Lot 2043 S1863, 2¢ black, Overprinted "Specimen". Small manuscript "x" as is the norm, without gum, showing slight double transfer at top, centered in at left, strong color, small thin spot, Fine for this, very rare & dramatically undercataloged (Note: Ms. Fosdyke paid $2,700 for this stamp in a private sale in 1982); with 1981 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73SA $1,750.
We know of one other no gum example from the Metzger collection, however this is the only certified example to our knowledge.
Lot 2044 S1863, 2¢ black, Overprinted "Specimen". In vermilion, block of 4 from top of sheet showing strong layout marks and lines at top, disturbed o.g., centered to bottom, rich color and sharp detailed impression, fresh and Fine.
Scott No. 73SB $1,100.
Lot 2045 S1863, 2¢ black, Overprinted "Specimen". In vermilion, bottom margin plate "No. 50" block of 8 with "National Bank Note Company" imprint, full o.g., beautiful rich color and sharp detailed early impression, few perf separations between top right pair, fresh and Fine, a remarkable and unique 2¢ Blackjack specimen plate block from the rare "No. 50" plate; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73SB Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
Lot 2046 S1863, 2¢ black, Overprinted with Specimen "8901" Control Number. Full o.g., deep rich color, fresh and Fine, only 1,306 issued.
Scott No. 73SJ $300.
Lot 2047 S1863, 2¢ black, Overprinted With Specimen Control Numbers "8901". Block of 4, o.g., hinge remnants, deep color and sharp early impression, exceptionally bright and very fresh, Fine, a very rare and undercataloged block of which only a couple are known, ex Burrows; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73SJ $1,400.
Lot 2048 S2¢ black, Specimen Overprints. 13 stamps; 10 with "Specimen" overprint in vermilion, including vertical pair, 5 singles without gum, 3 o.g. singles with carmine "8901" control number, almost Fine or better.
Scott No. 73SB, 73SJ $3,400.