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Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020

Category — Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
224
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 224, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error$2.00 Red & Blue, Non-Inverted Jenny Error Sheet (4806d), $2.00 Red & Blue, Non-Inverted Jenny Error Sheet (4806d)$2.00 Red & Blue, Non-Inverted Jenny Error Sheet (4806d). Intact pane of six self-adhesive stamps with souvenir sheet design in margin, choice centering, back of pane indicates plate position (this is the lower left of the six positions), accompanied by all collateral material including original cellophane wrapper with cardboard insert, original envelope (slightly reduced where carefully opened) and card with USPS printed notice: "Congratulations! You have just purchased a Limited Edition 'Right Side Up' Inverted Jenny Stamp Souvenir Sheet. This souvenir stamp sheet is one of only 100 sheets printed and distributed for customers to purchase. Yes, that's right; you now own one of only 100 stamp sheets in existence."; with additional information on how to register the souvenir sheet, also accompanied by official registration certificate signed by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, certifying this is the eleventh souvenir sheet registered with the post office, and letter from Susan McGowan, Director of Stamp Services and Corporate Licensing, to the original discoverers, David and Gail Robinson

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS WAS THE FIRST NON-INVERTED JENNY SHEET TO APPEAR AT AUCTION, IN OUR 2014 RARITIES OF THE WORLD SALE, AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED BY DAVID AND GAIL ROBINSON OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. ONLY 100 WERE DISTRIBUTED TO RANDOM POST OFFICES AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND ONLY 32 HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED. A PHENOMENAL MODERN RARITY.

According to the U.S. Postal Service's website (https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2013/pb22371/html/info_003.htm ) and other sources, the $2.00 Inverted Jenny souvenir sheet went on sale nationwide September 22, 2013, and a ceremony was held on that day at the National Postal Museum. The souvenir sheet was printed using the intaglio printing process and plates made from the original dies used to produce the 1918 24c Air Post stamp (Scott C3). The denomination was changed to make it easily distinguishable from the original. The souvenir sheet background depicts the original airmail route, the National Postal Museum, and aviation pioneer Reuben H. Fleet.

A special automatic distribution was done to all post offices. Pre-orders and re-orders through stamp distribution offices or centers were not allowed once original automatic distribution quantities were sold. A total of 13,200,600 stamps were printed, which translates into 2,200,100 souvenir sheets of six. They were printed six souvenir sheets at a time, and their position on the plate is noted on back of each. The sheets were sold individually wrapped in cellophane, which collectors questioned at the time of issue.

The reason for the odd quantity and cellophane wrapping was revealed shortly after the release of the souvenir sheets, when an upright example was discovered by a collector in Ontario, Canada. The USPS then revealed that 100 had been created and randomly seeded throughout their distribution system. The cellophane wrappers were used to prevent searching through stocks for the upright designs -- souvenir sheets with opened cellophane were not returnable. As of June 2017, only 32 have been discovered.

The souvenir sheet offered here was originally discovered by David and Gail Robinson in Virginia. It was acquired by the present owner in our 2014 Rarities of the World sale.

70,000
42,500
225
P
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 225, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error8c-24c 1923 Air Post, Large Die Proofs (C4P1-C6P1), 8c-24c 1923 Air Post, Large Die Proofs (C4P1-C6P1)8c-24c 1923 Air Post, Large Die Proofs (C4P1-C6P1). Die sunk on 202 x 150mm cards, Nos. C4 and C6 signed "Harry S. New P.M.G.", No. C5 signed "Harry S. New", blue control numbers on reverse -- 1232686, 1233084 and 1233341 -- Nos. C4 and C6 with minor toning spots, No. C4 also with few scuffs clear of design

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS OF THE 1923 AIR POST ISSUE, SCOTT C4-C6. VERY FEW SETS ARE KNOWN.

According to the American Air Mail Catalogue only five sets of large die proofs are known. Ex Hennig. Scott value as unsigned

14,250
7,500
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226
P
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 226, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error65c Graf Zeppelin, Large Die Proof (C13P1), 65c Graf Zeppelin, Large Die Proof (C13P1)65c Graf Zeppelin, Large Die Proof (C13P1). 74 x 53 mm, affixed to 92 x 125 mm card by two small pieces of mounting tape, proof with faint toning spots and small corner crease

A PRESENTABLE EXAMPLE OF THE LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE 65-CENT GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.

Only two complete sets are believed to exist on India paper. One was given to President Roosevelt and the other set was given to Dr. Hugo Eckener, head of the German Zeppelin Transport Company. The example offered here, on wove paper, is the only other we are aware of. Scott value $15,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,900
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227
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 227, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with wide margins, rich color, fresh and pristine in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 65-CENT GRAF ZEPPELIN, WITH THE PERFECT P.S.E. GRADE OF GEM 100.

The Graf Zeppelin issue is extremely difficult to obtain in Gem 100 grade. For the 65c, four are graded 100 and two are graded 100 Jumbo. For the $1.30, nine are graded 100 with none graded 100 Jumbo. For the $2.60, only one is graded 100 and one is graded 100 Jumbo.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $4,450.00)

240
3,500
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228°
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 228, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Precise centering with wide margins, deep rich color on bright white paper, slogan machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.60 GRAF ZEPPELIN, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,850.00). Only one used C15 grades higher (at 100).

550
2,000
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229°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 229, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error6c Ultramarine & Carmine (C23c), 6c Ultramarine & Carmine (C23c)6c Ultramarine & Carmine (C23c). Mint N.H. top plate nos. 21910 and F21951, double "TOP" and registration marker block of four, brilliant colors in these distinct shades, each stamp with light pencil position in corner and small purple Bruechig backstamp

VERY FINE AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1938 6-CENT ULTRAMARINE AND CARMINE AIR POST ISSUE.

Apart from a complete pane of 50 (which contained one plate block), we have offered only two other plate blocks of Scott C23c since keeping computerized records.

With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80). Scott value is out of date as a similar example we offered in Sale 1192 (lot 702) realized $7,500 hammer, versus Scott value of $1,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
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230
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 230, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error15c Black & Orange, Tagged, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (C63b), 15c Black & Orange, Tagged, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (C63b)15c Black & Orange, Tagged, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (C63b). Mint N.H. bottom right corner selvage horizontal strip of three, the left pair is the complete imperforate vertically error, right stamp with vertical perforations at right, left pair with two rows of perforations at top, foldover at right stamp leaves that position with only one row of horizontal perforations at top

VERY FINE. A DRAMATIC AND EXTREMELY RARE POSITION STRIP OF THE 15-CENT STATUE OF LIBERTY AIR POST ISSUE, WITH A PAIR IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY.

The Datz book lists only three examples of this error rarity -- each in a slightly different format. This is the only example we have offered at auction since keeping computerized records.

With 1996 P.F. certificate.

15,000
4,000
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231°
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 231, Air Post, including Upright Jenny Error5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Schoendorf Type II, original gum, barely hinged, huge even margins, fresh color and paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE RARE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE. THIS SUPERB STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee, The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 printed, only 23 were used.

Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed and were probably stuck together. This accounts for the no gum, disturbed gum or thinned examples sometimes encountered. This lightly hinged stamp with huge margins is a true condition rarity.

With 2017 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

7,500
12,000
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