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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 — 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3202
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3202, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123), 1c Buff, Re-Issue (123)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Essentially perfect centering, wide margins, fresh color and detailed impression, neat strikes of grid and red cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,650.00). Only four other examples have achieved this grade and only one has graded higher (at 98).

400
1,500
3203
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3203, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)2c Brown, Re-Issue (124), 2c Brown, Re-Issue (124)2c Brown, Re-Issue (124). Well-balanced margins, rich color and detailed impression on fresh paper, light but clear cancel, Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of this issue and rare in such choice used condition, with 1998, 2005 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90), with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,750.00), only two have graded higher and only two others share this grade

875
950
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3204
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Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3204, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)3c Blue, Re-Issue (125), 3c Blue, Re-Issue (125)3c Blue, Re-Issue (125). Unused (no gum), exceptionally well-centered for this difficult value, fresh color on crisp paper, detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 2007 P.F. (VF-XF 85) and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $4,300.00). This is the highest grade awarded to an unused (no gum) example and is shared by only one other. There are only two original-gum examples graded 90, as well as the stamp graded 95 (ex Whitman)

2,500
2,500
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3205
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3205, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)6c Blue, Re-Issue (126), 6c Blue, Re-Issue (126)6c Blue, Re-Issue (126). Exceptionally well-centered with extra wide margins all around, deep rich color, 1884 oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 6-CENT 1869 RE-ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A SUPERB STAMP WHICH HAS RECEIVED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 FROM P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

The 6c is the one of the rarest of the set in used condition. SMQ estimates that approximately 30 exist in used condition, and our own informal count concurs. The example offered here is one of the finest in existence -- most are either off-center or have flaws.

With 2000 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $17,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

3,250
10,500
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3206
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3206, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127), 10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127). Choice margins and centering, vivid color on fresh paper, bold strike of New York oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 1985 and 1995 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $6,250.00). SMQ estimates that approximately 30 are known used. Only one example has graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report (at 90J) and this is the sole example to achieve this grade. As a further indication of the rarity of this issue in the higher grades, P.S.E. does not even price it as a used 95

2,000
1,600
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3207
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3207, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)12c Green, Re-Issue (128), 12c Green, Re-Issue (128)12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper, light strike of double oval cancel, beautifully centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

The 12c 1869 Pictorial Re-issue is the second rarest of the set in used condition, after the 3c. The Rose book estimates 15-25 extant used copies, and SMQ estimates 20 extant. It was the only used 1869 Re-issue denomination in the Zoellner collection that was accepted with a small fault. This stamp ranks among a small handful as the finest extant.

With 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $7,500.00). Only one example has been graded higher (at 95, ex Tahoe) and this is one of only two 90's contained in the P.S.E. Population Report

3,250
4,250
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3208
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3208, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129), 15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129). Choice centering with extra wide margins, deep rich colors and sharp impressions on fresh paper, cork cancel leaves central vignette clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

The Type III design of the 15c Re-Issue is similar to the Type I, except it lacks shading lines around the vignette. The Rose book (p. 104) notes that essays of Type III are known from 1868, indicating this type was contemplated but never used for the original 1869 Issue. The vignette plate based on Type III was made for the Re-Issue. According to SMQ approximately 70 used examples are known. Our experience has been that most are either faulty or off-center.

With 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,450.00). Only one has graded higher and only four others share this grade

1,300
1,300
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3209
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3209, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130), 24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130)24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130). Precise centering, bright colors on fresh paper, unobtrusive cancels leave central vignette completely visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 2001 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,500.00). SMQ estimates that approximately 70 used examples are known. As a P.S.E. grade of 90, only four have graded higher. The highest grade in the P.S.E. Population Report is 95, which is the grade awarded to this stamp by the P.F.

1,750
2,600
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3210
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3210, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131), 30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131)30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131). Essentially perfect centering with wide margins, deep rich colors, light registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

SMQ estimates that approximately 40 are known used. Our experience has been that many are either off-center or have small faults.

With 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $23,000.00). Only one other shares this grade, and none has graded higher.

3,000
13,500
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3211
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3211, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132), 90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132). Beautifully centered with wide margins, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impressions, light strike of circle of wedges cork cancel leaves entire design completely visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE, COMBINING ALL ELEMENTS OF CENTERING, WIDE MARGINS, COLOR AND A CLEAR CANCEL.

SMQ estimates that approximately 40 used copies exist. Most are either off-center or have small faults.

Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1980, 2001 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $10,500.00). Only two examples have been graded higher (at 95) and this is the only stamp to achieve this grade

6,500
8,500
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3212
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3212, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133), 1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133)1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133). Wide margins and choice centering, deep rich color, Washington D.C. machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an unusual late but genuine usage of this stamp, with 2006 P.F. (XF 90) and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,200.00), only two examples have achieved this desirable grade with none higher

400
2,800
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3213
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3213, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133)1c Brown Orange, 1881 Re-Issue (133a), 1c Brown Orange, 1881 Re-Issue (133a)1c Brown Orange, 1881 Re-Issue (133a). Rich color, wide margins and choice centering, New York oval registry cancel, short perf at bottom right is well obscured by the cancel and not mentioned on accompanying P.F. certificate, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates

350
325
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