Sale 1108 — The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday, 29 September, 2015
Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 63-78a)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT IN THE PINK COLOR.
With 1976 and 1992 P.F. certificates, both describing the color of the cancel as Indigo.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering, may be considered a condition rarity.
Ex Dr. Morris. With 1982 and 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only four others. We have sold three of the other four, and this is the only one with a red cancel.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE. SCARCE IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
With 1988 and 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,600.00). Only two have graded higher (both at 95)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 1985 and 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00) Only six have graded higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT IN THE PALE BLUE SUB-SHADE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS SHADE, AND ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE, THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
A review using Power Search found that we have only offered eight unused and used examples of this shade since keeping computerized records. A review of the Philatelic Foundation's online records found a slightly greater supply, but most tend to be either defective or poorly centered.
With 1984 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; this shade is unpriced in SMQ, SMQ $4,500.00 as the much more common main shade of Scott No. 72.) This is the highest grade awarded to this shade and only one other shares it.
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN.
With 1992 and 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00). Only three have graded higher, a statistic that has not changed in over three years, and only six others share this grade.