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Cherrystone Auctions Sale - 0719
The New Amsterdam Collection of United States Stamps -
July 10, 2019
Every stamp collector remembers their first album. It was a gift from a
parent, grandparent, handed down from a sibling or relative, or just
purchased with allowance money. Think back to the first time you browsed
through that album. History of the United States unfolded in front of you.
There were the Founders, Presidents, Revolutionary Heroes and Generals,
Scientists, Innovators, Automobiles and Airplanes. Your mind quickly
calculated which spaces you could afford to fill on your current budget.
You thought about stamps that were beyond your reach and what chores or odd
jobs you could do to generate some extra funds. You also instinctively
knew, that some spaces would remain forever blank.
The New Amsterdam Collection began over sixty years ago, back in the old
(pre-internet) days. Our collector was on a mission to complete spaces in
his newly acquired Scott National Postage Album. Over the years, while
enjoying the philatelic journey and the resultant education, the quest
continued, the means changed and some of those difficult spaces,
especially Reprints, Reissues and Special Printings began to fill. When the
rare, early 20th Century Coils became available, the opportunity to acquire
them was not missed. Once the album achieved a fair degree of completion,
the collector moved on to Inverted Centers, picking up an outstanding 1869
unused 30c Pictorial, 1c, 2c and 4c Pan-Americans, and of course an
Inverted Jenny, every philatelist's dream.
When it became clear that a complete unused collection was not possible,
the focus turned to the rare 1867 Grills. First came the 30c A.Grill (one
of only 8 known), then a spectacular 3c B.Grill (accompanied by the
original cover from Mason, Texas to Darmstadt, Germany, on which the only
four known examples originated); on another occasion, the finest example of
the 10c Z. Grill, followed by the iconic 15c Z.Grill (which like its famous
counterpart 1c Z.Grill is one of only two in existence).
Much, if not most of the material was acquired through Bill and John
Solomon of Dumont Stamp Company, an old established and respected
dealership. Their well-known shop was located just around the corner from
our current offices. Many of the stamps were accompanied by certificates
from the American Philatelic Society Board of Examiners and the Philatelic
Foundation. Since condition and expertizing standards have changed since
the 1940s-1960s, we have re-submitted all individual items for updated
re-examination. Every single lot in the New Amsterdam Collection is
accompanied by a brand new 2019 Philatelic Foundation Certificate (images
of the new certificates are available on www.cherrystoneauctions.com). The
New Amsterdam Collection is the largest single collection ever submitted at
one time to the Foundation for certification.
I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I did while researching and
preparing the lots for auction.
Best of luck in the sale,
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