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Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012

Category — 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
280
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 280, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Mint N.H., unusually wide margins for this issue, precise centering, rich color and detailed impressions, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,300.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only two other examples have equaled it

45
1,300
281
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 281, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Mint N.H., near perfect centering with Jumbo margins all around, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $310.00 as 95, $925.00 as 98)

42
250
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282
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 282, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)4c Pan-American (296), 4c Pan-American (296)4c Pan-American (296). Mint N.H., bright colors, superior centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1999 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,050.00 as 95, $5,250.00 as 98)

180
700
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283
og
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 283, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)4c Pan-American (296), 4c Pan-American (296)4c Pan-American (296). Lightly hinged, rich colors, unusually choice centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $1,500.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it

70
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284
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 284, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Mint N.H., superior centering with Jumbo margins, deep rich color and proof-like impressions, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1993 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,150.00 as 95, $3,800.00 as 98), this issue is rarely encountered in superb condition with Jumbo margins, of the 69 stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report graded XF 90 or better, only one other has received the Jumbo appellation (90J)

190
1,300
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285
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 285, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)8c Pan-American (298), 8c Pan-American (298)8c Pan-American (298). Mint N.H., beautiful Jumbo margins and essentially perfectly centered, strong colors on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,150.00 as 95, $4,375.00 as 98). Only three examples have graded higher and only six others share this grade

250
950
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286
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 286, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)10c Pan-American (299), 10c Pan-American (299)10c Pan-American (299). Mint N.H., post-office fresh colors on bright paper, exceptionally wide margins and perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $7,150.00 as 98). Since this stamp was submitted to P.S.E. in 2007 it has stood alone as the only example to achieve the 98 Jumbo grade, with none higher

325
10,000
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287
og
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 287, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a), 1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, long and full perforations all around

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, soon after release of the issue in May 1901.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, F-VF 75; SMQ $10,500.00) -- a much better stamp than the numerical grade suggests

12,500
10,000
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288
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 288, 1901 Pan-American Issue with Inverts (Scott 294-299)2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a), 2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a)2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a). Small h.r., intense colors, negligible small corner crease at bottom left, tiny paper spot at bottom of vignette frame

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A WONDERFULLY-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT. ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED INVERT ERRORS IN AMERICAN PHILATELY.

The 2c is the rarest of the three Pan-American Inverts. It is surmised that approximately 200 were issued through the post office, with two distinct shades known. Our Levi records contain the intact block (4), reconstructed block (4), 64 unused singles and 6 used singles, for a total of 72 unused and 6 used. Many of the unused singles have disturbed gum or no gum, and/or are off center to top or top left. The example offered here, with no obvious flaws, is among the finest-appearing examples

With 1982 Sorani and 1997 P.F. certificates.

55,000
23,000
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