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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 — 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3610
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3610, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)1c Gray Green (525), 1c Gray Green (525)1c Gray Green (525). Perfect centering with wide margins, bright color, light purple cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $295.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

0
250
3611
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3611, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. IV (526), 2c Carmine, Ty. IV (526)2c Carmine, Ty. IV (526). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, bright color, light cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, wtih 2011 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $400.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

4
425
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3612
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3612, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. V (527), 2c Carmine, Ty. V (527)2c Carmine, Ty. V (527). Exceptional centering with balanced margins, vivid color, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $275.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

1
225
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3613
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3613, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528), 2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528)2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528). Brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, perfectly centered with wide margins, bright paper, neat machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $260.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

0
275
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3614
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3614, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528), 2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528)2c Carmine, Ty. Va (528). Huge margins and essentially perfect centering, bright color on fresh paper, wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $260.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), only one other example has achieved this grade with only one higher (at 100, offered in previous lot)

0
160
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3615
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3615, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. VI (528A), 2c Carmine, Ty. VI (528A)2c Carmine, Ty. VI (528A). Beautiful bright color, Jumbo margins and essentially perfect centering, neat machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $105.00 as 95), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade, the next highest used grade is a 95J

2
325
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3616
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3616, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. VII (528B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII (528B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII (528B). Huge Jumbo margins and precise centering, vibrant color on fresh paper, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $290.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

0
225
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3617
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3617, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. VII (528B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII (528B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII (528B). Jumbo margins and choice centering, fresh color, machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $125.00 as 95, $290.00 as 98), only three have graded higher

0
140
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3618
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3618, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)3c Violet, Ty. III (529), 3c Violet, Ty. III (529)3c Violet, Ty. III (529). Mathematically precise centering, deep rich color on bright paper, face-free strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $260.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade

0
475
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3619
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3619, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)3c Violet, Ty. III (529), 3c Violet, Ty. III (529)3c Violet, Ty. III (529). Jumbo margins and precise centering, pretty pastel color, wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $260.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), only the example offered in the previous lot has graded higher and only one other has equaled this grade

0
325
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3620
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3620, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)3c Purple, Ty. IV (530), 3c Purple, Ty. IV (530)3c Purple, Ty. IV (530). Huge margins with plate no. 8781 at bottom, essentially perfect centering, bright color, light wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $260.00), only one other example has achieved this grade with none higher

0
160
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3621
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3621, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)1c Gray Green (531), 1c Gray Green (531)1c Gray Green (531). Jumbo margins including portion of adjoining stamp at left, fresh color and paper, light oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $130.00 as 98), only two examples have achieved this desirable grade with none higher

12
250
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3622
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3622, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. IV, Imperforate (532), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. IV, Imperforate (532)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. IV, Imperforate (532). Large even margins, rich color, wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $215.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

35
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3623
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3623, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Perfect Jumbo margins with portions of all eight adjoining stamps, vivid color, Benton Harbor Mich. circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $550.00 as 98), only one other example has achieved this ultimate grade, collectors should not confuse the wide availability of earlier engraved Washington-Franklin imperforate multiples in unused condition, many of which have been cut up to create Jumbo singles, with the availability of offset imperforates, which are scarce as large used multiples

95
500
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3624
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3624, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Jumbo margins with portions or traces of all ten adjoining stamps, fresh color, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb used pair, with 1991, 1992 and 2005 P.F. certificates, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; multiples unpriced in SMQ), this is the only used pair to achieve this ultimate grade, collectors should not confuse the wide availability of earlier engraved Washington-Franklin imperforate multiples in unused condition, many of which have been cut up to create Jumbo singles and pairs, with the availability of offset imperforates, which are scarce as large used multiples

250
850
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3625
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3625, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. Va, Imperforate (534), 2c Carmine, Ty. Va, Imperforate (534)2c Carmine, Ty. Va, Imperforate (534). Massive margins with portions of adjoining stamps at sides and bottom, bold duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $110.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

9
325
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3626
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3626, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Large well-proportioned margins, lovely bright color and detailed impression clearly showing the type characteristics, wavy-line machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE OFFSET ISSUE.

According to Armstrong, the imperforates were issued to satisfy the needs of the last remaining private coil manufacturer. The Mail-O-Meter Company merged with the Schermack Company and so these issues are also known with the Schermack Type III perforations, such as are also seen on Scott 314A and 482A. However, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps without Schermack perfs did reach the public.

With 1977 and 2009 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,900.00). Only two have graded higher and only one other shares this grade

1,250
1,100
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3627
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3627, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)3c Violet, Ty. IV, Imperforate (535), 3c Violet, Ty. IV, Imperforate (535)3c Violet, Ty. IV, Imperforate (535). Jumbo margins capturing portions of all eight adjoining stamps, bright color, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $90.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades), this is the only stamp to be awarded this grade and there is only one graded higher

5
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3628
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3628, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)3c Violet (537), 3c Violet (537)3c Violet (537). Perfect centering, pretty bright color, wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $295.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

3
190
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3629
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3629, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)3c Deep Violet (537a), 3c Deep Violet (537a)3c Deep Violet (537a). Deep rich color on crisp white paper, bold "Salem Ohio" precancel, choice centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. FEWER THAN 20 USED EXAMPLES OF THE RED VIOLET ARE CURRENTLY KNOWN.

As of 2010 the Philatelic Foundation had certified only six singles, one pair (now split) and one block of four as genuine. The other block (uncertified) has a straight edge at right and slight thinning.

With 2002 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,300.00). Only one has graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report (at 90) and no others share this grade. In our opinion the SMQ value makes no sense as the VF-XF 85 grade for a perforated stamp should be at least equal to Scott Retail, which in this case is $700.00 more than SMQ

2,000
850
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3630
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3630, 1918-20 Washington-Franklin Offset Issue, Victory Issue (Scott 525-537b)3c Light Reddish Violet (537b), 3c Light Reddish Violet (537b)3c Light Reddish Violet (537b). Choice centering with wide margins, pretty shade, machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $210.00), only one example has been graded higher and this is the only example to achieve this grade

50
300
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