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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 — 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3012
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3012, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A), 1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Position 3R1E, huge margins all around perfectly framing the key type characteristics, beautiful bright Plate 1 Early color, Cincinnati circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib FROM PLATE ONE EARLY HAS ACHIEVED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 FROM P.S.E. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO RECEIVE THIS EXALTED GRADE, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. These top-row positions usually have an ample top margin, but frequently the margins are close or cutting into the sides or bottom. A Type Ib stamp with large margins all around is a great rarity, particularly in sound condition.

With 1975 and 1985 P.F. certificates, the former as a rejoined pair with Position 4R1E. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $32,300.00 as 95). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade.

10,000
22,000
3013
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3013, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. la (6), 1c Blue, Ty. la (6)1c Blue, Ty. la (6). Position 99L4, spectacular large to huge margins including significant portion of Position 100L at right and trace of Position 89L at top, deep rich color, light circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia WITH A LIGHT CANCEL AND MARGINS THAT ALLOW THE FULL TYPE CHARACTERISITICS TO BE SEEN.

Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).

Ex Stephen Brown and from our 1989 Rarities of the World sale. With 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $27,500.00 as 90, $50,000.00 as 95).

13,000
15,500
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3014
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3014, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 1E, large to enormous margins including parts of adjoining stamps at sides, marvelous rich color and magnificent impression complemented by bright red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE VIVID RED CANCEL.

With 2001 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,850.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades). The P.S.E. Population Report does not break down the 1c 1851's by plate. We are quite sure that the more desirable and scarcer Plate 1E stamps are much rarer in high grades than their Type II counterparts from other plates.

150
1,900
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3015
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3015, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 24L1E with major double transfer at bottom, large to enormous margins all around, light blue circular datestamp cancel and magnificent Plate 1 Early shade

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE FACE-FREE BLUE CANCEL.

In addition to the three inverted transfer positions, there are eight major double transfer positions on Plate 1 Early: 24L, 25L, 27L, 61L, 12R, 15R, 22R and 65R.

With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,850.00). The P.S.E. Population Report does not break down the 1c 1851's by plate. We are quite sure that the more desirable and scarcer Plate 1E stamps are much rarer in high grades than their Type II counterparts from Plate 2.

160
1,100
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3016
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3016, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 43-44R1E, horizontal pair, outstanding margins and beautiful Plate 1E color, light strikes of red grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem pair, with 2004 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; pairs not priced in SMQ), this is the highest grade for a pair recorded

325
700
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3017
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3017, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Jumbo margins all around including significant portions of adjoining stamps at sides and traces of adjoining stamps at the corners, radiant color, centrally struck town cancel leaves the vignette unobscured

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING AND MASSIVE STAMP, WHICH HAS RECEIVED THE ULTIMATE GRADE FROM P.S.E. -- GEM 100 JUMBO.

With 1969 and 2010 P.F. certificates as a strip of three, this being the middle stamp. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,850.00 as 98). This is the highest grade possible and one of only three to achieve this grade. In addition, only one has been graded 100, which is an excellent indication of how rare this stamp is in such perfect condition.

150
4,250
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3018
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3018, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 34R2, huge margins all around showing parts of three adjoining stamps, bright color nicely complemented by full strike of red "Paid/U.S. Mail/City Delivery/1/Nov. 10" one-cent integral-rate carrier datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, ex Vogel, with 2012 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $800.00 as normal cancel)

195
900
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3019
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3019, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, large even margins all around, showing wide breaks in outer lines at top and bottom, deep rich color, lightly cancelled which leaves the entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Type III is defined as having breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. This stamp is notable for its wide breaks, particularly at the bottom which often shows a very small break for this type.

With 2010 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,500.00). Only four have graded higher.

3,000
5,750
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3020
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3020, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, huge margins all around including portion of adjoining stamp at top, deep rich color, town cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Type IIIa is defined as having a break in outer lines at either top or bottom. The stamp offered here, with huge top and bottom margins, is an outstanding example of the type as it clearly shows the bottom line complete and the top line with a wide break.

With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,800.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98J) and only three others share this grade.

1,200
6,250
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3021
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3021, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 10L1L, recut once at top and bottom, enormous Jumbo margins all around including sheet margin at top and parts of adjoining stamps at bottom and left, light town cancel, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE IV, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

With 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,200.00 as 98). Only seven other examples have been awarded this highest of grades.

120
1,600
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3022
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3022, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 34R1L, Jumbo margins showing parts of adjoining stamps on all sides, bright color on fresh paper, neat strike of San Francisco circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,200.00 as 98)

120
650
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