EXTREMELY FINE AND REMARKABLY FRESH MINT NEVER-HINGED SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE. REMARKABLE QUALITY FOR A MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1 9 0 9 15-CENT BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.
Although Lewis Kaufman has recorded 24 plate blocks of the 15c Bluish Paper, top positions are scarce and very desirable. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum contains one plate block, and a pane of 100 (4952 UR) was reported by Boggs to be in the Post Office Department files.
This is believed to be the finest wide top plate block extant. It was probably acquired by W. Parsons Todd from one of the original dispersals, circa 1910-14, and was owned by him for more than 60 years, thus explaining its extraordinary freshness.
Ex Todd. With 2017 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY TEN USED COPIES OF THE 15-CENT ON BLUISH HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. A GREAT RARITY.
According to Johl-King and Boggs, 15c Bluish Paper stamps were discovered in the post office in Buffalo in January 1911. The rarity of the 15c Bluish Paper in used condition is often overlooked by collectors, probably because it is fairly plentiful in unused condition. Our census, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/366/366.pdf , records only ten used copies. None is known on cover. Another has a certificate declining opinion as to whether the cancel is contemporary, and two others (not included) need to be reexamined for genuineness. Of the confirmed copies only two or three are sound.
Census No. 366-CAN-07. With 1999 P.F. certificate