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Sale 1158 — The Vaquero Collection of U.S. Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Friday, 12 May, 2017

Category — 1869 Issue, Proof Sets

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4149°
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4149, 1869 Issue, Proof Sets1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (112P1-122P1, 129P1), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (112P1-122P1, 129P1)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (112P1-122P1, 129P1). Complete set, includes both 15c, also two 3c, both 15c, 24c and 90c hybrids, most approximately 140 x 215mm, some with traces of binding at left from presentation or salesman's book

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

This set was created by buying two sets and taking the best proofs. The 24c and 90c are only known as hybrids, and the 15c are normally seen as hybrids. Six with 1998 P.F. certificates

9,450
2,000
4150°
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4150, 1869 Issue, Proof Sets1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India, Presentation Album (112P1var-122P1var), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India, Presentation Album (112P1var-122P1var)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India, Presentation Album (112P1var-122P1var). Stamp size and mounted on approximately 180 x 225mm cards with drawn in die sinkage area, bound into black leather gold-stamped presentation album, titled on front "PROOFS. United States Postage Stamps, Series of 1869, Engraved by the National Bank Note Company, New York.", binding is a bit loose and leather is worn on edges -- nearly always the case for presentation albums of this era

VERY FINE AND RARE PRESENTATION ALBUM OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE LARGE DIE PROOFS.

Security printers' presentation albums were specially made for a variety of people, often potential customers or dignitaries. Most have been broken apart over the years for the value of the individual proofs. Intact albums are very rare. A similar album realized $7,500 in our Sale 1040. Ex Curtis

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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4151°
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4151, 1869 Issue, Proof Sets1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Small Die Proofs on India (112P2-122P2), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Small Die Proofs on India (112P2-122P2)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Small Die Proofs on India (112P2-122P2). Complete set including both 15c types, on original gray card backing, rich colors as fresh as the day they were printed

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SET OF SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM THE ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.

Only 85 albums were produced. Ex Hansen

4,575
3,500
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4152
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4152, 1869 Issue, Proof Sets1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3, 129P3), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3, 129P3)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3, 129P3). Complete set of eleven, including both 15c, large margins, bright colors, few trivial flaws often associated with this fragile paper, Very Fine set, ex Hansen

1,205
750
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4153°
Pbl
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4153, 1869 Issue, Proof Sets1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3, 120TC3a, 129P3), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3, 120TC3a, 129P3)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on India (112P3-122P3, 120TC3a, 129P3). Complete set of blocks of four, including both 15c, also two 24c with distinctly different vignette colors (one is the 120TC3a trial color), large margins, bright colors, few small flaws as normally associated with this fragile paper

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE SET OF BLOCKS OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA PAPER.

Ex Laehder. Each with 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail counting both 24c as normal vignette (the Reddish Lilac is listed but unpriced in Scott)

6,085
2,300
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4154
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4154, 1869 Issue, Proof Sets1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-117P4, 120P4-122P4, 129P4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-117P4, 120P4-122P4, 129P4)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-117P4, 120P4-122P4, 129P4). Complete set, large to full margins, brilliant colors, including two 15c Type III (one with vignette strongly shifted), fresh and Very Fine

1,155
600
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4155°
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4155, 1869 Issue, Proof Sets1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (113P4-122P4, 129P4, 133P4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (113P4-122P4, 129P4, 133P4)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (113P4-122P4, 129P4, 133P4). Complete set (ten total) of top imprint and plate number blocks, blocks of twelve of 1c thru 12c, blocks of ten of the larger-size bicolor 15c-90c, 1c with additional sheet margin at left, 15c thru 90c with additional sheet margin at right, large margins other sides, brilliant colors as fresh as the day they were printed, 90c showing clear plate layout lines and vignette shifted noticeably to bottom, 12c with top margin just into plate no. and imprint, absolutely pristine

EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COMPLETE SET OF TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE PLATE PROOFS ON CARD. THIS IS THE ONLY TOP POSITION SET THAT CAN EXIST.

This unique set of top imprint and plate number blocks on card originates from the set of complete sheets offered in our 1967 Lilly sale (Siegel Sale 321, lot 233). The 1c-12c were printed in sheets of 300 which were divided into panes of 150, with one plate number at top and one at bottom of each pane (no one has ever seen the other pane of 150 and they may never have been released). The four bicolor denominations were printed in sheets of 100, with two imprint and plate numbers at top in the color of the frame and with corresponding imprint and plate numbers at bottom in the color of the vignette.

After the Lilly sale the sheets were divided into two half-sheets. The 1c-12c were divided horizontally into top and bottom halves (70 stamps in the top half, 80 in the bottom). The 15c-90c were divided vertically into equal left and right halves. One set of the half sheets (with the bottom positions for 1c-12c and left halves for the 15c-90c) remains intact today in a private collection. The other half was divided into smaller multiples, including the plate blocks offered here. The bottom plate blocks from the right halves for the bicolor denominations have not been seen since the sheets were broken decades ago.

Ex Lilly. Scott Catalogue lists but does not price the plate blocks of the Plate Proofs on Card. They do price the Plate Proofs on India, which are more common, at $30,000.00.

E. 30,000-40,000
30,000
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