Sale 968B — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Three: 1902-34 Issues, B-O-B
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 22-25 September, 2009
Category — 1902-08 Issue (Scott 300-314)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1902 ISSUE WITH THE EXALTED P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98.
With 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $13,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date, and only one other shares this desirable grade
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE. SCARCE WITH SUCH WONDERFUL COLOR AND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
With 1998 P.F. certificates (one as a block and one as a single)
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1902 ISSUE.
With 1989 and 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $2,100.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN ATTRACTIVE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 1902 ISSUE.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
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 perforating 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. This is especially true when it comes to the $5.00 denomination. This fact is made abundantly clear when you realize that the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to a $5.00 value in never-hinged condition is a 90, given to only two stamps.
With 1998 P.S.E. and 1999 P.F. certificates, the former as a strip of three.