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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-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3056
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3056, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, precise centering with wide margins, the type characteristics show clearly at top and bottom, deep rich color, waffle grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I. VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS CHOICE CENTERED CONDITION.

The perforated Type I stamps were produced from C Relief positions on Plate 12. Almost all of the C Relief positions have complete designs at the top and bottom. Position 56L12 is a “Quasi-Type Ia” with complete bottom plumes, but the top of the design is incomplete. This stamp has complete plumes at bottom, yet the top right is almost completely missing. Dick Celler has identified this stamp as coming from Position 88R12, but other examples of this position show the top right fully engraved.

With 2005 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded.

600
3,250
3057
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3057, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 92R4, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, wide margins which clearly show the type characteristics, deep rich color and proof-like impression, neat strikes of both red and black circular datestamps

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE Ia. THIS IS ONE OF THE SCARCEST AND MOST DESIRABLE TYPES OF THE ISSUE.

Type Ia stamps were produced from 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. After perforations were introduced in mid-1857, sheets on hand printed from Plates 1 Late and 2 were fed through the new perforating machine, but the narrow spacing between stamps made perforating difficult to accomplish without cutting into the designs. Plate 4 was produced in early 1857 when the introduction of perforations was anticipated; thus, it was entered from a new six-relief transfer roll, and the spaces between stamps were enlarged to allow for perforations. Some Plate 4 sheets were issued in imperforate form (April to June 1857), while the greater portion was issued perforated beginning in July 1857, along with perforated sheets from Plates 1L and 2.

Plate 4's most distinctive feature is that the top row (Positions 1-10L and 1-10R) was entered with the designs complete at top (Type II) and the bottom row (Positions 91-100L and 91-100R) was entered with designs complete or nearly complete at bottom (Types Ia and Ic). Although the plate layout provided sufficient space for perforations, the height of the top-row and bottom-row designs was larger than others in the sheet, which resulted in perforations cutting into either the top or bottom rows, depending on which direction the sheet was fed into the perforator. Type Ia and Ic stamps from the bottom row are almost always cut into at bottom, an unfortunate situation for collectors because the bottom part of the design is what makes Type Ia and Ic stamps desirable.

Illustrated in Neinken book on p. 280. With 2008 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $37,800.00). Only three have graded higher, and only two have equaled this grade

10,000
16,000
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3058
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3058, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 2, essentially perfect centering, deep rich color on fresh paper, cancelled by rim of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II IS A SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUPERB USED CONDITION.

With 1980 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00). A review of the P.S.E. Population statistics for the 1c 1857 perforated types reveals a startling fact. For stamps in the grade of 95, Type I (Scott 18) has seven examples, the rare Type Ia (Scott 19) has two plus a 98J, Type III (Scott 21) has nine examples, Type IIIa (Scott 22) has twelve and Type IV (Scott 23) has three. Type II is regarded as the most common of the perforated 1c stamps prior to Scott 24, yet the P.S.E. Population statistics show only two used examples grading 95, with none higher -- this despite more submissions of used Type II's than any other 1c stamp except Type IIIa and the common Type V. Each of the other scarcer types, including Type Ia has more examples graded 95 or better.

275
2,100
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3059
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3059, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, beautifully balanced margins and proof-like impression, deep rich color, barely cancelled in top perfs, appears unused at a glance

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the breaks in both the bottom and top lines are clearly visible.

With 1994 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,000.00). None has graded higher.

2,750
6,750
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3060
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3060, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 4, Jumbo margins and beautifully centered, fresh color on bright paper, cancel leaves the design characteristics easily discernible, outer line complete at bottom and with wide break in outer line at top

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STRIKINGLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.

With 2001 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $3,500.00 as 95, unpriced as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade, which was offered in our sale of the Natalee Grace collection (Sale 1024, lot 58)

500
2,600
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3061
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3061, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (23)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Plate 1L, recut once at top and bottom, lovely rich color and proof-like impression, essentially perfect centering with margins clearly showing the recut characteristics which define the type, neat town cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Most examples of this issue have perforations either touching or cutting into the recut lines. The example offered here, with intact recut lines at top and bottom, is the rare exception to that rule.

With 2010 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two others, a population which has been unchanged for three years.

975
4,750
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3062
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3062, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Position 95R7 from the bottom row, Jumbo perfectly balanced margins, bright color and sharp Plate 7 impression on crisp paper, light strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE V, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE WIDEST-MARGINED EXAMPLE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED AND THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Wide side margins are the norm for 1c Type V stamps printed from Plates 5 and 7 to 10, but the enormous and balanced top and bottom margins on this example are extremely unusual. The stamp was printed from Plate 7, one of the first of the Type V plates and one that produced sharp clear impressions. A few bottom-row stamps from Plates 5 and 7 show wide-spaced horizontal perforations, comparable to the wide-spaced stamps from Plate 4.

Ex Wagshal. With 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,500.00 as 98). This stamp stands alone as the highest grade awarded for a Scott 24 in either used or unused condition

40
2,600
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3063
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3063, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Wide wonderfully well-balanced margins, rich color, clear "Mobile Ala. Jul. 3, 1860" double-circle datestamp and trace of red transit, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $675.00)

40
0
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3064
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3064, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Plate 7, choice margins and centering, crisp shade and impression showing clear curl on shoulder plate variety, cancelled by face-free rim of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $250.00 as normal), Scott Retail for Curl on Shoulder variety is 1.7x that of the normal stamp

67
170
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3065
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3065, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)1c Blue, Ty. Va (24 var), 1c Blue, Ty. Va (24 var)1c Blue, Ty. Va (24 var). Position 16R5, essentially perfect centering with choice balanced margins, unusually bright shade, town cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this better type which comes only from Plate 5, rarely encountered in this outstanding condition, with 2005 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 90, SMQ $770.00 for 90), this type is not listed in the P.S.E. Population Report

300
450
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3066
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3066, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25). Exceptional centering with perfs almost completely clear of framelines on all sides, deep rich color on fresh paper, beautifully complemented by light strike of blue town datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED 3-CENT TYPE I WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2010 P.F. and 2002 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,750.00 for Rose shade). As an indication of the difficulty of finding this issue with centering and margins that qualify as truly Superb, it has been a full ten years since this stamp was graded by P.S.E. and not a single additional example has achieved a 98, which remains the highest grade awarded

175
3,250
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3067
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3067, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25). Slightly dry print, choice centering with nice margins, light cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.F., 2003 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $285.00 for Rose shade)

175
170
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3068
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3068, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25). Beautiful rich color, well-proportioned margins, bold strike of town cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1996, 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $285.00 as Rose shade)

175
425
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3069
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3069, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, II (25-26), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, II (25-26)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, II (25-26). Two items, first is No. 25, nice margins, tied by bold strike of Milford Ms. 1859 circular datestamp on small piece, Very Fine, with 2011 P.F. certificate, second is block of four of No. 26, well-centered with rich color, tied by centrally struck "Cherry Valley N.Y. May 25" circular datestamp on piece, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.S.E. and 2011 P.F. certificates

350
325
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3070
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3070, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Claret, Ty. II (25A), 3c Claret, Ty. II (25A)3c Claret, Ty. II (25A). Lovely bright color, well-balanced margins, cancelled by bold Wilbraham Mass. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, a scarce sound and centered example of this better type, which has recut inner lines, with 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $925.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other, accompanied by piece from which this originated

725
800
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3071
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3071, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Choice balanced margins, rich color, clearly struck Westchester Pa. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $275.00)

9
225
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3072
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3072, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26). Beautiful centering with Jumbo margins, vivid color, unobtrusive town cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect and a wonderful condition rarity, with 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $650.00 as 98 in Dull Red shade, unpriced in higher grade or in this better shade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other which is offered in lot 3073

20
325
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3073
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3073, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Claret, Ty. III (26), 3c Claret, Ty. III (26)3c Claret, Ty. III (26). Almost mathematically precise centering with Jumbo margins, unusually wide at top and bottom, rich color, light town cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 1999, 2005 P.F. (as Dull Red) and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $650.00 as 98 in Dull Red shade, unpriced in higher grade or in this better shade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other which is offered in lot 3072

25
275
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3074
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3074, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Claret, Ty. III (26), 3c Claret, Ty. III (26)3c Claret, Ty. III (26). Brilliant color, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins, perfect strike of double-circle datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, ex Twigg-Smith, with 2002 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $650.00 as Dull Red shade)

25
400
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3075
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3075, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. IV (26A), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. IV (26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. IV (26A). Prefect centering with margins which easily allow the type characteristics to be identified, spectacular color contrasted by neat strike of blue town datestamp cancel, fresh paper with long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The ready availability of 3c 1851-57 stamps fools collectors into the false sense that superb examples, even of a better type, are easily obtainable. Yet with grading well into its 10th year, this is the sole example of a 3c Type IV stamp to achieve Superb 98 grade. Combining centering with rich color, freshness and a blue cancel, this stamp is truly one-in-a-million.

With 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $5,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others.

140
3,750
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3076
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3076, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A). Choice centering, clearly showing the discontinuance of the left frame line at top and bottom, gorgeous color, neat grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a lovely stamp, with 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,350.00), only the example offered in previous lot and one 95J have graded higher and only three others share this grade

140
900
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