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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 — 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3410
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3410, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)1c Trans-Mississippi (285), 1c Trans-Mississippi (285)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Outstanding centering with Jumbo margins, bright shade on fresh paper, light wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an absolutely superb used example of the 1c Trans-Mississippi, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $830.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

7
750
3411
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3411, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Wide perfectly balanced margins, bright color on crisp paper, neat strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular example of this workhorse value from the Trans-Mississippi series, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), more than 159 million of the 2c stamp were printed, yet to find a truly superbly centered and sound used example is astonishingly difficult, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only this and one other used stamp at 98 with none higher, only three others have even graded as high as 95, this compares to approximately 50 Mint N.H. stamps graded 95 or better including nine at 98 or 98J, the far more common Mint N.H. 98's have an SMQ value of $2,750.00

2
425
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3412
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3412, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Choice balanced margins, vibrant color, light New York duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $395.00), only two have graded higher

27
550
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3413
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3413, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $395.00), only two have graded higher

27
600
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3414
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3414, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Perfectly balanced wide margins, deep rich color on fresh paper, neat machine cancel, Extremely Fine, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), this is one of only two examples to achieve the grade of 98, with none higher

25
850
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3415
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3415, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Wide margins and precise centering, rich color, bold strike of Philadelphia oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1992 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $575.00), only two have graded higher (at 98)

50
650
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3416
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3416, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Perfectly centered with wide margins, fresh color and proof-like impression, bold quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.A.G. AND SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED BY P.S.E.

With 2011 P.F., 2010 P.S.A.G. (Gem 100) and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,800.00). This is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report and only one other example has achieved this grade, offered in our recent Natalee Grace sale. One could argue between the two grades on this stamp, but without question this is one of the finest used 10c Trans-Mississippi stamps extant

35
1,100
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3417
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3417, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Jumbo margins and outstanding centering, bright color on fresh paper, neat part strike of circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge and striking example of this mournful design, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $575.00 as 95, $1,800.00 as 98), only two examples have graded higher (one of which is offered in the previous lot) and this is the only example to achieve this grade

35
600
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3418
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3418, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Almost mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, vivid color on bright white paper, light strike of New York circular datestamp cancel leaves design unobscured

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,400.00). Only one other example has achieved this grade with none higher.

210
2,700
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3419
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3419, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Perfectly centered with unusually wide and balanced margins on all sides, deep shade and proof-like impressions which shows every nuance of the detailed engraving, clear and unobtrusive strike of "Baltimore Md. Reg." oval registry cancel, P.F. certificate states that the ink at lower left is not part of the cancel but was applied to cover an abrasion (we disagree with this opinion and think that the ink is either from the cancel or the stamp printing), P.S.E. certificate states "it is genuine", Extremely Fine Gem, ex Tahoe, with 2012 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $11,750.00), as a sound 98 this is the second highest grade awarded, exceeded only by the Gem 100 Jumbo sold in our 2012 Rarities of the World sale

650
2,900
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3420
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3420, 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Intense color on fresh paper, beautiful centering with wide and well-proportioned margins, New York registry cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated William McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi issue.

All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.

Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."

With 1998 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only four others share this grade.

1,100
7,500
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