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Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3145
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3145, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)3c Rose, A. Grill (79), 3c Rose, A. Grill (79)3c Rose, A. Grill (79). Clear grill but with mostly intact perfs, light strike of target cancel, choice centering, 1980 and 2010 P.F. certificates both call the stamp genuine, with most recent certificate stating "color slightly faded", 2009 P.S.E. certificate which no longer accompanies states "genuine used with two short perfs to the left and reperfed at top", still Extremely Fine appearance -- the "faded" opinion is off base, in our opinion, because Scott 79's always have color affected by the all-over grill -- ex Senchuk

1,600
1,200
3146
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3146, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Nicely balanced wide margins, deep rich color on fresh paper, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine, a choice used example of the scarce 3c C Grill, with 1983 P.F. certificate as on cover, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,850.00), only four examples have been graded higher and this is one of only three to achieve this grade

1,100
750
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3147
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3147, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Choice centering for this difficult issue with wide and balanced margins, intense shade on bright paper, clearly-defined grill, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

The 2c D Grill is the rarest of the regular-production 1867-68 Grilled Issues (excluding the 1867 trials and rarest Z Grills), followed in order of scarcity by the 3c Z Grill, the 3c D Grill and the 12c Z Grill. It is our hypothesis that two grilling machines were used simultaneously, and that one of the machines was converted from the D to E Grill on or about Feb. 3, 1868, after a small number of 2c and 3c sheets were run through the D-equipped machine. This was the first time the Black Jack received a grill.

With 1989 and 2005 P.F. certificates (XF 90). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $13,000.00 as 85).

4,500
7,000
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3148
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3148, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, brilliant color, clearly-defined grill, grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY BOTH P.S.E. AND THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

It is our hypothesis that two grilling machines were used to make regular-production grilled stamps, beginning in January 1868. Based on our analysis of grill production, the D Grill machine was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 3, 1868. Based on the earliest known uses of the 3c D Grill (2/1/68) and 3c E Grill (2/12/68), it is our theory that the conversion from the D to E Grill took place very soon after sheets of 2c and 3c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine. This would explain the scarcity of 3c D Grill stamps.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (Superb 98). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $27,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other example has achieved this grade. The other P.S.E. 98 was offered in our sale of the Natalee Grace collection (Sale 1024, lot 142)

1,100
12,000
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3149
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3149, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Perfect centering with unusually wide margins all around, clearly-defined grill, bright shade and crisp impression, beautifully cancelled by red segmented cork

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ASTONISHING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS SPECTACULAR STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

The plates used to print the Black Jacks did not provide enough space between subjects for the large 12-gauge perf holes. Consequently, most Black Jack stamps have perfs touching the design on one or two sides. This scarcity of four-margined copies multiplies exponentially when the Z Grill is factored into the equation. Only a small quantity of 2c sheets were grilled during the period when the Z device was active -- after the D Grill (Scott 84), the Z is the rarest of Black Jack grilled stamps.

With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $31,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other.

1,400
15,000
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3150
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3150, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Wide margins and choice centering, clearly-defined grill which is easily visible from the front, rich color, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A FRESH AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.

The 3c Z Grill was in production for only a short period of time before the device was replaced with the F Grill. Only a small number of 3c sheets were fed thru the Z Grill, which accounts for the rarity of surviving examples. Our review of past auctions, including Power Search, found precious few sound copies with Extremely Fine centering.

With 2002 P.F., 2005 and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $9,500.00). Only one other example has achieved this grade and only two have graded higher.

3,500
5,750
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3151
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3151, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Radiant color on bright paper, choice margins and centering, clearly-defined grill, light cancel

VERY FINE. A LOVELY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.

With 1985 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $4,000.00)

3,500
3,250
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3152
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3152, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, A thru Z Grills (Scott 79-85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E), 12c Black, Z. Grill (85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins all around, intense impression gives the stamp a remarkable depth of shade, clearly-defined grill points, neat target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 1867 12-CENT Z GRILL.

The 12c Z Grill stamps are often quite off-center. The example offered here a true condition rarity. With 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $6,250.00). Only three examples have been graded higher and this is one of only two to achieve this grade. We are surprised this did not receive a 95 grade.

2,500
4,500
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