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Sale 1039 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 9: Postal Stationery

Sale Date — Thursday, 21 March, 2013

Category — 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
151
c
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 151, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues3c Red on White entire, Die 72, Double Line Under "Postage" (U220; UPSS 645), 3c Red on White entire, Die 72, Double Line Under "Postage" (U220; UPSS 645)3c Red on White entire, Die 72, Double Line Under "Postage" (U220; UPSS 645). Size 8, knife 36, watermark 2, unused, brilliant color, small bit of soiling at top left and along edges on back

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED ENTIRES OF THE 1876 3-CENT RED ON WHITE CENTENNIAL WITH DOUBLE LINE UNDER "POSTAGE". ONE OF THE MOST EASILY RECOGNIZED AND DESIRABLE OF ALL POSTAL STATIONERY RARITIES.

The 1876 Centennial Exhibition envelopes were the first commemorative envelopes issued. From a single master die, working dies were produced with a single line under "Postage" (Die 71, called Hartford Die) and with a double line under "Postage" (Die 72, called Philadelphia Die). Die 72 comes in two sub-types and the printing in Red (Ty. 2) is one of the great rarities of postal stationery collecting, with only four full entires recorded.

Ex Meurer. With 2000 P.F. certificate not mentioning any soiling. UPSS value $80,000.00.

55,000
21,000
152
c
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 152, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Red on Fawn entire, Die 76 (U242; UPSS 744), 2c Red on Fawn entire, Die 76 (U242; UPSS 744)2c Red on Fawn entire, Die 76 (U242; UPSS 744). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 6, "Geneva O. Aug. 4, 1880" (year date error) duplex cancel on bank corner card cover to Buffalo N.Y., Aug. 5, 1884 Rochester and Buffalo receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. THE 1883 2-CENT RED ON FAWN, SCOTT U242, WHICH IS ONLY KNOWN USED, IS ONE OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES POSTAL STATIONERY RARITIES. ONLY TWO ENTIRES ARE RECORDED.

The distinguishing feature of Die 76 is the presence of three and one-half links over the left two. Only two used entires, both with the First National Bank of Geneva corner card, and perhaps three or four used cut squares are known.

Ex Meisel. With 1986 and 2006 P.F. certificates. UPSS value $55,000.00

55,000
18,500
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153
c
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 153, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Red on Amber entire, Die 76 (U241; UPSS 743), 2c Red on Amber entire, Die 76 (U241; UPSS 743)2c Red on Amber entire, Die 76 (U241; UPSS 743). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 6, unused, with printed address and Commission Merchant's corner card, exceptionally fresh and Very Fine, a rare issue, Porter Venn notes that there are probably less than ten in existence and all but two have commercial printed addresses, with 2002 P.F. certificate, UPSS value for mint $2,750.00, Scott Retail for cut square $750.00, Scott Retail for mint

2,250
450
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154
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 154, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Red on White, Die 78, Full Corner (U247; UPSS 752), 2c Red on White, Die 78, Full Corner (U247; UPSS 752)2c Red on White, Die 78, Full Corner (U247; UPSS 752). Unused, 52 x 55mm, bright color, faint wrinkle just below indicia to bottom not noted on accompanying certificate, otherwise Very Fine, scarce example of this 2c Red on White with leaning "T" and round "O" in "TWO", this die was used only on size 7 envelopes, with 2000 P.F. certificate

3,500
750
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155
c
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 155, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Red on Amber entire, Die 78 (U248; UPSS 753), 2c Red on Amber entire, Die 78 (U248; UPSS 753)2c Red on Amber entire, Die 78 (U248; UPSS 753). Size 7, knife 31, watermark 6, unused, with Meyer & Kingsbury Marysville Cal. return address, fresh and crisp, tiny toning speck at center not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE DIE 78 2-CENT ROUND "O" IN "TWO" RED ON AMBER ENTIRE. ONLY SIX ARE KNOWN.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue records six entires, two of which have a Wells Fargo & Co. frank. At least one of the others is in worn condition.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. UPSS value $8,000.00

7,500
2,000
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156
c
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 156, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Red on Fawn entire, Die 78 (U249; UPSS 754), 2c Red on Fawn entire, Die 78 (U249; UPSS 754)2c Red on Fawn entire, Die 78 (U249; UPSS 754). Size 7, knife 31, watermark 6, unused, vertical return request at left, vibrant color, bottom left corner trivial rounding, still fresh and Very Fine, a scarce issue with less than ten mint entires known, ex Floyd, with 2001 P.F. certificate, UPSS value $1,800.00

2,000
650
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157
c
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 157, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Brown on Fawn entire, Die 77 (U272; UPSS 751), 2c Brown on Fawn entire, Die 77 (U272; UPSS 751)2c Brown on Fawn entire, Die 77 (U272; UPSS 751). Size 7, knife 31, watermark 6, unused, intense shade and strong die impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A PRISTINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE DIE 77 2-CENT BROWN ON FAWN ENTIRE WITH TWO LINKS BELOW RIGHT "2". ONLY FOUR ENTIRES ARE KNOWN.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue states that four mint entires are known. Porter Venn notes that two used cut squares are also known.

Ex Barkhausen. With 2000 P.F. certificate. UPSS value $12,000.00

11,000
3,500
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158
 
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 158, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Brown on Blue, Die 78, Cut Square (U275; UPSS 757), 2c Brown on Blue, Die 78, Cut Square (U275; UPSS 757)2c Brown on Blue, Die 78, Cut Square (U275; UPSS 757). 32 x 37mm, deep rich color on fresh paper, clear Maltese Cross duplex cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE DIE 78 2-CENT BROWN ON BLUE WITH ROUND "O" IN "TWO" IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POSTAL STATIONERY ISSUES. NO UNUSED EXAMPLES ARE REPORTED.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue records only one used entire and approximately 10 used cut squares.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. Unpriced in UPSS as cut square ($55,000.00 as used entire)

18,000
5,000
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159
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 159, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Brown on Fawn, Die 78, Full Corner (U276; UPSS 758), 2c Brown on Fawn, Die 78, Full Corner (U276; UPSS 758)2c Brown on Fawn, Die 78, Full Corner (U276; UPSS 758). Unused, 45 x 45mm, deep color, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

900
300
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160
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 160, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Red on White, Die 81, Full Corner (U285; UPSS 787), 2c Red on White, Die 81, Full Corner (U285; UPSS 787)2c Red on White, Die 81, Full Corner (U285; UPSS 787). Unused, 43.5 x 44.5mm, vibrant color, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

750
700
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161
c
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 161, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Brown on White entire, Die 82 (U288; UPSS 854), 2c Brown on White entire, Die 82 (U288; UPSS 854)2c Brown on White entire, Die 82 (U288; UPSS 854). Size 7, knife 31, watermark 7, unused, rich color, backstamp, Very Fine, ex Wunsch, with 2000 P.F. certificate, UPSS value $800.00

775
375
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162
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 162, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Brown on Blue, Die 82, Full Corner (U290; UPSS 857), 2c Brown on Blue, Die 82, Full Corner (U290; UPSS 857)2c Brown on Blue, Die 82, Full Corner (U290; UPSS 857). Unused, 40 x 44mm, Very Fine and choice, a scarce issue with less than 15 entires reported, ex Dr. Summers, with 2000 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,000
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163
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 163, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues1c Blue on Oriental Buff, Die 83, Full Corner (U298; UPSS 892), 1c Blue on Oriental Buff, Die 83, Full Corner (U298; UPSS 892)1c Blue on Oriental Buff, Die 83, Full Corner (U298; UPSS 892). Unused, 47 x 55mm, clear watermark 8 distinguishes this from UPSS 891, rich color on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT BLUE ON ORIENTAL BUFF WITH WATERMARK 8. ONLY ONE ENTIRE AND THIS FULL CORNER ARE REPORTED.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue states one mint entire and this "very large" full corner are known for No. 892. For the other watermark type (UPSS 891, watermark 12), there are three or fewer entires reported and approximately ten cut squares or full corners. The two separate impressions of Die 83 on Oriental Buff offered in our Sale 1037 were on watermark 12 paper and would therefore be UPSS 891.

With 2000 P.F. certificate not specifying the UPSS No. Scott Retail for U298 does not distinguish between the two watermark types -- this type is significantly rarer than the other

15,000
7,000
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164
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 164, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues1c Blue on Blue, Die 83, Full Corner (U299; UPSS 893), 1c Blue on Blue, Die 83, Full Corner (U299; UPSS 893)1c Blue on Blue, Die 83, Full Corner (U299; UPSS 893). 36 x 45mm, clear watermark 12 which distinguishes this from UPSS 894, beautiful complementary color and paper, strong embossing slightly breaks the paper in Franklin's head

VERY FINE. A RARE FULL CORNER OF THE ONE-CENT BLUE ON BLUE ISSUE, SCOTT 299.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue reports five or fewer entires exist, though this is significantly higher than all reported numbers we have heard before. In addition, Porter Venn records two full corners, two cut squares and an entire with "Specimen".

Ex Cole and Dr. Summers. With 2000 P.F. certificate not noting the trivial paper breakage from the die impression

17,500
4,000
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165
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 165, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Green on Blue, Die 87, Cut Square (U308; UPSS 920), 2c Green on Blue, Die 87, Cut Square (U308; UPSS 920)2c Green on Blue, Die 87, Cut Square (U308; UPSS 920). Unused, 32 x 36mm, rich color on crisp paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE DIE 87 2-CENT GREEN ON BLUE ISSUE. THIS IS NOT KNOWN AS AN UNUSED ENTIRE. A GREAT RARITY OF POSTAL STATIONERY COLLECTING.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue reports no unused entires and two used entires. Porter Venn also records this and one other unused cut square, as well as two used cut squares.

Ex Floyd and Saddleback. With 2007 P.F. certificate. Unpriced in UPSS as unused.

20,000
10,000
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166
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 166, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Green on Manila, Die 87, Full Corner (U309; UPSS 921), 2c Green on Manila, Die 87, Full Corner (U309; UPSS 921)2c Green on Manila, Die 87, Full Corner (U309; UPSS 921). Unused, 48 x 44mm, deep rich color on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE. ONLY FOUR UNUSED ENTIRES AND THIS UNUSED FULL CORNER ARE RECORDED.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue records two mint entires, two unused pre-addressed entires and three used entires. While one of the unused entires could obviously be cut down to a full corner, this is currently the only full corner of which we are aware.

Ex Dr. Summers. With 1986 and 2000 P.F. certificates

17,500
7,500
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167
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 167, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues2c Green on Amber Manila, Die 87, Full Corner (U310), 2c Green on Amber Manila, Die 87, Full Corner (U310)2c Green on Amber Manila, Die 87, Full Corner (U310). Unused, 38.5 x 42mm, vivid color, trivial tiny gum spot above "P" mentioned for accuracy and not noted on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PLIMPTON ON AMBER MANILA PAPER. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED FULL CORNER.

The 2012 UPSS catalogue records only one mint and one used entire. This is believed to be the only unused full corner known. There are also perhaps four or five used cut squares known.

Ex Meisel. With 2006 P.F. certificate

40,000
14,000
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168
og
Sale Number 1039, Lot Number 168, 1876 Centennial and 1883-99 Plimpton Issues4c Brown on White, Die 103, Full Corner (U373), 4c Brown on White, Die 103, Full Corner (U373)4c Brown on White, Die 103, Full Corner (U373). Unused, 43 x 39mm, rich color and perfect embossing

EXTREMELY FINE. A FRESH AND RARE FULL CORNER OF THE 1899 ISSUE 4-CENT BROWN ON WHITE.

Apart from the approximately five entires estimate to exist (split between UPSS Nos. 1353 and 1354), there are perhaps half a dozen cut squares, with this believed to be the only full corner among them.

Ex Sinkler and Ballman. With 1986 and 2002 P.F. certificates

9,000
3,500
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169
og
Hartford Recut Dies Specialized Collection (U395-U398). Comprehensive collection of this issue on homemade quadrille pages, each page has a photograph of the die with arrows highlighting the recut type, most pages show the recut for all four paper types with cut squares, mostly unused but few used, fairly complete for all 190 recut types and sub-types, Very Fine, a fascinating study, accompanied by book The 2-Cent Recut Dies by Fotios Drakos

E. 750-1,000
600
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