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Sale 1165 — Classic Bureau Issues featuring The Dr. Irvin Heimburger and Roger Brody Collections

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Category — 1901 Pan-American Issue: Inverts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
87
og
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 87, 1901 Pan-American Issue: Inverts1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a), 1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Small part original gum, rich colors, thin spot at right

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

According to Johl, the 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country soon after release of the issue in May 1901, including Bessemer Ala., Richmond Va., Utica N.Y. and Connecticut. The gum on many is heavily hinged, disturbed or missing to varying degrees

12,500
3,000
88
 
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 88, 1901 Pan-American Issue: Inverts1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a), 1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a)1c Pan-American, Center Inverted (294a). Neat machine cancel, bright color, small faults and repair at top

VERY FINE APPEARING AND RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, soon after release of the issue in May 1901. According to the revised Johl-King book (p.7) "The first known copies of this error were discovered at Bessemer, Alabama, by the Carrell Jewelry Company on some circulars just prior to mailing them. When they realized the find they had made they lost no time in removing the stamps from the circulars and thus saved them to philately."

The 1c Pan-American Invert in used condition is considerably scarcer than unused. Our census, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/294a/294a.pdf , records 48 used examples plus three on cover, for a total of 51 copies.

Census No. 294a-CAN-18.

25,000
3,750
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89
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Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 89, 1901 Pan-American Issue: Inverts2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a), 2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a)2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a). Slightly disturbed original gum, bright frame color and sharp vignette impression, center guide line at right, natural inclusion at bottom

FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

A survey of the Levi records produced 64 single unused stamps (excluding the block of four and rejoined block of four). Many of these were described in auction catalogues more than 40 years ago; therefore, the determination of soundness is uncertain. However, assuming the old descriptions were reaffirmed today, approximately 45% of singles across all centering categories have faults.

From our 1989 Rarities sale. Click here for an introduction to the 1901 Pan-American Issue: http://siegelauctions.com/2013/1052/1901_Intro.pdf

55,000
14,000
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90
 
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 90, 1901 Pan-American Issue: Inverts2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a), 2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a)2c Pan-American, Center Inverted (295a). Bright colors and well-centered, machine cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, flaws including vertical crease ending in small tear, tiny corner repair at top left and reperfed at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY SEVEN USED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT ARE KNOWN, AND NONE ARE SOUND.

Our census of the 2c Pan-American Invert in used condition records only seven copies, and is available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/295a/295a.pdf . None are sound -- two are reperfed, one has a tear and another is thinned. Three others have minor flaws.

Census No. 295a-CAN-05. Ex Curtis. With 1970 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates. In our opinion this is very undercatalogued in Scott -- the unused invert catalogues $55,000.00 in Scott and is significantly more plentiful with approximately 64 unused singles known -- the same price is given for the used invert with only seven known.

55,000
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91
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Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 91, 1901 Pan-American Issue: Inverts4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a), 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a)4c Pan-American, Center Inverted (296a). Unused (no gum), rich colors, centered to bottom but other three sides nicely balanced framing the design, tiny thin spot at bottom right

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.

The 4c stamp portrays an electric automobile, known at the time as the "Electric Vehicle Service," as depicted on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad brochure from which the engraving was made. In the background one can see the dome of the Capitol. One of the two men seated at the front was Samuel B. Hege, B&O's passenger agent, so this stamp actually depicts a living person in violation of the law.

The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed. In fact, because 97 of the stamps were removed from an album page, they are generally thinned or have seriously disturbed or no gum.

Scott Catalogue notes that "Values are for examples with full original gum that is slightly disturbed"

85,000
7,500
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92
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 92, 1901 Pan-American Issue: Inverts4c Pan-American, Center Inverted, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (296aS), 4c Pan-American, Center Inverted, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (296aS)4c Pan-American, Center Inverted, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (296aS). "Specimen" at left reading up, inverted diagonal orientation, unused, regummed over thin spot, centered to bottom with other three margins balanced

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT WITH SPECIMEN OVERPRINT.

If the reported numbers are correct, a total of 203 4c Inverts were released, both with and without the overprint. An unknown quantity of the 4c Pan-American invert was overprinted with a small "Specimen" overprint. Some examples, both with and without the overprint, were given away by Third Asst. Postmaster General Edwin C. Madden. When postal authorities learned of the practice, they destroyed 194 copies and put one pane of 100 into the official archives. At a later date, 97 of these were traded for rarities missing from the archives

11,500
3,750
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