EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT BLUISH PAPER.
Light blue Stanley Gibbons backstamp. With 2003 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT AND RARE BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE. BLOCKS OF THIS QUALITY ARE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.
Ex Col. E. H. R. Green. With 1992 and 2011 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE IMPRINT BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.
With 1989 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a normal block without premium for the imprint
FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE WIDE TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 3-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER WITH FOUR MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS. VERY FEW PLATE BLOCKS ARE KNOWN.
There are seven recorded 3c Bluish Paper plate blocks of six, including one in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum (4918 Right). Of the six in private hands, five are top positions and one is a left position. In addition to the plate blocks, there is one pane in private hands (4925 UR) and one in the “Postmaster General’s Collection” at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum (4927 UR). This wide top plate block was probably acquired by W. Parsons Todd from one of the earliest 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. THE 3-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER IS THE RAREST OF THE REGULARLY-ISSUED BLUISH PAPERS IN USED CONDITION. ONLY FOUR USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.
A total of ten sheets of 400 (4,000 stamps) were printed, then divided into 40 panes of 100. A quantity was inadvertently distributed to various post offices, including the post office in New York.
Our census of Scott 359 in used condition, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/359/359.pdf , records three copies plus one on cover. A fifth example off cover example needs to be reexamined for authenticity. This makes it as rare, or rarer, than the 5c Bluish Paper in used condition, which catalogues twice as much.
Census No. 359-CAN-01. Ex “Natalee Grace.” With 1992 and 2011 P.S.E. certificates. For the record, the P.F. issued a certificate stating “counterfeit cancel and reperforated at bottom” (473528).