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Sale 1163 — The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 19 September, 2017

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
63
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 63, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Bright shade, well-defined grill, neat strikes of cork and circular datestamp cancels, Very Fine and choice, with 1992 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,850.00)

1,200
1,500
64
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 64, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Clearly-defined grill, intense shade and impression, cork cancel

VERY FINE. A CHOICE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 2-CENT D GRILL.

This is a surprisingly difficult issue to obtain in sound and centered condition.

Ex Bowman. With 1996 and 2015 P.F. certificates (VF 80)

4,500
3,250
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65
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 65, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Radiant color nicely complemented by blue cork cancel, clearly-defined grill

FRESH AND VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.

Ex Curtis. With 2007 and 2014 P.F. certificates

3,500
4,000
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66
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 66, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E), 12c Black, Z. Grill (85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E). Nicely balanced margins, intense shade, clear grill, neat cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL.

Although the 12c is the most common of the Z Grills, it is still extremely scarce compared to other regular-production grilled issues and is very rarely found in sound, centered condition.

With 2006 and 2015 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

2,500
2,400
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67
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 67, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Jumbo margins and choice centering, rich color, neat grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1994, 2007 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,100.00), only three examples have been graded higher (all at 98)

550
0
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68
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 68, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, E. Grill (87), 2c Black, E. Grill (87)2c Black, E. Grill (87). Near perfect centering, bright shade and crisp impression on fresh paper, lightly cancelled at center, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, ex "Scarsdale", with 2003 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00), only three have been graded higher

200
1,700
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69
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 69, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)10c Green, E. Grill (89), 10c Green, E. Grill (89)10c Green, E. Grill (89). Beautifully centered with Jumbo margins all around, deep rich color and proof-like impression, clearly-defined grill, bold strike of cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH JUMBO MARGINS. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Ex "Natalee Grace". With 2002 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $4,750.00). Only two have been graded higher (both 98J) and only one other shares this grade.

350
2,600
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70
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 70, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Wide margins and perfect centering, crisp shade and impression, clear grill, bold cork cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Hall, with 2002 and 2015 P.F. certificates (XF 90), with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $650.00)

400
500
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71
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 71, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)1c Blue, F. Grill, Thin Paper (92 var), 1c Blue, F. Grill, Thin Paper (92 var)1c Blue, F. Grill, Thin Paper (92 var). Vibrant color, clearly-defined grill, neat strike of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine example of this paper variety, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $700.00), with 2015 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95, without mention of thin paper), bidders will have to reconcile these widely divergent grades (P.S.E.'s Population Report prices a 95 at $4,250.00), but we feel the true grade is closer to the P.F.'s call on this outstanding stamp

800
2,300
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72
og
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 72, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Original gum, lightly hinged, pretty shade, clear grill and wide margins, Extremely Fine, ex Whitman, with 1988, 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,650.00)

450
1,400
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73
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 73, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var), 5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var)5c Brown, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (95 var). Well-balanced margins, deep rich color and sharp impression, neat strike of circle of V's cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL ON THIN PAPER.

The National Bank Note Co. undoubtedly made various attempts to improve grilling quality and efficiency through modifications in the process. Based on surviving stamps, it appears that one modification involved the use of very thin paper, which probably allowed two or more sheets to be grilled in one pass through the grilling device. The 1c (F), 2c (E and F), 3c (E and F), 5c (F), 10c (F), 12c (F) and 15c (F) are found on this very thin paper. They are scarce, particularly the 5c-15c values.

Ex Merlin. With 2000, 2005 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90). With 1999 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,350.00 with no premium for the paper variety)

900
1,900
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74
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 74, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Superb centering and bright color, cancelled by part of New York circular datestamp and segmented cork, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful used example of the 10c F Grill, ex Kirke, with 2010 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,600.00), only one example has been graded higher (at 95J) and one other shares this grade

225
1,500
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75
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 75, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Detailed impression, face-free cork cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $750.00)

250
550
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76
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 76, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Detailed impression on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

Ex Merlin and Curtis. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00), only two have been graded higher

275
2,300
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77
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 77, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Remarkable centering with wide margins, strong grill and rich color, neat and unusual cogwheel cancel (not the San Francisco type)

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, Dr. Morris and Bowman. With 1982, 1992 and 2015 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

1,000
2,600
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78
 
Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 78, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Unusually choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color on bright paper, neat strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.

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 was not used for the 90c value. Two characteristics of 90c F Grill stamps are poorly punched perforations and generally poor centering.

Ex Merlin. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $4,850.00). Only three have graded higher and only three others share this grade.

2,250
2,100
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