Sale 1174 — The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
249
 
Sale 1174, Lot 249, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Well-centered with Jumbo margins, unusually light cancel, bright colors, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $300.00), the only example in this grade with only four higher

30
300
250
 
Sale 1174, Lot 250, Air Post8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4). Perfect centering, deep rich color on crisp paper, attractive circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a sensational used C4, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $1,200.00), this is the highest grade for a used stamp with no other examples equal, by way of comparison the P.S.E. Population Report records eight unused Gem 100 and one unused Gem 100 Jumbo

12
1,100
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251
 
Sale 1174, Lot 251, Air Post8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4). Wide and balanced margins with precise centering, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $325.00), only two examples have graded higher

12
180
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252
 
Sale 1174, Lot 252, Air Post16c Dark Blue, 1923 Air Post (C5). Impeccable centering with wide margins, deep rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $475.00), only one example has graded higher with only two sharing this impressive grade

27
275
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253
 
Sale 1174, Lot 253, Air Post24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6). Deep rich color, near perfect centering, handsome Fresno Cal. double-circle datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $475.00)

27
200
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254
 
Sale 1174, Lot 254, Air Post15c Map (C8). Intense shade, perfectly centered, unusually light wavy-line cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $325.00), only two have graded higher

2
170
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255
 
Sale 1174, Lot 255, Air Post20c Map (C9). Beautifully balanced margins, fresh color, well struck San Diego Cal. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $325.00), only two have graded higher

2
225
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256
 
Sale 1174, Lot 256, Air Post5c Beacon (C11). Mathematically precise centering with Jumbo margins, remarkably fresh color nicely complimented by light blue cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding stamp in every respect, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $650.00 for 100), this is the highest grade possible and it is shared by only one other

0
1,000
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257
 
Sale 1174, Lot 257, Air Post5c Beacon (C11). Jumbo margins with near perfect centering, deep rich colors, neat machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $400.00), only three have graded higher

0
225
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258
 
Sale 1174, Lot 258, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c with circular datestamp cancel, $1.30 and $2.60 with slogan cancels, each with precise centering, fresh colors on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEMS. A REMARKABLE USED SET OF THE 1930 GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE, EACH GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADED USED MATCHED SET POSSIBLE.

This is the first used matched set of the 1930 Graf Zeppelin Issue graded Superb 98 that we have offered in our auctions. The rarity of high grade used examples should not be underestimated. For the 65c there are only four used graded 98 with none higher (compared to 55 Mint N.H. examples graded 98 or higher). For the $1.30, only two used stamps have exceeded a 98 grade (compared to 12 Mint N.H. graded higher than 98). For the $2.60, only six used stamps have graded 98 with only one higher (compared to 47 Mint N.H. graded 98 plus two higher). Despite these relative populations, the SMQ value for a matched Superb 98 set in Mint N.H. condition is nearly double that for a used set.

With 2012 (65c) and 2017 ($1.30 and $2.60) P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; total SMQ $5,900.00).

1,050
3,500
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259
 
Sale 1174, Lot 259, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Beautifully balanced margins, handsome matching "Register or Insure" slogan cancels, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gems, a difficult to assemble matching grade set with similar cancels, with 2013 ($1.30), 2014 (65c) and 2015 ($2.60) P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; total SMQ $2,525.00),

1,050
1,400
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260
 
Sale 1174, Lot 260, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Varick St. Sta. duplex and slogan cancels, fresh colors, well-centered, Extremely Fine set, with 2008 ($2.60), 2012 ($1.30) and 2014 (65c) P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; total SMQ $1,825.00)

1,050
900
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261
 
Sale 1174, Lot 261, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Varick St. Sta. circular datestamp and slogan cancels, excellent colors, Very Fine and choice set, each with 2012 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; total SMQ $1,425.00)

1,050
650
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262
 
Sale 1174, Lot 262, Air Post65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Impressive centering with Jumbo margins, bright color, neat 1930 Varick St. Sta. duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $550.00), only four have graded higher (all at 98) and three others share this grade

150
275
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263
 
Sale 1174, Lot 263, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered, neat strike of Hoboken N.J. May 31, 1930 circular datestamp and trace of purple flight cancel at bottom left, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful used $1.30 Graf Zeppelin, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,150.00), only two used stamps have graded higher

350
1,700
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264
 
Sale 1174, Lot 264, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Outstanding centering with wide margins, lovely color, neat Varick St. Sta. circular datestamp and slogan cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $850.00)

350
400
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265
 
Sale 1174, Lot 265, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Well-centered, rich color, neat almost face-free Varick St. Sta. circular datestamp and trace of purple cachet in bottom margin, Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $625.00)

350
275
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266
 
Sale 1174, Lot 266, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). With plate no. 20087 in selvage at right, Jumbo margins, neat Varick St. Sta. circular datestamp and slogan cancel and part of violet flight cachet, Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $525.00)

350
275
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267
 
Sale 1174, Lot 267, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Bright shade, neat Varick St. Sta. circular datestamp and slogan cancel, choice centering, Very Fine and choice, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $475.00)

350
250
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268
 
Sale 1174, Lot 268, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). With plate no. 20092 selvage at bottom, wonderfully well-centered, bold color, neat slogan cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $925.00)

550
475
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269
 
Sale 1174, Lot 269, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Choice centering, clear City Mail Sta. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 1989 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $925.00)

550
550
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270
 
Sale 1174, Lot 270, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Well-centered, neat Varick St. Sta. circular datestamp and slogan cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $725.00)

550
450
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271
 
Sale 1174, Lot 271, Air Post50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18). Perfectly centered, stunning color, New York oval cancel confined to corner, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $350.00), only two have graded higher

47
300
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272
 
Sale 1174, Lot 272, Air Post6c Eagle, Dark Blue & Carmine, Air Post (C23). Mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, vibrant colors on bright paper, light wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a remarkable used example, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ), this is not only the highest grade possible but there are no others equal to it in the P.S.E. Population Report, only one Mint N.H. example has been graded Gem 100 Jumbo and the SMQ denotes a price of $1,200.00 as Mint N.H. Gem 100

0
650
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