EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE CANCELLED IN BLUE.
P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A COLORFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH RED GRID CANCEL, MAGNIFICENT MARGINS AND SUPERB CENTERING.
With 1996 and 2005 P.F. certificates
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING.
As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum.
With 1982 P.F. and 1999 P.S.E. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT RED BROWN 1862 ISSUE CANCELLED IN GREEN.
It is not widely known that the late Marc Haas, who amassed one of the largest and most valuable U.S. cover collections of all time, also collected classic U.S. stamps in superb used condition. His collection was offered under the title "Distinguished Connoisseur" in our Sale 418, and we frequently refer to that sale catalogue to see what exists. Haas also had a penchant for green cancels, and, if he were able to obtain a green cancel on any of the 5c 1861 shades, it would have been in that sale. Not only is an example missing from the Haas sale, it is also missing from the Rohloff, Grunin and Klein sales, all of which had a significant number of 5c 1861-63 Issues.
With 2004 P.S.E. and copy of 2005 P.F. certificates as a pair. The other stamp in the pair realized $7,500 hammer in the 2005 Rarities sale.