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 — 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
737
 
Sale 1255, Lot 737, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Radiant color and choice centering, clear strike of ultramarine target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp with a very scarce colored cancel, with 2017 P.F. certificate, Scott value for black cancel

425
1,600
738
 
Sale 1255, Lot 738, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Well-centered, rich color nicely contrasted by blue cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate, Scott value for black cancel

425
1,100
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739
 
Sale 1255, Lot 739, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Rich color, bright blue target cancel, Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate, Scott value for black cancel

425
375
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740
 
Sale 1255, Lot 740, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Rich color, exceptionally bold strike of Propeller fancy cancel, Very Fine, ex Laehder, with 1988 and 2011 P.F. certificates

425
400
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741
 
Sale 1255, Lot 741, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)2c Brown, Re-Issue (124). Deep rich color on bright paper, wide margins and attractive centering, bold oval grid duplex cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2000 P.F. certificate

750
750
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742
 
Sale 1255, Lot 742, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)3c Blue, Re-Issue (125). Rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of New York City datestamp and duplex oval grid cancel, slightly toned, light corner perf crease at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE. ONLY 17 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our census of Scott 125 in used condition, available at http://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/125 , contains only 17 copies, including one on piece and one on the recently re-emerged Caspary cover. Of the used off-cover copies, only four are confirmed as sound.

Census no. 125-CAN-09. Ex Mayer and Curtis, and from our 1993 Rarities sale. With 1982 and 2014 P.F. certificates.

27,500
10,500
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743
 
Sale 1255, Lot 743, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)6c Blue, Re-Issue (126). Deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering, neat strike of Boston oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

3,000
3,250
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744
 
Sale 1255, Lot 744, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127). Vivid color, wide margins, unusual hollow circular cork cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE WITH AN UNUSUAL CANCEL.

With 1998 P.F. certificate.

1,800
1,400
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745
 
Sale 1255, Lot 745, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Almost perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, deep rich color, bold cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SOUND CONDITION WITH SUCH EXCEPTIONAL MARGINS AND CENTERING -- EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

The 12c is the second rarest value of the 1869 Re-issue set in used condition, behind only the 3c. The Rose book estimates 15-25 extant used copies and SMQ estimates 20 extant. We believe there are a bit more than that but copies with wide and balanced margins and no faults are extremely rare.

With 1999 P.F. certificate.

3,000
4,500
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746
 
Sale 1255, Lot 746, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129). Wide margins and excellent centering, rich colors, lightly cancelled

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,500
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747
 
Sale 1255, Lot 747, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130). Rich colors, well-centered, oval grid numeral cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate.

1,600
2,300
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748
 
Sale 1255, Lot 748, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Re-Issue (131). Choice centering with huge margins all around, deep rich colors, neat quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

SMQ estimates that approximately 40 examples of the 30c Re-Issue are known used. Our experience has been that many are either off-center or have small faults.

With 1987 and 2019 P.F. certificates (XF 90 XQ). The "XQ" denotes "Extraordinary Quality".

2,750
5,000
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749
 
Sale 1255, Lot 749, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Re-Issue (131). Attractive centering and margins, particularly fresh and bright colors, light oval registry cancel

VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 1997 P.F. certificate.

2,750
2,900
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750
 
Sale 1255, Lot 750, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132). Deep rich frame color and proof-like impressions, near perfect centering with wide margins, light and unobtrusive registry oval cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE -- EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

SMQ estimates that approximately 40 used copies exist. Most are either off-center or have small faults. This sound stamp, with wide margins, choice centering and a light cancel, is a true condition rarity.

With 1954 and 2000 P.F. certificates.

6,000
7,000
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751
bl
Sale 1255, Lot 751, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133). Vertical block of six, bold St. Louis oval cancels, extraordinary centering and rich color, very faint water or gum stains show only on back, tiny corner perf crease at top left

EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE USED BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1880 RE-ISSUE.

Ex Dr. Heimburger. With 2013 P.F. certificate noting only the tiny perf crease. Scott does not list a used block. Scott value as singles.

3,300
13,000
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752
 
Sale 1255, Lot 752, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Brown Orange, 1881 Re-Issue (133a). Wide margins and choice centering, rich color, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

550
650
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753
 
Sale 1255, Lot 753, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1869 Pictorial Issue, Cancellation Balance (112/117). Choice balance of 17 stamps, including Nos. 112 (four), 114 (six), 115, 116 (five) and 117, nice range of cancels including 1c with Leaf, blue Mass. town, Waterbury Conn. Rosette (Rohloff P-12) and fancy crossroads, 3c with Leominster Mass. Stovepipe, numeral "16", orange target, negative letter "J", Masonic, 6c with unusual blue Propeller, 10c including blue merchant's handstamp, large "PAID", 6-point Hollow Star, others, the 12c is not a cancel variety but rather a split grill, nearly all are sound with only the 6c showing a serious fault (large thin spot), overall a Fine-Very Fine and desirable group, all but the 6c are certified with 19 total P.F. certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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