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Sale 1202 — The James Depew Collection of Superb U.S. Coils and 20th Century Imperforate Issues

Sale Date — Wednesday, 22 May, 2019

Category — 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2645
 
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2645, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Jumbo margins all around including wide top plate no. 11260 sheet margin, bold Benton Harbor duplex datestamps, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced as 100J, SMQ $1,000.00 as 100), the highest grade possible and it is shared by only six others

150
475
2646
 
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2646, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Horizontal pair, huge Jumbo margins with portions of all adjoining stamps, neat wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, this is scarce because unlike the earlier Washington-Franklin imperforates, there are not many used imperforate multiples from which a superb pair with these dimensions can be harvested, ex Kirke, with 1991, 1992 and 2005 P.F. certificates, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $2,250.00 as 100), this is the only used pair of Scott 533 at this highest of grades

350
750
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2647
 
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2647, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. Va, Imperforate (534), 2c Carmine, Ty. Va, Imperforate (534)2c Carmine, Ty. Va, Imperforate (534). Vertical pair with horizontal guide line, huge margins all around with portions of six adjoining stamps, bold New York duplex datestamp cancels with 1920 yeardate, Extremely Fine Gem, much scarcer used in this condition than unused, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95)

35
475
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2648
nh
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2648, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A), 2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A)2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A). Mint N.H., Jumbo margins including wide right plate no. 11710 margin, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in 100J grade, SMQ $500.00 as 100), this is one of only five to achieve this ultimate grade

75
700
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2649
 
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2649, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A), 2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A)2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A). Huge even margins all around including parts of six adjoining stamps, neat strike of 1920 Benton Harbor Mich. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Helton, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $425.00), the highest grade recorded and the only stamp that has achieved this exalted grade, SMQ is very low since this realized $1,200 hammer when it was last sold in 2018

40
950
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2650
nh
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2650, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Mint N.H., huge balanced margins, perfect color and impression on crisp white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Most Type VII stamps were used by private vending and affixing-machine companies. However, unlike Scott 314A and 482A, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps did reach the public.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $5,750.00). Only one grades higher (at 100) and only two others share this desirable grade.

3,750
4,250
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2651
nh
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2651, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Mint N.H. vertical pair with horizontal guide line, huge margins including wide right margin with full arrow, vivid color, absolutely pristine

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND VERY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED POSITION PAIR OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Most Type VII stamps were used by private vending and affixing-machine companies. However, unlike Scott 314A and 482A, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps did reach the public. Mint N.H. pairs do not come to market very often. The guide line and arrow pair offered here is particularly choice. We are not sure why it does not grade 98J.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,250.00 for normal pair). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only four others

6,500
6,500
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2652
 
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2652, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Huge margins including right sheet margin which nicely captures the circular datestamp portion of the "Oak Park Ill. Feb. 5 7-PM 1922" machine cancel, brilliant color, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb used example of the scarce 2c offset Ty. VII imperforate, with 2002 and 2016 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95), with 1998 and 2018 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00), only two grade higher and only two others share this grade, we have offered both of the other 95's and neither compares favorably to this example or has the sheet margin

1,500
1,100
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2653
 
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2653, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Horizontal pair with guide line at center, huge even margins all around, brilliant color, smudgy strike of oval duplex cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED PAIR OF THE RARE 2-CENT TYPE VII IMPERFORATE OFFSET STAMP, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO A USED PAIR.

Our informal review of auction catalogues and the records of the Philatelic Foundation found four blocks of four and nine pairs, of which only four are sound. The sound example offered here is one of only two used pairs we have offered since keeping computerized records.

With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00). This is one of only two used pairs in this grade, with none higher

4,500
2,200
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2654
bl
Sale Number 1202, Lot Number 2654, 1918-20 Offset Imperforate Issue (Scott 533-534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Block of four with huge 25mm right sheet margin, large margins other sides, intense shade and impression clearly showing the Ty. VII characteristics, bold strikes of "Chicago Ill. Hyde Park Sta. Dec. 27, 1921 9 AM" duplex cancels, some slight wrinkling which is not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII OFFSET IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

Our informal review of auction catalogues and the records of the Philatelic Foundation found four blocks of four and nine pairs, of which only four are sound. This is the only block we have offered since our 2001 Twigg-Smith sale.

Ex Curtis. With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced in SMQ). The Scott Catalogue prices two used pairs higher than a used block -- which is considerably rarer. Scott Retail as two used pairs

9,000
3,000
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