Lot 2088(Imprints) 1863, 2¢ black. Top margin pair with "National Bank Note Company" imprint, showing strong layout lines at top, o.g., very lightly hinged, nicely centered, strong color and sharp impression, fresh and F.-V.F.; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73 $800 for normal pair.
Lot 2089(Imprints) 1863, 2¢ black. Bottom margin strip of 3 with plate "No. 30" and partial imprint, small part o.g., rich color and sharp detailed impression, exceptional freshness, F.-V.F., a lovely and very scarce plate strip; with 2000 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 73 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 2090(Imprints) 1863, 2¢ black. Bottom margin of strip of 4 with imprint of the "National Bank Note Company" and plate number "31", o.g., attractively centered amid large margins, fresh with lovely rich color, some reinforced perfs between right pair, F.-V.F., an extremely scarce and attractive strip from Plate 31; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 73 $4,500.
Lot 2091(Imprints) 1863, 2¢ black. Bottom margin plate "No. 50" strip of 4 with imprint, o.g., typical centering, some minor tone spots and slight creasing mostly affecting third stamp, otherwise Fine, one of only two mint multiples from Plate 50 and the only example to showing the full plate number and imprint, considered to the rarest Blackjack issue plates, no. 271 in the Chapin census.
Scott No. 73 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 2092(Imprints & Plate Numbers) 1867, 2¢ black, E. Grill. Top margin strip of 5 with "National Bank Note Co., New York" imprint, disturbed o.g. with some gum loss, centered to upper left, fresh, strong grill impressions with right pair showing slight doubling of grill, about Fine, a rare mint multiple.
Scott No. 87 $11,600.
Lot 2093 ()(Imprints & Plate Numbers) 1867, 2¢ black, E. Grill. Bottom margin plate "No. 53" strip of 5 with N.B.N.Co. imprint, without gum, attractive overall centering, rich color, perfs separations with some rejoined between stamps, some small stamp faults including sealed corner tear at right, Fine appearance, the unique plate no. 53 multiple of the 2¢ E. grill issue, illustrated in Lane, ex Allen, Metzger; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 87 $9,750 for imprint strip of 4.
Lot 2094 ()(Imprints & Plate Numbers) 1867, 2¢ black, F. Grill. Bottom margin plate block of 8 with plate "No. 51" and "National Bank Note Company" imprint, without gum, centered a bit into perfs at bottom, strong color and impression, small thin in second top stamp and small tear in bottom right stamp, Fine appearance, a lovely Blackjack plate block and the largest known plate "No. 51" multiple, plate block listed but unpriced in Scott; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 93 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Lot 2095 o(Imprints & Plate Numbers) 1867, 2¢ black, F. Grill. Bottom margin single with plate "No. 53" and part imprint, central circle of wedges cancel, faint diagonal crease, otherwise Fine, a very rare used plate number single.
Scott No. 93 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 2096 /o/1863-67, 2¢ black, Plate Numbers. Balance of 17 plate number items; Plate 29 includes Lowenburg patent essay bottom margin strip showing full plate and imprint, regular issue (73) including mint block of 4, block of 8, strip of 3 and used single, Plate 30 includes a mint block of 18 and single, used with 3 singles including one on cover front, Plate 31 with two used singles, the rare 50's plates include and used single from Plate 51 (partial number) and a mint and used F. grill singles from Plate 53; condition varies, generally Fine or better.
Scott No. 73, 79E-73P5, 93 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
Lot 2097 /o/1863, 2¢ black, Marginal Imprints. 18 items all with partial imprints; mint with ful o.g. block of four and an unused single, used with strip of three, two pairs including one on lovely cover from N.Y., balance in singles including two on cover and 2 with captured imprints (one F. grill); few faults, a Fine group.
Scott No. 73 Estimate $750 - 1,000.