Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012
Category — 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue (Scott 285-293)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.A.G. AND SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED BY P.S.E.
With 2011 P.F., 2010 P.S.A.G. (Gem 100) and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,800.00). This is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report and only one other example has achieved this grade, offered in our recent Natalee Grace sale. One could argue between the two grades on this stamp, but without question this is one of the finest used 10c Trans-Mississippi stamps extant
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
With 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,400.00). Only one other example has achieved this grade with none higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
The design of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi depicts the Eads bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. The original engraving was used on the admission ticket to the Republican Convention of 1896, which nominated William McKinley as candidate for president. The stamp, issued during the McKinley Administration, illustrates the natural boundary between East and West and so was appropriate for the Trans-Mississippi issue.
All of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamps were printed in a single day's run on June 3, 1898. The $2.00 was printed in sheets that have narrower spacing between the horizontal rows than between the vertical columns. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to obtain stamps with top and bottom margins that equal the sides. This stamp essentially achieves that unnatural effect, which could only occur when the horizontal perforations were applied in such a way that the holes impinged on the space allocated to the rows above and below.
Brookman notes "the $2.00 is not easy to obtain well-centered as many of these stamps seem to be perforated close to the top and its color is such that it cancels rather badly. This combination makes fine used copies difficult to obtain. I consider it more difficult to obtain in choice used condition than any of the high values of the Columbian issue."
With 1998 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only four others share this grade.