Sale 1267 — The Porter W. Venn II Collection of U.S. Postal Stationery, Part 1

Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022

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Category — 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2678
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2678, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)1c Blue on Oriental Buff entire, Die 83 (U298; UPSS 891). Size 8, knife 38, watermark 12, unused, brilliant color and paper, absolutely pristine

EXTREMELY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE MINT ENTIRE OF THE DIE 83 ONE-CENT BLUE ON ORIENTAL BUFF. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED FOR THIS WATERMARK TYPE.

The UPSS catalogue states three mint entires are reported for No. 891 and one for No. 892 (watermark 8). We have also offered a cut square of No. 891 with two separate impressions (Sale 1037, lot 2367). These two listings and the "Specimen" ovpt. No. 890 (an example is offered in the following lot) represent the complete listings under the umbrella of the rare Scott U298.

Bid on this lot

12,000
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2679
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2679, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)1c Blue on Oriental Buff entire, Die 83, "Specimen" Ovpt. (U298 var; UPSS 890). Size 7, knife 31, watermark 6, unused, "A-a/ Bidder's Sample, Blank Request." printed at bottom, return request printed at left, brilliant color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS MINT ENTIRE OF THE DIE 83 ONE-CENT BLUE ON ORIENTAL BUFF IN SIZE SEVEN, WATERMARK 6, IS KNOWN ONLY AS A "SPECIMEN".

The UPSS catalogue lists three different size, knife and watermark types under the umbrella of the rare Scott U298. This combination is known only with "Specimen" overprint.

Scott value for No. U298 is $12,000.00.

Bid on this lot

E. 2,000-3,000
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2680
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2680, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)1c Blue on Blue entire, Die 83 (U299; UPSS 893). Size 8, knife 38, watermark 12, unused, beautiful complementary color of the embossed stamp and paper

EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE MINT ENTIRE OF THE DIE 83 ONE-CENT BLUE ON BLUE ISSUE, SCOTT U299.

The UPSS catalogue states that five or fewer entires "may" exist of No. 893, but this is significantly higher than all reported numbers we have heard before, or census data recorded by Porter Venn. This is the first entire we have offered since our 2007 sale of the "Saddleback" collection. The example in that sale, ex Lilly and from our 1974 Rarities sale, was described as unique (it is not the same entire offered here). In addition, Venn recorded two full corners, two cut squares and an unused entire with "Specimen" overprint, which is unique.

Bid on this lot

18,000
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2681
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2681, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)2c Green on Blue entire, Die 87 (U308; UPSS 920). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 7, rich color, cancelled by "Ovid Mich. Sep. 23, 1887" circular datestamp and quartered cork duplex, addressed to Chicago with Sep. 29 arrival backstamp, First National Bank Ovid Mich. return address corner card, fresh in every respect

VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED ENTIRES OF THE DIE 87 2-CENT GREEN ON BLUE ISSUE -- BOTH USED. A GREAT RARITY OF POSTAL STATIONERY COLLECTING.

The UPSS catalogue reports no unused entires and two used entires. Porter Venn recorded two unused cut squares -- one recently sold in our "Great Point" collection (Sale 1256, lot 2273) and the other ex Floyd, "Saddleback" and "Scarsdale". There are also two used cut squares recorded.

Ex White with his backstamp. With 2004 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

22,000
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2682
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2682, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)2c Green on Manila entire, Die 87 (U309; UPSS 921). Size 7, knife 31, watermark 7, cancelled by "Saint Louis Mo. Apr. 1? '88" circular datestamp and oval grid duplex, printed address to Montreal, Canada, printed return request at left, Montreal receiving backstamp (Apr. 18), minor corner wear, still Very Fine and rare, only three used and four unused entires are reported in the UPSS Catalog

Bid on this lot

1,200
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2683
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2683, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)2c Green on Amber Manila entire, Die 87 (U310; UPSS 922). Size 7, knife 31, watermark 7, cancelled by target with "Beech Mich. Dec. 8 1889" circular datestamp, addressed to New York City, "Detroit Mich. Transit Dec. 9 '89" circular datestamp on back, printed return request at left, non-contemporary writing at left, central file fold, appears Very Fine, extremely rare, the UPSS Catalog states only one unused and one used entire are recorded but we offered a second used example in our Sale 920, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp, UPSS value $4,000.00, Scott value

Bid on this lot

3,250
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2684
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2684, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)2c Green on White entire, Die 88, "Parsons Paper Co" Watermark (U311 var; UPSS 931). Size 10, knife 54, watermark "Parsons Paper Co", cancelled by "Kane Pa. 23 Jan. 1899 7 PM" circular datestamp and cork duplex, addressed to Philadelphia, two receiving backstamps of Jan. 24, Holgate Brothers Co. return address corner card, Very Fine and extremely rare watermark variety, Porter Venn recorded only four examples, UPSS value

Bid on this lot

3,500
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2685
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2685, 1887-1894 Plimpton Issue (Scott U298-U323)2c Green on Amber Manila entire, Die 89 (U323; UPSS 1051). Size 13, knife 74, watermark 7, unused, rich color, tiny adhesive stain at right edge, still Very Fine

Bid on this lot

700
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