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Sale 1175 — The George "Buddy" Byers Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday, 8 March, 2018

Category — 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
527
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 527, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete set of singles plus blocks of four of 1c-8c, lower values mostly original gum, of the top values $1.00 and $3.00 original gum, others regummed, bright colors, some faults to be expected, overall Fine or appear so

7,700
1,900
528
nhbl
Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 528, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Two Mint N.H. multiples, first bottom imprint, plate no. 151 and letter "M M" block of eight, some telescoped perfs and separations, about Fine, second is a block of 12 (2x6) with bottom right corner imprint and letter "J" selvage, portion of bottom selvage detached, very different shade from the first multiple, Fine

1,470
225
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529
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 529, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Mint N.H. top imprint, plate no. 80 and letter "T" block of eight, rich color, well-centered, some perf separations between right two vertical rows, Very Fine, an attractive plate block

1,200
500
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530
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 530, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Mint N.H. top imprint, plate no. 57 and letter "L" block of eight, fresh color, few minor perf separations, fresh and Fine

2,100
650
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531
ogbl
Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 531, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Top imprint, plate no. 19 and letter "D" block of eight, disturbed original gum, separations reinforced including mostly separated and rejoined vertically at center, selvage reduced, couple small flaws, still Very Fine centering and presentable

1,800
225
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532
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 532, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Top imprint, plate no. 9 and letter "B" block of eight, original gum, two h.r. straddle center block of four and reinforce perf separations, outer four stamps Mint N.H., rich color, small tear in selvage at top left and wrinkling in selvage at top center, appears Fine-Very Fine

2,650
450
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533
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 533, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)6c Columbian (235), 6c Columbian (235)6c Columbian (235). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 104 block of six, brilliant color, well-centered, fresh and Very Fine

2,000
600
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534
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 534, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)8c Columbian (236), 8c Columbian (236)8c Columbian (236). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 129 and letter "I I" block of eight, deep rich color, some perf separations between left vertical row and in selvage next to plate no. small edge tear in selvage below plate no., still Fine

2,600
550
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535
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 535, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)10c Columbian (237), 10c Columbian (237)10c Columbian (237). Bottom imprint and plate no. 100 block of six, attractive centering, vertical perf separations at left are reinforced causing some slight gum staining, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

3,250
650
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536
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 536, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)15c Columbian (238), 15c Columbian (238)15c Columbian (238). Bottom imprint, plate no. 58 and letter "M" block of eight, original gum, top row mild h.r., three stamps in bottom row Mint N.H., nice centering, some reinforced perf separations including between two stamps at top right, selvage slightly reduced

VERY FINE APPEARING AND SCARCE PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The plate number block of eight is more desirable than the plate block of six configuration, which lacks the letter

6,500
1,200
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537
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 537, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)30c Columbian (239), 30c Columbian (239)30c Columbian (239). Bottom imprint, plate no. 59 and letter "N" block of eight, original gum, gorgeous color, beautiful centering, some reinforced perf separations

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE CENTERED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

A Power Search review (which includes all of our Rarities sales) indicates that we have only sold approximately 13 plate blocks (of six or eight) plus a block of 18 containing two imprint and plate number multiples which has probably been broken. Of these, several had thin spots or small tears. Most are not as well centered as the example offered here

12,500
3,250
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538
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 538, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)50c Columbian (240), 50c Columbian (240)50c Columbian (240). Bottom imprint and plate no. 77 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally deep shade, some reinforced perf separations between left block of four

VERY FINE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN.

The 50c Columbian is the first value of the series that was printed in much more limited quantities, with 243,750 copies vs. more than 617,000 of the 30c and millions of each of the 1c-15c (or more than a billion in the case of the 2c). It is scarce as a plate block

12,500
2,800
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539
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 539, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Block of four with full "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY." imprint at left, original gum, top pair lightly hinged, bottom pair very slight gum disturbance, bright color

VERY FINE IMPRINT BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The Columbian issue comes with imprint, plate numbers and letters at top or bottom, and with imprint only at sides.

Scott Retail with no premium for the imprint. With 1982 P.F. certificate

5,000
2,000
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540
og
Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 540, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$2.00 Columbian (242), $2.00 Columbian (242)$2.00 Columbian (242). Bottom imprint and plate no. 105 strip of three, original gum, each with small h.r., radiant color, natural gum wrinkles left and center stamps, few perf separations

VERY FINE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF THREE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Imprint and plate number strips of the dollar-value Columbians are scarce and desirable

5,500
1,800
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541
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 541, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Horizontal pair with bottom full imprint selvage, "N" of plate no. at right, large part disturbed original gum which covers the majority of the backs of both stamps, rich color, Very Fine and attractive position piece, Scott Retail for two original-gum singles without premium for the imprint

3,000
1,500
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542
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 542, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., exceptionally well-centered with wide margins, rich color, vertical crease at left, Extremely Fine appearance

2,000
550
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543
og
Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 543, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). With bottom part imprint selvage, original gum, intense shade, Fine

2,400
750
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