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Sale 1204 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, including the Angel Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 18-20 June, 2019

Category — Reunion thru Vietnam (incl. Daniel M. Telep Collection)

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1139
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1139, Reunion thru Vietnam (incl. Daniel M. Telep Collection)REUNION, 1937, 50c Red, Roland Garros Air Post, Vertical Pair, One Without Overprint (C1a; Yvert PA1a), REUNION, 1937, 50c Red, Roland Garros Air Post, Vertical Pair, One Without Overprint (C1a; Yvert PA1a)REUNION, 1937, 50c Red, Roland Garros Air Post, Vertical Pair, One Without Overprint (C1a; Yvert PA1a). With selvage at bottom, lightly hinged, excellent centering, a Very Fine example of this rare and eye-catching error, signed Calves and with 2018 Ceres certificate, Yvert €2,000

1,800
600
1140
c
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1140, Reunion thru Vietnam (incl. Daniel M. Telep Collection)SWITZERLAND, 1862-64, 30c Vermilion, 40c Green (46-47), SWITZERLAND, 1862-64, 30c Vermilion, 40c Green (46-47)SWITZERLAND, 1862-64, 30c Vermilion, 40c Green (46-47). Tied by "Aarau 31 III 65" double-circle datestamps with additional strike at right on folded cover to Cairo, Egypt, boxed "PD" handstamp, Basel and Dijon transit datestamps, Cairo arrival backstamp (French Post Office), Very Fine and scarce destination

E. 300-400
425
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1141
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1141, Reunion thru Vietnam (incl. Daniel M. Telep Collection)TAHITI, Stampless Letter to London, TAHITI, Stampless Letter to LondonTAHITI, Stampless Letter to London. Folded letter datelined "Tahiti May 21, 1848" and addressed to the London Missionary Society in London, England, neat "General Post Office*Sydney*OC28, 1848" backstamp, also red "Sydney Paid Letter OC 28, 1848" datestamp, blue "Portsmouth/Ship Letter" two-line handstamp and with matching "Portsmouth ? 31, 1849" transit datestamp, ms. ratings, business contents, few file folds, still Very Fine and scarce use

E. 200-300
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1142
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1142, Reunion thru Vietnam (incl. Daniel M. Telep Collection)The Daniel M. Telep Award-Winning Exhibit Collection of Vietnam’s Communist Insurgent Military Mail 1959-1975, The Daniel M. Telep Award-Winning Exhibit Collection of Vietnam’s Communist Insurgent Military Mail 1959-1975The Daniel M. Telep Award-Winning Exhibit Collection of Vietnam’s Communist Insurgent Military Mail 1959-1975. Collection of 223 covers mounted on 160 pages for a 10-frame exhibit, carefully arranged and presented in 12 sections, comprising (number of covers/items, excluding enclosures and some stamps off cover):

Intro/Overview (1)

I. Early Mail 1959-80s (24)

II. Military Issue Adhesives (22)

III. Propaganda (7)

IV. Patriotics (20)

V. Adversity Usages (25)

VI. Captured Mail and Security Usages (18)

VII. Redirected, Forwarded & Censored (21)

VIII. POW and Command Usages (23)

IX. Urgent/Expedite Markings (21)

X. Communist Allies’ Involvement (7)

XI. Secret Markings; Command Center (16)

XII. American Withdrawal; Capture of Saigon (18)

The items have been carefully sourced by Mr. Telep for his exhibit and vetted by specialists. Many are very scarce or extremely rare, and a few are the only recorded examples. Highlights of the collection include the following (photos of examples are shown opposite):

a. The only known Viet Cong courier delivery/receipt book -- from VC Postal Unit at Binh Duong, Tay Ninh Province and Doi Giao Lien liaison unit, each page of the booklet records the date, mail box code, and signature of the recipient or sender, 245 letters recorded in this book, dated June 1- September 15, 1966

b. “U.S. Planes Downed Over North Viet Nam” propaganda booklet given to ambassadors of Allied nations (4-5 known) -- containing 19 stamps, printed in Hanoi in 1973 and given as a gift to visitors and diplomats to strengthen North Vietnam’s bargaining position and objective of reunification during peace process

c. Numerous patriotic covers with a variety of designs and adhesive frankings

d. Adversity covers including Cambodian cigarette package and opium shipping tag

e. Content evaluation mail captured by U.S. forces and analyzed

f. 1,000th U.S. Plane Shot Down stamp used to pay document tax on receipt for postal money order

g. “Bao Dam” adhesive on cover (2 known)

h. “K” adhesive labels (3 of 5 known in collection)

i. China’s People Army and Soviet military advisors’ mails, which show evidence of involvement

j. “Dien Tin Khan” (Very Urgent Top Secret) captured combat map from Phuoc Long (the battle in January 1974 was a decisive defeat for the ARVN)

k. Instructions on mail routes (only one known) dated April 4, 1975, specifying how mail couriers “Giao Liens” should function and how letters were to be addressed, handled and sent

The exhibit has won six Gold Awards, one Grand Award (San Diego) and was in the 2018 APS Champion of Champions competition. The collection has been the basis for several articles published by Mr. Telep in The American Philatelist, The Collectors Club Philatelist and The Indo-China Philatelist.

This is an opportunity to acquire a major collection of postal history from one of the most significant military conflicts of the late 20th century. The most challenging aspect of the war’s postal operations, the Communist insurgent mail, is fully and deeply represented in the Telep collection. However, the collection could be expanded with the addition of earlier French colonial and military mail, as well as South Vietnam and U.S. forces mail

E. 20,000-30,000
25,000
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