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The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps continued...

Air Post continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
545 nh 50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18).> Mint N.H., bright color, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18). Mint N.H., bright color, beautiful centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate (Image) 100.00

SOLD for $60.00
Will close during Public Auction
546 og 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a).> One Schoendorf Type II, other Schoendorf Type III, large margins, <one stamp Mint N.H.,> other with natural fiber inclusion at upper right and usual margin
thin spot<><>^EXTREMELY FINE APPEARA5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a). One Schoendorf Type II, other Schoendorf Type III, large margins, one stamp Mint N.H., other with natural fiber inclusion at upper right and usual margin thin spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND FRESH TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tenn., The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin Tenn., which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

Approximately a dozen tete-beche pairs have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. Of these, most have some slight thinning in the margin, leading us to believe that at some point these were stacked for sale and exposed to mild moisture.

With 2006 P.F. certificate. This is the first tete-beche pair we have offered since our Rudy sale in 2004. (Image)

21,500.00

SOLD for $15,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
547   1911, 25c Black, Rodgers Vin Fiz, Unofficial Air Post (CL2).> Clear margins to just in as are almost all of the known examples, slight nick at bottom right, few small faults including small tears and corner
crease<><>^VERY FINE APPEARANCE AND EXT1911, 25c Black, Rodgers "Vin Fiz", Unofficial Air Post (CL2). Clear margins to just in as are almost all of the known examples, slight nick at bottom right, few small faults including small tears and corner crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONLY FOUR OF THE TWELVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 25-CENT RODGERS "VIN FIZ" STAMP ARE UNUSED. A GREAT AIR POST RARITY.

The Vin Fiz stamp was issued by Pilot Calbraith Rodgers' wife for his attempted transcontinental flight in October 1911. Rodgers was competing for a $50,000 prize offered by publisher William Randolph Hearst to the first person to complete the trip within 30 days. Vin Fiz refers to the popular soft drink maker who was a sponsor of Rodgers' flight.

Our updated census of the Vin Fiz can be viewed at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/cl2/cl2.htm

Census No. CL2-UNC-03. Ex Matthews, Lettick and Zoellner. With 2005 P.F. certificate (Image)

35,000.00

SOLD for $47,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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