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 — Officials

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1047
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1047, Officials1c Yellow, Agriculture (O1). Vibrant color, well-balanced margins, target cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

200
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1048
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1048, Officials12c Yellow, Agriculture (O6). Vivid color on bright paper, wide margins, neat strike of Star in Circle fancy cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates

Bid on this lot

260
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1049
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1049, Officials15c Yellow, Agriculture (O7). Well-centered with attractive margins, vibrant color, light strike of violet Star cancel, Very Fine and choice, ex Kirke, with 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $230.00 for normal cancel)

Bid on this lot

230
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1050
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1050, Officials24c Yellow, Agriculture (O8). Vibrant color, well-balanced margins, cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

250
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1051
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1051, Officials30c Yellow, Agriculture (O9). Brilliant color, choice centering, cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

280
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1052
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1052, Officials1c Carmine, Executive (O10). Rich color, beautiful centering, light cancel at top right leaves entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

550
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1053
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1053, Officials2c Carmine, Executive (O11). Bright shade and crisp impression, nicely complemented by red segmented cork cancel, Extremely Fine, scarce with a colored cancel, with 1996 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

260
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1054
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1054, Officials3c Carmine, Executive (O12). Bright shade, light strike of cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 and 2009 P.F. certificates

Bid on this lot

225
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1055
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1055, Officials6c Carmine, Executive (O13). Rich color, unusually wide and balanced margins, double-circle datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate

Bid on this lot

600
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1056
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1056, Officials10c Carmine, Executive (O14). Unusually light bars cancel, deep shade, fresh and Very Fine, ex Curtis, with 2005 P.F. certificate which harshly mentions "with perforations scissors separated at right" -- the perf teeth are complete -- and 2014 P.F. certificate not mentioning them at all

Bid on this lot

1,000
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1057
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1057, Officials6c Vermilion, Interior (O18). Brilliant color, choice centering with Jumbo margins, grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $40.00), we are surprised this has such a low SMQ value, considering it brought $650 hammer in our Sale 953 and only one grades higher

Bid on this lot

10
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1058
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1058, Officials10c Interior (O19). Magnificent color on bright white paper, Jumbo margins which are balanced all around, bold cross cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a striking stamp, ex Kirke and Curtis, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $175.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade, SMQ value seems low to us considering it realized $250 in our 2012 Kirke sale and $650 in our 2016 Curtis sale

Bid on this lot

20
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1059
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1059, Officials10c Vermilion, Interior (O19). Bright color, three wide margins, bold strike of "Dancing Baby" in Circle fancy cancel, Extremely Fine strike, fancy cancels are rarely seen on Officials and when they are found they are usually something like a star, this human figure has been variously named, but we like "Dancing Baby" best of all, with 2012 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

20
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1060
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1060, Officials90c Vermilion, Interior, Double Transfer (O24 var). Position 17, vibrant color, unusually choice centering, small circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine example of this variety, with 2014 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

Bid on this lot

250
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1061
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1061, Officials12c Purple, Justice (O30). Well-centered with wide margins, fresh color and paper, cork cancel, Extremely Fine, a very scarce used stamp in the higher grades, ex Kirke, with 2008 P.F. certificate (XF 90), as a point of comparison, the highest grade contained in the P.S.E. Population Report is an 80

Bid on this lot

75
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1062
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1062, Officials15c Purple, Justice (O31). Bright shade and paper, cork cancel, well-proportioned margins, Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

200
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1063
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1063, Officials24c Purple, Justice (O32). Rich color and detailed impression, neat strike of target cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2004 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

425
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1064
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1064, Officials30c Purple, Justice (O33). Intense shade and impression, blue grid cancel, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, with 2005 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

360
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1065
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1065, Officials90c Purple, Justice (O34). Deep shade, blue cork cancel, Very Fine, with 2012 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

925
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1066
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1066, Officials2c Ultramarine, Navy (O36). Almost mathematically precise centering, Jumbo margins, brilliant color on fresh paper, wide 6-bar grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp and rare in this outstanding condition, ex Kirke, with 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $500.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no others have achieved this grade, SMQ seems low considering this brought $750 in the 2012 Kirke sale

Bid on this lot

25
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1067
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1067, Officials6c Ultramarine, Navy (O38). Rich color on bright paper, beautiful centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, rare in such superb condition, with 2008 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

25
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1068
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1068, Officials7c Ultramarine, Navy (O39). Balanced wide margins, rich color, light strike of purple cancel leaves design completely visible, Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, ex Kirke and Curtis, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $475.00), this is the highest grade awarded and no other examples have achieved this grade

Bid on this lot

230
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1069
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1069, Officials7c Ultramarine, Navy (O39). Rich color on bright paper, well-proportioned margins, cork cancel, nibbed perf at top left not noted on certificate, still Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

230
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1070
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1070, Officials10c Ultramarine, Navy (O40). Rich color on bright paper, cork cancel, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

Bid on this lot

45
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1071
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1071, Officials30c Ultramarine, Navy (O44). Gorgeous centering with absolutely massive margins, rich color and proof-like impression, bold strike of duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, this is without question the widest-margined copy of this issue we have ever encountered, with 2011 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

50
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1072
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1072, Officials90c Ultramarine, Navy (O45). Pretty shade, light strike of cork cancel at center, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

375
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1073
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1073, Officials7c Dark Green, State (O61). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, beautiful centering, bold strike of "5" duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2006 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

Bid on this lot

65
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1074
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1074, Officials24c Dark Green, State (O65). Intense shade and impression on bright paper, wide margins, cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2005 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

230
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1075
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1075, Officials30c Dark Green, State (O66). Rich color, well-proportioned margins, blue "Received" 1877 double-oval favor cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

180
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1076
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1076, Officials90c Dark Green, State (O67). Deep rich color, nice margins and centering, barely cancelled at bottom right corner, fresh and Very Fine, ex Kirke, with 2000 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $300.00), as an indication of the difficulty in finding this stamp in choice used condition, only one grades higher (at 90) and none share this grade

Bid on this lot

325
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1077
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1077, Officials$2.00 Green & Black, State (O68). Crisp impression, wide margins, blue "Received" double-oval favor cancel, tiny tear at lower right in first perf hole up from bottom, really very minor, Very Fine appearance, a difficult issue to obtain with decent centering, most have faults and this minor tear is barely noticeable, with 2006 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates, the latter as sound

Bid on this lot

3,000
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1078
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1078, Officials$10.00 Green & Black, State (O70). Bright shade and crisp impression, better centering than most, "Augusta Ga. Oct. ??" circular datestamp, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE $10.00 STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO OBTAIN IN SOUND USED CONDITION. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Our review of the records of The Philatelic Foundation and Power Search found only three that are definitely postally used. One has a heavy cancel and has pieces added. One other has a handstamp cancel and is sound, but the perfs are in at right. That leaves just this example, with a postal cancel, decent centering and in sound condition. Perhaps nine others are also known used, with either a favor cancel or manuscript red cancels which may not have gone thru the mails.

Ex Markovits and Collier. With 2004 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

7,500
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1079
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1079, Officials3c Brown, Treasury (O74). Bright color nicely complemented by blue Three-Leaf Clover fancy cancel of Chicago, Extremely Fine strike, with 2010 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 200-300
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1080
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1080, Officials1c Rose, War (O83). Incredibly strong strike of Honeycomb fancy cancel of Fort Leavenworth Kan., remarkably well-centered amid Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine stamp and beautiful strike of this desirable cancel, ex Curtis, with 2014 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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1081
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1081, Officials12c Vermilion, Interior, Soft Paper (O101). Bright color, unusually wide margins at sides, Wheel of Fortune fancy cancel, Extremely Fine, rare with a fancy cancel, with 2015 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 200-300
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1082
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1082, Officials15c Vermilion, Interior, Soft Paper (O102). Rich color, light strike of purple circular datestamp at right, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

500
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1083
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1083, Officials6c Bluish Purple, Justice, Soft Paper (O107). Rich color, unusually wide and balanced margins, duplex oval grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates

Bid on this lot

300
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1084
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1084, Officials3c Black, Post Office, Soft Paper (O108). Gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, detailed impression, green target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp and especially desirable with the green cancel, with 2014 P.F. certificate (XF 90 XQ), the "XQ" stands for "Extraordinary Quality"

Bid on this lot

50
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1085
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1085, Officials30c Brown, Treasury, Soft Paper (O112). Rich color, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, face-free strike of cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

550
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1086
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1086, Officials90c Brown, Treasury, Soft Paper (O113). Pretty shade, brown brush stroke cancel, Very Fine, a very unusual cancel, with 2010 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

750
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1087
 
Sale 1255, Lot 1087, Officials90c Brown, Treasury, Soft Paper (O113). Attractive color, light cancel leaves design clearly visible, Very Fine and choice, with 2014 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

750
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1088
 
1873-79 Officials, Balance (O3/O120). Extensive used collection balance, full range of issues from all departments and including hard and soft paper printings, a number with better or fancy cancels and also a great many high grade stamps, including some graded 90 or 95 among the 41 P.F. or P.S.E. certificates which accompany, a beautifully fresh and Very Fine-Extremely Fine collection balance, worth careful review of the linked PDF scan of the entire group and certificates

Bid on this lot

E. 5,000-7,500
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