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Sale 1056 — The World's Fair Collection - 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue

Sale Date — Wednesday, 6 November, 2013

Category — Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
336
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1c, 2c Trans-Mississippi (285-286). Stockbook of imprint and plate no. pairs, arranged in order of plate no. including 29 of 1c and a whopping 210 of the 2c, mostly complete for top and bottom positions from each plate represented with no duplication, few Mint N.H. but not counted as such in our catalogue value, mostly original gum, h.r. or lightly hinged, bright colors, better condition than normally seen in group lots but with few small flaws to be expected, Fine-Very Fine, a fantastic holding for the plate number specialist

14,820
2,800
337
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 337, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips4c Trans-Mississippi (287), 4c Trans-Mississippi (287)4c Trans-Mississippi (287). Top imprint and plate no. 634 pair, original gum, h.r., rich color, choice centering with wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine

275
750
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338
nh
Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 338, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 618 pair, rich color, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine and choice

650
475
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339
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 339, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Bottom imprint and plate no. 602 pair, original gum, lightly hinged, vibrant color, Very Fine and choice

250
250
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340
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 340, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 643 pair, bright color, right stamp small fingerprint on gum, Fine, unpriced in Scott in Mint N.H. condition, Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the position

900
200
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341
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 341, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Top imprint and plate no. 643 pair with wide selvage, stamps Mint N.H., h.r. in selvage, pretty shade, tiny thin spot in selvage only, Fine, Scott Retail as singles

900
350
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342
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 342, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips8c Trans-Mississippi (289), 8c Trans-Mississippi (289)8c Trans-Mississippi (289). Bottom imprint and plate no. 609 pair with wide selvage, right stamp Mint N.H., left stamp lightly hinged, rich color, choice centering, Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

600
475
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343
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 343, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 620 pair, detailed impression on crisp paper, Very Fine and choice

1,125
550
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344
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 344, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips10c Trans-Mississippi (290), 10c Trans-Mississippi (290)10c Trans-Mississippi (290). Top imprint and plate no. 604 pair, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, Very Fine and choice

400
450
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345
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 345, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Bottom imprint and plate no. 603 pair with wide selvage, original gum, lightly hinged, gorgeous centering, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE. SCARCE WITH SUCH SUPERB CENTERING.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

1,775
1,900
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346
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 346, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Top imprint and plate no. 603 pair with wide selvage, rich color, detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, the left stamp is especially nice, with 1973 P.F. certificate

1,775
1,500
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347
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 347, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Bottom imprint and plate no. 603 pair, original gum, lightly hinged, detailed impression, Fine-Very Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

1,775
950
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348
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 348, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 606 pair with wide selvage, crisp impression on bright paper, trivial crease in lower left selvage

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE MINT NEVER-HINGED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 1987 P.F. certificate.

7,750
6,250
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349
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 349, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Top imprint and plate no. 606 pair, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, left stamp natural inclusion not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

With 1987 P.F. certificate.

3,000
5,750
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350
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 350, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Top imprint and plate no. 613 pair with wide selvage, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color on bright paper

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER PAIR OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE FROM THE TOP PLATE POSITION.

The Scott Catalogue premium for an imprint and plate number pair versus two singles seems inadequate ($4,750.00 vs. $3,800.00). The premium for a plate block of four versus a block of four is more than ten times. A review of Power Search found only three others offered since 1998, and all of those were from the bottom plate position.

With 1987 P.F. certificate.

4,750
9,500
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351
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Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 351, Imprint and Plate Number Pairs and Strips$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Top left corner selvage imprint and plate no. 613 strip of five, natural s.e. with part arrow at right, original gum, barely hinged (a few appear Mint N.H.), choice centering, deep rich color and proof-like impression, few sensibly reinforced perf separations

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF FIVE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

The $2.00 Trans-Mississippi Issue is very difficult to obtain in traditional plate block form. Only one plate block of six (ex Ambassador and Kobacker) and one contained in the half-pane of 25 are known. Collectors usually settle for an imprint and plate number block of four.

With 1995 P.F. certificate. Undercatalogued in Scott as an imprint and plate number strip of three at $8,000.00; the plate block of four catalogues $90,000.00, and the plate block of six catalogues $175,000.00. This is the only imprint and plate number strip contained in Power Search, which covers all of our Rarities sales since 1964 and regular auctions since 1994.

E. 15,000-20,000
15,000
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