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Sale 1118 — The Don David Price Iconic Collection of U.S. Bicolored Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

Category — 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
180
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 180, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps1c-10c Pan-American (294-299), 1c-10c Pan-American (294-299)1c-10c Pan-American (294-299). Mint N.H., each with bottom right corner selvage with mirror-image numerals printed in both frame and vignette colors

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COMPLETE SET OF MINT NEVER-HINGED CORNER-MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THE PAN-AMERICAN ISSUE, WITH MIRROR-IMAGE NUMERALS PRINTED IN THE SELVAGE.

To insure that the correct vignette and frame plates were used together, the siderographer entered the denomination on the upper right and lower left corners of each frame and vignette plate. They were engraved to be right-reading for the benefit of the pressmen. On the printed stamps, these markings appear as a mirror image and become visible in the upper left and lower right corners of the sheets. The lower right markings, shown in this set, are also inverted, so that the pressmen would always see the markings right side up, even if he was holding the plate upside down. On some of the earlier plates, small "sequence" numbers were added as vignette or frame plates were produced. These small numbers can be observed on the 1c and 2c values here.

Scott Retail with no premium for the positions (why these significant markings are ignored in the catalogue is a mystery to us)

962
1,600
181
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 181, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Top right corner selvage imprint and plate no. 1172 block of 25 with string of pressmen's initials, vignettes shifted to the left, deep rich colors, choice centering, lightly hinged mostly in selvage at top center (two stamps barely hinged), few trivial perf separations at top, Very Fine-Extremely Fine and attractive multiple, Scott Retail as hinged plate block and Mint N.H. singles

1,107
600
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182
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 182, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 1156/1116 block of ten, rising boat variety with vignette shifted significantly upwards, rich colors, well-centered, Extremely Fine, Scott Retail with no premium for the variety

1,100
850
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183
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 183, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Mint N.H. bottom left corner selvage imprint and plate no. block of eight, rising boat variety with significant upward shift of the vignette, detailed impressions, fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail with no premium for the variety

560
500
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184
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 184, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Mint N.H., dark colors, vignette dramatically shifted to top, frame well-centered with even margins, Extremely Fine

42
550
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185
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 185, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps1c Pan-American (294), 1c Pan-American (294)1c Pan-American (294). Five unused and one used, each with dramatic vignette shift, including two strongly to bottom, three to top, (varying degrees), one with top part imprint selvage and with vignette perfectly aligned, Fine-Very Fine and fascinating group

111
275
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186
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 186, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Mint N.H., rich colors, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1996 P.F. certificate

40
250
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187
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 187, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). With top imprint selvage, stamp Mint N.H., rich color, gorgeous centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. certificate

40
700
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188
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 188, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Mint N.H. bottom left corner selvage single, brilliant colors, vignette perfectly aligned with frame and from a slightly dry printing, Extremely Fine Gem

40
80
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189
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 189, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Mint N.H. with bottom right corner selvage, showing mirror image of red and black numerals and sequence no. in selvage, choice centering, rich colors, Extremely Fine Gem

40
160
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190
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 190, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Two Mint N.H. (with small fingerprints on gum), shifted vignettes including one significantly downwards and one upwards, Extremely Fine Gems, unusual freaks, Scott Retail as normal stamps

80
600
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191
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 191, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Six unused singles and a cover, each with vignette shift, including shifted to left, top left, right and one centered, cover with vignette centered low and tied by exposition cancel on multicolored expo ad cover to Canada, few minor imperfections, overall a Very Fine and desirable group, one with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90)

E. 400-500
700
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192
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 192, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 1098 block of six, deep rich colors, vignettes shifted noticeably to top, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful plate block, with 2006 P.F. certificate

475
350
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193
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 193, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 1078 strip of three, vignettes shifted dramatically up and to the left, Extremely Fine, Scott Retail with no premium for the dramatic vignette shift

140
180
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194
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 194, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps2c Pan-American (295), 2c Pan-American (295)2c Pan-American (295). Horizontal pair with red and black plate nos., vignettes shifted dramatically downwards and obscuring all of the frame text at bottom, black plate no. very low, red and black frame markers at right separated by almost 3mm (they are supposed to be overlapping), lightly hinged, choice centering, Extremely Fine, a dramatic pair from the position on the sheet that best demonstrates the shift, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

E. 300-400
550
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195
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 195, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps4c Pan-American (296), 4c Pan-American (296)4c Pan-American (296). Five items with shifted vignettes, including four unused showing shifted to top, right and one almost centered but slightly to top, last is cover with vignette shifted to right and tied by multiple strikes of "Indianapolis Ind. Jun. 13 9AM 1901" duplexes on Indiana House of Representatives illustrated cover to Winona Minn., overall Very Fine and interesting group, two with 1995 or 1996 P.F. certificate as Mint N.H.

E. 300-400
325
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196
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 196, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps4c Pan-American (296), 4c Pan-American (296)4c Pan-American (296). Bottom imprint and plate no. 1145 strip of three, vignette shifted dramatically to right ("slow car"), rich colors, lightly hinged, Extremely Fine, a pretty multiple

300
275
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197
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 197, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps4c Pan-American (296), 4c Pan-American (296)4c Pan-American (296). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 1145 strip of three, bright and fresh, extraneous frame ink at bottom of selvage (the result of excess ink remaining on the plate), Very Fine

650
250
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198
 
Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 198, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Three unused and three used singles, one Mint N.H., shifted vignettes to varying degrees, including top left, top right, bottom, top, and close to centered, Fine-Very Fine group, the Mint N.H. with 2010 P.S.E. certificate

E. 200-300
300
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199
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 199, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Mint N.H. block of four, mathematically perfect centering, beautiful colors and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT PAN-AMERICAN WHICH IS QUITE LIKELY THE FINEST EXTANT.

With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100). High grades are rarely seen among examples of the tightly-spaced Pan-American Issue, making this block even more remarkable. As an indication of the rarity of high-grade 5c Pan-American stamps, there is only one Mint N.H. single graded Gem 100 by P.S.E.

Scott Retail as four Mint N.H. singles

720
3,250
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200
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 200, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 1140 strip of three, vignettes shifted to left, well-centered, Very Fine and choice

625
0
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201
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 201, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and double plate no. strip of four, vignette shifted slightly to top which is mirrored in the registration bars in selvage (they are supposed to be aligned), extraneous frame on back of bottom selvage contains fingerprint from pressman, Fine and attractive position multiple, Scott Retail as strip of three and single with no premium for having both plate numbers

805
200
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202
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 202, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps5c Pan-American (297), 5c Pan-American (297)5c Pan-American (297). Mint N.H. block of six, vignettes shifted to top right, deep rich colors and detailed impressions, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, Scott Retail as singles

1,080
375
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203
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 203, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps8c Pan-American (298), 8c Pan-American (298)8c Pan-American (298). Eight unused singles, each with vignette shift, including to top, strongly to bottom, to top left, to top right, most are very dramatic, few Mint N.H., one with bottom left corner selvage, one with bottom part imprint selvage, few faults, Fine-Very Fine appearance, a desirable group, two with certificates

E. 500-750
700
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204
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 204, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps10c Pan-American (299), 10c Pan-American (299)10c Pan-American (299). Mint N.H., unusually wide margins for this issue, vignette shifted strongly upwards and approaching the so-called "high tide" variety, fresh colors, Extremely Fine, ex "Vineyard", with 1987 and 2004 P.F. certificates

300
300
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205
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Sale Number 1118, Lot Number 205, 1901 Pan-American Issue Stamps10c Pan-American (299), 10c Pan-American (299)10c Pan-American (299). Four unused singles, showing varying degrees of vignette shifts, including one to top (approaching "high tide" variety), others to bottom and significantly so, one with pre-printing paperfold, first Mint N.H., Fine-Very Fine and fascinating group

E. 400-500
400
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