Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — Special Delivery

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
247
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Sale 973, Lot 247, Special Delivery10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2). Mint N.H., radiant color and crisp impression on post-office fresh paper, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 10-CENT SPECIAL DELIVERY, SCOTT E2.

With 2005 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $4,050.00 as 90, $12,200.00 as 95). Only one other shares this grade and only four have graded higher (all at 95)

1,150
3,000
248
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Sale 973, Lot 248, Special Delivery10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1888 10-CENT RUNNING MESSENGER SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,650.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

500
3,000
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249°
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Sale 973, Lot 249, Special Delivery10c Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E9, E11). Left imprint and plate no. 5520 blocks of eight, lightly hinged, bright colors

FINE-VERY FINE. THE SIDE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS OF EIGHT FOR THESE SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUES ARE EXTREMELY RARE. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE OUR 1978 TODD SALE.

The side imprint and plate blocks are rarer than other positions for one simple reason: on the sides the imprint stretches across four stamps, rather than three. Therefore, in order to get the full imprint at sides, this issue needs to be collected as a plate block of eight.

Ex Todd, where they realized $6,100 hammer in 1978, and offered to the market for the first time in over 30 years. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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