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Sale 1094 — The Curtis Collection: Back of Book and Possessions

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

Category — Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
68
og
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 68, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)1c Vermilion (J29), 1c Vermilion (J29)1c Vermilion (J29). Original gum, h.r., excellent centering, bright color

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT POSTAGE DUES.

There are no unused copies of No. J29 in the P.S.E. Population Report that grade this high.

With 1995 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90).

2,250
2,200
69
 
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 69, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)1c Vermilion (J29), 1c Vermilion (J29)1c Vermilion (J29). Brilliant color on bright paper, remarkably wide margins, light strike of oval cancel leaves design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. ARGUABLY THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT POSTAGE DUE ISSUE, SCOTT J29, IN EXISTENCE. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SOUND CONDITION AND WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.

Ex Twigg-Smith and Tahoe. With 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $1,300.00). Only one stamp grades slightly higher (90)

725
1,800
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70
og
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 70, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)2c Vermilion (J30), 2c Vermilion (J30)2c Vermilion (J30). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine, with 1982 and 1994 P.F. certificates

775
550
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71
ogbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 71, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)2c Vermilion (J30), 2c Vermilion (J30)2c Vermilion (J30). Top imprint and plate no. 34 block of six, h.r. in selvage, stamps Mint N.H., bright color, minor selvage crease, Fine appearance, a very rare plate block, with 1999 P.F. certificate

6,750
1,100
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72
nhbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 72, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)1c Claret (J31), 1c Claret (J31)1c Claret (J31). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 57 block of six, choice balanced margins, rich color, trivial gum bend on bottom right stamp, Very Fine and choice

1,850
950
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73
nh
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 73, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)2c Deep Claret (J32), 2c Deep Claret (J32)2c Deep Claret (J32). Mint N.H., proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $975.00 as 95, the highest grade they price), one of only two to achieve this grade with none higher

240
950
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74
nhbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 74, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)2c Deep Claret (J32), 2c Deep Claret (J32)2c Deep Claret (J32). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 60 block of six, radiant color on fresh paper, a couple trivial natural gum bends, Very Fine, ex Wampler

1,700
550
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75
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 75, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)2c Deep Claret (J32), 2c Deep Claret (J32)2c Deep Claret (J32). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 60 block of 20, comprising the two bottom rows of the pane, intact scissors-separated perfs at top, bright and fresh, minor natural gum bends and skips, trivial margin tear, Fine appearance

5,060
900
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76
nhbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 76, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)5c Deep Claret (J34), 5c Deep Claret (J34)5c Deep Claret (J34). Mint N.H. full bottom imprint and plate no. 71 block of six, well-centered, beautiful rich color, natural gum crease at bottom right and a minute tear at top left

VERY FINE AND CHOICE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.

There are no recorded top plate blocks. This is only the second plate block in any condition we have offered since keeping computerized records

7,750
5,250
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77
nhbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 77, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)10c Deep Claret (J35), 10c Deep Claret (J35)10c Deep Claret (J35). Mint N.H. wide top imprint and plate no. 72 block of six, intense color and impression, bright fresh paper, trivial perf separations in ungummed portion of selvage (not mentioned on certificate)

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. PROBABLY THE FINEST PLATE BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU POSTAGE DUE IN EXISTENCE. REPUTED TO BE THE ONLY FULL TOP PLATE BLOCK EXTANT.

The first Bureau printings of all stamps were made in 1894 on unwatermarked paper, which was soon replaced with USPS-watermarked stock. Many denominations on unwatermarked paper were issued in extremely small quantities. The Bureau's first efforts at producing stamps were marred by perforating and gumming problems, which further limits the supply of stamps available to collectors in higher grades of condition. Finally, the popular collecting of imprint and plate number strips of three drastically reduced the number of plate blocks of six, which is the standard for collectors today.

A survey of auction catalogues, including the Siegel firm's Lilly and Todd sales, show the conspicuous absence of a 10c 1894 Scott J35 plate block.

With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

4,000
6,000
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78
og
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 78, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)50c Deep Claret (J37), 50c Deep Claret (J37)50c Deep Claret (J37). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally well-centered for this usually tight-margined Postage Due issue, incredible depth of color and detailed impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 50-CENT 1895 DEEP CLARET POSTAGE DUE. THIS UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE POSTAGE DUES IN ANY CHOICE GRADE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,000.00). The P.S.E. Population Report demonstrates how difficult it is to find this stamp in higher grades. Despite its high catalogue value, only eight OG and three Mint N.H. examples have been submitted for grading, which tells us that not many are worthy of grading. Of this small population, the highest grade is a single example at 90, then three at 85, one of which is offered here.

2,000
2,200
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79
nh
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 79, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)3c Carmine (J40 var), 3c Carmine (J40 var)3c Carmine (J40 var). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around, Extremely Fine Gem example of this sub-shade, ex Whitman, with 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $950.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade

225
950
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80
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 80, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)3c Deep Claret (J40), 3c Deep Claret (J40)3c Deep Claret (J40). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 70 block of eight, deep color, Fine-Very Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate when it was a plate block of ten

2,200
350
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81
nhbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 81, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)5c Deep Claret (J41), 5c Deep Claret (J41)5c Deep Claret (J41). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 255 block of six, bright color, fresh and Fine, a scarce Mint N.H. plate block from the top position, ex Whitpain

2,000
425
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82
nh
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 82, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)10c Deep Claret (J42), 10c Deep Claret (J42)10c Deep Claret (J42). Mint N.H., vibrant color and proof-like impression on post-office fresh paper, choice centering with wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,250.00), one other shares this grade and one grades higher

280
950
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83
nhbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 83, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)10c Deep Claret (J42), 10c Deep Claret (J42)10c Deep Claret (J42). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 72 block of twenty, wonderfully fresh, a few insignificant perf separations, Fine, ex Wampler

5,920
400
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84
og
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 84, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)30c Deep Claret (J43), 30c Deep Claret (J43)30c Deep Claret (J43). Lightly hinged, well-balanced margins, intensely rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,500.00), one of three to grade XF-Superb 95, the highest awarded

600
1,300
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85
 
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 85, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)30c Deep Claret (J43), 30c Deep Claret (J43)30c Deep Claret (J43). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, face-free strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, scarce in such superb condition, ex Tahoe, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $400.00), only one grades higher

70
600
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86
bl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 86, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)30c Deep Claret (J43), 30c Deep Claret (J43)30c Deep Claret (J43). Wide top imprint and plate 73 block of six, South Omaha precancel, rich color, some rejoined perfs in the top selvage, Fine, an affordable alternative to an unused plate block that catalogues $6,000.00, Scott Retail as a used block and two singles

600
225
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87
og
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 87, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)50c Deep Claret (J44), 50c Deep Claret (J44)50c Deep Claret (J44). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and sharp impression showing every detail of the engraving, unusually choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $950.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only three others share this grade

375
650
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88
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Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 88, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)50c Deep Claret (J44), 50c Deep Claret (J44)50c Deep Claret (J44). Bottom imprint and plate no. 74 block of twelve, South Omaha precancels, rich color, some rejoined or separated perfs, natural gum wrinkle affects third column, Fine-Very Fine appearance, an unused plate block catalogues $4,500.00, Scott Retail as three used blocks of four

825
500
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89
nhbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 89, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)3c Deep Claret (J47), 3c Deep Claret (J47)3c Deep Claret (J47). Mint N.H. left imprint, plate no. 5523 and star block of six, with wide selvage, intense color and impression

FINE-VERY FINE. AN ENORMOUSLY RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1910 3-CENT SINGLE-LINE WATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND PLATE BLOCK WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

The other example we offered was hinged. This is the only Mint Never-Hinged plate block of No. J47 that we could find in past sale catalogues.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

11,500
2,200
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90
ogbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 90, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)5c Deep Claret (J48), 5c Deep Claret (J48)5c Deep Claret (J48). Top imprint, plate no. 5524 and star block of six, four stamps Mint N.H., right two stamps faintly hinged, bright color, Very Fine

1,100
700
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91
nh
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 91, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)50c Deep Claret (J50), 50c Deep Claret (J50)50c Deep Claret (J50). Mint N.H., intense shade, extra wide margins and unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1912 50-CENT BUREAU POSTAGE DUE ISSUE IS VERY RARE IN THIS OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

Ex Vineyard. With 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $4,500.00), only one grades higher and two others share this grade

2,900
2,700
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92
ogbl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 92, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)50c Deep Claret (J50), 50c Deep Claret (J50)50c Deep Claret (J50). Left imprint, plate no. 5527 and star block of six, bottom pair and center right stamp Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, brilliant color, small tear in bottom selvage, light crease in top selvage, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced at top

FINE APEARANCE. A SCARCE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 50-CENT PERF 12 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE. THIS IS THE ONLY PLATE BLOCK WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

Scott Retail as singles is $12,000.00. Scott Retail as a hinged plate block

9,000
3,000
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93
bl
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 93, Postage Due: 1894-1912 Issues (Scott J29-J50)50c Deep Claret (J50), 50c Deep Claret (J50)50c Deep Claret (J50). Block of four, 3mm spacing, intense color, three neat strikes of circular datestamps, bottom stamps light horizontal crease, few sensibly reinforced perf separations, Very Fine appearance, scarce used block, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,000
275
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