Lot 855 ()1880 Special Printing, 10¢ deep brown. Without gum as issued, gorgeous rich color and sharp proof-like impression, exceptional centering amid well balanced margins, bright and very fresh, tiny surface scrape at bottom which does not thin the paper nor detract from the overall appearance, otherwise Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of this 1879 Special Printing rarity, with only 30 example believe to exist; with 1987 and 1989 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 197 $40,000.
Lot 5581861, 90¢ blue. Deep fresh color, tied with pair of 3¢ rose + 10¢ green by grid cancels on 1863 folded cover to China from New York, postmarked on reverse red "N. York Am. Pkt/Paid" cds with blue Hong Kong transit, sent via London with red transit cds & rate markings on face of cover, Extremely Fine and choice, a spectacular cover from the famous "Heard" Correspondence sent by British Mails via Marseille paying the double 53¢ rate, one of the finest known 90¢ covers, ex-Caspary; with 1992 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 72 Estimate $25,000 - 35,000.
Lot 2126Japan, 1922, 20s brown violet. Complete sheet of 100, o.g., never hinged, fresh with rich color, some perf separations in top selvage, Very Fine, a very scarce complete sheet.
Scott No. 176a $7,500 for o.g. singles.
Lot 2137Japan, 1924, 3s rose, 16mm miltary overprint. Complete sheet of 100, o.g., never hinged, well centered, fresh with rich color, Very Fine and choice, a rare complete sheet in exceptional condition; signed Tyler.
Scott No. M5 $9,500 for o.g. singles.
Lot 517 ()1851, 12¢ black, diagonal bisect. In combination with 1851, 1¢ blue, type II + 3¢ dull red on cover front to St. John, New Brunswick, all tied by grid cancels with matching "U.S. Express Mail, N. York, Oct 23" cds alongside, light red "U. States" in arch additionally tying 1¢ stamp, Very Fine, an extremely rare accepted bisect usage in combination with other stamps, the only known usage paying in part the 10¢ express mail rate, ex Chase; with 1972 R. Lowe and 1994 P.F. certificates, signed Calves and P.H. Ward, Jr. on reverse.
Scott No. 17a+7+11 Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.
Lot 9691898, 50¢ Trans-Miss. Top margin single with plate number, o.g., never hinged, beautifully centered amid well balanced oversized margins, rich bold color, fresh and immaculate, an Extremely Fine gem; with 2006 P.S.E. certificate and 1988 P.F. certificate for imprint & plate number pair.
Scott No. 291 $1,750.
Lot 1342 /Offices in China, 1922, 4¢ on 2¢ carmine, vertically split overprint. Top margin block of 4, o.g., light hinged at bottom, never hinged at top, fresh with rich color, Very Fine, an extremely rare local surcharge variety, ex-Drucker; with 2003 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. K18 var. Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
Lot 57Forwarded by Jones & Co Express F.(eather)R.(iver). Blue rope oval handstamp on small 1852 ladies' cover originating from "Farmington, Iowa" with red cds & manuscript "10" rate to Sacramento City, manuscript notation "Spanish R"(anch) with "$1.50" express rate, below light pencil notation for "Rush Creek" & "2.00" rate, original enclosure included, Extremely Fine, an unlisted & unique Express Company.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 8161869 (1875 Re-issue), 12¢ green. O.g., fairly light hinging, well centered amid full nicely balanced margins, rich vibrant color, quite fresh, Extremely Fine, a choice example of this scarce 12¢ re-issue; with 2006 P.S.E. and 1989 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 128 $3,000.
Lot 914 o1893, $3 Columbian. Light oval cancels, precision centering amid large beautifully balanced margins, rich bright color, Extremely Fine to Superb, one of two used examples to receive this P.S.E. grade with none higher; with 2005 P.S.E. graded certificate (XF-Sup 95).
Scott No. 243 $1,000.