Sale 1247 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 December, 2021
Category — Special Delivery, Registration
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1885 FIRST SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
The first Special Delivery is easily distinguished from those that follow because the explanatory text at center is straight. In addition, subsequent issues alter the text at center. It is extremely difficult to obtain in sound, centered and Mint N.H. condition.
With 1982, 2007 and 2021 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95).
EXTREMELY FINE. THE FIRST SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IS NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO OPBTAIN IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION WITH DECENT CENTERING.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,100.00).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1893 "COLUMBIAN" SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
With 1997 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,950.00). Only one grades higher (at 95J, last sold by us in 2011) and only three others share this grade. This is also the first in this grade we have offered since 2013.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 10-CENT WATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
Ex "Hanover". With 1996 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1902 SERIES SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP, SCOTT E6, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
Scott E6 is the first of the "Messenger on Bicycle" Special Delivery designs. It was released as part of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's "Series of 1902" regular postage issues (Scott 300-313). Scott E6 is printed on double-line "USPS" watermarked paper with 12-gauge perforations. In 1908 the "Helmut of Mercury" Special Delivery stamp was issued. However, the Messenger on Bicycle design was re-issued in 1909 from new plates, and the same basic design was issued continuously until the Motorcycle Delivery design replaced it in 1922. Changes in the paper and perforation gauge for the issues from 1909 until 1922 mirror the changes in the Washington-Franklin series of the same period.
Ex Myerson. With 2007 and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $7,400.00). This is one of only three examples of this issue to grade in the 98 or higher range. There are two others in this range, graded 98J and 100. We have offered both of these stamps, most recently in Sales 1150 (98J) and 1138 (100)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE. A FANTASTIC STAMP.
Ex "Scarsdale" and "Hanover". With 2002 and 2021 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,200.00). Only six grade higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1922 10-CENT SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IS AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
Ex "Hanover". With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $2,100.00). Only one grades higher and two others share this desirable grade.