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

Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022

Category — 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2686
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2686, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-2c Dark Slate on Creamy White, Columbian entire, Die 95C, Error of Color (U349a; UPSS 1161A). Size 25, knife 124, watermark 11, unused, dark and distinct color, "Baidland, Wash. Co. Pa." return address corner card at left, short and insignificant pen-stroke at bottom but overall pristine condition

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT ENTIRE OF THE 2-CENT COLUMBIAN DARK SLATE ERROR OF COLOR. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED AND THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE THREE. AN EASILY IDENTIFIED AND POPULAR POSTAL STATIONERY ERROR.

The normal color for the 2c Columbian entire is Violet, with some variation to Red Violet. This Dark Slate color is dramatically different and in a specialty where tiny die variations can mean multi-thousand dollar differences in value, this easily identified rarity appeals to a broad range of collectors.

The UPSS Catalog records only three mint entires of this error. This example, in sound condition, was offered in our 1972 Rarities sale. The second example was offered in our 2007 sale of the "Saddleback" collection and has vertical file folds. Porter Venn noted that the third example was in "very bad condition" but we have not encountered it. The Scott and UPSS values are no doubt based on the creased "Saddleback" example that realized $4,500 hammer. This sound example is considerably more desirable.

4,000
5,750
2687
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2687, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-2c Violet on Creamy White, Columbian entire, Die 95C (U349 var; UPSS 1154). Size 8, knife 38, watermark 11, unused, fresh and Extremely Fine, this size 8 entire is very rare, the UPSS catalog reports one mint example with an estimate that "up to six may exist", we sold another example in the Curtis collection (Sale 1094, lot 338), but apart from these two we have not encountered another, UPSS value

1,500
2,300
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2688
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2688, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-5c Slate Brown on Creamy White, Columbian entire, Die 96B, Error of Color (U350a; UPSS 1176A). Size 21, knife 100, watermark 11, unused, small pen "#4" at top left, fresh and Very Fine, a popular error which is easily identified, also scarce with fewer than 20 examples believed to exist, with 1995 P.F. certificate

1,100
850
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2689
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2689, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-2c Carmine on White entire, Die 99 (U358 var; UPSS 1219). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 12, unused, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine, collectors should not be misled by the modest Scott value for U358, which does not differentiate based on sizes or watermarks, this size 10, watermark 12 entire is extremely rare, the UPSS Catalog records only four mint entires known, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp, UPSS value

2,000
1,600
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2690
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2690, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-2c Carmine on Amber entire, Die 99 (U359 var; UPSS 1223-12). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 12, unused, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine, collectors should not be misled by the modest Scott value for U359, which does not differentiate based on sizes or watermarks and is based on the common watermark 13, this watermark 12 entire is extremely rare, the UPSS Catalog records only three mint entires known, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp, UPSS value

2,500
2,000
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2691
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2691, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-2c Carmine on Oriental Buff entire, Die 99 (U360 var; UPSS 1224-12). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 12, unused, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine, collectors should not be misled by the modest Scott value for U360, which does not differentiate based on sizes or watermarks and is based on the common watermark 13, this watermark 12 entire is extremely rare, the UPSS Catalog records only two mint entires known, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp, UPSS value

2,500
2,200
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2692
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2692, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-2c Carmine on Blue entire, Die 99 (U361 var; UPSS 1225-12). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 12, unused, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine, collectors should not be misled by the modest Scott value for U361, which does not differentiate based on sizes or watermarks and is based on the common watermark 13, this watermark 12 entire is extremely rare, the UPSS Catalog records only two mint entires known, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp, UPSS value

2,500
2,100
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2693
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2693, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-2c Carmine on Amber entire, Die 100 (U363 var; UPSS 1252). Size 3, knife 8, watermark 13, unused, vivid color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, the small size 3 envelope is very rare on this issue, the UPSS Catalog reports only five mint examples, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp, UPSS value

675
750
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2694
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2694, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-4c Brown on White entire, Die 102 (U371 var; UPSS 1346). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 13, unused, deep rich color, fresh and Extremely Fine, a rare size 10 entire of this issue, the UPSS Catalog records only ten examples known, UPSS value

1,400
1,100
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2695
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2695, 1893 Columbian Issue, 1899 Plimpton Issue (Scott U349-4c Brown on White entire, Die 103 (U373; UPSS 1353). Size 10, knife 56, watermark 13, unused, fresh with perfect embossing

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1899 4-CENT BROWN DIE 103 ON WHITE ENTIRE. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ONLY THREE ENTIRES IN THIS SIZE EXIST.

The UPSS Catalog records only five entires for the 1899 4c Die 103, split between size 10 (three) and the larger size 25 (two).

With 2002 P.F. certificate. UPSS value $12,500.00

9,000
2,500
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