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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 — 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3321
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3321, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)1c Dull Blue (219), 1c Dull Blue (219)1c Dull Blue (219). Jumbo margins and outstanding centering, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $325.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the only example to achieve this grade and only one has graded higher (at 100J, the stamp in our Natalie Grace sale)

0
375
3322
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3322, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)2c Lake (219D), 2c Lake (219D)2c Lake (219D). Colossal margins and outstanding centering, deep rich color on fresh paper, light circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning Jumbo example of this issue, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $550.00 as 98), only two examples have achieved this desirable grade with none higher

5
650
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3323
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3323, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)2c Carmine (220), 2c Carmine (220)2c Carmine (220). Perfectly centered with enormous margins all around, brilliant color, bold strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular used example of this issue, ex Tahoe, with 2003 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced above the grade of 98, SMQ $290.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two others

0
325
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3324
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3324, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)2c Carmine, Cap on Left "2" (220a), 2c Carmine, Cap on Left "2" (220a)2c Carmine, Cap on Left "2" (220a). Perfect centering with wide margins, brilliant color, light cancel leaves design and "Cap" variety clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $600.00), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and this is the only example at this grade

11
475
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3325
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3325, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)2c Carmine, Cap on Both "2"'s (220c), 2c Carmine, Cap on Both "2"'s (220c)2c Carmine, Cap on Both "2"'s (220c). Almost mathematically perfect centering, gorgeous color, light strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,250.00), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and this is the only example to achieve this grade

32
750
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3326
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3326, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)3c Purple (221), 3c Purple (221)3c Purple (221). Perfect centering with Jumbo margins, bright color on crisp paper, neat machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $525.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade)

9
850
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3327
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3327, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)4c Dark Brown (222), 4c Dark Brown (222)4c Dark Brown (222). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, rich color on bright white paper, indistinct cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $450.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

4
475
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3328
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3328, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Jumbo margins and choice centering, fresh color, indistinct cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $175.00 as 95, $525.00 as 98), only three examples have graded higher with one equal

4
225
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3329
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3329, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)6c Brown Red (224), 6c Brown Red (224)6c Brown Red (224). Jumbo margins and well-centered, rich color, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine, this is a shockingly difficult stamp to find in superb used condition, of all the 1890 Issue denominations this is the only stamp that has not been graded 98 in used condition, in fact this issue has not even been graded 95 in used condition, with 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $140.00 as 90, unpriced as 95), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only three others

25
350
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3330
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3330, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)8c Lilac (225), 8c Lilac (225)8c Lilac (225). Crisp impression nicely complemented by purple "Registered" cancels, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $740.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade

17
500
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3331
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3331, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)8c Lilac (225), 8c Lilac (225)8c Lilac (225). Choice centering with Jumbo margins, particularly wide at sides, rich color, neat strike of target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $300.00 as 95, $740.00 as 98), only two have graded higher and only two others share this grade

17
375
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3332
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3332, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)10c Green (226), 10c Green (226)10c Green (226). Perfect centering, rich color, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $525.00), only two have graded higher and only one other shares this grade

4
400
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3333
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3333, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)15c Indigo (227), 15c Indigo (227)15c Indigo (227). Jumbo margins and choice centering, intense color, bold duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $300.00 as 95, unpriced as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only three others

27
275
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3334
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3334, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)30c Black (228), 30c Black (228)30c Black (228). Perfect centering with wide margins, bright shade and crisp paper, light cancel leaves entire design visible, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this issue in the finest attainable condition, with 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

42
700
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3335
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3335, 1890-93 Issue (Scott 219-229)90c Orange (229), 90c Orange (229)90c Orange (229). Perfect centering, long and full perforations, vivid color on crisp white paper, New York oval registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,850.00). This is one of only two examples of this issue to achieve a 98 grade and none has graded higher

160
1,000
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