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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

Category — 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
180°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 180, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), Superb Mint Never-Hinged wide top plate block of the 2¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Carmine (301), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1763 block of six, gorgeous centering, radiant color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$425.00

E. 400-500
950
181°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 181, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), Wide top plate block of the 3¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Bright Violet (302), wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1586 block of six, top center stamp single hinge mark, other five stamps and selvage Mint N.H., well-balanced margins, intense color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$750.00

E. 400-500
1,200
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182°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 182, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), Wide top plate block of the 4¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

4¢ Brown (303), wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1799 block of six, top stamps and selvage lightly hinged, bottom stamps Mint N.H., choice centering with wide margins, bright color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$825.00

E. 400-500
1,600
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183°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 183, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), Full top plate block of the 8¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

8¢ Violet Black (306), Mint N.H. full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1497 block of six, attractive centering, intense shade and impression on bright paper causes the design to really "pop" off the paper

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine and choice

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,150.00

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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184°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 184, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), Full top plate block of the 13¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

13¢ Purple Black (308), Mint N.H. full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 3831 block of six, wide margins, intense color and impression

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1977)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,150.00

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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185°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 185, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), The finest known wide top plate block of the 15¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Olive Green (309), wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1607 block of six, bottom center stamp and selvage hinge remnants, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves sale, 9/30/2005, lot 22, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; few minor perf separations at top of selvage sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$3,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Plate blocks of the 15¢ 1902 are notoriously difficult to obtain from the top position, especially with such wide selvage. Power Search found only three from the top position--two have selvage significantly smaller than the block offered here, and the one with comparable selvage has thin spots in two stamps. Todd had two, but one has a piece out of the top right corner stamp. This brings our total count to four wide tops. The Fogelson collection, which specialized in top positions, did not contain any. Those waiting for this plate block in Mint N.H. condition will have a long wait; we have offered only one, from the right position, in our 2003 "Silver Lake" sale. The Philatelic Foundation has certified one wide Mint N.H. top plate block of ten, but its whereabouts is unknown.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
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186°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 186, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), The finest known top plate block of the 50¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

50¢ Orange (310), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1602 block of six, lightly hinged, choice centering throughout, radiant color on bright paper#

PROVENANCE

W. Parsons Todd, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/10/1978, Sale 521, lot 692

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 23, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1978)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$7,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Wide Selvage Makes the Difference

The 50¢ is the first denomination of the 1902 Issue printed from a single plate--number 1602. Top plate positions, which are the most desirable, tend to have narrow selvage. The example offered here is the exception. Power Search found only two from the top position, both with narrow selvage. Todd had two others with wide selvage, but one has disturbed gum and another has a piece out of the selvage. The example offered here may well be the finest full top plate block of this issue in existence.

E. 10,000-15,000
24,000
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187°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 187, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320)A stunning full top plate block of the $1, A stunning full top plate block of the $1A stunning full top plate block of the $1.00 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

$1.00 Black (311), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1629 block of six, lightly hinged, hinge remnant in ungummed selvage, intense shade and detailed impression

PROVENANCE

W. Parsons Todd, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/10/1978, Sale 521, lot 473

"MLG" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/21/2009, Sale 971, lot 1376, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1980)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine, as are all top position plate blocks

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$27,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Black Dollar

Lewis Kaufman records only seven available plate blocks of the $1.00 1902 Issue, including six from the top position and one from the bottom. In addition, there is a top plate block in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library.

E. 15,000-20,000
21,000
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188°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 188, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320)The only available top position plate block of the $2, The only available top position plate block of the $2The only available top position plate block of the $2.00 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

$2.00 Dark Blue (312), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1630 block of six, few small hinge remnants mostly in selvage, deep rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

W. Parsons Todd, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/10/1978, Sale 521, lot 475

"MLG" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/21/2009, Sale 971, lot 1377, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced by small hinges, enlarged staple holes at top, pencil notation on back of two stamps

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$40,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Best of Five and the Only Available Top Position

Lewis Kaufman records only four plate blocks of Scott 312 in private hands (each of six stamps).

1) Top plate block (only top position available), offered in this sale

2) Wide bottom plate block, small thin in one stamp, 1967 Rarities of the World sale (Sale 313, lot 105)

3) Bottom plate block, few small faults, 2017 Rarities of the World sale (Sale 1159, lot 216)

4) Bottom plate block, one stamp minor gum glazing, paper spot in margin of top center stamp, perf separations in selvage, ex Wampler

5) Top plate block, Miller collection, The New York Public Library, unavailable to collectors.

E. 20,000-30,000
22,000
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189°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 189, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320)One of two plate blocks of the $5, One of two plate blocks of the $5One of two plate blocks of the $5.00 1902 Issue available to collectors--one of the most outstanding plate blocks of United States 20th century philately

DESCRIPTION

$5.00 Dark Green (313), top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1620 block of six, bottom stamps original gum, small hinge slivers, top stamps small part original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 24, Irwin Heiman sale, 1/8-10/1946, lot 703

Amos Eno, Harmer, Rooke & Co., 5/18/1954, lot 145

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1977 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1977, Sale 510, lot 178

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 4/24/1998, lot 150, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1977)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; perf separations sensibly reinforced by hinge slivers

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$180,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Top Value and Rarest of Second Bureau Plate Blocks

Only four plate blocks of the $5.00 1902 Issue are recorded, including one in the National Postal Museum (top position) and another in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library (extra wide bottom position). The only other plate block available to collectors, with similar size selvage and also from the top position, was offered in our sale of the W. Parsons Todd collection in 1977.

E. 100,000-150,000
110,000
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190°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 190, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320)A beautiful block of four of the $5, A beautiful block of four of the $5A beautiful block of four of the $5.00 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

$5.00 Dark Green (313), Block of four with horizontal guideline, choice centering for this difficult issue, deep rich color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; bottom right stamp with small backstamp

E. 4,000-5,000
9,000
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191°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 191, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), A stunning Mint Never-Hinged plate block of fourteen of the 5¢ 1908 imperforate

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Blue, Imperforate (315), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 4075 block of fourteen, huge margins all around, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Weill Brothers' Stock, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 10/12/1989, lot 278

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves sale, 9/30/2005, lot 25, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; bottom left stamp tiny natural inclusion

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$9,350.00 as plate block of six and eight Mint N.H. singles

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 5¢ was issued as an imperforate stamp to be used by private vending machines. Only 34 sheets--13,500 stamps--were issued. 10,000 were sent to the Indianapolis post office and most were used in vending machines. A small quantity was saved in imperforate form, primarily by collectors who heard about the issue and were able to obtain small quantities at post offices in Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and New York.

E. 5,000-7,500
10,500
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192°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 192, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), The largest recorded multiple of the 2¢ Shield Issue imperforate horizontally

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Carmine, Type I, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (319d), block of six containing two strips of three, hinge remnants at top and bottom, large margins at top and bottom where imperforate, radiant color

PROVENANCE

George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lots 965 and 966

Caroline Prentice Cromwell, Irwin Heiman, 11/7-8/1957, lot 157, the catalogue notes ex Sperling, Hawkins and Helme

Roger S. Brody, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 12/6/2002, lot 105, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; light horizontal crease between top stamps, bottom two stamps small thin spots from hinge removal, bottom right stamp with H. F. Colman backstamp, signed in pencil "E. Stern"

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

Unpriced as strips of three; $15,000.00 as two pairs

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

One of the Rarest 20th Century Errors

All examples of the 2¢ Shield Imperforate Horizontally error (Scott 319d) come from a block of 25 stamps bought at the Washington, D.C. post office. The block of six offered here and the strip of three with the selvage and guide arrow at right indicate that the discovery block came from the upper half of the lower right pane--a digital reconstruction with an additional block at left is shown below. We have located three pairs, one strip of three, two blocks of four (one with two stamps removed from top, shown below) and this block of six, for a total of 25 stamps. Since this error must be collected in pairs (at a minimum), there can only be ten examples--the three recorded blocks reduce the number of available examples to seven.

Digital reconstruction of Gross block of 6 with right margin strip and block of 4 at left in their original positions in discovery block of 25. There can be only 10 possible error pairs in total. Note: the different shades are the result of varying images and do not accurately reflect the items’ color.

E. 10,000-15,000
10,000
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