Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012
Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-67b)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST DESIGN 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CANCEL.
The 10c is the only denomination of the 1861-66 Issue that was actually issued in two types. Type I, Scott 62B, was printed from Plate 4. Type II stamps -- Scott 68 and its grilled counterparts -- were printed from Plates 15 and 26. It has been surmised that Type I was pressed into service to help fill strong demand for 10c stamps after demonetization of the earlier issue. The 10c stamps paid the transcontinental rate, the ship-letter rate and certain rates to foreign countries. The Plate 4 Type I stamps left very little space between the stamps for the 12-gauge perforation holes. Examples of Scott 62B are rarely seen with margins framing the design on all sides.
Ex Zoellner and Dauer. With 1992 and 2006 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $4,500.00). Only two have graded higher and only two have equaled this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH A VIVID RED CARRIER CANCEL. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.
This is an outstanding example of one of the most remarkable aspects of the Kirke collection -- finding common stamps in the most uncommon condition and with beautiful cancels.
With 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $1,700.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved it
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE DARK BLUE COLOR. THIS IS ONE OF THE SCARCEST SHADES OF THE ONE-CENT.
Don Evans notes in his book on the 1c 1861 Issue (p. 33) that the Dark Blue shade is very close to Indigo shade used for the "Premiere Gravure" (Scott No. 55) and in fact he believed that this should be the formal designated color name for this shade.
With 1992 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,850.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK IN THE FRESHEST STATE OF PRESERVATION.
With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade -- a statistic which has not changed in at least four years
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1861 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E. ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER.
Ex Klein. This stamp was on a cover to Albany N.Y. when last offered to the market and the cover accompanies. With 1961, 2000 and 2009 P.F. certificates as on cover. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $8,500.00). Only one example has graded higher (at 95) and this is the only example to achieve this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE WHICH HAS RECEIVED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 FROM P.S.E.
Although 3c 1861's are dirt common, one would have to sift thru many thousands to find the peer of this 100-point Gem, and even then the task might be hopeless.
With 2010 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98). This is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE BLUE CANCEL. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering, fresh color and attractive cancel is a condition rarity.
With 2010 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE BROWN YELLOW COLOR, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
With 1995 and 2003 P.F. certificates. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A DESIRABLE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN THE RARE AND DISTINCTIVE OLIVE YELLOW SHADE. THIS IS THE SCARCEST SHADE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE, AND IT IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
We have offered approximately a dozen unduplicated examples of the Olive Yellow shade in any condition since keeping computerized records. Of these two were unused. It is difficult to find in sound and centered condition.
With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded.