Sale 1033 — The Cloudrest Collection of United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday, 25 October, 2012
Category — Louisiana Purchase and 1908-12 Issues (Scott 327-396)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 355.
With 1976 P.F. certificate as guide line strip of four
VERY FINE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $5,300.00). Only two Mint N.H. singles have been graded and this is the higher grade of the two.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT BLUISH. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STAMP IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
A search of our records surprised us. This is only the second Mint N.H. example of this stamp we have offered since keeping computerized records.
With 1979 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED TOP SELVAGE EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT ON BLUISH.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARY STAMP -- POST-OFFICE FRESH, PERFECTLY CENTERED, MINT NEVER-HINGED AND WITH FULL CORNER SHEET MARGINS. IN OUR EXPERIENCE, THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST-QUALITY BLUISH PAPER STAMP IN EXISTENCE.
The 4c and 8c stamps are correctly recognized as the rarest of the Bluish Paper issue, but they were never sold over the post office counter and used by the public. Of the values that were regularly issued, the 5c is the rarest, followed by the 13c, and then by the 15c, 10c, 6c and 3c (the 1c and 2c are common). If Mint Never-Hinged stamps are isolated from the supply available to collectors, the rarity factors increase significantly for all of the values. The 15c is extremely rare in well-centered Mint N.H. condition.
This Mint Never-Hinged stamp, with full corner sheet margins and perfect centering, is not just the finest 15c Bluish Paper example we can locate in our extensive records -- it is, in our opinion, the finest single example of any of the higher-denomination Bluish Paper stamps. There is simply nothing that compares to it. That said, the very slightly skewed perforations, which are often found in corner-margin positions, keeps this beautiful example from a grade of 90 or 95. However, stamps like this transcend numerical grading.
Ex Whitman. With 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $4,600.00). Only three have graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report and only three others share this grade.
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT 1910 PERF 12 COIL IN THIS GRADE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate