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

Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022

Category — 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2556
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2556, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)1c Ultramarine on White entire, Die 35 (U74a var; UPSS 143). Size 6, knife 16, watermark 2, cancelled by circle of wedges with "Pawtucket R.I. Jan. 2 7AM" duplex datestamp and addressed locally, small singed spot at top and small corner clip at bottom right, still Very Fine and rare, this is by far the rarest size and knife configuration among the five UPSS listings under the umbrella of Scott U74, the UPSS Catalog states only three used and zero mint entires are reported for No. 143, UPSS value

1,000
750
2557
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2557, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)1c Ultramarine on White entire, Die 35 (U75a; UPSS 146). Size 6, knife 16, watermark 2, used with 1c Blue (264) tied by "Winona Minn. Oct. 3 '97 9 PM" circular datestamp and oval grid duplex, addressed to Boston, printed return address at left edited in pen, Very Fine, only one faulty mint example is known of the U75a entire in this rare size and knife combination, along with five or fewer used examples, UPSS value is quite modest given this rarity

250
375
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2558
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2558, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)3c Green on White entire, Die 37 (U82 var; UPSS 165). Size 3, knife 5, watermark 2, unused with Troy N.Y. printed address, fresh and crisp, Very Fine, there are no fully mint entires of UPSS No. 165 recorded, all known examples have printed address to Troy N.Y. as this entire, UPSS value

600
300
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2559
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2559, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)3c Brown on White entire, Die 37, Error of Color (U82a; UPSS 171A). Size 7, knife 25, watermark 2, unused, bright color, fresh and pristine

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT BROWN ON WHITE REAY ISSUE ERROR OF COLOR. A DESIRABLE POSTAL STATIONERY ERROR RARITY.

This is the only error of color among the Reay issues. The UPSS Catalog states six mint entires may exist, but we have offered only one other in at least 30 years and all of our Rarities sales, and that example had some minor edge soiling.

9,000
3,000
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2560
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2560, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)3c Green on Amber entire, Die 37 (U83 var; UPSS 189). Size 10, knife 49, watermark 2, cancelled by "Chicago Ill. Aug. 27" duplex datestamp and addressed to Osceola, Iowa, printed return request at left for Mechanics National Bank of Chicago, slightly reduced at right not affecting the embossed stamp, Very Fine and extremely rare, this is the only recorded example of this size and knife configuration among the more than 20 UPSS listings under the umbrella of Scott U83, no unused entires are known for No. 189, UPSS value

1,200
1,200
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2561
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2561, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)3c Green on Cream entire, Die 37 (U84 var; UPSS 202). Size 21, knife 99, watermark 2, unused, rich color, Very Fine, a very scarce size and knife combination for this issue, UPSS value

500
450
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2562
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2562, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)10c Olive Gray on White entire, Die 39 (U89 var; UPSS 223b). Size 7, knife 25, watermark 2, unused, wonderfully fresh and clean, Extremely Fine

900
375
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2563
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2563, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)10c Olive Gray on Amber entire, Die 39 (U90 var; UPSS 226a). Size 7, knife 25, watermark 2, unused, printed return request at left, fresh and bright, Extremely Fine

1,000
250
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2564
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2564, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)12c Plum on Cream entire, Die 40 (U95; UPSS 233). Size 25, knife 122, watermark 2, unused, deep rich color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine, this size 25 entire is scarcer than the size 21, UPSS value $400.00

300
275
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2565
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2565, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)15c Red Orange on Amber entire, Die 41 (U97; UPSS 236). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, vivid color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine

350
180
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2566
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2566, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)15c Orange on Amber entire, Die 41 (U97a; UPSS 236a). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, bright color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine

350
140
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2567
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2567, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)15c Red Orange on Cream entire, Die 41 (U98; UPSS 237). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, vivid color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine

425
275
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2568
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2568, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)15c Orange on Cream entire, Die 41 (U98a; UPSS 237a). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, brilliant color on fresh paper, Extremely Fine

425
150
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2569
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2569, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)24c Purple on Cream entire, Die 42 (U101; UPSS 243). Size 25, knife 122, watermark 2, unused, deep rich color, edges of envelope with some slight darkening, still Very Fine, scarcer in this large size 25, UPSS value $500.00

450
300
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2570
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2570, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)30c Black on Amber entire, Die 43 (U103; UPSS 246). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, intense shade, Extremely Fine

600
375
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2571
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2571, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)90c Carmine on Amber entire, Die 44 (U106; UPSS 251). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, bright color, small natural inclusion, Very Fine

860
475
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2572
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2572, 1870-1871 Reay Issue (Scott U74-U107)90c Carmine on Cream entire, Die 44 (U107; UPSS 253). Size 25, knife 122, watermark 2, unused, deep rich color, edges of envelope with some slight darkening, still Very Fine, scarcer in this large size 25

600
300
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