Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
223
ogbl
Sale 1096, Lot 223, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)10c Yellow (116). Vertical block of six, original gum, hinge marks (bottom left stamp missing some gum and hinge remnant on top pair), vivid color on fresh paper, trimmed outside perforations at right and bottom, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced

VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS IS THE LARGEST MULTIPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS. THERE IS ONLY ONE LARGER BLOCK RECORDED.

This block of six was the better part of a block of nine offered in our 1984 Rarities sale (the three straight-edge stamps at left were subsequently removed). The census of 10c 1869 multiples by Michael Laurence (Chronicle, February 1974) showed the largest recorded block (15 stamps with imprint) and listed the block of nine (now reduced to six) as the second largest multiple. Two other blocks of six were recorded by Laurence, but one of them (ex Burrus) was reduced to a block of four (ex Bechtel and Zoellner). Therefore, this vertical block of six and a horizontal block of six are the two second-largest multiples after the block of 15, which is currently in the William H. Gross collection.

With 1984 P.F. and 1985 A.P.S. certificates mentioning only the perf separations. Scott Retail as block of four and pair

18,250
16,000