Sale 1240 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 20-21 July, 2021
Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)
VERY GOOD. A RARE SOUND, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.
The 2c D Grill is very difficult to find in sound original-gum condition. It is essentially non-existent in centered and sound condition, so collectors who demand stamps without faults must compromise on centering.
With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott value $16,000.00
VERY GOOD. A RARE SOUND, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL.
With 1996 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates. Scott value $17,500.00
VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. THIS 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL BLOCK IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL GRILLED ISSUE MULTIPLES. PERHAPS THREE ARE KNOWN AND ALL HAVE SIMILAR CENTERING.
Only a small quantity of 2c sheets were grilled during the period when the Z device was active -- after the D Grill (Scott 84), the Z is the rarest of Black Jack grilled stamps. We were only able to locate two other unused blocks. One was a rejoined block offered in our 2014 Curtis sale (also ex Allen and Metzger), which had traces of original gum. An intact block was offered in our sale of the Richard Drews collection (Siegel Sale 1195, lot 348). The block offered in our 1970 Rarities sale has likely been broken, since the bottom stamps were sound.
With 2018 A.P.S. certificate. Scott value $75,000.00
FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMPRESSIVE LARGE ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL.
Ex Drews. With 1981 P.F. certificate. Scott value as four blocks of four $80,000.00
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 15-CENT E GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST GRILLED ISSUE BLOCKS. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FOR THIS ISSUE.
Our records contain only three or four other unused blocks of four, and no larger multiples. The Zoellner block of four was broken into singles after the sale, as have most multiples containing stamps with decent centering.
Ex Lilly and Drews. With 1968 P.F. certificate issued to Raymond H. Weill. Scott value $65,000.00
FRESH AND FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL.
Ex Drews. With 1972 P.F. certificate. Scott value $17,000.00
FINE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL.
Scott value $26,000.00
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL, WITH END ROLLER GRILL AND IMPRINT SELVAGE. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.
Our records contain around a dozen original-gum blocks of the 12c F Grill. Some of these have may have been broken to feed collector demand for singles, and therefore the number of surviving multiples may be smaller. Blocks of four are the largest surviving multiples, since the Caspary block of eight has been broken.
Ex Herzog and Drews. Scott value with no premium for the end roller grill or the imprint selvage is $40,000.00
FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.
Our records contain fewer than ten unduplicated blocks of four of Scott 99, plus the two iconic ex-Gross blocks -- the block of fifteen (Sale 1200, lot 92) and the imprint and plate number block of eight (Sale 1188, lot 85). Several blocks have faults. Like other blocks with similar centering, this comes from the De Coppett pane of 100.
Scott value $45,000.00