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

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

Category — 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
264°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 264, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678)Gem Mint Never-Hinged top plate block of the $5, Gem Mint Never-Hinged top plate block of the $5Gem Mint Never-Hinged top plate block of the $5.00 1922 Issue

DESCRIPTION

$5.00 Carmine & Blue (573), Mint N.H. top plate nos. F14326/F14327 block of eight, deep rich colors, outstanding centering with wide margins

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine Gem plate block

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$2,600.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,900
265°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 265, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678)Remarkable wide top plate block of the $5, Remarkable wide top plate block of the $5Remarkable wide top plate block of the $5.00 Carmine Lake & Dark Blue 1922 Issue, missing the vignette plate number and marginal markings

DESCRIPTION

$5.00 Carmine Lake & Dark Blue (573a variety), Mint N.H. wide top block of eight with Carmine Lake frame plate number F14327 only, missing the Dark Blue vignette plate number F14326, the $5.00 denomination and the Dark Blue marker, deep rich colors, choice centering with wide margins

PROVENANCE

First surfaced in a May 1975 Richard Wolffers sale

Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 6/21-22/1996, lot 847, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1982)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Missing Vignette Plate Number

This is one of only two recorded plate blocks of the $5.00 1922 Issue missing the vignette plate number, and it is by far the finer of the two (the other has faults). Close examination detects only a single dot of blue ink in the selvage at left, without a trace of the plate number, the $5.00 denomination or the usual blue markers at center. The reason for the error is unclear. It has been speculated that foreign matter adhered to the plate, causing the blue plate number to fail to print, but we disagree, since the other blue markings normally found in the selvage are also missing. The existence of two examples also supports the conclusion that this numberless vignette plate was used briefly, and then the number was added before additional sheets were printed.

E. 10,000-15,000
32,500
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266°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 266, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), Plate blocks of 20 of the four highest 1922 Issue denominations, signed by postal officials

DESCRIPTION

50¢-$5.00 1922 Issue (570-573), plate number blocks of 20 of the 50¢, $1.00, $2.00 and $5.00 stamps, as follows:

50¢ top "F14044" plate number with selvage at right, interpane margin at left, with pencil "#3" and signed "L A Hill Director" and "Irving Glover, Acting P.M.G. Nov. 11/22", lightly hinged

$1.00 bottom plate numbers 14268 with arrow and siderographers' initials "J. L. H."at left and "J. W. G." at right, selvage signed "L A Hill Director", "Herbert Work Postmaster General Feby. 12, 1923" and "Irving Glover, 3rd Asst. P.M.G.", lightly hinged

$2.00 bottom plate numbers 14306 with arrow and "J.C.F." siderographer's initials at left, signed "L A Hill Director", "Irving Glover, 3rd Asst. P.M.G. 3/20/23" and "H. S. N. P. M. G.", lightly hinged

$5.00 top arrow, marker and double plate numbers F14326/ F14327, signed "L A Hill Director", "H. S. N. P. M. G." and "Irving Glover, 3rd Asst. P.M.G. 3/20/23", the signatures are outside of the plate block of eight, lightly hinged, deep shades

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1984 Rarities of the World, 4/14/1984, Sale 632, lot 452

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine; 50¢ filled-in thin spot above plate number; $1.00 light diagonal crease in selvage and tear around one perf in left selvage; $2.00 two stamps natural paper wrinkle, few perf separations sensibly reinforced in selvage; $5.00 small flaw in stamp below red plate number

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Each was signed on the date of issue. The signatures on the first day of issue help to document the colors as they appeared on the initial printing. A similar set is in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library.

E. 5,000-7,500
7,500
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267°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 267, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), Mint Never-Hinged plate block of Scott 578

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Green, Rotary (578), Mint N.H. top star and plate number 14661 block of four, choice centering for this difficult rotary press issue, brilliant color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine and choice

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,750.00

E. 750-1,000
850
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 268, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A beautiful plate block of Scott 579

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Carmine, Rotary (579), top plate number 14456 and star block of four, showing full guideline along perforations at left, top left stamp small spot on gum that by today's standards would be called previously hinged, choice centering for this difficult rotary press issue, rich color

PROVENANCE

Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 243, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; slight indentation on gum of bottom left stamp from erased pencil notation

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$550.00

E. 300-400
300
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 269, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), Stunning plate block of the 7¢ Kansas overprint

DESCRIPTION

7¢ Kans. Overprint (665), Mint N.H. top right corner plate number 18740 block of four, gorgeous centering throughout, intense shade and impression

PROVENANCE

Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 265, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$700.00

E. 500-750
275
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 270, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A superb plate block of the 8¢ Kansas overprint

DESCRIPTION

8¢ Kans. Overprint (666), Mint N.H. top left corner plate number 18191 block of four, beautiful centering with well-balanced margins, wonderful color

PROVENANCE

Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 266, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$925.00

E. 750-1,000
400
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 271, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A gorgeous plate block of the 1-1/2¢ Nebraska overprint

DESCRIPTION

1-1/2¢ Nebr. Overprint (670), Mint N.H. bottom left corner plate number 19192 block of four, unusually choice centering, deep rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 138

F. Christian Killien, M.D., Spink Shreves Galleries, 3/10-12/2010, lot 817, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$95.00

E. 200-300
225
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 272, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A 3¢ Nebraska plate block with remarkable color and centering

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Nebr. Overprint (672), Mint N.H. bottom left corner plate number 18803 block of four, phenomenal centering, intense color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

F. Christian Killien, M.D., Spink Shreves Galleries, 3/10-12/2010, lot 819, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$350.00

E. 400-500
400
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 273, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A superb plate block of the 4¢ Nebraska overprint

DESCRIPTION

4¢ Nebr. Overprint (673), Mint N.H. bottom right corner plate number 18038 block of four, beautiful centering throughout, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 269

F. Christian Killien, M.D., Spink Shreves Galleries, 3/10-12/2010, lot 820, to Mr. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (2005)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$375.00

E. 400-500
400
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 274, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A select plate block of the 5¢ Nebraska overprint

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Nebr. Overprint (674), Mint N.H. top right corner plate number 18907 block of four, superior centering, rich color and detailed impression

PROVENANCE

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 141

F. Christian Killien, M.D., Spink Shreves Galleries, 3/10-12/2010, lot 821, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$400.00

E. 400-500
550
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 275, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A beautiful plate block of the 7¢ Nebraska overprint

DESCRIPTION

7¢ Nebr. Overprint (676), Mint N.H. top left corner plate number 18740 block of four, beautiful centering, intense shade

PROVENANCE

Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 271, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$500.00

E. 400-500
400
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 276, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A stunning 8¢ Nebraska plate block--one of the most difficult to obtain in such superb condition

DESCRIPTION

8¢ Nebr. Overprint (677), Mint N.H. bottom left corner plate number 18191 block of four, each stamp with well-balanced margins, wonderful warm color

PROVENANCE

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 143, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$550.00

E. 750-1,000
900
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 277, 1923-29 Issues, including Kans.-Nebr. Overprints (Scott 573-678), A phenomenal 9¢ Nebraska plate block

DESCRIPTION

9¢ Nebr. Overprint (678), Mint N.H. top left corner plate number 18742 block of four, choice centering throughout, brilliant color

PROVENANCE

Dr. Frederick S. Fogelson, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 2/11/2005, lot 144, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$675.00

E. 500-750
850
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