circular datestamp on "Toby's Express" blue cameo corner card cover to Alligator P.O. La., cameo design with eagle at top and Eaves imprint, barely reduced at right and stamp with minor flaw at bottom left, Very Fine example of this rare Toby's Express cover, several private expresses operated in the mid-to-late 1850's in conjunction with the Opelousas Railroad, this is the only one known to us to use a cameo corner card design

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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538
c
Sale 958, Lot 538, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Large margins to barely touched at top right, radiant color, tied by neat strike of "Austinburg O. Jun. 15" circular datestamp on illustrated anti-slavery propaganda cover to Hopedale O., Ackerman & Co. imprint at bottom right, trivial edge tears, Very Fine, a beautiful cover

E. 1,000-1,500
7,500
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539
c
Sale 958, Lot 539, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Large margins to barely in at right, radiant color, cancelled by well-struck blue "3" handstamp, matching "Oberlin O. Jul. 22" backstamp, on illustrated Temperance cover to Ohio, Ackerman & Co. imprint at bottom right, fresh and Very Fine, one of the nicest temperance covers we have encountered, with 1974 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
3,500
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