Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009
Category — Special Delivery
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)
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.
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.