Sale 1289 — 2023 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2023
Category — Air Post, Postage Due
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED TRIAL COLOR PROOFS OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREAT PROOF RARITIES IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tete-beche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, Lillard wrote that only 23 were used. Two examples of the Black Trial Color proof are recorded. The other was sold in our 1974 Rarities of the World sale and is also ex Rudy.
With clear 1996 R.P.S. certificate. Listed in Scott in a footnote to No. CL1. The Schoendorf booklet prices the proof at 3-times the normal unused stamp (the unused stamp catalogues $7,500.00 in Scott)
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SIGNED LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE LINDBERGH AIR MAIL STAMP.
The AAMC states only six large die proofs are known and this is only the second we have offered since at least 1992.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE FLOWN FIRST DAY COVER WITH A COMPLETE SET OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE.
First Day covers with the complete set of the 1930 Graf Zeppelin issue on one cover are much rarer than sets of individually-stamped covers. They are especially coveted when on a small-size cover that was actually flown such as the one offered here. Only a small number of such first day covers exist. Scott value $10,000.00.
VERY FINE. A RARE FLOWN FIRST DAY COVER WITH A COMPLETE SET OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE.
First Day covers with the complete set of the 1930 Graf Zeppelin issue on one cover are much rarer than sets of individually stamped covers. Scott value $10,000.00.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING, WHICH IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
The reported sale figures for the rare 1c, 2c and 3c Postage Due Special Printings probably include orders filled with regular stamps, as all three are far rarer than the reported sales numbers would suggest. This is rarely offered in sound, centered condition.
With 2008 P.F. certificate.
FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1879 POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.
It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 30c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public. The vast majority of these with original gum are faulty.
With 2000 A.P.S. and 2007 P.F. certificates. Small guarantee backstamp.
VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE FROM ALL TEN POSITIONS IN THE TOP ROW OF THE PANE. THIS IS THE FIRST MULTIPLE WITH FULL IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER THAT WE HAVE OFFERED IN OVER 30 YEARS.
Scott Catalogue lists a plate block of ten at $2,450.00, but we have not offered one since before 1994. Power Search contains a plate block of 20 offered in our 1981 Rarities sale (ex Wampler), so we believe Scott pricing to be very outdated.
Scott value as singles with no premium for the multiple, imprint and plate number.
FINE AND ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 50-CENT POSTAGE DUE ISSUE -- ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POSTAGE DUE STAMPS.
Ex Curtis. With 1996 P.F. and 2016 certificates (F 70)