Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — 1902-08 Issues

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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
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Sale 958, Lot 647, 1902-08 Issues5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Complete set of four different arrow blocks of four and the centerline block, top, left and right arrow blocks have distinctive round marker dots, centerline block lightly hinged, top and right arrow blocks slightly glazed gum in spots, large margins, deep rich color

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SET OF MATCHING ARROW BLOCKS, INCLUDING THREE WITH THE BLUE BALL MARKER DOT, AND ALSO THE EXTREMELY RARE CENTERLINE BLOCK. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION SET.

The bottom arrow block has never been seen by us with the ball marker -- it is only found on the top, right and left arrow blocks. Some arrow blocks do not have the ball markers at all, such as the sets offered in our 1964 and 1971 Rarities sales. According to Johl, the centerline block is particularly rare as only 29 sheets in all were issued imperforate and most were used to make private coils. Johl also notes that not more than ten centerline blocks could possibly have remained intact, and it is likely the actual number to survive is significantly less.

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