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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 — 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3300
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3300, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)5c Yellow Brown (205), 5c Yellow Brown (205)5c Yellow Brown (205). Huge Jumbo margins, light cork cancel, detailed impression on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1998 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo), with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $325.00 as 95, $650.00 as 98), only two examples have graded higher and only one other shares this grade

12
800
3301
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3301, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, bright shade on crisp paper, unobtrusive circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2010 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $360.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), only one other has equaled this grade, which is the highest awarded, there is not even a regular 98 in the P.S.E. Population Report (next highest is 95J)

1
1,100
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3302
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3302, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Massive boardwalk margins, choice centering, strong shade, bold New Orleans duplex cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $140.00 as 95, $360.00 as 98), only the stamp offered in the previous lot and one other 98J have graded higher

1
160
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3303
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3303, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)3c Blue Green (207), 3c Blue Green (207)3c Blue Green (207). Perfect centering with wide margins, deep rich color, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, a one-in-a-million example of this common stamp, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $360.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

0
700
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3304
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3304, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)6c Rose (208), 6c Rose (208)6c Rose (208). Huge Jumbo margins and beautifully centered, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine, an eye-catching used single, with 2002 P.F., 1998 and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $250.00 as 90, $780.00 as 95), only two have graded higher (at 95) and only two others share this grade

110
225
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3305
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3305, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)6c Deep Brown Red (208a), 6c Deep Brown Red (208a)6c Deep Brown Red (208a). Jumbo margins, rich color on bright paper, bold strike of New York numeral oval cancel, rounded corner perf at bottom left called "short perf" on accompanying P.S.E. certificate, still Extremely Fine, this is a very difficult shade to obtain in this choice high-grade condition, with clear 1999 and 2006 P.F. certificates, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $390.00 as 90, $1,200.00 as 95), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

175
650
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3306
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3306, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)10c Brown (209), 10c Brown (209)10c Brown (209). Enormous margins all around, crisp impression, pretty shade nicely contrasted by purple quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp, with 2005 P.F., 2000 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $510.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is one of only three examples to be awarded this desirable grade with none higher, we sold one of the other 98J's in our Sale 992 and this example has wider margins and a far more attractive cancel, the other 98J is in the Orange Brown shade and is offered in the following lot

6
1,600
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3307
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3307, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)10c Orange Brown (209 var), 10c Orange Brown (209 var)10c Orange Brown (209 var). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, deep rich color in this intense shade, purple 1890 circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1990, 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $510.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is one of only three examples to be awarded this desirable grade with none higher, of the three this is the only one in the Orange Brown shade, one of the others is offered in the previous lot

6
550
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3308
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3308, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)10c Black Brown (209b), 10c Black Brown (209b)10c Black Brown (209b). Huge beautifully balanced margins, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright white paper, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1881 10-CENT BLACK BROWN, SCOTT 209b. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IS SHARED BY NO OTHERS.

With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $2,150.00 as 95). This is the highest grade awarded. No other examples have even exceeded a 90 in the P.S.E. Population Report

350
1,600
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3309
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3309, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Mathematically perfect centering, brilliant color, gorgeous strike of "Wheel of Fortune" fancy cancel, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS FANTASTIC STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED. THIS STAMP WAS FEATURED ON THE FRONT COVER OF THE SPRING 2011 STAMP MARKET QUARTERLY.

With 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $360.00 as 98 does not adequately convey its rarity). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other example has achieve this grade, though not with this cancel. The odds of finding another Gem 100 which also has a fancy cancel are slim indeed.

0
1,000
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3310
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3310, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Extra wide margins and well-centered, beautiful full strike of purple 5-Point Shaded Star fancy cancel (Cole Ty. STB-11), rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $110.00 as 95, $360.00 as 98 for normal cancel)

0
400
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3311
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3311, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Choice centering with Jumbo margins, bright color, light grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $110.00 as 95, $360.00 as 98)

0
400
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3312
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3312, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Clear strike of "U.S. Mail" fancy cancel (Cole Ty. E-144), bright color, nice margins and centering, Very Fine and choice stamp and strike, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (VF 80)

E. 150-200
350
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3313
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3313, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)4c Blue Green (211), 4c Blue Green (211)4c Blue Green (211). Exceptionally wide margins, rich color, bold duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1987 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $290.00 as 95, $800.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (at 98J)

27
275
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3314
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3314, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)1c Ultramarine (212), 1c Ultramarine (212)1c Ultramarine (212). Unbelievably huge Jumbo margins with essentially perfect centering, pastel shade, light blue target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $390.00 as 98, unpriced as 98J or higher), this is the only used 98J in the P.S.E. Population report and none has graded higher

2
1,000
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3315
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3315, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)2c Green (213), 2c Green (213)2c Green (213). Jumbo margins and perfect centering, bright color, cancel leaves vignette fully visible, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2010 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $360.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only two others share this grade

0
650
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3316
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3316, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)3c Vermilion (214), 3c Vermilion (214)3c Vermilion (214). Perfect centering, gorgeous vivid color on bright paper, corner strike of target cancel leaves design unobscured, Extremely Fine Gem, an absolutely stunning stamp, with 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

67
1,300
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3317
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3317, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)4c Carmine (215), 4c Carmine (215)4c Carmine (215). Wide perfectly balanced margins, rich color, scarce town/county circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, there are very few highly-graded used examples of this stamp (two 95's and one 95J) as most have heavy registry cancels, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $720.00), this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade

22
1,200
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3318
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3318, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)5c Indigo (216), 5c Indigo (216)5c Indigo (216). Jumbo margins and choice centering, beautiful rich color on bright paper, light cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $235.00 as 95, $680.00 as 98), only one has graded higher (the 100J from our Natalie Grace sale) and only two others share this grade

17
750
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3319
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3319, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Huge Jumbo margins and wonderfully well-centered, brilliant color, duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular example of this issue, Brookman notes "the lighter color makes fine used copies difficult to find and I doubt if one in a hundred could be rated as superb", with 2006 P.F. (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo) and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $780.00 as 95), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

130
1,200
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3320
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3320, 1979-88 American Bank Note Co. Issues (Scott 205-218)90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Wide well-balanced margins, rich color, light oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00), this is the highest grade awarded (one of nine)

250
900
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