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Sale 1147 — The Don David Price Collection of the U.S. 1918 24c Jenny Air Post Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Category — Fast and Supersonic Plane

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
43
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 43, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Unused (no gum), dramatic forward vignette shift with the top wing extending all the way to the perfs at left, attractive centering and margins

VERY FINE AND RARE. THIS IS THE FASTEST OF THE 1918 24-CENT AIR POST FAST PLANE VARIETY -- MORE LIKE A "SUPERSONIC" PLANE.

The Philatelic Foundation has never published an article defining the criteria for certifying the Fast Plane variety, as they did for the Grounded Plane. The generally accepted definition is a stamp where the wings of the Jenny break clearly into the Carmine frame at left. Like the other shifts, there are degrees of displacement. The stamp offered in this lot shows the wings of the plane shifted well into the unprinted margin, touching the perfs at left. It is the fastest of the Fast Planes, and examples such as this are far rarer than the other Fast Planes. Noted researcher Joe Kirker has stated that all of the few examples he has seen are without gum.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
44
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 44, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Unused (no gum), dramatic forward vignette shift with the top wing extending all the way to the perfs at left, well-centered, natural s.e. at right

VERY FINE AND RARE. THIS IS THE FASTEST OF THE 1918 24-CENT AIR POST FAST PLANE VARIETY -- MORE LIKE A "SUPERSONIC" PLANE.

The Philatelic Foundation has never published an article defining the criteria for certifying the Fast Plane variety, as they did for the Grounded Plane. The generally accepted definition is a stamp where the wings of the Jenny break clearly into the Carmine frame at left. Like the other shifts, there are degrees of displacement. The stamp offered in this lot shows the wings of the plane shifted well into the unprinted margin, touching the perfs at left. It is the fastest of the Fast Planes, and examples such as this are far rarer than the other Fast Planes. Noted researcher Joe Kirker has stated that all of the few examples he has seen are without gum.

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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45
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 45, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Mint N.H., significant forward shift showing the Fast Plane variety, wings extending deep into the Carmine frame and shading extending into the unprinted margin, mild natural gum bend, Extremely Fine example of this variety, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,400
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46
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 46, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Mint N.H., significant forward shift showing the Fast Plane variety, wings extending deep into the Carmine frame and shading extending into the unprinted margin, Very Fine and choice example of this variety, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

E. 500-750
2,400
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47
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 47, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Mint N.H., significant forward shift showing the Fast Plane variety, top wing extending to the edge of the Carmine frame and shading extending into the unprinted margin, Very Fine and choice

E. 500-750
850
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48
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 48, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Position 95, Mint N.H. with bottom half arrow selvage, forward and downward vignette shift showing the Fast Plane variety, also nearly a Low Plane with the left wheel just touching the Carmine frame at bottom, intense colors, Very Fine, a nice example of this variety

E. 500-750
900
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49
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 49, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Mint N.H., forward shift showing the Fast Plane variety, top wing extending well into the Carmine frame, Very Fine

E. 400-500
550
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50
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 50, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast and High Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast and High Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast and High Plane Variety (C3 var). Mint N.H., forward and upward vignette shift showing the Fast Plane variety, also a High Plane with the rear of the top wing just into the frame at top, as well as the background lines, Fine, a desirable double variety

E. 500-750
375
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51
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 51, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Mint N.H., forward and slightly upward vignette shift showing the Fast Plane variety, fresh and Fine

E. 400-500
550
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52
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 52, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Block of four with vertical centerline, bottom pair Mint N.H., each vignette showing the Fast Plane forward shift, with top wing and shading extending into the Carmine frame, fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail as normal singles

420
500
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53
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 53, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Mint N.H. top arrow, plate nos. 8492/8493 and double "TOP" block of 12, rich colors, each stamp with significant forward vignette shift of the Fast Plane variety, the top wing of each plane extends well into the Carmine frame and on every stamp the background shading extends into the unprinted margin, top right and left stamps minor gum skips

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1918 24-CENT AIR POST ISSUE FAST PLANE VARIETY, WITH SHADING ON EACH VIGNETTE EXTENDING INTO THE MARGIN.

The Philatelic Foundation has never published an article defining the criteria for certifying the Fast Plane variety, as they did for the Grounded Plane. The generally accepted definition is a stamp where the wings of the Jenny break clearly into the Carmine frame at left. Like the other shifts, there are degrees of displacement. The two stamps offered in lots 43 and 44 show the wings of the plane shifted well into the unprinted margin and those stamps are the fastest of the Fast Planes -- really they should be called Supersonic Planes. The plate block offered in lot 11 and the other examples in the Price collection show the top wing of the plane well into the Carmine frame. On this plate block the shift is sufficiently strong to show the shading extending beyond the frame on every stamp

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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54
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Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 54, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Block of four with horizontal centerline, each vignette showing the Fast Plane forward shift, with top wing and shading extending into the Carmine frame, duplex cancels, bottom right stamp corner crease, still Very Fine and desirable used Fast Plane block

E. 500-750
300
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55
c
Sale Number 1147, Lot Number 55, Fast and Supersonic Plane24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Fast Plane Variety (C3 var). Clear vignette shift with the top wing of the plane well into the Carmine frame, tied by "Air Mail Service Wash. N.Y. Phila. Washington May 15, 1918 First Trip" datestamp on 2c postal card to New Haven Conn., typed "By Aero Mail via Philadelphia and New York", New Haven receiving backstamp of May 16, Very Fine, a rare example of the Fast Plane variety used on the May 15, 1918 flight, only a few examples are recorded by Joe Kirker, the use of a 24c on a first flight postal card is also very rare

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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