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Sale 1120 — Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 March, 2016

Category — 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1559
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1559, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c White Plains Souvenir Sheet (630), 2c White Plains Souvenir Sheet (630)2c White Plains Souvenir Sheet (630). Mint N.H., outstanding centering throughout, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem sheet, this was submitted to P.S.E. prior to the grading of multiples, at the time it was communicated to us that this would have graded XF-Superb 95, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

600
350
1560
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2c White Plains Souvenir Sheet (630). Mint N.H., completely free from the gum skips and bends that can plague this issue, brilliant color, gorgeous centering throughout, Extremely Fine Gem

600
250
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1561
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1561, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)1-1/2c Harding, Rotary (631), 1-1/2c Harding, Rotary (631)1-1/2c Harding, Rotary (631). Three center blocks with crossed gutters and dashes, two Mint N.H., two without gum breaker ridges, large margins, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail with no premium for the lack of gum breaker ridges

2,800
425
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1562
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1562, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b). Mint N.H. bottom left plate no. 19931 block of four, deep rich color of this distinctive shade

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE PLATE BLOCK AND ONLY THE SECOND EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate

2,400
3,750
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1563
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1563, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Mint N.H., well-centered, wide margins, deep rich shade, Extremely Fine, a choice example, with 2001 P.F. certificate

650
500
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1564
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1564, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Mint N.H. with top left corner plate no. 19644 selvage, radiant color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a stamp with wonderful visual appeal, ex "Cloudrest"

650
500
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1565
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1565, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Bottom left corner plate no. 19644 single, Mint N.H., Very Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

650
300
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1566
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1566, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Mint N.H., nicely centered with deep rich color, naturally occurring extraneous vertical line of printing ink in center, Very Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate

650
160
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1567
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1567, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Mint N.H. vertical pair with full horizontal gutter, deep rich color, Very Fine and rare, ex "Sirron", with copy of 1995 P.F. certificate for block of four

1,400
600
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1568
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1568, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Mint N.H. horizontal pair with vertical gutter and bottom selvage, intense shade and impression, Very Fine and choice

1,400
550
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1569
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1569, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Mint N.H. bottom right plate no. 19747 block of four, exceptionally fresh color, top left stamp with small excess inking, Fine-Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

3,000
850
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1570
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1570, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Four Mint N.H. singles, including two with corner plate no. selvage (different plate nos.), Very Fine and choice group

3,900
1,500
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1571
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1571, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A), 2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A)2c Carmine, Ty. II (634A). Eleven singles and a vertical pair with horizontal gutter, mostly lightly hinged, one is used, including four with corner plate no. selvage, Very Fine and desirable group

4,113
1,800
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1572
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1572, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Lake, Sullivan Expedition (657a), 2c Lake, Sullivan Expedition (657a)2c Lake, Sullivan Expedition (657a). Mint N.H., rich distinctive color on pristine white paper, Very Fine and choice, ex Floyd, with 1998 P.F. certificate

625
325
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1573
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1573, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)4c Kans. Ovpt. (662), 4c Kans. Ovpt. (662)4c Kans. Ovpt. (662). Mint N.H., wide margins and essentially perfectly centered, fresh and crisp, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $675.00)

35
425
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1574
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1574, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)4c Kans. Ovpt. (662), 4c Kans. Ovpt. (662)4c Kans. Ovpt. (662). Rich color on bright white paper, impeccable centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $475.00), a challenging stamp with only one example grading higher

9
375
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1575
 
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1575, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)8c Kans. Ovpt. (666), 8c Kans. Ovpt. (666)8c Kans. Ovpt. (666). Fresh color, wonderful centering with balanced margins, light machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $325.00), this is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it

65
550
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1576
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1576, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Lake, Ohio River (681a), 2c Lake, Ohio River (681a)2c Lake, Ohio River (681a). Mint N.H., well-centered with wide margins, deep rich color, Extremely Fine, a rarely offered color shade, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced in SMQ)

650
1,200
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1577
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1577, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Von Steuben, Carmine Lake Shade (689 var), 2c Von Steuben, Carmine Lake Shade (689 var)2c Von Steuben, Carmine Lake Shade (689 var). Mint N.H., deep rich color, fresh and Very Fine, a scarce example of this rare shade, with photocopy of 2003 P.S.E. certificate as a plate block from which this originates, unlisted in Scott

E. 200-300
850
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1578
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1578, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Dark Lake & Black, Error of Color (703b), 2c Dark Lake & Black, Error of Color (703b)2c Dark Lake & Black, Error of Color (703b). Position 34 (pencil on reverse), Mint N.H., wonderfully well-centered, far better than most we have encountered, deep rich colors in the distinctive Dark Lake shade, Extremely Fine, a choice example of this rare color variety, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

750
750
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1579
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1579, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Dark Lake & Black, Error of Color (703b), 2c Dark Lake & Black, Error of Color (703b)2c Dark Lake & Black, Error of Color (703b). Mint N.H. top margin plate no. 20508 and 20463 block of four, excellent centering, bold color, tiny translucent spot in left selvage and couple tiny natural gum skips (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT YORKTOWN IN THE DARK LAKE AND BLACK ERROR OF COLOR.

Only a few plate blocks are recorded. With 1991 P.F. certificate

3,500
1,600
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1580
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1580, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Yorktown, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (703c), 2c Yorktown, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (703c)2c Yorktown, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (703c). Block of four, top pair lightly hinged, bottom pair Mint N.H., deep rich colors, detailed impression on pristine paper, unusually choice centering

VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT YORKTOWN IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY ERROR. ONLY ONE PANE OF 50 WAS DISCOVERED.

There were two distinct printings of this issue, using different plate layouts. The first employed 100-subject plates for both the frame and vignette. However, due to problems with paper shrinkage the vignettes were difficult to align to the frame, resulting in excessive waste. The second printing was made from a 100-subject plate for the frame, but a 50-subject plate was used for printing the vignette. This allowed for greater control, thereby significantly reducing waste.

The imperforate-vertically error occurred during production from the second plate configuration. We know this because different plate numbers were used for the first and second layouts. We also know that only one pane of 50, rather than a sheet of 100, was produced with vertical rows of perforations missing, because the perforations were applied after the sheets of 100 with the frame impression were divided into panes of 50 for the second press run.

Of the pane of 50, thirty examples are located in three known large blocks, leaving only 20 examples as pairs, strips or smaller blocks such as the one offered here. Scott Retail as two pairs "in the grade of fine"

15,500
5,250
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1581
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1581, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)2c Lake, Olympic Winter Games (716a), 2c Lake, Olympic Winter Games (716a)2c Lake, Olympic Winter Games (716a). Mint N.H., deep rich color on fresh paper, Very Fine, a scarce shade variety and the first example we have offered since keeping computerized records, with photocopy of 2002 P.S.E. certificate as a pair from which this originates

1,000
0
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1582
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1582, 1925 and Later Issues (Scott 628-734)5c Kosciuszko, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (734a), 5c Kosciuszko, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (734a)5c Kosciuszko, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (734a). Sheet-margin at right, lightly hinged, fresh and bright color, well-centered within wide margins, Very Fine, rare with only one pane of 100 discovered leaving only 50 pairs known, of those some have faults and four are in the unique plate block of eight

1,750
850
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