Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

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Category — 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
482
 
Sale 1255, Lot 482, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Rich color, beautiful centering, neat strike of "PAID" in circle cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,200.00). Only four grade higher (two at 95J, one each at 98 and 98J) and five others share this desirable grade.

270
1,900
483
 
Sale 1255, Lot 483, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Rich color, choice centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, handstamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,200.00). Only four grade higher (two at 95J, one each at 98 and 98J) and five others share this desirable grade.

250
1,300
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484
 
Sale 1255, Lot 484, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Bright color, red quartered cork cancel, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

295
600
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485
 
Sale 1255, Lot 485, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Choice centering, bold strike of Philadelphia "Mummers" fraternal fancy cancel, Very Fine strike on an Extremely Fine stamp, mumming involves colorful costumes and folk plays, every year in Philadelphia mummers have a parade on New Year's day, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
300
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486
 
Sale 1255, Lot 486, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Bright color, choice centering, magenta segmented cork cancel, Extremely Fine, scarce with a magenta cancel on such a nice stamp, with 2001 and 2006 P.F. certificates

350
375
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487
 
Sale 1255, Lot 487, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Bright color, bold strike of Cogwheel fancy cancel of New York City, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1987 and 2020 P.F. certificates

250
450
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488
 
Sale 1255, Lot 488, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Choice centering with wide margins, rich color, well-struck "X" cancel of Yokohama, Japan, Very Fine and choice, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value without premium for the cancel, which is listed but unpriced

250
325
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489
 
Sale 1255, Lot 489, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Rich color, well-struck "U" for "Union" in 6-Point Star in Circle fancy cancel of New York City, additional red cancel at bottom, Extremely Fine strike, with 2007 P.F. certificate

295
450
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490
 
Sale 1255, Lot 490, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Vivid color, cancelled by red circular datestamp and Rose in Circle fancy cancel of Amherst Mass. small tear and thin spots at top, an Extremely Fine strike of this beautiful and rare fancy cancel, ex Saadi, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
550
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491
 
Sale 1255, Lot 491, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Natural straight edge at left with interpane margin showing part guideline, rich color, bold strike of Horse's Head fancy cancel of New York City, Very Fine and choice strike of this scarce fancy cancel, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
750
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492
 
Sale 1255, Lot 492, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Bold central strike of negative "A" fancy cancel, Extremely Fine strike, with 2008 P.F. certificate

250
300
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493
 
Sale 1255, Lot 493, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)30c Orange (71). Interpane margin at right with part guideline, blue West Point N.Y. Revenue double-oval datestamp, small corner crease at top right, Very Fine appearance, scarce with a revenue cancel, with 2010 P.F. certificate, Scott value with no premium for the cancel

E. 200-300
300
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494
 
Sale 1255, Lot 494, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)90c Blue (72). Bright shade, cork cancel, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2004 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only five grade higher.

600
2,000
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495
 
Sale 1255, Lot 495, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)90c Dark Blue (72b). Intense color and proof-like impression in the distinct Dark Blue shade, nicely complemented by red grid cancel, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT IN THE DESIRABLE DARK BLUE SUB-SHADE. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THIS SHADE IN EXISTENCE. A MARVELOUS STAMP IN TERMS OF COLOR, CANCELLATION, CENTERING AND OVERALL EYE APPEAL.

The Dark Blue shade of the 90c is the only shade which trends towards the deeper end of the color spectrum, while the other shades--Blue, Dull Blue and Pale Blue--all trend towards the brighter end of the spectrum. In our opinion this is the most difficult shade to obtain in such choice condition. We have offered only two unused and 8-10 used examples since the mid-1990s, and most of those were faulty. The Philatelic Foundation has certified less than a dozen unused or used in the past decade, and most have either heavy cancels or flaws. The example offered here, with unusually choice centering, rich color, a colored cancel and in sound condition, is possibly the finest used copy in existence.

Ex "Natalee Grace". With 1988, 2001 and 2012 P.F. certificates.

1,075
6,000
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496
 
Sale 1255, Lot 496, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)90c Blue (72). Rich color on bright paper, nicely complemented by red grid cancel, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2006 P.F. certificate

725
2,100
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497
 
Sale 1255, Lot 497, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)90c Blue (72). Pretty shade, wide margins, bold quartered cork cancel and rim of red circular datestamp at bottom, Extremely Fine, with 1984 and 2001 P.F. certificates

725
475
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498
 
Sale 1255, Lot 498, 1861 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-72)90c Pale Blue (72a). Radiant color, choice centering, light strike of target cancel, P.F. certificate no. 487322 notes small thin spot at top center (does not accompany), still Extremely Fine, this is a difficult shade to obtain with anything approaching decent centering and in sound condition, only three grade higher than an 80, with 2017 P.F. certificate not noting any faults

650
550
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