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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 — Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3664
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3664, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings2c Navy (O36), 2c Navy (O36)2c Navy (O36). Almost mathematically precise centering, Jumbo margins, brilliant color on fresh paper, wide bar grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp and rare in this outstanding condition, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; this issue is not even priced above the grade of 95, SMQ $150.00 as 95), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

25
750
3665
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3665, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings2c Dull Blue, Navy (O36a), 2c Dull Blue, Navy (O36a)2c Dull Blue, Navy (O36a). Exceptional depth of color, choice centering with balanced margins, quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $150.00), this is the only used example contained in the P.S.E. Population Report

25
200
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3666
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3666, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings6c Navy (O38), 6c Navy (O38)6c Navy (O38). Jumbo margins, almost perfectly centered with rich color, attractively struck duplex cancel with "4" centered on the stamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $130.00 as 95, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade, the next highest grade for a used stamp is a 90

25
325
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3667
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3667, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings7c Navy (O39), 7c Navy (O39)7c Navy (O39). Balanced wide margins, rich color, light strike of purple cancel leaves design completely visible, Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $525.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

230
1,000
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3668
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3668, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings10c Navy (O40), 10c Navy (O40)10c Navy (O40). Beautiful bright color, wide margins, quartered cork cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $110.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

45
120
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3669
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3669, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings12c Navy, Double Transfer (O41 var.), 12c Navy, Double Transfer (O41 var.)12c Navy, Double Transfer (O41 var.). Position 50 showing clear double transfer of left side, Jumbo margins and nice centering, bright color nicely complemented by perfect strike of fancy geometric cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful example of this prominent variety, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ as double transfer), Scott Retail for this position is more than 5.5 times that of the normal stamp

250
600
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3670
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3670, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings30c Navy (O44), 30c Navy (O44)30c Navy (O44). Choice wide margins, well-centered, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $120.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

50
150
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3671
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3671, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings90c Navy (O45), 90c Navy (O45)90c Navy (O45). Outstanding wide margins and choice centering, rich color, two short perfs at upper right, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (F 70 Jumbo; SMQ $180.00 as 70, $250.00 as 75), despite the small flaw this is still the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other, though it is not clear if the other has the Jumbo appellation, without the short perfs this would have likely graded 90J

375
325
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3672
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3672, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings1c-24c Navy (O35/O43), 1c-24c Navy (O35/O43)1c-24c Navy (O35/O43). Seven stamps, all P.S.E. graded including Nos. O35 (VF 80 Jumbo, light stain), O37 (XF 90 Jumbo), O37 (VF-XF 85, light diagonal crease), O37 (XF 90), O41 (XF 90, addl. P.F. certificate mentions perf crease), O42 (VF-XF 85) and O43 (VF 80), fresh colors throughout, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a desirable group of high quality stamps, seven also accompanied by 2011 P.F. certificates, total SMQ without regard to Jumbo appellations $437.00

300
400
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3673
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3673, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings10c Post Office (O51), 10c Post Office (O51)10c Post Office (O51). Wide and balanced margins, bright shade, light strike of 5-Point Star cancel at lower left, Extremely Fine, a lovely example of the key Post Office Dept. used value, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $120.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

55
275
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3674
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3674, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings24c Post Office (O54), 24c Post Office (O54)24c Post Office (O54). Perfect centering with wide margins, large target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $225.00), this is the only used example contained in the P.S.E. Population Report

25
600
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3675
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3675, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings1c-90c Post Office, 2c-$1.00 Official Postal Savings (O47/O56, O108, O121/O125), 1c-90c Post Office, 2c-$1.00 Official Postal Savings (O47/O56, O108, O121/O125)1c-90c Post Office, 2c-$1.00 Official Postal Savings (O47/O56, O108, O121/O125). 11 Post Office and five Official Postal Savings stamps, most with both P.S.E. and P.F. certificates and many graded, several 90's and three 95's with some Jumbos below 95, several with colored cancels, couple with small flaws, overall Very Fine-Extremely Fine group

E. 300-400
650
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3676
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3676, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings1c State, Ribbed Paper (O57 var), 1c State, Ribbed Paper (O57 var)1c State, Ribbed Paper (O57 var). Clear horizontal ribbed lines, bright color and choice centering, neat strikes of target cancel, Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of this variety which is unlisted in Scott, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ)

E. 200-300
350
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3677
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3677, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings2c State (O58), 2c State (O58)2c State (O58). Absolutely massive margins which defy the term Jumbo, bright color, quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a striking stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $300.00 as 95, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade, the next highest grade for a used stamp is 80

100
800
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3678
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3678, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings7c State (O61), 7c State (O61)7c State (O61). Choice centering with extra wide margins, rich color on fresh paper, beautiful strike of purple quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1989 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $140.00 as 90, $200.00 as 95), only one has graded higher (at 95J) and this is the only example at this grade

65
800
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3679
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3679, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings12c State (O63), 12c State (O63)12c State (O63). Deep rich color, wide margins and nice centering, bold oval numeral grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $250.00), this is the only used example contained in the P.S.E. Population Report

125
300
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3680
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3680, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings24c State (O65), 24c State (O65)24c State (O65). Incredible depth of color, well-centered, bold cancel, Very Fine, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $225.00), only one has graded higher (at 85) and only one other shares this grade

230
225
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3681
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3681, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings30c State (O66), 30c State (O66)30c State (O66). Jumbo margins which are especially wide at left and bottom, rich color and detailed impression, neat strike of blue oval datestamp,Very Fine and choice, a stamp of great visual appeal, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $250.00 as 85, $375.00 as 90), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

180
325
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3682
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3682, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings90c State (O67), 90c State (O67)90c State (O67). Deep rich color, nice margins and centering, barely cancelled at bottom right corner, fresh and Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $310.00), as an indication of the difficulty in finding this stamp in choice used condition, this is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. and no other examples have achieved this grade

325
800
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3683
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3683, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings$2.00 State (O68), $2.00 State (O68)$2.00 State (O68). Rich color, attractive margins which are clear of the design all around, bold oval registry cancel, completely sound

VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUE.

This high-value issue is nearly always found with varying degrees of faults and below Very Fine centering. Collectors seeking sound well-centered used Officials would do well to consider this stamp. A review using Power Search failed to find a single sound example with centering comparable to this stamp.

With 1980 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (F 70; SMQ $1,150.00). This is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report and no other example has achieved this grade. Given the typical condition in which this issue is found we feel the SMQ value is very conservative

1,600
2,300
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3684
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3684, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings3c-15c State (O59/O64), 3c-15c State (O59/O64)3c-15c State (O59/O64). Five stamps, each graded by P.S.E. including Nos. O59 (VG 50, well-centered but two small faults), O60 (VF 80 Jumbo, purple cancel), O61 (VF-XF 85), O62 (VF 80) and O64 (F 70), rich colors, overall Fine-Very Fine group, SMQ value not counting No. O59 and without regard to the Jumbo appellation $210.00

E. 200-300
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3685
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3685, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings7c Treasury (O76), 7c Treasury (O76)7c Treasury (O76). Gorgeous margins and centering, rich color, neat crossroads cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $300.00), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others, the next highest grade is a 90

35
325
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3686
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3686, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings15c Treasury (O79), 15c Treasury (O79)15c Treasury (O79). Jumbo margins and essentially perfect centering, mostly face-free cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $125.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others, the next highest grade is an 85

12
800
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3687
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3687, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings90c Treasury (O82), 90c Treasury (O82)90c Treasury (O82). Gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color, unobtrusive strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning used stamp, difficult to obtain in such superb condition, with 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $190.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade, given the rarity of this top value in such superb condition, we feel this grade is significantly undervalued in SMQ

15
475
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3688
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3688, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings1c-90c Treasury (O72/O82, O110/O113), 1c-90c Treasury (O72/O82, O110/O113)1c-90c Treasury (O72/O82, O110/O113). 19 stamps, most with graded P.S.E. certificates, including Nos. O72 (XF 90), O73 (VF-XF 85, tiny thin speck), O74 with bold "K" cancel (Superb 98, highest and only graded), O74 (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo), O75 (Superb 98), O75 (XF 90 Jumbo), O76 with blue cancel (XF 90), O77 (F-VF 75), O78 (XF 90), O78 (VF-XF 85J), O80 (VF-XF 85), O81 (P.F. XF-Superb 95, highest P.S.E. grade is 85J), O81 (VF-XF 85 Jumbo), O82 (XF-Superb 95), O82 (VF-XF 85 Jumbo), No. O113 cleaned to remove toning, overall Very Fine-Extremely Fine group with many quality stamps, many accompanied by P.F. certificates, SMQ value for only the Hard Paper graded stamps $589.00 vs. Scott Retail of $251.00, total Scott Retail including the Soft Paper stamps approx. $900.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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3689
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3689, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings12c War (O89), 12c War (O89)12c War (O89). Jumbo margins and choice centering, rich color, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $50.00 as 95, $160.00 as 98), this is the only example to achieve this grade with only one higher (at 98)

12
225
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3690
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3690, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings1c-90c War (O83/O93, O114/O119), 1c-90c War (O83/O93, O114/O119)1c-90c War (O83/O93, O114/O119). 19 stamps, nearly all with P.S.E. and P.F. certificates, most graded with a general range of VF-XF 85 to XF-Superb 95 with a number of XF 90's, best grades are Nos. O91 (XF-Superb 95) and O83 (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo), a few with better cancels including bold purple star in circle and fancy geometric, fresh colors, a choice group with nearly all sound and Very Fine-Extremely Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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3691
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3691, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings1c Interior, Soft Paper (O96), 1c Interior, Soft Paper (O96)1c Interior, Soft Paper (O96). Bright color, nice margins and centering, light cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 P.F. certificate

275
900
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3692
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3692, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings3c Treasury, Soft Paper (O109), 3c Treasury, Soft Paper (O109)3c Treasury, Soft Paper (O109). Huge Jumbo margins, rich color, bold strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a huge and striking stamp, with 2011 P.F and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $45.00 as 95, unpriced in higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade, the next highest grade is a 90J and after that is a 40, we are not sure how the SMQ value has any relevance to this superb stamp

10
800
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3693
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3693, Officials, Navy thru Postal Savings1c Postal Savings (O124), 1c Postal Savings (O124)1c Postal Savings (O124). Mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, bright color on fresh paper, oval registry cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, the perfect Official Postal Savings stamp, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; SMQ $50.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grades), this is the only used example of any Official Postal Savings stamp to achieve this grade

2
350
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