EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND PERFECTLY CENTERED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 3-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.
Considering the quality of the stamps in this block, especially the one at bottom right, it is a small miracle that this block has not been broken to feed demand for quality singles.
With 2005 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED PLATE BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 3-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN, AND THIS IS AMONG THE FINEST.
Lewis Kaufman records only five plate blocks, including four from the top position and one from the left. The plate block here was offered in our 1993 Rarities sale, and apart from two examples contained in the MLG collection (top and side), it is the only example we have sold since keeping computerized records. A pane of 100 is also known, with imprint and plate numbers at top and right.
With 1964 P.F. certificate.
FRESH AND FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.
According to Johl (Vol. 1, page 175), the only source of the 4c and 8c Bluish stamps was the archives of the Post Office Department. Approximately 80 of each were traded for rare stamps missing from the archives. Given the failed experimental nature of the paper mixture, it is no surprise that virtually all copies are off center to some extent.
With 1971 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP AND DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS CHOICE QUALITY.
With 1985 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90). As a point of comparison, P.S.E. has graded only two examples at 90 or better
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 6-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER, WITH CHOICE CENTERING.
With 1983 and 1988 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 8-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.
According to Johl (Vol. 1, page 175), the only source of the 4c and 8c Bluish stamps was the archives of the Post Office Department. Approximately 80 of each were traded for rare stamps missing from the archives.
Ex Clifford Cole. Small "HFC" backstamp (H. F. Colman). With 1977 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER. PROBABLY THE FINEST BLOCK IN EXISTENCE.
The use of Bluish paper was an experiment to remedy the problem of paper shrinkage. Because most Bluish Paper stamps are difficult to find in centered, lightly-hinged condition, the majority of high-quality multiples have been broken to satisfy collector demand. The survival of this block during the heyday of blockbusting is remarkable.
With 1964 and 2001 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT ON BLUISH.
With 1970 and 2001 P.F. certificates
A FINE AND FRESH BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 15-CENT BLUISH PAPER.
With 2000 P.S.E. and 2003 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A PHENOMENAL PLATE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER, WITH TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.
This issue is often found off center. The plate block offered here is far better centered than usual, and has far wider selvage than usual.
With 1975 P.F. certificate