Sale 1134 — The Alan Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

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Category — 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
250
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Sale 1134, Lot 250, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)1c Blue Green (300). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, ex "Golden Oak", with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $650.00), only one has graded higher

27
700
251
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Sale 1134, Lot 251, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c-13c 1902 Issue, Superb Graded Balance (302/319). Six unused stamps with P.S.E. grades of 95 or better, including Nos. 302 (OGph, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo), 304 (OGph, Superb 98), 305 (OGph, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo), 306 (OGph, Superb 98), 308 OGph, (Superb 98), 319 (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo), fresh and Extremely Fine Gem group, two additional P.F. certificates accompany, total SMQ $1,300.00

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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252
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Sale 1134, Lot 252, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)1902-08 Issues, Balance. Perforated issues including small color study of eight examples of No. 303, interesting range of shades, couple Mint N.H. including one with P.F. certificate, couple with disturbed gum, also No. 307, range of 1c and 2c imperforate, both Ty. I and Ty. II including block of four of No. 320A, few private vending coil pairs, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
300
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253
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Sale 1134, Lot 253, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c Carmine (301). Mint N.H., brilliant color, almost perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $425.00)

37
375
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254
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Sale 1134, Lot 254, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)3c Bright Violet (302). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins and choice centering, rich color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine, with 2010 P.S.A.G. certificate (90J)

130
300
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255
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Sale 1134, Lot 255, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)15c Olive Green (309). Barely hinged, deep rich color, superior centering with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1979 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $625.00)

180
850
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256
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Sale 1134, Lot 256, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)50c Orange (310). Gorgeous bright color, Jumbo margins and precise centering, tiny natural fiber inclusion is all but unnoticeable and not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Merlin, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $2,500.00), this is the highest grade awarded to any Scott 310 (Mint N.H., hinged or used) and it is shared by only two other hinged stamps, no Mint N.H. examples have been graded higher than 98

375
2,200
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257
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Sale 1134, Lot 257, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$1.00 Black (311). Lightly hinged, essentially perfect centering with Jumbo margins, intense shade, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2014 P.S.A.G. certificate (98 ogPH)

600
1,200
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258
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Sale 1134, Lot 258, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Lightly hinged, essentially perfect centering but achieved through reperfing at left, also tiny corner perf crease at bottom right, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2010 P.F. certificate

825
350
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259
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Sale 1134, Lot 259, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$5.00 Dark Green (313). Single hinge mark, deep rich color and proof-like impression, outstanding centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00)

2,100
3,500
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260
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Sale 1134, Lot 260, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Unused (no gum), showing full Schermack perforations on both sides, repaired sealing a large tear and covering creases, expertly done so the fault is not obvious on an album page

VERY FINE APPEARING UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE, SCOTT 314A. ONLY FOUR PAIRS, TWO LINE PAIRS AND NINE SINGLES ARE KNOWN IN UNUSED CONDITION.

Our census of unused Scott 314A, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/314A.pdf , records four pairs, two guide line pairs and nine singles, for a total of 21 unused stamps. One of the singles is in the Benjamin K. Miller collection at The New York Public Library. Our census also contains 44 used examples, including three strips of three (one in the Miller collection and one on cover), three singles on separate covers, and 32 single used copies.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

All of the Scott 314A stamps that exist in unused condition originate from a local Detroit stamp collector, Karl Koslowski, who was the only one to purchase some of the 4c Imperforates, either from the Winfield Printing Company or from the Schermack firm. His earliest account of the event appeared two years later in the Philadelphia Stamp News, and is considered to be the most reliable of several conflicting stories told by Koslowski (and interpreted by others) at later dates. In the 1910 article, Koslowski explains that he purchased 50 stamps and expected to be able to buy more, but the supply was destroyed when he returned. We can account for 32 of the 50 stamps Koslowski claims he acquired. There are 21 unused stamps currently in our census, all of which must have come from him, and he used at least 11 stamps on mail to friends, including the strip of three on a Koslowski cover, two used strips of three off cover (the mass mailings were all singles) and two singles on separate Koslowski covers. The earliest known cover is dated at Detroit on May 27, 1908, from Koslowski to a friend in Austria, and the latest is dated April 8, 1909, which was mailed to him using a sheet-margin single from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Apart from the stamps Koslowski used, there is one recorded commercial cover (June 2, 1908) and approximately 32 used single stamps, most of which were probably removed from the mass-mailing covers.

Census No. 314A-UNC-12. Ex Hall. With 2016 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as original gum

100,000
22,000
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261
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Sale 1134, Lot 261, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Lightly hinged almost entirely in sheet margin at top, rich color, Extremely Fine

325
325
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262
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Sale 1134, Lot 262, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Schermack Ty. III (315). Pair, small h.r. on left stamp, attractive margins with full Schermack perfs at left and partial at right, creased between stamps from light fold, tiny thin speck on right stamp

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1902 ISSUE WITH TYPE III SCHERMACK PRIVATE VENDING MACHINE PERFORATIONS.

A Power Search review reveals how elusive the 1902 5c imperforate coil is with Schermack perforations. Since keeping computerized records we have sold only a single pair, back in 2008.

With 2016 P.F. certificate

5,000
6,500
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263
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Sale 1134, Lot 263, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Coil (317). Well-centered with wide margins, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1908 VERTICAL COIL.

With 1982 and 2007 P.F. certificates

5,750
5,250
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264
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Sale 1134, Lot 264, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL.

With 2000 P.F. certificate for a pair.

6,000
5,000
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264A
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Sale 1134, Lot 264A, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Pair, radiant color, wide and balanced margins, few minor perf separations at top

VERY FINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 322.

Issued on July 31, 1908, and intended only to be used by private vending machine companies, Scott 322 is only known with the Die II widened line at lower left.

With 2016 P.F. certificate

17,500
15,500
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265
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Sale 1134, Lot 265, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Lightly hinged, brilliant color, crisp impression, choice balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 1908 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 322.

Issued on July 31, 1908, and intended only to be used by private vending machine companies, Scott 322 is only known with the Die II widened line at lower left.

With 2003 (for a pair) and 2006 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

6,000
5,500
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