Sale 968B — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Three: 1902-34 Issues, B-O-B
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 22-25 September, 2009
Category — Special Delivery (E) and Registration (F)
EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 10-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
With 1993 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 10-CENT WATERMARKED BUREAU SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE -- GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE QUALITY.
With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,950.00). This is the only stamp to achieve this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS COLLOSAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1911 SERIES SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP, SCOTT E8, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS STANDS ALONE AS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
The first "Messenger on Bicycle" Special Delivery design was the 1902 double-line watermarked Scott E6. In 1908 the "Helmut of Mercury" Special Delivery stamp was issued. However, the Messenger on Bicycle design was re-issued in 1911 from new plates with a single-line watermark, and the same basic design was issued continuously until the Motorcycle Delivery design replaced it in 1922.
Scott E8 is not particularly scarce (it has a Scott value of $240.00 in Mint N.H. condition), but to find an example such as this one defies the odds. At first glance it almost strikes one as a small die proof. 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 Jumbo example.
With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $2,600.00 as 98). This is the only example to have achieved this pinnacle of grades. No other examples have been graded above 98J
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 BLUE SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2001 P.F., 1999 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,750.00). Only one example has graded higher to date and no others share this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1922 10-CENT SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 1995 P.F. (as Scott E12) and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $920.00 as 98). Only one example shares this grade and one other has graded 100J