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Sale 1093 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. 20th Century and Air Post

Sale Date — Monday-Tuesday, 23-24 February, 2015

Category — 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
232
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 232, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)1c Panama-Pacific (397), 1c Panama-Pacific (397)1c Panama-Pacific (397). Mint N.H. wide top plate no. 6550 block of six, rich color, gorgeous centering and margins, typical light natural gum bends, Extremely Fine, a lovely plate block

450
850
233
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 233, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)2c Panama-Pacific (398), 2c Panama-Pacific (398)2c Panama-Pacific (398). Mint N.H. right plate no. 6315 block of six, vivid color and wide margins, bottom left stamp small spot of ink on gum, top left small inking flaw and indentation from no-longer present pre-printing adherence, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, the middle left stamp is a Gem

625
180
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234
E
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 234, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)5c Panama-Pacific, Composite Photographic Essay (399-E1), 5c Panama-Pacific, Composite Photographic Essay (399-E1)5c Panama-Pacific, Composite Photographic Essay (399-E1). Photo of wash drawing of frame design as adopted with photo of wash drawing of adopted vignette (showing the steamship below the sun), additional hand touch-up of vignette in wash, mounted in place on 97 x 73mm thick gray card, with "Approved July 16, 1912 Frank H. Hitchcock Postmaster General", Very Fine and most likely unique, ex Livingston

1,500
5,250
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235
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 235, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)5c Panama-Pacific (399), 5c Panama-Pacific (399)5c Panama-Pacific (399). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and well-centered, rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F., 1989 and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $315.00 as 90, $650.00 as 95)

160
300
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236
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 236, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)5c Panama-Pacific (399), 5c Panama-Pacific (399)5c Panama-Pacific (399). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. 6138 block of six, with extra wide selvage, bright color, a few perf separations, Fine-Very Fine

3,200
1,100
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237
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 237, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)5c Panama-Pacific (399), 5c Panama-Pacific (399)5c Panama-Pacific (399). Top plate no. 6133 block of six, lightly hinged with natural gum bends, deep rich color, well-centered, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced at top, Very Fine and choice

1,900
375
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238
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 238, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)5c Panama-Pacific (399), 5c Panama-Pacific (399)5c Panama-Pacific (399). Spectacular Jumbo margins and near-perfect centering, very light machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $175.00 as 95, $650.00 as 98)

10
250
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239
nh
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 239, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)10c Orange Yellow, Panama-Pacific (400), 10c Orange Yellow, Panama-Pacific (400)10c Orange Yellow, Panama-Pacific (400). Mint N.H., vivid color as fresh as the day it was printed, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $875.00)

270
700
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240
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 240, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)10c Orange Yellow, Panama-Pacific (400), 10c Orange Yellow, Panama-Pacific (400)10c Orange Yellow, Panama-Pacific (400). Bottom plate no. 6135 block of six, four stamps Mint N.H., two lightly hinged, vibrant color, nice centering with wide margins, Very Fine

2,350
650
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241
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 241, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)10c Orange, Panama-Pacific (400A), 10c Orange, Panama-Pacific (400A)10c Orange, Panama-Pacific (400A). Mint N.H., incredibly wide margins of Jumbo proportions, precise centering, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, a truly spectacular stamp, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,300.00 as 95, $4,000.00 as 98)

400
3,250
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242
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 242, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)10c Orange, Panama-Pacific (400A), 10c Orange, Panama-Pacific (400A)10c Orange, Panama-Pacific (400A). Bottom plate no. 6130 block of six, disturbed original gum from hinge removal, left vertical row some expertly rejoined perf separations, rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper

VERY FINE APPEARING PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT ORANGE PERF 12 PANAMA-PACIFIC.

Ex MLG collection. With 2009 P.F. certificate

11,000
2,100
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243
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 243, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)1c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (401), 1c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (401)1c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (401). Mint N.H. right plate no. 6944 block of six, intense shade and impression on bright paper, left center stamp tiny natural inclusion, Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate

650
250
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244
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 244, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402), 2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402)2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402). Mint N.H., brilliant color and detailed impression, essentially perfect centering with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,350.00), only two have graded higher

170
2,700
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245
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 245, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402), 2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402)2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. 7039 block of six with extra wide selvage, pretty pastel color, light natural pre-printing paper fold in left margin, natural vertical gum skip right pair, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, with 1984 P.F. certificate

3,250
2,600
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246
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 246, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402), 2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402)2c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (402). Gorgeous Jumbo margins and precise centering, exposition slogan machine cancel, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $150.00 as 95, unpriced in any higher grade), this is the highest grade awarded to a used stamp and it is shared by only one other (the other, ex Kirke, does not have an exposition cancel)

2
750
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247
og
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 247, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)5c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (403), 5c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (403)5c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (403). Lightly hinged, exceptional Jumbo margins and beautifully centered, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $325.00 as 95, $660.00 as 98)

160
300
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248
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 248, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)5c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (403), 5c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (403)5c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (403). Mint N.H. top plate no. 6129 block of six with extra wide selvage, rich color, left stamps natural pre-printing paper crease, right stamps natural narrow gum skip band, pulled perf in selvage at top right, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, an attractive Mint N.H. plate block with wide top selvage, ex MLG collection, with 2009 P.F. certificate

6,750
2,000
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249
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 249, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404), 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Mint N.H., vibrant color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, almost perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT PANAMA-PACIFIC PERF 10, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Long before numerical grading, the rarity of 10c Panama-Pacific Perf 10 stamps in superb condition (hinged or not) was well-established. The 10-gauge perfs on this issue are almost always uneven or shortened from separation. Centering is rarely above Fine. Finally, the Orange ink on many examples has darkened. This stamp is the exception on all counts.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $8,250.00). Only one has graded higher and seven others share this highly desirable grade.

1,700
7,000
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250
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 250, 1913-15 Panama-Pacific Issue (Scott 397-404)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404), 10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404)10c Panama-Pacific, Perf 10 (404). Top plate no. 6130 block of six with extra wide selvage, stamps Mint N.H., lightly hinged in selvage only, vivid color and detailed impression, choice centering, diagonal crease (caused during production) affects top right and top center stamps and top left selvage

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS PLATE BLOCK RARITY IS SELDOM FOUND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.

Ex MLG collection. Scott Retail as Mint N.H. singles $10,200.00. Scott Retail as hinged plate block

12,000
12,500
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