Sale 968A — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Two: 1870-1901 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 April, 2009

Category — 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
348
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Sale 968A, Lot 348, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Mint N.H., wide margins, gorgeous dark shade and proof-like impression, Very Fine and choice, with 1995 P.F. certificate

80
550
349
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Sale 968A, Lot 349, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Mint N.H., rich color, detailed impression, wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

80
325
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350
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Sale 968A, Lot 350, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Mint N.H., vibrant color on post-office fresh paper, exceptional centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 1990 and 1997 P.F. certificates and 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98). Only one example has graded higher to date

400
15,500
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351
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Sale 968A, Lot 351, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H. with imprint and wide selvage at bottom, deep rich color and proof-like impression, unusually choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE

With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). Only four have graded higher to date

400
2,000
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352
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Sale 968A, Lot 352, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Mint N.H., rich color, marvelous impression, Extremely Fine, with 1993 and 1996 P.F. certificates

600
325
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353
og
Sale 968A, Lot 353, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (289a). Original gum, lightly hinged, incl. sheet margin at top, few light natural gum bends -- much less noticeable than usually found on all existing pairs

EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING AND SUPERB FRESH CONDITION. ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE EXAMPLES OF THE ONLY MAJOR ERROR OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Datz states that 25 pairs are known. We have only offered one other since 2002.

27,500
31,250
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354
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Sale 968A, Lot 354, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Mint N.H., bright shade and detailed impression, balanced Jumbo margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1999 P.F. certificate

550
750
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355
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Sale 968A, Lot 355, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Mint N.H. with wide selvage and plate no. 603 at bottom, rich color, proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

2,200
3,500
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356
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Sale 968A, Lot 356, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Mint N.H., deep shade and remarkably detailed impression on post-office fresh paper, balanced Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN CALLED THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DESIGN IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

3,900
6,250
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357
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Sale 968A, Lot 357, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SOUND, CENTERED AND MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. A GORGEOUS STAMP.

With 1982 P.F. certificate

6,500
7,500
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