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).
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
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