Lot 324Airmail, 1918, 24¢ Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted, position 8, slightly disturbed o.g., rich colors which are bright and fresh, tiny natural paper inclusion and reperfed at top, Fine appearance; with 2002 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. C3a $350,000.
A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS 1918 24¢ INVERTED "JENNY" ERROR AND AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS CLASSIC WORLD GEM.
According to "Jenny" by George Amick (Amos Press, 1986), the original sheet of 100 Inverted "Jenny" stamps was purchased for $24 by William T. Robey at the New York Avenue Branch Post Office window in Washington D.C., on May 14, 1918, one day after the stamp was first placed on sale at the main post office. On May 20, Robey sold his sheet for $15,000 to Eugene Klein, a Philadelphia stamp dealer. Klein had already arranged to sell the sheet to Col. Edward H. R. Green for $20,000. Colonel Green instructed Klein to divide the Inverted "Jenny" sheet into singles and blocks, and to sell all but a few key position blocks.
Lot 325Airmail, 1930, Graf Zeppelin Complete, o.g., never hinged, each with exceptional centering amid large well balanced margins, rich vibrant color on bright paper, simply a Superb set; 65¢ with 2014 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Superb 98); $1.30 with 2012 P.S.E. graded certificate (Superb 98), and $2.60 with 2006 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Superb 98), SMQ $9,050.
Scott No. C13-C15 $1,900.
AN OUTSTANDING MATCHED GRAF ZEPPELIN SET OF MINT NEVER HINGED SINGLES GRADED SUPERB 98 THAT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO DUPLICATE.
Lot 326Airmail, 1930, 65¢ Graf Zeppelin, bottom margin single with plate number 20077, o.g., never hinged, well centered, Superb, an outstanding gem without any of the usual gum bends or skips; with 2016 P.S.A.G. Graded certificate (98, SSV $1,800).
Scott No. C13 $275.
Lot 327Airmail, 1930, $1.30 Graf Zeppelin, o.g., never hinged, perfect centering amid large balanced margins, rich bright color and very fresh, a Superb gem, one of six examples to receive this lofty grade with none higher; with 2013 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Gem 100, SMQ $7,500).
Scott No. C14 $650.
ONE OF THE FINEST NEVER HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1930 $1.30 GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE.
Lot 328Airmail, 1930, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin, Complete Pane of 50, o.g., never hinged, some minor gum bends and skips to be expected, lovely shade, post office fresh and intact, two stamps clear of plate blocks with natural inclusions, Extremely Fine.
Scott No. C15 $54,550+.
A SUPERB MINT NEVER HINGED COMPLETE PANE OF THE $2.60 GRAF ZEPPELIN, EXCEPTIONAL IN THIS OUTSTANDING CONDITION. THIS IS THE FIRST SHEET TO COME ON THE MARKET IN SEVERAL YEARS.
This sheet has exceptional centering throughout and is likely the finest intact sheet remaining. The Scott catalog is for singles and two plate blocks and does not account for the significant premium of the high grade singles contained within the pane.