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 — Postal Cards

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2763
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2763, Postal Cards1c Brown on Buff, Postal Card, Large Watermark (UX1; USPCC S1). Mint, fresh and Very Fine

Bid on this lot

375
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2764
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2764, Postal Cards1c Black on Buff, Postal Card, Watermarked Small "USPOD" in Monogram (UX4; USPCC S3a). Mint, with inverted watermark, clean card with sharp corners and edges

VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1875 WATERMARKED POSTAL CARD.

With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott value as normal watermark.

Bid on this lot

3,500
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2765
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2765, Postal Cards1c Black on Buff, Full-Face McKinley Postal Card (UX17; USPCC S21). Mint card, without printed address, clear impression, fresh and bright with sharp corners and edges

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT BLACK FULL-FACE McKINLEY POSTAL CARD. EXTREMELY RARE WITHOUT THE PRINTED ADDRESS.

The entire stock of 500 Full-Face McKinley cards was inadvertently sent from Washington to Booth, Dailey & Ivins in New York where they were shortly thereafter pre-printed with their address and garbage dumping information on the back to be filled out by the tug captain. As a result of the shipment there remained no mint cards for collectors. This "Unmarked Specimen" long ago became accepted as a full mint card in order to allow collectors to have a complete unused collection. Albert Daggett, the contractor for the printing of the Full-Face card, was never able to satisfy the Post Office Department in Washington due to sub-standard quality of his productions. All submitted samples were rejected and as a result the entire stock of 1,625,000 cards was ordered destroyed by the PMG on April 29, 1902.

With 1990 P.F. certificate. USPCC value $17,000.00. The Scott value was dramatically lowered a few years ago (from $16,000.00) after an example with a light corner crease realized $6,250 hammer in our Sale 1140. This choice sound example should command a significant premium.

Bid on this lot

6,500
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2766
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2766, Postal Cards1c Black on Buff, Full-Face McKinley Postal Card (UX17; USPCC S21). With printed Booth Dailey & Ivins address and so-called "garbage card" text on back, unused, fresh and Extremely Fine, USPCC value $3,500.00

Bid on this lot

2,500
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2767
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2767, Postal Cards1c Black on Buff, Full-Face McKinley Postal Card (UX17; USPCC S21). With printed Booth Dailey & Ivins address and so-called "garbage card" text on back, "New York N.Y. Sta. E. Oct. 10 11-AM 1902" machine cancel, faint traces of corner bends at bottom really only visible on the back -- much better condition than usual for this rare used card

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS FULL-FACE McKINLEY POSTAL CARD.

A Power Search review found only a handful of other used cards offered in our sales since 1993 and we have sold only one other since 2006.

Bid on this lot

3,750
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2768
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2768, Postal Cards1c Green, Die I, Gray Rough-Surfaced Postal Card (UX27C; USPCC S38). Mint card without printed address or printing on back, absolutely pristine, Extremely Fine example of this scarce card, in 1916 during a war-time paper shortage, this substandard grade of card stock was used temporarily, for a period of about two months, they were not sold singly, but were supplied to printers, which accounts for their rarity without printed addresses

Bid on this lot

3,250
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2769
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2769, Postal Cards1c Dark Green, Die II, Gray Rough-Surfaced Postal Card (UX27D; USPCC S39). Mint card without printed address or printing on back, deep rich color, clearly showing the die type with distinctive coat and queue lines, crisp corners and edges

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE DIE II DESIGN ON THE PROVISIONAL GRAY ROUGH-SURFACED CARD. ONLY SIX ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Like the previous Die I lot, this issue was printed on substandard card stock, because of wartime paper shortages. Due to initial poor impressions, the die was recut to improve the design, resulting in this Die II variety. Proper card stock was obtained soon after the die recut was made so the Die II on this stock was used for a short period of time. Most were supplied to printers for application of printed addresses. However, a small quantity is believed to have been issued at the Hagerstown Md. post office.

Bid on this lot

20,000
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2770
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2770, Postal Cards1c on 2c Red on Cream, Die II, Postal Card, "1 CENT" Washington D.C. Canceling Machine One-Line Surcharge (UX31; USPCC S43). Mint card, bright and fresh

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE WASHINGTON D.C. ONE-LINE BLACK SURCHARGE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL NON-ERROR POSTAL CARDS.

USPCC value $4,250.00

Bid on this lot

3,000
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2771
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2771, Postal Cards1c on 2c Red on Buff, Die I, Postal Card, "1 CENT" Baltimore Canceling Machine Surcharge (UX32 var; USPCC S44-2). Mint-face card without printed address, with printed message on back

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE BALTIMORE SURCHARGE ON A DIE I POSTAL CARD. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN IN ANY CONDITON.

The USPCC Catalog records only one mint S44-2 card. It may be referring to this example which is mint-face. The catalog does not separately list mint-face, which is normally valued somewhere between mint and unused (unused means with a printed address but uncancelled). The USPCC Catalog also records four unused and one used S44-2 card with this surcharge.

With 2003 P.F. certificate noting "small 'THI' in 'THIS' variety"

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
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2772
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2772, Postal Cards1c on 2c Red on Buff, Die I, Postal Card, "1 CENT" Kansas City Canceling Machine Surcharge (UX32 var; USPCC S44-19). Faint "Saint Libory Nebr. Oct. 25, 1921" circular datestamp and bar duplex cancel, addressed to St. Paul Nebr., message dated Oct. 24, 1921 and makes excuse for absent pupil who has been picking corn on the farm, light corner creases, appears Very Fine, extremely rare, the USPCC Catalog records only five used S44-19 cards, along with one each mint and unused

Bid on this lot

E. 500-750
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2773
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2773, Postal Cards1c on 2c Red on Buff, Die I, Postal Card, "1 CENT" Detroit Second Canceling Machine Surcharge (UX32 var; USPCC S44-46). Mint card, crisp corners and edges, Extremely Fine and very rare, the USPCC Catalog records only four mint S44-46 cards, along with two used, with 1999 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 1,000-1,500
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2774
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2774, Postal Cards1c on 2c Red on Buff, Die II, Postal Card, "1 CENT" Detroit Second Canceling Machine Surcharge (UX33 var; USPCC S45-46). Mint card, sharp corners and edges, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate, USPCC value

Bid on this lot

900
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2775
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2775, Postal Cards2c on 1c Green, Paid Reply Card, Type 5 Cincinnati Official Facsimile Surcharge (UY14 var; USPCC MR23-5). "Covington Ky. Jan. 7, 5-PM 1953" machine cancel, address label to Covington, message side reports communicable diseases for the week ending Jan. 2, 1953 (thankfully only two cases of chicken pox were noted), small staple holes at bottom, Very Fine and extremely rare, the Cincinnati O. Type 5 surcharge was executed with a rubber handstamp struck to the left of the stamp, this was used only at Cincinnati, the USPCC Catalog records only one used card but the example they illustrate is a different card dated Jan. 21, 1953, the USPCC price of the more common mint card is $900.00, with 1990 A.P.S. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 500-750
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2776
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2776, Postal Cards1c Black on White, Official Postal Savings Postal Card (UZ1; USPCC O1b). Unused card, preprinted back as always, Very Fine

Bid on this lot

700
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