Sale 967 — Important and Superb United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 16-19 December, 2008
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia. THIS RARE AND REMARKABLE CLASSIC STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $49,900.00). This is the only example to achieve this grade to date and only one has graded higher.
FINE APPEARANCE. AN ACCEPTABLE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, ESPECIALLY SO BECAUSE THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS AT THE BOTTOM ARE CANCEL-FREE.
This stamp is ungraded, but for reference the SMQ value for Good 30 is $4,050.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE II, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE ONLY GRADED MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS ISSUE TO DATE.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ as Mint N.H., SMQ $5,000.00 as hinged)
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION-QUALITY MULTIPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II WITH HUGE SHEET MARGINS SHOWING THE CRACKS AROUND THE PERIMETER OF PLATE 2.
The Neinken book illustrates Positions 92-96R2 from the Newbury block of 18 with bottom margin showing the cracks, with the following comment: "This block shows the finest collection of small surface cracks I have ever seen on any Toppan, Carpenter plates. The largest group seems to have existed on the plate under 92R, and several of these run into this stamp, but not for any great distance." Neinken concludes that the Newbury block is from an early printing since, in all likelihood, the cracks wore down fairly quickly, as he had seen many singles, pairs and strips from the bottom row of plate 2R with sizeable sheet margins and none of them showed any surface cracks. Based on this information, the block offered here is most likely an early impression.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III. THIS STAMP'S ENORMOUS MARGINS AND LIGHT CANCEL HAVE EARNED IT THE COVETED P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO -- THE FIRST AND ONLY SCOTT 8 TO ACHIEVE SUCH SUPERIORITY.
Type III stamps have breaks in both the top and bottom outer lines (the break is usually wider at the top). This used single stands out among the examples of Scott 8 we have sold over many years. Using Power Search on our website, the extraordinary character of this stamp is demonstrable. Even the wonderful copy in our recent sale of the Tahoe Collection, which graded XF-Superb 95 and realized $21,000 hammer, falls short of this fantastic stamp. We would not be surprised to see this stamp realize a multiple of the SMQ value for 98.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $27,700.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade). According to the P.S.E. Population Report, this is the only used No. 8 to have been awarded the grade of Superb 98 Jumbo (one 98 is reported, and none graded higher).
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IV. WE HAVE OFFERED ONLY THREE MINT NEVER-HINGED SINGLES OF TYPE SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
A Power Search review indicates we have only offered three Mint N.H. singles (and an irregular block of four). The most famous of these was the example graded 100J by P.S.E., which realized $80,000 hammer in our 2008 Rarities Sale.
With 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; unpriced in SMQ as Mint N.H., SMQ $900.00 as hinged). Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H. Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV WITH THE P.S.E. GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95.
With 1992 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,600.00). Only three have graded higher to date and only two others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH A BLUE CANCEL. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,850.00 as 98). Only four have graded higher to date
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1855 10-CENT TYPE II.
Ex Argentum. With 1982, 1999 and 2008 P.F. certificates