Sale 1289 — 2023 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2023
Category — Trans-Mississippi Issue
VERY FINE. A CHOICE FULL-SIZE COMPLETE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.
The single-color large die proofs are even scarcer than the bicolored essay sets.
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EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WIDELY REGARDED AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL UNITED STATES COMMEMORATIVE STAMP EVER ISSUED.
The $1.00 Trans-Mississippi's long-time popularity with collectors led to hinging of the vast majority of singles. Although blocks have been broken over the years to supply Mint N.H. singles, it seems that grading is always a compromise between perfect centering and margin width. Only in a few instances do we find the combination of Mint N.H. condition, Extremely Fine Gem centering and wide balanced margins. This stamp is one of those extremely rare examples combining everything that could be desired.
With 1994 and 2021 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, P.S.E. has graded only seven at this grade with four higher (all 98). These are incredibly low population numbers for such a popular stamp.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STAMP AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE DATESTAMP CANCEL.
With 2007 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, P.S.E. has graded only four higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.
With 2022 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only four used examples grade higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
Ex "Alan" and "Sacramento". With 1998 and 2021 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (last OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). Only three grade higher (all at 98).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP, WITH GORGEOUS COLOR, CHOICE CENTERING, UNOBTRUSIVE CANCEL AND OVERALL FRESHNESS, IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY BOTH THE P.F. AND P.S.E.
With 2018 P.F., 2017 P.S.A.G. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (all three XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). Only one grades higher (at 98, we have never offered it) and five others share this desirable grade.
VERY FINE. A SCARCE SINGLE FRANKING OF THE $1.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.
Perhaps 20 covers are known with the $1.00 Trans-Mississippi Issue, including approximately 14 with single frankings.
Ex "World's Fair" and Bakwin. 1986 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. Scott value $5,000.00.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SINGLE FRANKING OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE ON COVER.
The Neil book records only eleven covers with single frankings of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi Issue. Our Levi records contain only ten.
Ex Gibson with his backstamp. With 2021 P.F. certificate. Scott value $12,500.00.