Sale 967 — Important and Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 16-19 December, 2008

Category — Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5071
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Sale 967, Lot 5071, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression on fresh paper, exceptional centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

With 1999 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,200.00)

1,250
4,250
5072
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Sale 967, Lot 5072, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Orange, Special Delivery (E3). Mint N.H., essentially perfectly balanced margins, beautiful glowing color, fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLY CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1893 10-CENT ORANGE SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP, WHICH WAS RELEASED WITH THE COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,650.00). Only two have achieved this grade with only one higher

600
2,800
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5073
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Sale 967, Lot 5073, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Mint N.H., wide margins and particularly well-centered, intense color and clear impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A PREMIUM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE UNWATERMARKED 1894 SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $7,450.00)

2,100
4,250
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5074
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Sale 967, Lot 5074, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Disturbed original gum, enormous Jumbo margins, choice color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.F. as "redistributed original gum" and 2007 P.S.E. certificate as regummed -- we disagree with the P.S.E. on this one (if it were regummed, the gum wouldn't look disturbed like this)

850
750
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5075
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Sale 967, Lot 5075, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E5). Mint N.H., wide margins of near Jumbo proportions, almost perfect centering, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT-NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 WATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,600.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only eleven others share this grade.

475
1,500
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5076
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Sale 967, Lot 5076, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E5). Mint N.H., wide margins, beautiful intense color on bright white paper, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,300.00)

475
900
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5077
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Sale 967, Lot 5077, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E5). Original gum, lightly hinged, extraordinarily wide margins and almost mathematically centered, lovely color and impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others share this grade

210
450
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5078
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Sale 967, Lot 5078, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6). Mint N.H. with plate no. 1776 and wide selvage at top, brilliant color and proof-like impression on bright paper, mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide margins on all sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1902 SERIES SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP, SCOTT E6, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS STANDS ALONE AS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

Scott E6 is the first of the "Messenger on Bicycle" Special Delivery designs. It was released as part of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's "Series of 1902" regular postage issues (Scott 300-313). Scott E6 is printed on double-line "USPS" watermarked paper with 12-gauge perforations. In 1908 the "Helmut of Mercury" Special Delivery stamp was issued. However, the Messenger on Bicycle design was re-issued in 1909 from new plates, and the same basic design was issued continuously until the Motorcycle Delivery design replaced it in 1922. Changes in the paper and perforation gauge for the issues from 1909 until 1922 mirror the changes in the Washington-Franklin series of the same period.

Scott E6 is not particularly scarce (it has a Scott value of $230.00 unused), but experienced collectors and professionals know that very few examples of the 1902 Issue exist with wide and balanced margins. The P.S.E. Population Report statistics support this statement, and a review of our auction records with Power Search provides visual confirmation. None of the stamps (singles or in blocks) in our database compare to this Mint N.H. Gem 100 example.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced above the grade of 98 in SMQ, SMQ $14,000.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this desirable grade. One has been graded Superb 98, and two have been graded 95.

525
40,000
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5079
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Sale 967, Lot 5079, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E6). Mint N.H., nicely centered, Very Fine, with 2008 P.F. certificate

525
225
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5080
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Sale 967, Lot 5080, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8). Mint N.H., lovely margins and almost perfectly centered, beautiful soft color and sharp impression, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $590.00)

240
375
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5081
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Sale 967, Lot 5081, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E8). Mint N.H., exceptionally wide margins, almost perfectly balanced, beautiful color and detailed impression, Extremely Fine Gem

240
800
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5082
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Sale 967, Lot 5082, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Ultramarine (E9). Mint N.H., deep rich color and exceptionally well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF85; SMQ $600.00)

425
350
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5083
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Sale 967, Lot 5083, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Pale Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E10). Balanced margins and precise centering, lovely pastel color and lightly hinged, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $1,200.00)

320
650
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5084
 
Sale 967, Lot 5084, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E11). Balanced Jumbo margins, lovely pastel color, barely cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $70.00 as 95, $245.00 as 98), the only used No. E11 in this grade with only one graded higher

0
200
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5085
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Sale 967, Lot 5085, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Gray Violet, Special Delivery (E12). Mint N.H., wide balanced margins of near Jumbo proportions, precisely centered, beautiful color and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1922 10-CENT GRAY VIOLET SPECIAL DELIVERY IN MINT NEVER-HINGED POST OFFICE CONDITION.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $1,150.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), the only Gray Violet No. E12 awarded this lofty grade with none higher. The Deep Ultramarine No. E12a has a listing of one 100 and one 100J

90
0
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5086
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Sale 967, Lot 5086, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Gray Violet, Special Delivery (E12). Mint N.H., wide margins of near Jumbo proportions, precisely centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00)

90
750
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5087
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Sale 967, Lot 5087, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)15c Deep Orange, Special Delivery (E13). Mint N.H., wide margins and exceptionally well-centered, beautiful vivid color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $295.00)

55
225
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5088
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Sale 967, Lot 5088, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)20c Black, Special Delivery (E14). Mint N.H., massive Jumbo margins with impeccable centering, clear impression on crisp white paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $220.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), one of seven to have achieved this lofty grade with only two higher

4
250
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5089
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Sale 967, Lot 5089, Special Delivery, Registration (E, F)10c Ultramarine, Registration (F1). Mint N.H. top imprint , plate no. 5726 and letter "A" block of six, brilliant color on bright paper, unusually choice centering throughout

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT REGISTRATION ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate

2,500
3,250
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