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Sale 968 — The Alan B. Whitman Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 27-28 January, 2009

Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
8
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 8, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 100L4 from the bottom right corner of the left pane, huge margins including sheet margin at bottom and huge straddle-pane margin at right, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich Plate 4 color and proof-like impression which shows every detail of the engraving, this was once part of a pair which had toned spots, the pair was divided into singles and the toning was expertly removed (the single from Position 99L4 is part of the William H. Gross collection)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IA IN EXISTENCE. A FANTASTIC STAMP IN TERMS OF MARGINS, GUM, FRESHNESS OF PAPER, COLOR AND IMPRESSION. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM FOUR-MARGINED EXAMPLES OF THIS RARITY WE HAVE OFFERED DURING 78 YEARS OF AUCTIONS.

The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic). This stamp is particularly desirable, because it shows the sheet margin at bottom and at right, so that the characteristics of the type are clearly evident.

A Power Search review shows how rare this stamp is with four margins, in sound condition, and with original gum. We have only offered ten original-gum singles and a pair as part of a block of four in all of our Rarities sales and during the past 15 years of auctions. Of these, only two singles and the multiple have margins completely clear of the design. The singles have small toned specks, and the multiple has a faint horizontal crease.

Ex Caspary and Lilly (as a pair). With 1989 and 2000 P.F. certificates

45,000
90,000
9
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 9, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 87R2, Mint N.H., absolutely pristine original gum, huge margins showing part of five adjoining stamps, deep rich color and proof-like impression which "jumps" off the crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE II, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE. A TRULY SPECIAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- GUM, MARGINS, FRESHNESS OF PAPER, COLOR AND IMPRESSION.

With 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). The only other graded Mint N.H. example (graded 95) was offered in our Sale 967. It has a sheet margin at top, but the stamp offered here has far larger margins, earning it the Jumbo appellation.

1,150
9,500
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10
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 10, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. II, Cracked Plate (7 var), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Cracked Plate (7 var)1c Blue, Ty. II, Cracked Plate (7 var). Position 2L2 with huge crack along right side of design, original gum, huge margins all around, incredibly intense shade and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE CRACKED PLATE VARIETY. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN SINGLES WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Unlike plate cracks resulting from stress fractures during the course of printing, the Plate 2 crack is believed to have been caused by a integral flaw in the steel plate. As Plate 2 was used, the crack widened and extended downward into the fourth row. Due to the nature of this unusually large crack, Ashbrook preferred to call it the "Plate 2 Flaw."

Ex Sevenoaks. With 1994 P.F. certificate

1,450
5,250
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11
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 11, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 81/91L2, vertical pair, original gum, small h.r., enormous margins all around incl. huge bottom left corner sheet margins, the sheet margins are so wide they actually capture the outline of the edge of the printing plate, also with part of adjoining stamp at top, deep rich color and proof-like impression, couple trivial natural wrinkles not mentioned on accompanying certificates and noted here only to satisfy the most nitpicking buyer

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE II WITH ENORMOUS BOTTOM AND LEFT SHEET MARGINS. A SPECTACULAR CLASSIC MULTIPLE.

There are several desirable positions of this type. Among these are: the one position on Plate 1 Late which is not recut; the top row positions on Plate 4, which show the design complete at top; the plate crack positions from the top left of Plate 2; and any stamp from the short-lived Plate 3. We would add corner sheet-margin positions to this list.

Ex Chapin (acquired privately). With 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates

2,650
11,000
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12
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 12, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Original gum, large margins to ample at top with sheet margin at bottom, bright shade and crisp impression which clearly shows the double transfer at top right

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. WIDELY REGARDED AS THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS POSITION IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).

Ex Caspary and Lilly as part of a strip of three and ex Connoisseur and Concord as a single. With 1977, 1990 and 2008 P.F. certificates

35,000
52,500
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13
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 13, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Original gum, gorgeous color and intense impression, full to large margins, remarkably fresh and bright

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

The Type IIIA is rare in sound original-gum condition. A review using Power Search located only five examples which could qualify for a collection of high-quality stamps.

With 1996 P.S.E. and 2000 P.F. certificates

6,000
14,000
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14
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 14, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 5L1L, original gum, barely hinged, huge margins incl. trace of three adjoining stamps and sheet margin at top, intense shade and impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IV WITH TREMENDOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

In our opinion, this extraordinary stamp is certainly deserving of a higher grade, either 95 Jumbo or 98 Jumbo. The stamp has a sheet margin at top, and the margins on other sides show parts of all three adjoining stamps. They are also quite even and balanced.

With 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95)

850
2,600
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15
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 15, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positions 76-77L1L, Mint N.H. horizontal pair, huge margins to full at sides incl. significant portion of adjoining stamps at top (Positions 66-67L1L), unusually rich color and exceptional proof-like impression for a Plate 1 Late printing, left stamp recut once at top and once at bottom, right stamp recut twice at top and once at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED PAIR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV IMPERFORATE. MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS OF THE CLASSIC ERA ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE.

Very few imperforate 1c 1851 multiples exist from which Mint N.H. singles could or can be removed. A review using Power Search found eight Mint N.H. examples in addition to the pair offered here.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged singles does not even come close to indicating the rarity of this remarkable pair.

1,850
6,750
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16
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 16, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Mint N.H, 3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Mint N.H3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Mint N.H., Position 89RO, large and balanced margins all around, deep rich color and proof-like impression which shows every minute detail of the intricate lathework engraving, post-office fresh paper and gum

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWN. A REMARKABLE CLASSIC STAMP IN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT CONDITION, WHICH HAS EARNED IT THE P.S.E. GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95.

The three or four examples of the 3c Orange Brown in Extremely Fine Gem Mint Never-Hinged condition come from blocks that were divided into singles in recent years. This single comes from the block of twelve formerly in the Piller and Zoellner collections.

Ex Piller and Zoellner (as part of a block) and Silver Lake (as a single). With 1979 and 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). This is the only graded Mint N.H. example of either Scott 10 or 10A. Scott Retail as hinged

3,750
35,000
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17
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 17, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Mint N.H, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Mint N.H3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Mint N.H., massive margins all around incl. part of four adjoining stamps, brilliant color on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 3-CENT DULL RED TYPE II HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

The 3c 1851 is a common stamp, but as one goes up the grading scale, original-gum examples awarded 95 or better are increasingly scarce. Factoring in Mint Never-Hinged original gum, the rarity of high-grade examples increases exponentially. A review using Power Search found only two others of this type in Mint N.H. condition. The last to be offered was in 2005, which was cut in at bottom, and the one before that was sold in 2004. This Mint N.H. stamp with the coveted Superb 98 Jumbo P.S.E. grade ranks alongside the rarest of classic imperforate issues.

With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo). This is the highest grade awarded to date. Only one Mint N.H. Scott 11 has achieved the same grade. Scott Retail as hinged

300
4,500
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18
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 18, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Vertical pair, bottom stamp Mint N.H., top stamp lightly hinged, large to huge margins incl. part of two adjoining stamps at left, radiant color, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB PAIR OF THE 1851 3-CENT TYPE II IMPERFORATE, WITH THE BOTTOM STAMP IN PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

With 2000 P.F. certificate.

700
3,500
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19
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 19, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). C Relief, original gum, barest trace of hinging, large to huge margins all around incl. portion of the adjoining stamp at right, intense color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT FACE-DIFFERENT DESIGNS TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The 5c stamp was issued in 1856, five years after the 1c, 3c and 12c values and one year after the 10c were issued. It was typically used to pay the 5c shore-to-ship rate for mail sent overseas and also in multiples for the 10c transcontinental or 15c U.S.-French treaty rates.

With the exception of some rare types of the 1c and 10c, such as Scott Nos. 5 and 16, the 5c stamp is the most difficult denomination to obtain with four margins in sound and original-gum condition. The spacing between stamps was very narrow. This left little margin for error when separating the stamps, and it explains why so few examples are known with four margins. When other factors such as gum, color and impression are taken into consideration, the rarity and beauty of the stamp offered here may be fully appreciated.

Ex Seymour. With 1985, 1990 and 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only OGph example to achieve this grade.

30,000
52,500
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20
og
Sale Number 968, Lot Number 20, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Original gum which is very lightly hinged and absolutely pristine, mostly large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at bottom, deep rich color and proof-like impression on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE. THIS SUPERB STAMP IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. ITS GUM, MARGINS, COLOR, IMPRESSION AND OVERALL FRESHNESS ARE UNRIVALLED.

Type I stamps come from the bottom 20 positions of the plate. They are the only stamps to show the design complete at bottom. For some reason the sheet margin at bottom was often trimmed away, leaving a dearth of quality copies. The Type IV stamps come from only eight positions, but we would rank the two types equally in terms of the rarity of sound four-margined original-gum copies.

A review using Power Search demonstrates exactly how rare this type is in sound, four-margin, original-gum condition. The last example we offered in comparable condition was in our 1999 Golin sale, and the stamp offered here is clearly superior by virtue of the wider top margin.

With 1987 and 2000 P.F. certificates

18,000
40,000
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21
og
Sale Number 968, Lot Number 21, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Original gum, large and even margins all around, deep rich color, proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 IMPERFORATE 10-CENT TYPE II. WORTHY OF THE FINEST COLLECTION.

Given the wide spacing between subjects on the plate used to print the 10c 1855 Issue, one would expect to find an ample supply of examples in sound original-gum condition with four margins. However, such stamps are extremely rare.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

5,000
6,250
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22
og
Sale Number 968, Lot Number 22, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Original gum, lightly hinged, large margins all around, intense shade and impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 IMPERFORATE 10-CENT TYPE II.

The majority of sound unused examples of the 10c 1855 are without gum, and the few original-gum singles have faults. This superb original-gum stamp has extraordinary freshness and full balanced margins. It ranks among the best three or four examples by our firm during the past 13 years.

Ex Bingham, Dupuy and Ishikawa. With 1972 P.F. certificate

5,000
5,750
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23
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 23, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Typical brownish original gum, large margins to huge incl. part of adjoining stamp at right and sheet margin at left, deep shade and remarkably detailed impression showing every nuance of the lathework

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, WITH AN ENORMOUS SHEET MARGIN AT LEFT.

As multiples demonstrate, the spacing between stamps on the plate was very narrow. Sound original-gum examples with four margins are great rarities, and most have been cut from larger multiples. The presence of the sheet margin and the portion of the adjoining stamp at right add considerable value to this stamp.

With 1993 P.S.E. and 1997 P.F. certificates

6,500
3,000
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