Lot 2400 ()Revenue, 1863, First Issue, 3¢ Playing Cards, imperf, large margins including huge left margin, intense shade with a proof-like impression, Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Cunliffe; with 2008 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. R17a $40,000.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE 3¢ IMPERFORATE PLAYING CARDS ISSUE - ONE OF THE RAREST FIRST ISSUE REVENUE STAMPS IN ANY CONDITION, NEVER MIND IN SOUND CHOICE CONDITION WITH FOUR MARGINS.
This issue, both perforated and imperforate, saw comparatively little use as the total issued was only 368,106. There is evidence that a mere 7,000 out of the total issued where in imperforate format.
We note only two unused examples of the 3¢ Playing Card imperforate issue, the example offered here and one offered in the Wildhorse collection. The fact that this stamp possesses four margins and is sound makes it remarkable.
Lot 2401 oRevenue, 1863, First Issue, 5¢ Playing Cards, perf'd, beautiful color, script "Brady" precancel of the famous photographer Mathew Brady; small fault, F.-V.F. and scarce precancel.
Scott No. R28c Estimate $300 - 400.