A 20th century rarity and a 19th century classic are highlights of the Collector’s Series auction from Spink.
The sale will take place Jan. 29-30 at the firm’s New York City galleries on the 18th floor at 145 W. 57th St.
The auction includes a single example of the bright rose pink error of color on the United States 1946 $1 migratory bird hunting stamp (Scott RW13a).
Also known as a federal duck stamp, this unusual rarity is a variation from the standard red brown color for this issue.
The auctioneer reports that only one block of 10 stamps has been found of this 68-year-old error, and of those, seven are held by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.
As a result, only three examples are available to the collecting community.
The postal museum refers to the error as one of the most spectacular color errors of the federal duck series.
“The Bureau printed well over two million of the stamps in reddish brown,” the museum said, “but somehow a few printed in rose red escaped detection. While sunlight and exposure to chemicals can change a stamp’s color, experts agree that neither could have caused this dramatic variant. Hence, it is a true error.”
The error is listed in the Spink catalog with the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers value of $35,000.
The Spink auction also will offer an attractive unused horizontal right margin strip of four of America’s first postage stamp, the 5¢ red brown Benjamin Franklin of 1847 (Scott 1).
The auctioneer describes the item as showing a fresh color and clear impression on bright paper that still retains its original bluing.
The strip has a horizontal crease, but presents an extremely fine appearance, according to the catalog description.
The strip is accompanied by a 1967 Philatelic Foundation certificate. It is listed in the Spink catalog with a value of $28,400+, a calculation of the Scott catalog value for an unused strip of three plus an unused single. (The Scott catalog lists a strip of four, but provides a value for a used example only.)
The Collector’s Series sale includes many other classic unused and used U.S. stamps, as well as postal history, Confederate states, U.S. possessions and worldwide issues.
Spink also will auction items from the Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer collection of British North America on Jan. 30, including a rare sound used example of Canada’s 12-penny black Queen Victoria stamp on laid paper (Scott 3).
The stamp is listed with the value of $140,000 found in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940.
The stamp is struck by a six-ring target postmark and boasts a strong color and impression, according to the auctioneer’s description.
It is also described as “completely free of faults,” while most examples are “quite defective or heavily repaired,” the auctioneer notes.
Information about these and upcoming Spink auctions is available online at www.spink.com; a link connects to Spink USA for details.
Information also is available by e-mail at email@example.com, or by writing to Spink USA, 145 W. 57th St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10019.
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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.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
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.