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The MLG Collection of United States Plate Blocks continued...

Air Post (Scott C1-C3)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1862 ogbl 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1).> Top arrow and plate no. 9155 block of eight, five stamps (incl. four at sides) Mint N.H., radiant color with hint of oxidation at top corners, Fine, Scott Retail as hinged plate
block and two Mint N.H. singles6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Top arrow and plate no. 9155 block of eight, five stamps (incl. four at sides) Mint N.H., radiant color with hint of oxidation at top corners, Fine, Scott Retail as hinged plate block and two Mint N.H. singles (Image)

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1,045.00

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1863 ogbl 16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2).> Top arrow and plate no. 8900 block of six, h.r. at top center, bright color, two stamps small thin spot, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the only collectible position for this
Scott number16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Top arrow and plate no. 8900 block of six, h.r. at top center, bright color, two stamps small thin spot, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the only collectible position for this Scott number (Image)

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1,000.00

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
1864 nhbl 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Blue Top Only (C3 var).> Mint N.H. top arrow, double plate nos. 84928493 and <blue Top only> block of twelve, rich colors, top right stamp small natural pre-printing
paperfold, top left stamp small natural24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Blue "Top" Only (C3 var). Mint N.H. top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and blue "Top" only block of twelve, rich colors, top right stamp small natural pre-printing paperfold, top left stamp small natural gum skip

FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 24-CENT "JENNY" 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 $4,250.00
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1865 ogbl 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3).> Top arrow, double plate nos. 84928493 and two TOP block of twelve, lightly hinged, radiant colors, light natural gum skips and bends, Fine-Very Fine, these were the
only plate numbers used to print thi24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate nos. 8492/8493 and two "TOP" block of twelve, lightly hinged, radiant colors, light natural gum skips and bends, Fine-Very Fine, these were the only plate numbers used to print this issue (Image)

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1,300.00

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction

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