A choice United States classic stamp and an intriguing Chinese overprint error are just two of the many attractive offerings in the June 7-8 auction by Regency-Superior.
The auction will be held in conjunction with the Napex stamp show taking place June 6-8 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Va.
Additional information about the show can be found in this issue of Linn’s on page 20.
The auction includes U.S. singles and sets; errors, freaks and oddities; essays and proofs; Confederate states; worldwide singles and sets; U.S. and foreign covers and accumulations; collections and much more. Some of the material originates from the holdings of Chicago stamp dealer and collector Bob Weisz, popularly known as Stamp King.
The auction begins at noon Saturday with an 1847 New York 5¢ black provisional stamp (Scott 9X3b) and continues with examples from the 1847-56 U.S. imperforate issues.
A highlight among the U.S. perforated classics is an 1860 90¢ blue George Washington stamp (Scott 39) graded extremely fine 90 jumbo by Philatelic Stamp Authentication and Grading.
Described as a four-margin jumbo stamp with rich color and previously hinged full original gum, it is offered with an estimate of $6,750.
Also offered is a rare complete mint never-hinged 1917 AEF booklet pane of 30 of the 2¢ rose Washington (Scott 499f).
These booklets (and similar booklets for the less rare 1¢ green stamps) were manufactured by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and issued during World War I for the use of American Expeditionary Forces in Europe.
Each booklet contained 10 panes, and 3,000 booklets were produced of each denomination, but it’s been estimated that 20 or fewer of the 2¢ panes still exist.
The booklet pane in the Regency-Superior auction comes with a 1997 Philatelic Foundation certificate and is listed with an estimate of $27,000.
A recently unearthed rarity from China is a mint horizontal pair of the 1915 $1 Gateway stamps overprinted for use in the northwestern province of Sinkiang.
The stamp on the left includes an overprint error that has the second and third Chinese characters transposed. The single error stamp (China-Sinkiang Scott 16a) has a value of $70,000 in the 2014 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue 1840-1940; this example attached to the normal stamp is offered with an estimate of $35,000.
More information about this auction is available at www.regencystamps.com; or contact Regency-Superior Auctions, 229 N Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108-1505; telephone 800-782-0066.
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Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the hiring of a new executive director of the American Philatelic Society, the new Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board and the upcoming APS Stampshow.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
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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.
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