VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 2-CENT D GRILL.
This is a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain in sound and centered condition. With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
The plates used to print the Black Jacks did not provide enough space between subjects for the large 12-gauge perf holes. Consequently, most Black Jack stamps have perfs touching the design on one or two sides. This scarcity of four-margined copies multiplies exponentially when the Z Grill is factored into the equation. Only a small quantity of 2c sheets were grilled during the period when the Z device was active -- after the D Grill (Scott 84), the Z is the rarest of Black Jack grilled stamps.
With 1994, 1999 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,000.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98).
EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.
The 3c Z Grill was in production for only a short period of time before the device was replaced with the F Grill. Only a small number of 3c sheets were fed thru the Z Grill, which accounts for the rarity of surviving examples. Our review of past auctions, including Power Search, found precious few sound copies with Extremely Fine centering.
Ex Floyd. Signed Brookman. With 1993 and 2001 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2--CENT F GRILL.
With 1996 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,000.00). Only five have graded higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER.
With 1997 and 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ as thin paper variety, SMQ $3,250.00 as on normal paper)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 30-CENT 1868 F GRILL IS EXTREMELY RARE WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS. A PHENOMENAL STAMP.
The 30c 1861-68 Issue stamps -- Scott 71 (to a lesser extent) and Scott 100 -- rank as two of the most difficult classic U.S. stamps to find in such pristine condition. Due to narrow spacing of the plate, the 30c 1861-68's are usually found with tight margins, especially at sides. Brookman notes "Superb copies are almost non-existent".
Ex Haas and Dr. Morris. With 1982 and 1992 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL WITH A RED CANCEL.
The 90c stamps used to make grilled issues were printed on a thick stock of paper. It is likely that sheets remaining from the pre-grill period were used and that the thinner paper introduced in 1868 had not been used for the 90c value. Two characteristics of 90c F Grill stamps are poorly punched perforations and generally poor centering.
Ex. Dr. Morris. With 1958, 1994 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $5,000.00). In our opinion this stamp deserves a 95 grade based on eye appeal and margin width, but the slightly wider top margin and non-rectangular overall conformation kept the current graders at P.S.E. from reaching the same conclusion. Regardless of the numerical grade, this is one of the most beautiful 90c F Grill stamps in existence.