Three things to keep in mind when looking at the above results (unsolds are not included):
It is important to look at the individual data points listed below. Price swings up may be due to varieties such as broken hat or other positives such as cancels. Price swings down may be due to factors such as faults on items that would have graded higher if they were sound, and may not be considered as desirable as a sound copy in this grade.
When looking at multiple grades on the graph, grades with the same population numbers may show overlapping.
At the time of an auction, the SMQ value has already been published and is available to bidders. Increases or decreases in SMQ value prior to the auction may affect the price realized.
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10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, deep rich color on bright paper, unobtrusive circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,500.00), this is the highest grade recorded with only one other equal
10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Deep rich color on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of duplex cancel, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,000.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it
10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Wide margins and outstanding centering, wonderful depth of color, duplex cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,000.00), only two grade higher and three share this lofty grade
10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Intense color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,000.00), only two have graded higher (at 98J) and two others share this grade
10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Rich color on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $650.00), only one has graded higher to date (at 98J) and only two others share this grade
10c Blue, Special Delivery (E4). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on crisp paper, perfectly centered with unusually wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive cancel leaves design clearly visible
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $620.00). Only one other has been awarded this grade. We are surprised the P.S.E. did not see fit to add the Jumbo appellation to this uncharacteristically wide-margined example. SMQ also seems too conservative to us.