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Sale 1004 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection of the U.S. 1869 Pictorial Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

Category — 1869 Pictorial Inverts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
185
 
Sale Number 1004, Lot Number 185, 1869 Pictorial Inverts15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions on crisp paper, perfs well clear of design all around, neat strike of New York City Large 5-Point Star fancy cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS STAMP IS WIDELY ESTEEMED AS THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT EXTANT. THE COLORS ARE REMARKABLE, THE MARGINS ARE WIDE ALL AROUND, IT HAS A STAR FANCY CANCEL, AND IT IS COMPLETELY SOUND. A TRULY REMARKABLE STAMP.

Our census of 1869 Inverts, published in the February 1999 Chronicle and updated with three new stamps, contains 93 examples of the 15c Invert, including three unused and 90 used (one in the British Library's Tapling collection). Fewer than a dozen examples are sound, and this is considered to be the finest truly sound stamp.

Census No. 119b-CAN-NC-03. Ex Moody, "Ambassador", Wunderlich, Kantor and Koppersmith. With 1971, 1986, 2001 and 2010 P.F. certificates.

20,000
110,000
186
 
Sale Number 1004, Lot Number 186, 1869 Pictorial Inverts24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Bright colors, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, light strike of rosette cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT IN EXISTENCE. THE COLORS ARE FRESH, THE MARGINS ARE BALANCED, THE ROSETTE CANCEL IS LIGHT, AND IT IS COMPLETELY SOUND. A TRULY PHENOMENAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Our published 1869 Invert census (with unpublished updates) contains 89 copies of the perforated 24c Invert, including four unused stamps and used multiples. Of these, only five qualify as "centered" and of these four are either reperfed or have margins added. This stamp stands alone as being sound and centered.

Census No. 120b-CAN-C01. Ex Moody, "Ambassador" and Grunin. With 1999 and 2010 P.F. certificates.

35,000
85,000
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187
 
Sale Number 1004, Lot Number 187, 1869 Pictorial Inverts30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Center Inverted (121b), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Center Inverted (121b)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Center Inverted (121b). Choice centering, radiant colors, crisp impression, neat circle of V's cancel and also blue French Calais circular datestamp, small margin repair at upper right which is barely noticeable

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT WITH WIDE-SPACED TOP AND BOTTOM MARGINS AND A FRENCH TRANSIT CANCEL.

Our published census of 30c 1869 Inverts (with unpublished updates) contains a total of 45 stamps, including 7 unused and 38 used. The stamp offered here is one of five in the Wide-Spaced centering category (see Chronicle No. 138, May 1988, page 123). The Wide-Spaced stamps have extra wide top and bottom margins.

Census No. 121b-CAN-WS01. Ex McKinney. With 2010 P.F. certificate.

110,000
55,000
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