Sale 962 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 24-26 September, 2008
Category — 1922-26 and Later Issues (Scott 619-1617c)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE CORNERSTONE FOR BUILDING AN ULTRA-HIGH QUALITY SET OF NEBRASKA OVERPRINTS.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,500.00 for 98, unpriced in higher grade). This is the only example of No. 673 hinged or Mint N.H. to have been awarded this grade, with none higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT NEBRASKA OVERPRINT ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,550.00). Collectors searching for a high-grade set of these issues know how difficult it is to obtain many of them above the grade of 95.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1922 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $880.00 for 98, unpriced in higher grades). Only two others share this grade and only one has graded higher to date
VERY FINE. A PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS POPULAR MODERN ERROR -- THE C.I.A. INVERT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE SHEET MARGIN.
Popularly called the "C.I.A. Invert", a single pane of 100 stamps was purchased at the McLean Va. Post Office by employees of the C.I.A., for use on mail from the agency. They noticed the error, pooled together funds to buy a replacement sheet and kept the pane for themselves. When it was discovered who had purchased the stamps, a scandal ensued over who actually owned the stamps. Of the pane of 100, only 93 sound examples reached collectors.