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1918-1929 Issues continued...
LotNo. Symbol Cat No. Lot Description Estimate or Cat Value
661 o    544 image1923, 1¢ green, rotary sheet waste (544), remarkably well centered for this difficult stamp, very light cancel, trivial tiny corner crease and a couple short perfs, otherwise fresh and Fine.
Scott $3,750

Expertization: 1993 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. Certificates, the latter graded VG-F 60. (Image)
Scott $3,750
SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
662 **    547 image1920, $2 carmine & black (547), top margin double plate number and arrow block of eight, well centered, rich color, crisp and intact, usual light natural gum bends, original gum, never hinged, Very Fine.
Scott $6,000

A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE HIGH VALUE PLATE BLOCK, RARELY SEEN NEVER HINGED AND WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS.

Expertization: 1996 P.F. Certificate. (Image)
Scott $6,000
SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
663 **    550 image1920, 5¢ Pilgrim (550), precise centering with enormous margins, gorgeous color, original gum, never hinged, a Superb gem, SSV $425, surely this example deserved the designation of "jumbo".
Scott $85

Expertization: 1997, 2006 P.F. Certicates, latter graded XF-S 95. (Image)
Scott $85
SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
664 **    560 image1923, 8¢ olive green (560), full top margin plate no. 14571 block of six, well centered and fresh, original gum, never hinged, Very Fine.
Scott $900

A CHOICE TOP MARGIN PLATE BLOCK; FULL TOPS ARE RARELY OFFERED. (Image)
Scott $900
SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
665 *    565 var. image1923, 14¢ blue (565 var.), strip of three with dramatic pre-printing fold, lightly hinged (on left stamp) original gum, F.-V.F., excellent Indian topical variety.
Estimate 200 - 300 (Image)

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
666 **    573 image1923, $5 carmine & blue (573), full top margin arrow and two plate nos. block of eight, exceptionally well centered, rich colors, original gum, never hinged, Extremely Fine, a choice plate block.
Scott $3,750

Expertization: 2014 P.F. Certificate. (Image)
Scott $3,750
SOLD for $1,450.00
Will close during Public Auction
667 *    578 image1923, 1¢ green, rotary (578), top margin star and plate no. 14589 block of eight, rather well centered for this, rich color, crisp original gum, lightly hinged at top, bottom stamps never hinged, F.-V.F.
Scott $1,590 (Image)
Scott $1,590
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
668 **    595 image1923, 2¢ carmine, rotary coil waste (595), top margin star and plate no. 14247 block of four, wide natural straightedge (as virtually always) with full guide line, quite well centered for this difficult and scarce plate block, original gum, never hinged, nearly Very Fine, definitely undergraded, especially for this rare coil waste.
Scott $3,000

Expertization: 2013 P.S.E. Certificate graded VG 50. (Image)
Scott $3,000
SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
669 **    634A image1928, 2¢ carmine, type II (634A), block of four, outstanding centering, original gum, never hinged, post office fresh and choice Very Fine.
Scott $2,600 as singles

Provenance: Berlin. (Image)
Scott $2,600 as singles
SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
670 *    658-679 image1929, 1¢-10¢ Kans.-Nebr. complete (658-679), plate blocks of 4, all but 4¢ Kansas nicely centered, original gum, mostly never hinged, includes 8¢-10¢ of both sets, appears to be F.-V.F. throughout.
Scott $9,260 (Image)
Scott $9,260
SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
Airmail
LotNo. Symbol Cat No. Lot Description Estimate or Cat Value
671 **    C1-C6 imageAirmail, 1918-23, First and Second Issues complete (C1-C6), complete set well centered and fresh throughout, original gum never hinged, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $700

Expertization: C2 with 1984 P.F. Certificate. (Image)
Scott $700
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
672 **    C3 imageAirmail, 1918, 24¢ carmine rose & blue (C3), top margin arrow, two plate nos., two "top" block of 12, exceptionally fresh and crisp with rich colors, original gum, never hinged, usual natural gum bends and skips and a trifle heavy pre-printing crease on three, F.-V.F.
Scott $1,850 (Image)
Scott $1,850
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
673 *    C3a imageAirmail, 1918, 24¢ carmine rose & blue, center inverted (C3a), Position 89, bright fresh and well centered within large margins, gorgeous, fresh and rich colors; original gum just a bit disturbed, small thin spot and light crease, none of which affect the choice, Very Fine appearance.
Scott $450,000

ONE OF THE MOST HANDSOME EXAMPLES OF THIS RENOWNED U.S. ERROR EXTANT. THE PRESENT SINGLE IS ONE OF A SMALL NUMBER THAT IS BOTH FRESH AND WELL CENTERED. WITH SO MANY OF THESE STAMPS HAVING MAJOR DISTRACTIONS- 19 ARE STRAIGHT EDGED, MANY ARE OFF CENTERED, SOME HAVE LOST THE GUM ENTIRELY, SOME HAVE MORE SEVERE FAULTS AND SEVEN ARE APPARENTLY LOST- THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE IS CLEARLY AMONG THE MOST ATTRACTIVE AND DESIRABLE.

Expertization: 1991 & 2012 P.F. Certificates.

Provenance: Maffeo, Barden "Liberty".

The story behind the "Inverted Jenny" is certainly one of the most well-known and fascinating in all of stamp collecting. It began with the somewhat hurried decision, in early 1918 (with the First World War still in progress), to issue a set of three postage stamps for the first official U.S. airmail flight, then scheduled for May 1918. Production time was extremely limited. Moreover the high value of the set, the 24¢ value, was to be issued in two colors (red and blue), with one color to be printed first, and the printed sheets then reinserted in the printing presses for the second color. Despite all efforts to catch any printing errors, one sheet of 100 stamps, printed with the second color (the "Jenny" in the center of the stamp), upside down, managed to escape detection.

This error sheet was sold to Mr. William T. Robey, a stamp collector living in Washington, D.C. He normally bought a full sheet of each new postage stamp as it was issued, for his collection, and it was therefore natural for him to try to acquire a sheet of the new airmail stamps. Robey could barely contain his excitement when the postal clerk (not suspecting or noticing the error) brought out the sheet for him. Robey bought the sheet (this was during his lunch hour) and returned to his job as a stockbroker's clerk, where he told a few friends about his amazing find. They in turn tried to buy more of those stamps "with the upside down airplane". A few hours later postal inspectors were asking Robey to sell the sheet back to them. Robey naturally refused. The next day on May 15, 1918 Robey wrote to the famous dealer Elliot Perry saying "I have secured a sheet of 100 with inverted centers". (the letter was sold in our Sale 201, June 1997)

In the end, though he did not sell it to Perry, but to a well-known dealer Eugene Klein, who sold the sheet to Col. Edward Green. The sheet was then broken up into singles and blocks.
(Image)
Scott $450,000
SOLD for $230,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
674 **    C5 imageAirmail, 1923, 16¢ dark blue (C5), top margin plate no. 14828 block of six, rich color, fresh, original gum, never hinged, Fine.
Scott $2,150 (Image)
Scott $2,150
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
675 *    C6 imageAirmail, 1923, 24¢ carmine (C6), top margin plate no. 14840 block of six, bright and fresh, original gum, never hinged except small hinge reinforcement between upper right stamp and selvage, F.-V.F., SMQ $.
Scott $1,850

Expertization: 2004 P.S.E.Certificate. (Image)
Scott $1,850
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
676 *    C13-C15 imageAirmail, 1930, Graf Zeppelin complete (C13-C15), complete, fresh and well centered, original gum, very lightly hinged, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott $1,155 (Image)
Scott $1,155
SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
677 **    C13-C15 imageAirmail, 1930, Graf Zeppelin complete (C13-C15), a beautifully matched set of full top plate blocks of 6, each wonderfully centered and fresh, crisp and intact, original gum, never hinged, Extremely Fine.
Scott $16,950

A STUNNING MATCHED SET OF TOP PLATE BLOCKS, RARELY SEEN AS A SET THIS CHOICE.

Expertization: each with 2014 P.F. Certificate. (Image)
Scott $16,950
SOLD for $11,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
Airmail Semi-Official
LotNo. Symbol Cat No. Lot Description Estimate or Cat Value
678 (*)    CL1 imageAirmail Semi-Official, 1877, 5¢ "Buffalo" Balloon (CL1), unused without gum, large margins, two small thin spots, faint toning at bottom, mainly visible on reverse, otherwise fresh and Very Fine. Only 300 issued.
Scott $7,500 (Image)
Scott $7,500
SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
Special Delivery
LotNo. Symbol Cat No. Lot Description Estimate or Cat Value
679 *    E1 imageSpecial Delivery, 1885, 10¢ blue (E1), virtually perfectly centered within large margins, deep color contrasted by bright paper, original gum, lightly hinged, a choice Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $550 (Image)
Scott $550
SOLD for $675.00
Will close during Public Auction
Postage Due
LotNo. Symbol Cat No. Lot Description Estimate or Cat Value
680 **    J2 imagePostage Due, 1879, 2¢ brown (J2), fresh color and paper, original gum, never hinged, Fine.
Scott $1,050

Expertization: photocopy of 1992 P.F. Certificate for a block of eight. (Image)
Scott $1,050
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction

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