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Sale 76: Gems of Philately

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Airmail Issues

Lots 239-246

Lot 239    

Airmail, 1923, 24¢ carmine, o.g., never hinged, large beautifully balanced margins and perfect centering, rich vivid color and Post Office fresh, Superb; with 2014 P.S.E. Graded certificate (Superb 98, SMQ $1,200) with only 11 graded higher.
Scott No. C6    $140.

A STUNNING NEVER HINGED GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 24¢ AIRMAIL ISSUE.

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Current Opening Bid: $675

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Lot 240 /   

Airmail, 1930, Graf Zeppelin complete, plate blocks of 6, o.g., $1.30 & $2.60 with one stamp lightly hinged, 65¢ never hinged with hinge mark in ungummed selvage, all with rich colors, each well centered throughout with very few bends or skips in gum that often plagues this issue, a Very Fine and choice set.
Scott No. C13-C15    $12,450.

A CHOICE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1930 GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE IN PLATE BLOCK FORMAT.

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Current Opening Bid: $6,250

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Lot 241    

1930, Graf Zeppelin complete, matched set first day covers, all with rich color, each on separate flown cover (65¢ on card) and tied by "Washington, D.C., Apr 19, 1930" First Day of Issue slogan machine postmark, purple U.S. and red German flight cachet handstamp and all with green Zeppelin receiver on reverse, Extremely Fine, a choice First Day flown set.
Scott No. C13-C15    $2,900.

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Current Opening Bid: $600

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Lot 242    

Airmail, 1930, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin, o.g., never hinged, deep bold color, precision centering with large well balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine to Superb; with 2008 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,750).
Scott No. C15    $975.

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Lot 243    

Airmail, 1930, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin, o.g., never hinged, rich intense color, exceptional centering within large well balanced margins, Extremely Fine to Superb, a beautiful gem high value; with 2016 P.F. Graded certificate (XF-S 95, SMQ $1,750).
Scott No. C15    $975.

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Lot 244 o   

Airmail, 1930, $2.60 Graf Zeppelin, slogan machine cancel, gem centering within well balanced margins, rich bold color, Extremely Fine to Superb; with 2011 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,250) with only six graded higher.
Scott No. C15    $600.

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Current Opening Bid: $725

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Lot 245    

1946 Operation Crossroads Atomic Bomb Test Cover, addressed by Sgt. John B. Armstrong aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga to Los Angeles, Cal., franked with 1946, 6¢ Airmail tied by "U.S. Navy, Fleet Post Office, Jul 1, 1946" duplex with "Atomic Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll" slogan, with original enclosure regarding the postmark and bomb test…They told us yesterday that there would be a special postmark on the letters sent today so be sure and save the envelope. The cancellation will be a Atom Bomb drawing of some sort…Saturday morning around 6:00AM, weather permitting the A Bomb will be dropped the first.; included is Armstrong's "Joint Task Force One - Atomic Bomb Test" participation card and a news clipping of his death mentioning his participation in Operation Crossroads, Very Fine.
Scott No. C32    Estimate $500 - 750.

Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. The first test was Able. The bomb was named Gilda after Rita Hayworth's character in the 1946 film Gilda, and was dropped from the B-29 Superfortress Dave's Dream of the 509th Bombardment Group on July 1, 1946. It was the first detonation of a nuclear device since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

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Current Opening Bid: $650

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Lot 246    

1971 Apollo 15 Lunar Landing Cover, multicolor cacheted cover with inscription "This envelope was carried to the moon aboard the Apollo 16 #116 of 300 to the lunar surface in L.M. Falcon", franked with 1¢ Jefferson pair + 6¢ Apollo 8 (1278+1371) tied by "Kennedy Space Center, Fl., Jul 26, 1971" launch date postmark, additionally franked with 8¢ Space Achievement setenant pair (1435b) tied by "U.S.S. Okinawa (LPH-3), Aug 7, 1971" return postmark, signed by each astronaut David Scott, Al Worden and James Irwin, Very Fine; with 1983 notarized affidavit signed by Scott, Worden and Irwin.
Estimate    $5,000 - 7,500.

A RARE APOLLO 15 LUNAR MISSION CARRIED TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON.

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Current Opening Bid: $4,000

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