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)
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
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
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
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.