It took a purchase of 300 panes of $2 Jenny Invert stamps, but stamp dealer Ross Wiessmann is the latest new owner of the intentionally created variety with the airplane flying right side up.
Wiessmann called Linn’s Jan. 24 to report his find. He purchased 300 panes from post offices near him in New Jersey and opened all of the packages, which he said took a while.
His thoughts behind the large purchase were that he could use the stamps for postage or sell them at a discount below face, commenting that this amounted to a “cheap lottery ticket.”
With the odds of finding one of the 100 intentional varieties estimated by Linn’s to be 1 in 19,000, Wiessmann’s gamble paid off.
After opening every pack he bought, he did not spot the variety at first, so he discarded all of the packaging that came with the stamps — including the cardboard backing printed with the United States Postal Service telephone number to call to report the find.
Once he discovered the pane, Wiessmann submitted it for expertization and grading at the Philatelic Foundation in New York.
The foundation provided the image of the pane pictured on page 28, as well as a scan of the back of the pane, which shows a pane position diagram indicating it is from position 6, in a layout that is three panes across by two down.
Wiessmann also shared with Linn’s that he actively plans on selling the pane.
The grading firm Professional Stamp Experts in California has reported to Linn’s that it has another pane arriving for expertization.
These two new reports bring the total of known upright Jenny Invert panes found to 10, leaving as many as 90 more to be discovered.
The Jan. 27 Linn’s identified four panes reported to the U.S. Postal Service and four other panes reported to PSE.
The Postal Service issued the Jenny Invert pane of six $2 stamps Sept. 22, 2013. In October the Postal Service revealed that just 100 panes of six showing the airplane flying right side up were randomly seeded into the entire print run of the normal stamps.
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blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman talks about the recovery of a block of three 1845 5¢ New York Postmaster’s Provisional stamps taken in an infamous 1977 stamp heist.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.