Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — 1902-08 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
182
 
Sale Number 973, Lot Number 182, 1902-08 Issues1c Blue Green, Booklet Pane of Six (300b), 1c Blue Green, Booklet Pane of Six (300b)1c Blue Green, Booklet Pane of Six (300b). Bright color, bold purple "Kansas City Mo." parcel roller cancel, few expertly rejoined perf separations, slight soiling in right margin and tiny flaw at bottom (none mentioned on accompanying certificate)

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1902 ONE-CENT BOOKLET. ONLY FOUR ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS WITH THE BOOKLET TAB.

In the course of helping a collector assemble a complete set of used booklet panes, we undertook census work on several, including this issue. We found only four intact panes with the tab, including one with a non-contemporary cancel. There are also two without the tabs. An additional two were certified in the past as genuine but have since been determined to have fake cancels.

With 2008 A.P.S. certificate

12,500
0
183
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 183, 1902-08 Issues13c Purple Black (308), 13c Purple Black (308)13c Purple Black (308). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering amid unusually wide margins, gorgeous color and sharp impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 13-CENT 1902 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ does not list prices above the grade of 98, $4,050.00 as 98). Only one example has graded higher to date and only two others share this desirable grade.

115
4,000
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184
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 184, 1902-08 Issues50c Orange (310), 50c Orange (310)50c Orange (310). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

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 perforation 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 2008 P.S.E. certificate and also encapsulated (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $11,500.00 as 95, $34,000 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade.

1,400
8,000
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185
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 185, 1902-08 Issues$1.00 Black (311), $1.00 Black (311)$1.00 Black (311). Mint N.H., intense shade and detailed impression on crisp paper, wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1902 ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,700.00). Only three have graded higher to date.

2,100
7,500
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186
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 186, 1902-08 Issues$5.00 Dark Green (313), $5.00 Dark Green (313)$5.00 Dark Green (313). Lightly hinged, intense shade and proof-like impression, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 MARSHALL 1902 ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,000.00). This is an exceedingly difficult stamp to find in the higher grades -- the highest grade for Mint N.H. is a 90, the highest grade for a used copy is a 95 (one) and only four hinged copies have graded higher than a 95.

2,800
3,750
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187
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 187, 1902-08 Issues5c Blue, Vertical Coil (317), 5c Blue, Vertical Coil (317)5c Blue, Vertical Coil (317). Pair, barest trace of hinging, deep rich color, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1908 VERTICAL COIL.

Armstrong notes that as of 1980 only 79 pairs had been certified by the Philatelic Foundation.

Ex Piedmont. With 2000 P.F. certificate

17,500
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188
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 188, 1902-08 Issues6c Red Orange (336), 6c Red Orange (336)6c Red Orange (336). Mint N.H., vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER TO DATE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $5,800.00 as 98). Only one has graded higher to date and only one other shares this grade.

190
6,250
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189
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 189, 1902-08 Issues10c Yellow, Coil (356), 10c Yellow, Coil (356)10c Yellow, Coil (356). Guide line pair, single hinge mark at top center, intense shade and detailed impression, significantly better centering than usually found on this issue

FINE-VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356.

According to Johl (Volume 1, page 181), only 10,000 of the 10c Washington coil stamp were issued. They were made especially for a New York firm to send out advertising samples, similar to the 3c Orangeburg coil. Only a few rolls were sold to the firm, and the remaining rolls were distributed to some of the large post offices across the country. Dealers acquired several rolls, but because most contemporary collectors did not collect coils, many were used and destroyed.

With 1978 and 2000 P.F. certificates, the former for guide line strip of four.

17,500
6,000
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190
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 190, 1902-08 Issues10c Yellow, Coil (356), 10c Yellow, Coil (356)10c Yellow, Coil (356). Pair, lightly hinged, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, wide margins, left stamp small natural inclusion not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 10-CENT 1909 COIL, SCOTT 356.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (OGph, VF 80)

7,000
2,600
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