VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS C.I.A. INVERT WITH THE WHITE BAND, WHICH ONLY COMES FROM THE RIGHT VERTICAL ROW OF THE SHEET.
Popularly called the "C.I.A. Invert", a single pane of 100 stamps was purchased at the McLean Va. Post Office by employees of the C.I.A., for use on mail from the agency. They noticed the error, pooled together funds to buy a replacement sheet and kept the pane for themselves. When it was discovered who had purchased the stamps, a scandal ensued over who actually owned the stamps. Of the pane of 100, only 93 sound examples reached collectors.
The far right column of ten stamps has a white band running down the side. This white band should have been in the unprinted gutter at right.
Scott Retail with no premium for the scarcer position