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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 — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3231
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3231, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)1c Ultramarine (145), 1c Ultramarine (145)1c Ultramarine (145). Magnificent centering and color, bold crossroads cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $325.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other, the modest SMQ value belies the extreme rarity of this stamp at the highest grades

25
375
3232
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3232, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)2c Red Brown (146), 2c Red Brown (146)2c Red Brown (146). Perfect centering, deep rich color on fresh paper, beautiful strike of 5-point Hollow Star fancy cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $620.00) only three other used stamps have achieved this grade

20
950
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3233
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3233, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)2c Red Brown (146), 2c Red Brown (146)2c Red Brown (146). Horizontal pair, both stamps with gorgeous centering and wide margins, deep rich color, light strikes of cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem pair, with 2002 and 2005 P.F. certificates, the former as a strip of three

42
150
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3234
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3234, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)3c Green (147), 3c Green (147)3c Green (147). Deep rich color, wide and balanced margins, well-struck Circle of Hearts cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $170.00), only one stamp has graded higher (at 98) and only three others share this grade

2
300
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3235
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3235, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)6c Carmine (148), 6c Carmine (148)6c Carmine (148). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, bright color on fresh paper, light strike of cork cancel leaves design completely visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WHICH HAS ACHIEVED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO FROM P.S.E.

With 2010 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,000.00 as 98). This is the only example to achieve this perfect grade. The next highest used example in the P.S.E. Population Report is a 95J.

35
3,750
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3236
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3236, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)7c Vermilion (149), 7c Vermilion (149)7c Vermilion (149). Jumbo margins and precise centering, vivid color, New York Foreign Mail Shield cancel (Weiss Ty. RE-E3)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 7-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 1987 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,525.00 as 98). Only one stamp has graded higher and only one other shares this grade. Among the small handful of superb graded examples, the NYFM cancel makes this a particularly desirable example

100
2,000
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3237
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3237, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)10c Brown (150), 10c Brown (150)10c Brown (150). Essentially perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, wonderful depth of color on bright white paper, red target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp made more desirable by the vivid red cancel, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $960.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

39
1,700
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3238
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3238, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)10c Brown (150), 10c Brown (150)10c Brown (150). Choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color on fresh paper beautifully complemented by red New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. GE-EP11), Extremely Fine, with 1986 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90)

E. 300-400
900
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3239
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3239, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)12c Dull Violet (151), 12c Dull Violet (151)12c Dull Violet (151). Balanced wide margins, fresh color on crisp paper, light cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00), only one has graded higher (at 98) and only three others share this grade

220
850
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3240
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3240, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)15c Bright Orange (152), 15c Bright Orange (152)15c Bright Orange (152). Precise centering, vibrant color on fresh paper, neat strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00), only one has graded higher (at 98) and this is the only example to achieve this grade

220
1,100
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3241
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3241, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Jumbo margins and choice centering, rich color on bright paper, cork cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS HUGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 24-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE AT THIS GRADE, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

The 24c Bank Note Issue has always been a difficult stamp to find in the highest grades. There often seems to be a tradeoff between centering and color, with many stamps fading over years of handling. There are no examples graded 98 for either the grilled or ungrilled issue, and the highest grade awarded to a grilled stamp is 90. There are 15 examples of the ungrilled issue that have graded 95 but this is the sole example to crack the 95 Jumbo grade.

With 2010 P.F., 1992 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $1,200.00 as 95).

230
1,700
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3242
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3242, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Outstanding centering, perfect strike of red New York Foreign Mail Circle of Hearts cancel (Weiss Ty. TR-W5), Extremely Fine Gem, with 1983, 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00), only one stamp has graded higher

245
1,500
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3243
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3243, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Wonderful depth of color, far richer than normally encountered, nice margins and centering on bright white paper, red cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00), only one stamp has graded higher

245
950
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3244
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3244, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Outstanding centering on fresh paper, rich color, bold strike of crossroads cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00), only one stamp has graded higher

230
750
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3245
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3245, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Deep rich color, much better than usually encountered for this issue, choice centering, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00), only one stamp has graded higher

230
850
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3246
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3246, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Well-centered with margins clear of design all around, bold strike of red New York Foreign Mail Circle of Wedges cancel (Weiss Ty. TR-S4), Extremely Fine, with 1985, 2002 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $460.00)

245
500
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3247
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3247, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Pretty bright shade wonderfully contrasted by bold strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. TR-W5), well-centered, Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $460.00)

230
500
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3248
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3248, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Exceptionally deep and distinctive shade, choice margins and centering, cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with two 2005 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

230
400
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3249
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3249, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)30c Black (154), 30c Black (154)30c Black (154). Almost mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, bright shade on fresh white paper, unobtrusive cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STRIKING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE IN THE FRESHEST STATE OF PRESERVATION. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $5,200.00). Since this stamp was submitted to P.S.E. five years ago, it has remained the highest graded example with no equals.

300
4,750
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3250
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3250, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)30c Black (154), 30c Black (154)30c Black (154). Jumbo margins and outstanding centering, crisp shade on bright paper, bold strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss Ty. GE-C1)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING JUMBO-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH A NEW YORK FOREIGN MAIL CANCELLATION.

With 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,950.00 as 95, $5,200.00 as 98). Only the stamp offered in the previous lot has graded higher and this is one of only three to achieve the 95J grade.

300
1,900
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3251
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3251, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)90c Carmine (155), 90c Carmine (155)90c Carmine (155). Perfect centering with wide margins, magnificent color on bright paper, nicely complemented by red three-bar cancel, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 90-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE IS THE FIRST TO BE AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 -- WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED BY P.S.E..

This stunning stamp exhibits all of the Ashbrook three C's -- exceptional color, beautiful cancel, and choice centering. It has remained the sole example of either the Grilled or Ungrilled National Bank Note Co. Issue to achieve a 98 grade since it was submitted to P.S.E. seven years ago.

With 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,300.00)

400
10,000
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3252
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3252, 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Issue, Ungrilled (Scott 145-155)90c Carmine (155), 90c Carmine (155)90c Carmine (155). Choice centering, brilliant color on bright fresh paper, light cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 90-CENT UNGRILLED NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

With 2010 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00). Only the example offered in the previous lot has graded higher and only five others share this grade

350
1,800
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