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)
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
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.