Price History for Scott 38 in Used 98J Grade

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40
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70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
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95J
98
98J
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100J
38
30c
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11
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Scott No.
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70J
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75J
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80J
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85J
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90J
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95J
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98J
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100J
38
30¢
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$135
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$225
$260
$350
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$425
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$750
$925
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
98J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1094
PSE 98J
 
Sale 1199, Lot 1094, 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)30c Orange (38). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, neat strike of red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. IT IS GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides. The example offered here, with extra wide margins at sides and perfs clear at top and bottom, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Senchuk and Merlin. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $9,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 38 in any category (unused or used), and it is the only example to achieve this grade.

475
9,000
2012-11-28
The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps
67
PSE 98J
 
Sale 1034, Lot 67, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)30c Orange (38). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, neat strike of red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE AND HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides. The example offered here, with extra wide margins at sides and perfs clear at top and bottom, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Senchuk. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $10,500.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 38 in any category, and it is the only example to achieve this grade.

475
5,500
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2009-09-29
United States Stamps
1270
PSE 98J
 
Sale 976, Lot 1270, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)30c Orange (38). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, neat strike of red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP FROM THE SENCHUK COLLECTION IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE AND HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides. The example offered here, with extra wide margins at sides and perfs clear at top and bottom, is a true condition rarity.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $13,100.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date to a Scott 38 in any category, and it is the only example to achieve this grade.

540
6,250
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95J
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2016-03-17
Outstanding United States Stamps
1222
PSE 95J
 
Sale 1120, Lot 1222, 5c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-39)30c Orange (38). Perfect centering within immensely wide margins, perfs well-clear of any part of the design, radiant and fresh color, detailed impression on bright white paper, neat large Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BREATHTAKING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES AND AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides. The example offered here, with extra wide margins and near perfect centering is a true condition rarity.

Ex Dr. Hinrichs. With 1992 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $5,600.00). Only one example has been graded higher and only one other shares this high grade.

460
3,500
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
1508
PSE 95J
 
Sale 1037, Lot 1508, 3c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 26-39)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, exceptional centering for this difficult issue, face-free cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 30c and 90c 1860 were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95J; SMQ $4,600.00 as 95, $10,500.00 as 98). This is the only example to achieve this grade and one has graded higher (at 98).

425
3,250
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2008-12-16
Important and Superb United States Stamps
4148
PSE 95J
 
Sale 967, Lot 4148, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, exceptional centering for this difficult issue, face-free cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95J BY P.S.E., THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 30c and 90c 1860 were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95J; SMQ $5,200.00 as 95, $14,600.00 as 98). The only example to achieve this grade

500
10,500
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
95
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2020-04-08
The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps
136
PSE 95
 
Sale 1219, Lot 136, 24c-90c 1860 Issue (Scott 37-39)30c Orange (38). Choice centering for this difficult issue, vibrant color beautifully complemented by dark red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860, CANCELLED IN VIVID RED AND GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 24c, 30c and 90c 1860 high values were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 1992, 2003 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00 for normal cancel). Only three grade higher

475
2,500
2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
32
PSE 95
 
Sale 1174, Lot 32, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 8, 1861" double-circle datestamp and trace of red "12" integral-rate cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 24c, 30c and 90c 1860 high values were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound and well-centered condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00). Only three examples have graded higher.

475
3,750
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2013-03-26
United States Stamps
1265
PSE 95
 
Sale 1040, Lot 1265, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color nicely complemented by dark red grid cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 24c, 30c and 90c 1860 high values were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 1992 and 2003 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,600.00)

475
3,250
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2012-10-23
The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
3096
PSE 95
 
Sale 1032, Lot 3096, 5c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-39)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, neat strike of Boston large "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 24c, 30c and 90c 1860 high values were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 1984 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,750.00). Only two have graded higher

450
2,700
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2012-06-07
The Natalee Grace Collection of Used U.S. Stamps, Part One
85
PSE 95
 
Sale 1024, Lot 85, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36-39)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, perfectly centered with unusually wide and balanced margins, neat strike of grid cancel at center

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WITH BRIGHT COLOR, WIDE MARGINS, LONG AND FULL PERFORATIONS AND A CLEAR CANCELLATION. THE 30-CENT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT DENOMINATION OF THE SERIES TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

As a detail of the block shown at right demonstrates, the outer projections of the design left little room for perforations. The 30c stamps were not printed and put into use until August 1860 (earliest documented use is August 8). The issue was demonetized twelve months later. The denomination was intended to be used primarily on letters to foreign countries. These circumstances of a short life and limited use, combined with Toppan Carpenter's typically erratic perforating and the narrow space between stamps, are the reasons why superb used examples of the 30c 1860 are so difficult to find.

With 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,750.00).

450
4,000
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2010-06-19
2010 Rarities of the World
80
PSE 95
 
Sale 989, Lot 80, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, perfect bold strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

With 1991 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,700.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only five others share this grade.

500
1,700
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2010-06-19
2010 Rarities of the World
79
PSE 95
 
Sale 989, Lot 79, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, nicely complemented by red grid cancel, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 30c and 90c 1860 were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 1998 and 2005 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,700.00). There is a 95J and a 98J

550
4,500
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2008-09-23
The Dr. Edward and Joanne Dauer Collection of Superb Used U.S.
35
PSE 95
 
Sale 961, Lot 35, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, neat strike of Boston large "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 30c and 90c 1860 were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 1984 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 95J) and only four others share this grade.

500
8,000
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
90
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2021-11-16
United States Stamps, featuring the Sacramento Collection
1137
PSE 90
 
Sale 1245, Lot 1137, 1857-60 Issue, cont. (Scott 31-39)30c Orange (38). Well-balanced margins, face-free strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,200.00)

450
800
2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
2138
PSE 90
 
Sale 1179, Lot 2138, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38). Rich color, well-struck San Francisco circular datestamp, unusually wide and balanced margins for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,200.00)

425
1,200
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2013-07-16
United States Stamps
172
PSE 90
 
Sale 1050, Lot 172, 5c-90c 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 27-46)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, choice centering for this difficult issue, face-free strike of San Francisco circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,150.00)

425
1,600
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2009-06-23
United States Stamps
1227
PSE 90
 
Sale 975, Lot 1227, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38). Wide and balanced margins, beautiful warm color nicely complemented by red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,350.00)

500
1,200
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2008-03-25
United States Stamps
271
PSE 90
 
Sale 953, Lot 271, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38). Exceptionally wide margins and centering, marvelous rich color, part of large-letter New Orleans circular datestamp which appears to have been applied in April, if so, then an 1861 Confederate usage, Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,300.00)

500
1,300
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
85
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-09-29
The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
39
PSE 85
 
Sale 1108, Lot 39, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38). Vivid color, choice centering for this difficult issue, bold large Boston "Paid" grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $775.00)

425
600
2014-04-30
United States Stamps
57
PSE 85
 
Sale 1068, Lot 57, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Vibrant color nicely complemented by red grid cancel, well-centered, Extremely Fine, with 1987 and 1991 P.F. certificates, the latter as Reddish Orange, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $750.00)

475
550
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2011-03-08
United States Stamps
2176
PSE 85
 
Sale 1007, Lot 2176, 24c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 37-39)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color nicely complemented by red New York circular datestamp, wide margins for this issue, Very Fine and choice, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $750.00)

550
450
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2010-04-06
United States Stamps
215
PSE 85
 
Sale 984, Lot 215, 24c-90c 1860 Issue (Scott 37-39)30c Orange (38). Wide and balanced margins, beautiful vibrant color nicely complemented by red grid cancel, single short perf at top mentioned only on most recent certificate, still Very Fine and choice, with 2006 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $750.00)

550
425
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Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
80
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2015-07-28
United States Stamps
101
PSE 80
 
Sale 1107, Lot 101, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38). Brilliant color, bold strike of large Boston "Paid" grid cancel at right and trace of red transit cancel at bottom left, short perf at right is barely noticeable due to placement of the cancel, Very Fine appearance, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $475.00)

460
400