Lot 20491863, 2¢ black. Block of 4, o.g., lightly hinged, nicely centered, bold color and remarkable freshness, bottom left stamp with faint diagonal bend at lower right barely creasing, otherwise F.-V.F.; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73 $4,000.
Lot 2050 o1863, 2¢ black, Earliest Known Used Example. Cancelled by clear "Philadelphia Pa., Jul 1 1863" town cancellation, rich color and sharp impression, fresh and Fine, ex Berkun; with 1999 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott No. 73 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
THE UNIQUE FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE 2¢ BLACK JACK.
The 2¢ Black Jack was issued for prepayment of the new local letter rate that took effect on July 1, 1863. The stamp was issued on the same day, July 1 to satisfy the new 2¢ rate. This is from a new discovery and offered at public auction for the first time. The legendary Allen, Rorke and Metzger collections did not include this key Black Jack piece.
Lot 2051 o/1863, 2¢ black, Early Dates. With single stamp off cover dated July 7, 1863 from Philadelphia, singles on 8 covers with earliest of July 10, 1863 from Philadelphia, Pa. to Canada (one of the earliest foreign usages of a Blackjack), a July 14 drop cover from Philadelphia (earliest drop cover), a July 16 cover (earliest ex Allen collection cover, illustrated in Lane page 100), other dates from July 21 to a July 27th circular, with an additional pair and single on piece with Aug 28, 1863 date stamp, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 73 Estimate $300 - 400.
The Scott catalog currently lists the earliest known date of usage of a 2¢ Blackjack of July 1, 1863 for an off cover stamp and on cover July 6, 1863.
Lot 20521863, 2¢ black. 2 singles slightly overlapping and affixed to cover backing, clear mostly complete strike of "F.(itchburg) C.(heshire) & R.(utland) & B.(urlington) R.R. Mail Line" circular date stamp, Very Fine, a very rare railroad cancellation on the 2¢ Blackjack issue, illustrated in Lane, ex Allen, Metzger.
Scott No. 73 $740.
Lot 2053 o1863, 2¢ black. Showing dramatic plate scratches in upper left margin and on left side on head, green grid cancel, few pulled and nibbed perfs, Fine appearance, a rare variety and color cancel; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73 $1,070.
Lot 2054 o1863, 2¢ black, Dry Print. Showing light to incomplete impression on right side, neat crossroads cancel, well centered, Very Fine.
Scott No. 73 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2055 o1863, 2¢ black. Central strike of red boxed "Supplementary Mail" type A cancel, rich color, an Extremely Fine strike, exceptionally scarce on a the 2¢ Blackjack issue.
Scott No. 73 Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2056 o1863, 2¢ black. Nest blue town and target duplex cancel, perfectly centered amid evenly balanced margins, rich color, faint crease, otherwise Extremely Fine, lovely gem appearance.
Scott No. 73 $75.
Lot 2057 o1863, 2¢ black, Laid Paper. Showing wide horizontally laid lines, straight line "Paid" and cork cancels, centered to upper right, strong color, two small tears which do not detract, Fine appearance, an immensely rare 1863, 2¢ Blackjack issue on horizontally laid paper, this being one of three known examples, one of which is on vertically laid paper and all having some degree of faults; with 1986 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73g $12,500.