Lot 4331 E1892, 1¢+1¢ Black, Essay, essay on 142 x 90 mm white pelure paper showing the completed stamp design, border and various inscriptions but with much of the background and outside ornamental border unrouted, Very Fine. Scott No. UY1E.
USPCC No. MR1mE-Z $4,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED ESSAY FOR THE FIRST REPLY POSTAL CARD ISSUE.
This was made from Miscellaneous Die number 3874 used to produce the Message half of the domestic Reply Card. This essay was produced after all the essential portions had been assembled on the die, including the completed stamp, border, and various inscriptions, but prior to the removal of excess metal from the blank portions of the die, of the ornamentation which was part of Miscellaneous Die number 3639 (the inscription as used on S12), and also prior to the removal of the originally intended border around "Detach Annexed Card / For Answer.".
Lot 4332 P1892, 1¢+1¢ Black on Buff, Die Proof, unsevered, plate proof on 140 x 178mm light buff card, printed so that the fold is situated at the top of both the message and reply halves, magenta "Die Proof" straightline handstamp struck diagonally on reply side only, Very Fine, Only two recorded. Scott No. UY1P.
USPCC No. MR1Pa $1,000.
Lot 4333 P1892, 1¢+1¢ Black on Buff, Plate Proof, Plate proof on 142 x 158mm 17 f/2 dull faint o-yellow card, printed so that both the message and reply halves are printed on the front; creasing and small bottom edge tear, F.-V.F. Scott No. UY1P.
USPCC No. MR1Pb $2,000.
Lot 4334 P1892, 1¢+1¢ Trial Color Proofs, collection of 48 unsevered in a range of colors including TCa, TCb, TCc in the four listed colors, some with stamp defaced (on each half) with purple three parallel lines handstamp, one with defaced with 2 red diagonal defacing bars applied by ink pen (pictured in USPCC), also includes four severed halves, F.-V.F. Scott No. UY1TC.
USPCC No. MR1TC $9,600+.
A UNIQUE TRIAL COLOR ASSEMBLAGE OF THE 1892 ISSUE PAID REPLY CARD.
Lot 4335 S1892, 1¢+1¢ Black on Buff, Production Specimen, unsevered, 140 x 178mm light buff card, both the message and reply cards with purple "U.S. Postal Card Agency Birmingham, Conn., Dec 1, 1892" oval datestamp at center; light crease, Very Fine. Scott No. UY1PS.
USPCC No. MR1PSa $1,000.
Lot 4336 S1892, 1¢+1¢ Black on Buff, Production Specimen, unsevered, 140 x 178mm light buff card, both the message and reply cards with blue-black "Specimen" 11 x 2mm (Type E) rubber hand-stamp below the stamp, Very Fine. Scott No. UY1PS.
USPCC No. MR1PSb $350.
Lot 4337 S1892, 1¢+1¢ Black on Buff, Overprinted "Universal Postal Congress", unsevered, perf 9.5 above reply, both the message and reply cards with black "Universal Postal Congress" overprint, Very Fine. Scott No. UY1SQ $600.
USPCC No. MR1PSc $750.
Lot 43381892, 1¢+1¢ Black on Buff, unsevered, normal printing and 9.5 roulette except miscut 2 inches to high, Very Fine and rare.
Scott No. UY1 var. Estimate $300 - 400.
This card proves that horizontal cutting and rouletting were separate operations.
Lot 43391892, 1¢ Black on Buff, reply card only, group of 7 used examples from correspondence seeking stamps mailed back bearing commemoratives properly used overseas including 1¢ Trans-Mississippi #285 from New Zealand, 1¢ Pan-Am #294 from British Honduras, and 1¢ Columbian #230 from Grenada, Curacao, British Central Africa, South Africa and Mombasa; some usual faults, F.-V.F. and interesting group.
Scott No. UY1r Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 4340 P1893, 2¢+2¢ Bluish Black on Yellowish Card, Trial Color Proof, unsevered with separations hinge reinforced; small scuff, Fine and unique, Illustrated in USPCC Essay and Proof catalog on page 373, but color unlisted. Scott No. UY2TC.
USPCC No. MR3TCb $400.