Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021
Category — Three-Cent: Dull Red and Shades, Types I, II (Scott 11-11A)
AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE PANE OF 100 OF THE 1851 3-CENT ISSUE IN THE ROSE RED SHADE. A MARVELOUS EXHIBITION PIECE.
As far back as our 1966 Rarities sale we reported that only three complete panes of the 3c 1851 Issue were known. This number was also stated in Brookman. We can account for two other complete panes. One is from Plate 1 Late, offered in our 1966 and 1979 Rarities sales and most recently offered by Cherrystone in the "New Amsterdam" sale in 2019. The Plate 1 Late pane is in inferior condition to the pane offered here. The other pane is from Plate 3 (Right) and is part of the Harry L. Jefferys collection donated to the Franklin Institute and currently on display at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Ex Rust and Piller, and from our 1966 Rarities of the World sale. Illustrated in Brookman Vol. I (p. 133).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN INCREDIBLY RARE SOUND, MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1851 TYPE I IN THE BROWNISH CARMINE SHADE. A SPECTACULAR SHOWPIECE.
A Power Search review found one irregular block of five that is never-hinged but with small gum disturbance spots. It is also cut into in several places. Other than that block and this one, we have sold no Mint N.H. blocks of Types I or II since at least 1993.
Ex Kirke. With 2011 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (latter XF-Superb 95; blocks unpriced in SMQ). Scott value of $2,000.00 for a hinged block of four does not remotely convey the rarity of this Mint N.H. block.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM PART IMPRINT PAIR OF THE 1851 3-CENT BROWNISH CARMINE. A STRIKING AND SUPERB POSITION PIECE.
While we would certainly discourage anyone from cutting apart this beautiful pair, either of these two stamps alone would grade Gem 100
EXTREMELY FINE AND TRULY REMARKABLE. CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE FINEST SINGLE COPY OF THE 3-CENT 1851 STAMP ON OR OFF COVER.
The sheet margins on this stamp are the largest recorded for the 3c 1851. One other copy, also on cover, has comparably sized sheet margins, but it is cut into on one other side and is not nearly as impressive as this Chase example.
Ex Dr. Chase, Grunin and Zoellner.
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 PLUM SHADE. A SPECTACULAR COLOR RARITY IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION.
Dr. Chase stated that the Plum shade was produced in early 1857, shortly before the introduction of perforated stamps. This cover fits exactly into that time period. He also compared the shade to an intermediate shade of Scott 280 of the 1894 Issue. Some students believe that no more than 50 examples are known.
With 2003 P.F. certificate and with note of authentication on back by Dr. Amonette, who additionally states that it matches the Chase Color Chart "Medium Plum". Scott value as four off-cover singles is $8,800.00
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT TYPE II IMPERFORATE WITH DOUBLE IMPRESSION. THE 3-CENT IS THE ONLY DENOMINATION OF THE 1851-56 ISSUE KNOWN WITH A DOUBLE IMPRESSION AND THIS IS ONE OF TWO OR THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC RARITY.
Most double impressions occur when the first impression is made and found to be inadequate. The paper is then put in the press a second time, where it receives the heavier impression (similar to the printed on both sides variety). It is a common misconception that the weaker impression is the second one. The newly certified example offered here is only the second we have offered. The other is ex Wagshal and was most recently offered in our 2012 sale of the "Natalee Grace" collection (Sale 1024, lot 41). That example realized $26,000 hammer despite small creases. Stanley M. Piller wrote that Dr. Carroll Chase stated that he was aware of an example from Marshall, Mich. (Chronicle 120, p. 257), but we cannot locate confirming evidence of that stamp.
With 2021 P.F. certificate