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

Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022

Category — 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2519
og
Sale 1267, Lot 2519, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on White Star Die wrapper, Die 12, Full Corner (W18B; UPSS 41A). Unused, 50 x 74mm with gummed flap at top, deep rich color

VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR CUT SQUARES ARE RECORDED FOR THIS ONE-CENT STAR DIE ISSUE, WITH NO FULL MINT WRAPPERS KNOWN.

The UPSS Catalog records two cut squares each for the two UPSS numbers under Scott W18B (Nos. 41A and 41Aa, which differ only in their gum). No full mint wrappers are known. This is more desirable than a normal cut square as it is the wrapper version of a full corner.

With 2002 P.F. certificate.

5,500
3,500
2520
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2520, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Buff Star Die wrapper, Die 12 (W20 var; UPSS 36). Knife W1A, watermark 0, stamp 35mm from top edge of wrapper, 151 x 256mm, unused, couple of edge splits along folds but fully intact, Very Fine and scarce variety, UPSS value

400
150
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2521
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2521, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Dark Manila Star Die wrapper, Die 12 (W21 var; UPSS 37). Knife W1, watermark 1, stamp 10mm from top edge of wrapper, 149 x 226mm, unused, some erosion and holes along first fold but intact and full-size, otherwise Fine and extremely rare variety, Porter Venn's notes indicate he thought this was unique, UPSS value

850
1,200
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2522
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2522, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Orange Star Die entire, Die 12 (U21A; UPSS 33). Size 7, knife 22u, watermark 0, unused, gorgeously bright and pristine, Extremely Fine example of this Star Die entire, UPSS Catalog records fewer than ten mint entires

1,800
650
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2523
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2523, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Orange Star Die wrapper, Die 12 (W22; UPSS 40). Knife W1A, watermark 0, 151 x 257mm, unused, deep rich color on brilliant paper, minor internal split along first fold but completely intact and full-size

FRESH AND VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT BLUE STAR DIE 12 WRAPPER ON ORANGE PAPER.

The UPSS Catalog states fewer than ten of this rare Star Die wrapper exist.

5,500
2,900
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2524
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2524, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Orange Star Die entire, Die 12A (U23; UPSS 43). Size 7, knife 24, watermark 1, unused, with printed American Express Co. return address at left as with all known examples, fresh and pristine, Extremely Fine

800
850
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2525
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2525, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Amber Star Die entire, Die 13 (U24; UPSS 44). Size 7, knife 24, watermark 1, unused, bright color, Extremely Fine

675
375
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2526
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2526, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Light Manila Star Die wrapper, Die 13 (W25; UPSS 45). Knife W1B, watermark 1, 114 x 375mm, cancelled by large "12" handstamp, address in pencil on back (refolded), surface scuff at left

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED FULL-SIZE EXAMPLE OF THIS ONE-CENT STAR DIE WRAPPER RECORDED IN THE UPSS CATALOG.

The UPSS Catalog states only one full-size example No. 45 is recorded -- the used wrapper offered here. No. 46 is also listed under the umbrella of Scott W25, but with a note that it is unknown to the editors.

Ex Todd and "Saddleback". UPSS value $17,500.00.

5,500
2,900
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2527
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2527, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)1c Blue on Buff Star Die wrapper, Die 13 (unlisted; UPSS 47). Knife W1, watermark 1, 147 x 226mm, cork cancel and addressed locally with manuscript "Jan. 7 & Feb. 7 1872" date, docketing on flap relating to check enclosures, some wrinkling and minor edge wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT STAR DIE 13 ON BUFF WRAPPER. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE.

The UPSS Catalog records only one example of this rare wrapper -- the full-size used wrapper offered here. It is unlisted in Scott, but would logically be sequenced as No. W25A.

Ex Barkhausen and Wunsch with their backstamps. UPSS value

12,500
5,000
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2528
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2528, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)3c + 1c Red & Blue on White Star Die entire, Die 14 (U28; UPSS 58). Size 7, knife 23, watermark 1, unused, fresh colors, Extremely Fine, the UPSS Catalog lists three numbers (56-58) under the U28 umbrella (Scott value is $500.00 without regard to the size and knife combination), this is by far the scarcest of the three with fewer than five recorded, UPSS value

1,750
1,500
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2529
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2529, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)3c + 1c Red & Blue on Buff Star Die entire, Die 14 (U29; UPSS 61). Size 7, knife 23, watermark 1, unused, fresh colors, Extremely Fine, ex Barkhausen and Wunsch with their backstamps, the UPSS Catalog lists three numbers (59-61) under the U29 umbrella (Scott value is $500.00 without regard to the size and knife combination), this is by far the scarcest of the three with fewer than five recorded, UPSS value

1,750
1,400
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2530
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2530, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)6c Red on White Star Die entire, Die 10 (U30; UPSS 62). Size 21, knife 94, watermark 1, unused, tiny corner nick at top left, still fresh and Very Fine, an extremely rare entire, the UPSS Catalog records fewer than five mint examples of No. 62, which is the only number under the Scott U30 umbrella

3,250
1,100
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2531
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2531, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)6c Red on Buff Star Die entire, Die 10 (U31; UPSS 63). Size 21, knife 94, watermark 1, unused, tiny thin spot at bottom left is barely noticeable

FRESH AND VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE 6-CENT ON BUFF STAR DIE ENTIRE.

The UPSS Catalog records fewer than five mint examples of No. 63, which is the only number under the Scott U31 umbrella.

5,000
3,250
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2532
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2532, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)10c Green on White Star Die entire, Die 11 (U32; UPSS 64). Size 7, knife 20, watermark 1, unused, brilliantly fresh

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT GREEN ON WHITE STAR DIE 11 MINT ENTIRE.

The UPSS Catalog states fewer than ten examples exist of No. 64, which is the only number under the Scott U32 umbrella. Raymond Weill & Co. initials on back.

10,000
3,250
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2533
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2533, 1860-1861 Nesbitt Star Die Issue (Scott W18B-U33)10c Green on Buff Star Die entire, Die 11 (U33; UPSS 65). Size 7, knife 20, watermark 1, unused, exceptionally fresh, Extremely Fine, the UPSS Catalog states fewer than 25 examples exist of No. 65, which is the only number under the Scott U33 umbrella

3,250
750
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