Sale 1267 — The Porter W. Venn II Collection of U.S. Postal Stationery, Part 1
Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022
Category — Postal Cards
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1875 WATERMARKED POSTAL CARD.
With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott value as normal watermark.
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.
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.
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.
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
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"