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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 — 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3511
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3511, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1c Green (405), 1c Green (405)1c Green (405). Mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, bright color on fresh paper, light machine cancel leaves vignette completely visible, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $150.00 as 98), this is the highest grade possible and only three others share this grade

0
160
3512
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3512, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)2c Carmine (406), 2c Carmine (406)2c Carmine (406). Mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, brilliant color, indistinct but unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning and huge stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $185.00 as 98), only two others share this ultimate grade

0
225
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3513
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3513, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)7c Black (407), 7c Black (407)7c Black (407). Precise centering with wide margins, intense shade, neat oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $740.00), only one has graded higher and no others share this grade, this Perf 12 7c issue was only in use for five months before the new Perf 10 stamps were issued (Scott 430), this accounts for their rarity in higher grades in both unused and used condition

14
425
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3514
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3514, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1912-18 Imperforate Issues, Graded Gem 100 Jumbo (408/484), 1912-18 Imperforate Issues, Graded Gem 100 Jumbo (408/484)1912-18 Imperforate Issues, Graded Gem 100 Jumbo (408/484). Five stamps, including Nos. 408-409, 481-482 and 484, each graded Gem 100 Jumbo by P.S.E. except for No. 484 graded Gem 100, huge margins and bright colors, cancels including wavy-line machine, oval numeral grid and boxed slogan, Extremely Fine Gem group, each stamp also accompanied by 2011 P.F. certificate, these are unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, total SMQ value $238.00 as 98

12
650
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3515
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3515, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1c Green, Coil (410), 1c Green, Coil (410)1c Green, Coil (410). Jumbo margins and close to perfect centering, wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $170.00 as 95, unpriced as 98), this is the highest grade awarded to a used single and no others have achieved this grade

12
475
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3516
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3516, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1c Green, Coil (412), 1c Green, Coil (412)1c Green, Coil (412). Jumbo margins and choice centering, deep rich color, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $230.00 as 95, $500.00 as 98), this is the only example to achieve this grade and only one has graded higher (at 98)

25
150
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3517
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3517, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)2c Carmine, Coil (413), 2c Carmine, Coil (413)2c Carmine, Coil (413). Huge margins and essentially perfect centering, gorgeous color, neat Exposition machine cancel, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $500.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two others

25
225
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3518
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3518, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)8c Pale Olive Green (414), 8c Pale Olive Green (414)8c Pale Olive Green (414). Perfectly centered with wide margins, clear violet straightline Registration cancel, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp and especially desirable with this attractive cancel, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $400.00 for ordinary cancel), only two have graded higher (at 98J) and this is the only example graded 98

2
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3519
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3519, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)9c Salmon Red (415), 9c Salmon Red (415)9c Salmon Red (415). Radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, bright paper, unobtrusive strike of oval registry cancel, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade, the next-highest graded used copy is a 95

14
425
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3520
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3520, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)12c Claret Brown (417), 12c Claret Brown (417)12c Claret Brown (417). Jumbo margins and superb centering, deep rich color on fresh paper, long and full perforations, oval registry cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, a striking and spectacular stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $625.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no other used examples, the next highest used grade is 95

5
425
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3521
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3521, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)15c Gray (418), 15c Gray (418)15c Gray (418). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, intense shade on bright paper which is nicely contrasted by a bold "S" in oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $675.00 as 98), this is one of only four stamps to have achieved this grade, which is the highest awarded

4
450
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3522
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3522, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)20c Ultramarine (419), 20c Ultramarine (419)20c Ultramarine (419). Perfect centering, spectacular depth of color, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $850.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

19
500
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3523
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3523, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)30c Orange Red (420), 30c Orange Red (420)30c Orange Red (420). Perfectly centered with wide margins, beautiful fiery color on bright paper, struck only by rim of cancelling device, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $775.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

19
500
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3524
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3524, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)30c Orange Red (420), 30c Orange Red (420)30c Orange Red (420). Jumbo margins and choice centering, brilliant color, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $300.00 as 95, $775.00 as 98), this is the only example to achieve this grade with only two higher, including the stamp offered in the previous lot

19
225
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3525
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3525, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)50c Violet (421), 50c Violet (421)50c Violet (421). Huge balanced margins, essentially perfect centering, deep rich color on fresh paper, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $975.00), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and this is the sole example graded 98

30
700
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3526
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3526, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)50c Violet (421), 50c Violet (421)50c Violet (421). Jumbo margins and wonderfully well-centered, rich color on bright white paper, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $350.00 as 95, $975.00 as 98), only one other has equaled this grade and only two have graded higher, including the stamp offered in the previous lot

30
325
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3527
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3527, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)50c Violet (422), 50c Violet (422)50c Violet (422). Radiant color on bright paper, choice centering, long and full perforations all around, neat strike of oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $275.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only three others share this grade

22
200
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3528
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3528, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)$1.00 Violet Brown (423), $1.00 Violet Brown (423)$1.00 Violet Brown (423). Huge Jumbo margins and precise centering, deep rich color and proof-like impression, bold strike of target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $490.00 as 95, $1,450.00 as 98), this is one of only two examples to achieve this grade with only one higher (at 98J)

75
375
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3529
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3529, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)1c Green (424), 1c Green (424)1c Green (424). Mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, rich color, light cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge and absolutely superb stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $190.00 as 98), only one example has exceeded this grade and only two others have achieved this grade

0
130
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3530
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3530, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)5c Blue (428), 5c Blue (428)5c Blue (428). Beautiful deep shade, choice balanced margins on bright white paper, Hamilton, Bermuda 1915 circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp with a most unusual and desirable cancel, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $310.00 for normal cancel), this is the highest grade awarded and this is the only example to achieve this grade

1
100
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3531
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3531, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)6c Red Orange (429), 6c Red Orange (429)6c Red Orange (429). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, vivid color on bright white paper, neat strike of New York oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding stamp combining margins, centering, color and cancel, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $375.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the only example to achieve this desirable grade with none higher, a statistic which has not changed in five years

2
170
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3532
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3532, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)11c Dark Green (434), 11c Dark Green (434)11c Dark Green (434). Perfectly centered with wide margins, wonderful depth of color nicely contrasted by bright white paper, barely cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $600.00), only one has graded higher (at 98J) and no others share this grade

8
400
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3533
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3533, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)12c Claret Brown (435), 12c Claret Brown (435)12c Claret Brown (435). Huge margins and outstanding centering, face-free cancel confined to bottom of stamp, deep rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $510.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

6
550
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3534
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3534, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)12c Copper Red (435a), 12c Copper Red (435a)12c Copper Red (435a). Gorgeous deep color in this distinct shade, choice centering with Jumbo margins, neat strike of oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb used example of this shade and difficult to find in this condition, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $180.00 as 95, unpriced as 98), only two used examples of this shade are listed in the P.S.E. Population Report, the other is graded 85

7
600
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3535
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3535, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)20c Ultramarine (438), 20c Ultramarine (438)20c Ultramarine (438). Brilliant color, perfectly centered with enormous margins, Wisconsin precancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $465.00), only one example has graded higher (at 98J) and only two others have achieved this grade

6
350
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3536
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3536, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)30c Orange Red (439), 30c Orange Red (439)30c Orange Red (439). Huge margins and almost mathematically precise centering, vivid color on bright white paper, oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $690.00), this is the highest grade awarded and this is the only example to achieve it

17
450
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3537
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3537, 1912-16 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 405-440)50c Violet (440), 50c Violet (440)50c Violet (440). Huge margins and perfectly centered, vibrant color, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding stamp, with 1995 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $690.00), this is the highest grade awarded and this is the only example to achieve it

17
475
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