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United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers continued...

Air Post (Scott C1-C6) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2183 ogbl Image24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Block of four with blue plate no. 8493 and blue "Top", lightly hinged, vignette shifted so slightly high and fast, Fine-Very Fine (Image)

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260.00

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
2184 ogbl Image24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Blue "Top" Only (C3 var). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and blue "Top" only block of twelve, rich colors, lightly hinged, pos. 10 small natural perf disc inclusion, usual faint natural gum bends

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 24-CENT 1918 AIR POST ISSUE WITH BLUE "TOP" ONLY. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF UNITED STATES AIR POST PHILATELY.

The first printing of the 24c 1918 Air Post issue was trimmed so that the plate numbers and arrow were removed, resulting in a straight edge at top and right. After the invert error was discovered on one of the first printed sheets, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing decided to retain the top selvage. It added the word TOP” to the blue Jenny” vignette plate, so that when the new sheets were printed the word TOP” would appear in the newly-retained upper selvage. This would show the pressmen the correct direction of the blue Jenny” vignette plate, to insure that the invert error would not reoccur. Shortly after the blue "TOP" was added, sheets were printed with the additional red "TOP".

According to Don Price's exhibit of this issue and research by Joe Kirker, only 22 blue TOP” only blocks are recorded. (Image)

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12,500.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2185 ogbl Image24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and double "TOP" block of twelve, rich colors, choice centering throughout, couple light natural pre-print paper folds, two perf separations at right between pos. 6 and 12 appear to be reinforced with collodion, Very Fine (Image)

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1,200.00

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
2186 ogbl Image24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and double "TOP" block of twelve, small h.r. on one, usual natural gum bends, Fine-Very Fine (Image)

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1,200.00

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2187 ogbl Image24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and double "TOP" block of twelve, few h.r., slightly disturbed original gum at left, pos. 3 natural paper crease, pos. 6 thinned, Very Fine appearance (Image)

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1,200.00

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
2188 ogbl Image24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and double "TOP" block of twelve, h.r., rich colors, natural gum bends, natural pre-printing paperfolds in selvage, some slight toning from gum, thin spots, otherwise Fine-Very Fine (Image)

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1,200.00

SOLD for $265.00
Will close during Public Auction
2189 ogbl Image24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and double "TOP" block of twelve, three stamps and three pieces of selvage with thin spots, light stain on back of pos. 12, otherwise Very Fine (Image)

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1,200.00

SOLD for $350.00
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2190 ogbl 8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6). Blocks of four, left 8c pair lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., Fine-Very Fine

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1,280.00

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
2191 ogbl Image8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6). Blocks of four, 16c and 24c top pairs lightly hinged, other stamps Mint N.H., one of the hinged 16c stamps with gum bend, Very Fine-Extremely Fine (Image)

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1,030.00

SOLD for $425.00
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2192 nhbl Image8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4). Mint N.H. top plate no. 14825 block of six, bright color, choice centering, Very Fine-Extremely Fine (Image)

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330.00

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
2193 nhbl Image8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. 14824 block of six, bright color and sharp impression, Very Fine (Image)

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330.00

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction

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