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Sale 1148 — The Barry K. Schwartz Collection of The U.S. 1909 Bluish Paper Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Category — Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
143
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 143, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). With left plate no. 4945 selvage, lightly hinged, near perfect centering, rich color and proof-like impression on fresh paper, natural staple hole in selvage along bottom perfs

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB 13-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER STAMP AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PLATE NUMBER SELVAGE.

With 2011 P.F. certificate

2,600
4,750
144
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 144, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Block of four, bottom right stamp Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, deep rich color

A FINE AND SCARCE BLOCK OF THE 13-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.

With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for a hinged block is $11,500.00, but value and one Mint N.H. single and three hinged singles is higher at

13,800
4,750
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145
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 145, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Vertical strip of three with right imprint and plate no. 4946 selvage, there is no evidence of actual hinge marks, but some skips and tiny patches of hinged-like areas place this into the “previously hinged” category, rich color and fresh, tiny natural staple hole in selvage indicating distribution through a post office, top stamp with a tiny corner thin at top left.

FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THE 13-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY PLATE NUMBER EXAMPLE FROM PLATE 4946.

A plate block of six is valued at $60,000.00 in Scott and very few are known. This imprint and plate number strip is a cost-effective alternative, and it is the only such multiple we were able to locate (excluding the plate blocks and full panes). It was reported in the U.S. Stamp Specialist (March 2004) and remains the only plate number example of the 13c Bluish Paper from Plate 4946.

With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott value as singles without premium for the imprint and plate number

7,800
3,500
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146
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 146, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Top imprint and plate no. 4945 block of six with wide selvage, positions 1 and 4-6 Mint N.H., small h.r. straddling positions 2-3, rich color on deep Bluish Paper, top row with unusually wide margins and choice centering

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE WIDE TOP PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1909 13-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.

Lewis Kaufman records seven plate blocks of the 13c Bluish Paper -- three from the top, three from the left and one from the bottom. In addition to these plate blocks, there is one complete pane of 100 in private hands (4942 UL, ex Weill Stock) and another complete pane (4945 UR) is in the “Postmaster General’s Collection” at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, which is the pane reported by Boggs from the Post Office Department files.

This plate block 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

60,000
35,000
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147
 
Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 147, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Gorgeous rich color and proof-like impression on deeply blued paper, wide margins and outstanding centering, almost unheard of for this difficult issue, lightly cancelled (likely Saginaw Mich.)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1909 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER ISSUE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY BOTH THE P.F. AND P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

An estimated ten 13c Bluish Paper panes were packaged with normal stamps and distributed to the post office at Saginaw, Michigan. According to the Assistant Postmaster, John J. Spencer, "We found what was left of what no doubt had been originally ten sheets safely resting at the bottom under a lot of new stock, the coming of which had doubtless saved these from annihilation [or use]. They were readily distinguished, having a marginal pen and ink marking. We found a partial mint sheet and margins from several other sheets had been used. One or two sheets had also been precancelled. We were satisfied that ten sheets (of 100) had reached this post office."

Ex Kirke. Small backstamp. With 1974, 2003 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,750.00). The P.S.E. Population Report lists this single as the only used example graded 95.

4,000
8,500
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148
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 148, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Block of four with top plate no. 4942 selvage, neatly cancelled by single strike of Saginaw Mich. oval cancel, deep rich color and well-centered, selvage with some reinforced perforations and top left selvage tab with crease, but the block itself is essentially sound

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USED PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF ANY OF THE 3-CENT TO 15-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER SPECIAL PRINTINGS, SOME OF WHICH WERE INADVERTENTLY PACKAGED AND DISTRIBUTED TO POST OFFICES. AN IMPORTANT RARITY AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PLATE NUMBER SELVAGE.

An estimated ten 13c Bluish Paper panes were packaged with normal stamps and distributed to the post office at Saginaw, Michigan. According to the Assistant Postmaster, John J. Spencer, "We found what was left of what no doubt had been originally ten sheets safely resting at the bottom under a lot of new stock, the coming of which had doubtless saved these from annihilation [or use]. They were readily distinguished, having a marginal pen and ink marking. We found a partial mint sheet and margins from several other sheets had been used. One or two sheets had also been precancelled. We were satisfied that ten sheets (of 100) had reached this post office."

A Power Search review located four used blocks of the 13c Bluish Paper, all of which have Saginaw cancellations. This is the fifth recorded used block, and it is the only one with an imprint or plate number. A sixth used block was divided into singles after it was certified by The Philatelic Foundation in 1992.

Ex Todd. With 2011 P.F. certificate

17,500
15,000
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