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Sale 968B — The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Three: 1902-34 Issues, B-O-B

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 22-25 September, 2009

Category — 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
725
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Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 725, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)2c Carmine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (554b), 2c Carmine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (554b)2c Carmine, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (554b). With wide selvage at bottom, stamps Mint N.H., natural short gum at right, deep rich color, centered to left

FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1922 IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE

Gary Griffith states that 3 to 5 pairs are known. The most desirable (and most easily authenticated) originate from a block of twelve with plate no. 14213 which contains three examples of the variety as well as a fourth pair with part perfs. The multiple had Bureau brown paper fixing tears at left (including one in an error pair). The pair offered here is the rightmost pair in the multiple, which was offered in our 1966 Rarities sale.

Ex Griffith. With 1978 and 2001 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged

4,000
9,500
726
 
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 726, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Top (554d), 2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Top (554d)2c Carmine, Perf 10 at Top (554d). Bright color, New York precancel, centered to bottom left

FINE AND RARE. ONLY ELEVEN SINGLES, A BLOCK OF FOUR AND TWO COVERS ARE KNOWN TO US. A GREAT RARITY.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

5,500
9,500
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727
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Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 727, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)4c Yellow Brown, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (556a), 4c Yellow Brown, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (556a)4c Yellow Brown, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (556a). Block of nine containing one vertical pair of the variety, bottom right corner selvage with "J.W.B." and "J.McF." plate finisher's initials, the block was damaged and patched during production with brown paper affixed to back at the Bureau, partially erased blue crayon rejection mark

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT MARTHA WASHINGTON IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE AND A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION ITEM

According to Gary Griffith in his book United States Stamps 1922-26, the brown paper on the back was a common Bureau repair, where sheets of 400 or half-sheets of 200 that were mangled in the perforating process were taped back together in order to salvage usable panes. Often, if one pane of 100 was damaged, the remaining panes could be salvaged and put into circulation. Sometimes the damaged and taped panes found their way into circulation, probably from being erroneously placed among the undamaged panes.

Ex Lilly and Griffith. With 1983 and 2001 P.F. certificates.

10,500
11,500
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728
ogbl
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 728, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)5c Dark Blue, Imperforate Pair (557a), 5c Dark Blue, Imperforate Pair (557a)5c Dark Blue, Imperforate Pair (557a). Block of four, huge margins incl. sheet margin at left, top left stamp small h.r., three stamps Mint N.H., rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1922 ISSUE -- THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE 2000.

One or two panes of 100 are believed to exist. According to Gary Griffith, one was found in Stamford Conn. and was broken by Philip Ward. who numbered each stamp before dividing the pane. This block does not have the numbers, indicating that it probably came from the other pane.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as Mint N.H. and hinged pairs.

5,500
4,250
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729
ngbl
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 729, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)10c Orange, Imperforate Pair (562b), 10c Orange, Imperforate Pair (562b)10c Orange, Imperforate Pair (562b). Block of four, huge margins incl. guideline at top and sheet margin at left, without gum as are all known examples of this rarity, intense shade

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT 1922 IMPERFORATE. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM

According to United States Stamps 1922-26 by Gary Griffith, noted dealer Philip Ward purchased a pane in 1925 in Oklahoma. Part of the pane was marked for destruction by blue crayon, but apparently made it into circulation. A second pane is also known, which was similarly marked for destruction. Examples without the blue crayon are rarer and more desirable.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

5,000
6,500
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730
ng
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 730, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)10c Orange, Imperforate Pair (562b), 10c Orange, Imperforate Pair (562b)10c Orange, Imperforate Pair (562b). Vertical pair, Positions 83/93, large margins incl. sheet margin at bottom, unused (no gum) as are all known examples, rich color

VERY FINE AND SCARCE. A DESIRABLE BOTTOM SHEET MARGIN PAIR OF THIS RARITY.

According to United States Stamps 1922-26 by Gary Griffith, noted dealer Philip Ward purchased a pane in 1925 in Oklahoma. Large areas were marked for destruction with a blue crayon -- examples such as the pair offered here, not defaced by the blue crayon, are scarce.

With 2005 P.F. certificate

2,500
2,100
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731
 
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 731, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)10c Orange, Perf 10 at Top (562c), 10c Orange, Perf 10 at Top (562c)10c Orange, Perf 10 at Top (562c). Brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, neat Brooklyn N.Y. precancel

FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1922 PERF 10 AT TOP OR BOTTOM VARIETY. ONLY ELEVEN SINGLES AND TWO PAIRS ARE KNOWN TO US.

Of the examples contained in our records, only five singles and one pair are sound.

With 2008 P.F. certificate

20,000
32,500
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732
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Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 732, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)12c Brown Violet, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (564a), 12c Brown Violet, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (564a)12c Brown Violet, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (564a). Rich color, wide margins especially at sides

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1922 ISSUE IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY.

According to Gary Griffith, this was first listed in the Scott Catalogue in 1936, based on a find reported by Spencer Anderson. Apparently, one pane was discovered in which the top three rows showed no vertical perforations. Assuming no others were found, this would make only 15 pairs of the variety.

Ex Floyd

1,750
4,000
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733
nh
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 733, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)20c Carmine Rose, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (567a), 20c Carmine Rose, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (567a)20c Carmine Rose, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (567a). Mint N.H., deep rich color, trace of guideline at right, usual light natural gum crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT 1922 ISSUE IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY.

According to Gary Griffith, a complete pane of 100 was found in Pasadena Cal. in 1929, which was divided between two collectors. This would make 50 pairs total. At least one of the panes was broken into pairs and blocks. The example offered here is especially desirable as it is Mint N.H..

With 2001 P.F. certificate

3,500
5,000
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734
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Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 734, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)20c Carmine Rose, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (567a), 20c Carmine Rose, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (567a)20c Carmine Rose, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (567a). Single hinge mark, intense shade, full guideline at right, usual light natural gum bend not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT 1922 ISSUE IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY.

According to Gary Griffith, a complete pane of 100 was found in Pasadena Cal. in 1929, which was divided between two collectors. This would make 50 pairs total. At least one of the panes was broken into pairs and blocks.

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

2,000
4,500
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735
nh
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 735, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573), $5.00 Carmine & Blue (573)$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573). Mint N.H., rich colors, beautifully balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $390.00)

220
325
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736
nh
Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 736, 1922-29 Issues (Scott 551-573)$5.00 Carmine Lake and Dark Blue (573a), $5.00 Carmine Lake and Dark Blue (573a)$5.00 Carmine Lake and Dark Blue (573a). Mint N.H., intense color which leaves no doubt that this is the Carmine Lake shade variety, the color nicely contrasted by bright paper, gorgeous centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1922 COLOR VARIETY, WHICH HAS BEEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

With 2005 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $2,100.00). Only five others have achieved this grade to date and none have graded higher

350
2,400
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