Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012
Category — 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)
5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins, including right sheet margin and parts of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, bright shade, unobtrusive strike of red grid cancel
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $3,350.00 as 98). Only two have graded higher and one other shares this grade. The other with this grade was offered in our Sale 997 and does not have a sheet margin.
10c Black (2). Huge margins all around, including part of adjoining stamp at top, remarkably detailed impression showing every detail of the engraving, nicely complemented by neat strike of red New York square grid cancel
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. A STAMP OF REMARKABLE FRESHNESS AND BEAUTY, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $6,400.00). Only seven others share this grade, and only three have graded higher (all at 98J). This statistic has not changed since 2009.
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5c Red Brown (1). Bright color, full margins to just in at upper left, tied by red grid cancel with matching "STEAM BOAT" two-line handstamp, lightly struck but readable, on "United States Life Insurance Co. 27 Wall Street, New York" brown corner card cover to Ballston Spa N.Y., stamp with pinhole near Franklin's chin, tiny nicks at top from placement over edge of cover, appears Very Fine, a scarce Albany N.Y. Steam Boat marking on a 5c 1847 cover, with 1982 P.F. certificate
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5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in, possibly with sheet margin at bottom, tied by red square grids, matching "New-York Mar. 20" circular datestamp on "United States Life Insurance Co. 27 Wall Street, New York" brown corner card cover to Detroit Mich., left stamp two small tears and creases at bottom, Very Fine appearance, an excellent companion to the previous lot, with 2002 P.F. certificate
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10c Black (2). Large margins to clear, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 10 May 8" integral-rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Chicago with blue Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. oval cameo card on top flap, stamp with small tears at upper left, cover with slight wear, still Very Fine
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5c Red Brown, Reproduction (3). Without gum as issued, enormous margins, radiant color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. certificate
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10c Gray Black, Reproduction (4). Without gum as issued, large margins all around, sharp impression, Extremely Fine, with 1985 and 2003 P.F. certificates
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