VERY FINE. A RARE USED BOOKLET PANE OF THE ONE-CENT 1902 ISSUE. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.
The normal 1c stamp of the 1902 series (Scott 300) was issued in early 1903. However, the booklets were not issued until March 6, 1907. Little interest in them was shown by collectors at the time. This was the first 1c booklet pane issued by the U.S and it was quickly superseded by the 1c 1908 series booklet, Scott 331a, in December of 1908.
Our census of Scott 300b in used condition is available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/300b/300b.pdf and includes only three intact panes with tabs plus three others without tab (including the example offered here and one on cover).
Census No. 300b-CAN-05. With 2001 P.F. certificate
FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE.
As an indication of rarity, none was offered in our sales of the MLG or Saddleback collections. This is the only example we have offered since 2000.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1902 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,000.00). Only three have graded higher (at 98)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 1902 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,000.00). Only three have graded higher (at 98)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE $1.00 1902 ISSUE.
Lewis Kaufman records only seven plate blocks for the $1.00 1902 Issue, including six from the top position and this example from the bottom. This is one of the best-centered and choicest plate blocks of the few extant.
From our 1967 and 1981 Rarities sales (realized $15,500 hammer) and ex Wampler (where it realized $15,400 in the 1998 Shreves sale).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE 1902 ISSUE TOP VALUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $6,250.00). Only two examples have been graded higher (at 98J and 100)
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED BLOCK OF THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE.
Used blocks of the $5.00 1902 Issue are extremely rare and seldom obtainable with neatly-struck datestamp cancellations. The block offered here is certainly among the finest extant.