Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022

Category — Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5137
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5137, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)AUSTRIA, 1928, Schmiedl F.S. 1 Balloon, Triangular Stamp with Inverted "3" (E-Z 1A1a; Hopferwieser FS-01c). Number "6" of 200, 15g stamp and rocket stamp tied by Graz 10.v1.28 datestamps, two-line flight cachet, Very Fine, only 200 total covers flown and just a small fraction have the triangular stamp with inverted "3", Hopferwieser €1,400

E. 300-400
550
5138
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5138, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)AUSTRIA, 1928, V1 Experimental Rocket (E-Z 2; Hopferwieser FS-02). Purple cachet, red "V 1", with notation signed by Schmiedl, number "6" of 19, Very Fine, one of the key rarities of Rocket Mail, this is considered the world's first mail carried by rocket, only nineteen were carried, Hopferwieser €5,000

E. 750-1,000
950
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5139
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5139, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)AUSTRIA, 1931, April 21, Registering Rocket Flight (E-Z 9C1a; Hopferwieser FS-09b). Card with 10g Air Post tied by violet three-line handstamp, with second handstamp below the rocket cachet, and a third handstamp on back, usual ms. notation in pencil at bottom, addressed to Graz, signed Schmiedl, unusually fresh, Very Fine, E-Z catalogue states "total of 79 were flown, but very few exist and are extremely rare", Hopferwieser €2,200

E. 500-750
300
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5140
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5140, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)AUSTRIA, 1931, Schmiedl R1 Flight (E-Z 10C1 var; Hopferwieser FS-10c). Registered cover postmarked 09.09.31 at Semriach, pair of purple rocket stamps tied by the red flight cachet, additional postage and rocket stamps tied on reverse, Very Fine, only 36 registered covers were posted at Semriach, Hopferwieser €1,500

E. 300-400
800
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5141
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5141, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)CANADA, 1963, Fort Churchill, Manitoba Rocket Flight (E-Z 3C1). Special rocket stamp tied along with 5c by July 30, 1963 Fort Churchill duplex, sent to New York, Very Fine, only seven covers were flown

E. 300-400
0
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5142
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5142, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)CUBA, 1939 Third Test Rocket Launch (E-Z 3C1; Hopferwieser AF-03a). Blue rocket stamp tied by Oct. (10), 1939 Campo Experimenta circular datestamp, large purple cachet, trivial edge toning at top and adhesion on reverse, otherwise Very Fine, E-Z catalogue states 16 were flown, while Hopferwieser states "more than 16 items were flown", Hopferwieser €2,100

E. 400-500
450
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5143
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5143, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)CUBA, 1939 Third Test Rocket Launch (E-Z 3C1; Hopferwieser AF-03a). Red rocket stamp tied by Oct. (10), 1939 Campo Experimenta circular datestamp, large purple cachet, just a faint trace of toning at top edge, still Very Fine, E-Z catalogue states 16 were flown, while Hopferwieser states "more than 16 items were flown", Hopferwieser €2,100

E. 400-500
375
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5144
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5144, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)GERMANY, 1931, April 15 Tiling Rocket Flight (E-Z 1C1; Hopferwieser RT-01). 8pf tied by Dielingen 15.4.31 circular datestamp on rocket photo-card, red flight cachet, numbered "115" out of 188, signed by Tiling, Very Fine and scarce card of Tiling's first rocket flight, with 1947 Ledebur certificate, Hopferwieser €2,000

E. 500-750
350
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5145
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5145, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)GERMANY, 1931, April 15 Tiling Rocket Flight (E-Z 1C1; Hopferwieser RT-01). 8pf tied by Dielingen 15.4.31 circular datestamp on rocket photo-card, red flight cachet, numbered "69" out of 188, signed by Tiling, Very Fine and scarce card of Tiling's first rocket flight, Hopferwieser €2,000

E. 500-750
250
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5146
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5146, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)INDIA (Sikkim), 1935, Apr. 10, Surumsa Parcel Rocket Flight (E-Z 6c1; Hopferwieser SS-15). Card with green vignette with parcel overprint, tied by violet flight cachets, signed on reverse by Stephen Smith, Very Fine, only 50 flown, Hopferwieser €700

E. 300-400
450
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5147
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5147, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)INDIA, 1937, Sept. 22, Behala Rocket Flight (E-Z 32C1; Hopferwieser SS48). Petite cover with 9pi stamp tied on reverse by Park Street Calcutta 22 Sep. 37 circular datestamp, two flight cachets, numbered "31" of 36, signed Stephen Smith on front and back, Very Fine, only 36 covers carried, Hopferwieser €750

E. 300-400
300
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5148
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5148, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)UNITED STATES, 1932, April 30, First Experimental Rocket Flight (E-Z 3C1; Hopferwieser MA-03). Cacheted cover postmarked "Struthers, Ohio Apr 30, 1932," red three-line plane crash handstamp, Poland, Ohio backstamp, Very Fine, only 32 covers flown, Hopferwieser €2,500

E. 500-750
600
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5149
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5149, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)UNITED STATES, 1935, Sep. 22 -- First American Rocket Flight (E-Z 5C1; Hopferwieser WS-01). Blue stamp tied by green flight cachet and two-line crash handstamp on registered cover, 15c Statue of Liberty and 3c commemorative tied by mute ovals, "Rocket and Mail Damaged By Explosion" handstamp, cover shows usual effects of crash

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST DESIRABLE ROCKET MAIL COVERS. ONLY 28 WERE SALVAGED.

Ex Langhoff. Hopferwieser €2,800

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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5150
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5150, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)UNITED STATES, 1935, Sep. 22 -- First American Rocket Flight (E-Z 5C1; Hopferwieser WS-01). Blue stamp tied by green flight cachet and two-line crash handstamp on registered cover, 15c Statue of Liberty and 3c commemorative tied by mute ovals, "Rocket and Mail Damaged By Explosion" handstamp, cover shows usual effects of crash

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST DESIRABLE ROCKET MAIL COVERS. ONLY 28 WERE SALVAGED.

Hopferwieser €2,800

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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5151
c
Sale 1259, Lot 5151, Worldwide Rocket Mail (by Country)UNITED STATES, 1959, First Official Missile Mail Launch (E-Z 25C1). Type I, 4c Flag tied by U S S Barbero June 8, 1959 machine cancel, official cachet, accompanied by letter from the Postmaster General, fresh and Very Fine

E. 400-500
375
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