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

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

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Category — Parcel Post Issues

Lot
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
Realized
298°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 298, Parcel Post Issues, A beautiful Mint Never-Hinged plate block of the 4¢ Parcel Post

DESCRIPTION

4¢ Parcel Post (Q4), Mint N.H. full top "FOUR" imprint and plate number 6346 block of six, brilliant color

PROVENANCE

Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 6/21/1996, lot 1092, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; each stamp with few natural gum skips

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,650.00

E. 500-750
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299°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 299, Parcel Post Issues, A Mint Never-Hinged top plate block of the 5¢ Parcel Post

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Parcel Post (Q5), Mint N.H. full top plate number 6216 block of six, choice centering throughout, brilliant color

PROVENANCE

Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 6/21/1996, lot 1093 to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; top right and top center stamps small natural gum skips

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,550.00

E. 750-1,000
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300°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 300, Parcel Post Issues, Choice plate block of the 10¢ Parcel Post

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Parcel Post (Q6), full top plate number 6163 block of six, tiny hinge reinforcement at top of selvage at left, otherwise Mint N.H., radiant color

PROVENANCE

Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 6/21/1996, lot 1094 to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; top left and top right stamps natural gum skips

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$975.00 as hinged; $1,600.00 as Mint N.H., which it could be if the selvage were slightly reduced by three perf holes

E. 500-750
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301°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 301, Parcel Post Issues, A phenomenal plate block of the 20¢ Parcel Post, the first postage stamp in the world to depict an airplane

DESCRIPTION

20¢ Parcel Post (Q8), full top plate number 6192 block of six, superior centering throughout, brilliant color and crisp impression, lightly hinged in selvage

PROVENANCE

"Southern Cross" collection, Greg Manning Auctions, 3/22-23/1993, lot 1180

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$6,500.00

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 302, Parcel Post Issues, A beautiful top plate block of the 25¢ Parcel Post

DESCRIPTION

25¢ Parcel Post (Q9), full top plate number 6173 block of six, stamps Mint N.H., hinge remnants in selvage, well-proportioned margins, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves sale, 4/24-25/1998, lot 554, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine; few perf separations in selvage reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$2,450.00

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 303, Parcel Post Issues, Probably the finest Mint Never-Hinged plate block of the 50¢ Parcel Post in existence

DESCRIPTION

50¢ Parcel Post (Q10), Mint N.H. full right "FIFTY" and plate number 6428 block of eight, unusually choice centering throughout, brilliant color and crisp impression on bright paper

PROVENANCE

H. R. Harmer San Francisco, 12/8/1980, lot 353

"MLG" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/21-23/2009, Sale 971, lot 2188, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; faint natural gum bend of little consequence, one or two trivial perf separations at top center

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$27,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Pastoral Scenes on the Parcel Post Issue

Since the new Parcel Post service was intended to compete with private express companies in transporting farmers' products, the three high values pictured scenes of rural agricultural industry. The 50¢ value paid tribute to American dairy farmers with a bucolic scene of grazing cows.

The Parcel Post issues were printed from plates of 180, consisting of four panes of 45. According to Johl, the uniform color of the twelve denominations confused postal clerks, who complained that they were forced to examine the stamps in detail to ensure they had the correct values. In response, on January 27, 1913, large capital letters were added to the margins near each plate number. At the top and bottom of each plate, the imprint is in the selvage next to the plate number; on the sides it is separated by stamp-size blank selvage for some values, depending on the length of the imprint. The plate block offered here comes from the upper right pane.

E. 10,000-15,000
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304°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 304, Parcel Post Issues, A beautiful 75¢ Parcel Post full top plate block

DESCRIPTION

75¢ Parcel Post (Q11), full top plate number 6287 block of six, stamps Mint N.H., gorgeous centering, brilliant color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; perf separations in selvage sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$3,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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305°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 305, Parcel Post IssuesA spectacular full top "ONE DOLLAR" imprint and plate number block of the $1, A spectacular full top "ONE DOLLAR" imprint and plate number block of the $1A spectacular full top "ONE DOLLAR" imprint and plate number block of the $1.00 Parcel Post Issue

DESCRIPTION

$1.00 Parcel Post (Q12), full top "ONE DOLLAR" and plate number 6262 block of six with interpane margin and guide arrow at right, lightly hinged, well-proportioned margins with beautiful centering throughout, deep rich color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Amos Eno, Harmer, Rooke sale, 2/7-9/1950, lot 846

Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 6/21/1996, lot 1103, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1979)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$20,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

"ONE DOLLAR"

The Parcel Post issues were printed from plates of 180, consisting of four panes of 45. According to Johl, the uniform color of the twelve denominations confused postal clerks, who complained that they were forced to examine the stamps in detail to ensure they had the correct values. In response, on January 27, 1913, large capital letters were added to the margins near each plate number. At the top and bottom of each plate, the imprint is in the selvage next to the plate number; on the sides it is separated by stamp-size blank selvage for some values, depending on the length of the imprint. This top position plate block comes from the upper left pane, with the guide arrow at right.

We have offered only two others with the "ONE DOLLAR" imprint since keeping computerized records. Both were offered in our sale of the "MLG" collection; one has perforations almost touching the design. The plate block offered here is the finest we have encountered.

E. 10,000-15,000
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