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

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

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
756
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 756, Air Post6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Mint N.H., vibrant color, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2000 P.F. certificate

135
450
757
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 757, Air Post16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Mint N.H., brilliant color, detailed impression, perfectly centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,000.00), only one has graded higher to date

150
3,750
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758
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 758, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Mint N.H. with red plate no. 8492 at top, brilliant colors, Jumbo margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

150
425
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759
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 759, Air Post8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, post-office fresh paper, long and full perforations all around, Extremely Fine Gem, a magnificent stamp, with 2005 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $365.00 as 98), only one has graded higher to date and only three others share this grade

42
4,000
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760
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 760, Air Post16c Dark Blue, 1923 Air Post (C5). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1996 P.F. certificate

150
225
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761
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 761, Air Post24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, gorgeous centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1994 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,050.00), only six have graded higher to date

160
1,650
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762
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 762, Air Post65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Mint N.H., radiant color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, with 1996 P.F. certificate

425
425
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763
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 763, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Mint N.H., bright shade, crisp impression, balanced margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1997 P.F. certificate

500
550
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764
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 764, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Mint N.H. with plate no. 20092 in bottom selvage, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, stamp with slight natural gum wrinkle at bottom, selvage with 7mm tear, still Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,200.00)

1,275
1,500
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765
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 765, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Mint N.H., large to huge margins, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tete-beche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

10,000
13,000
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766
nh
Sale 968B, Lot 766, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a). Mint N.H., large margins, rich color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND AND MINT NEVER-HINGED TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tenn., The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin Tenn., which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

Approximately a dozen tete-beche pairs have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. Of these, most have some slight thinning in the margin, leading us to believe that at some point these were stacked for sale and exposed to mild moisture.

Ex Golin. With 1999 P.F. certificate stating "Never Hinged". The Scott Catalogue value is for a hinged pair (the Mint N.H. listing is based on this pair and is unpriced).

22,500
21,000
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