Cherrystone Auctions held a sale of worldwide stamps and postal history April 29-30 in New York City.
A famous Canal Zone inverted-center error, the 1909 1¢ Balboa (Scott 31a), wasn’t discovered until 23 years after it was issued, when a collector removed it from a postcard sent to his sister. A second example surfaced in the 1950s and a third, heavily damaged one turned up in the 1960s.
The fourth and last so far discovered, featured in the Cherrystone sale, was found in 1979.
Well centered, with a violet Cristobal postmark and scissor-separated perforations at right indicating it originated from a booklet, the stamp has but a faint crease. It sold for $21,850.
Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries held a sale of worldwide material in New York City May 14-15.
Stamps of Britain and the British Empire were well represented, with a run of Kenya and Uganda high values of King George V doing well. An unused £20 stamp of 1922 (Scott 41B) fetched $18,400, and the £25 of the same series (41C) sold for $43,125.
Among Chinese stamps, a used and slightly faulty example of the withdrawn 1968 8-fen “The Entire Nation Is Red” stamp (Scott 999A) sold for $40,250.
According to the “Search for Comparables” feature at SiegelAuctions.com, the same example was offered by the firm in 2000, when it realized less than a quarter of the present realization.
The difference attests to the strong rise in prices for stamps of China in the intervening years; the Scott catalog value for the stamp has risen 20-fold over the same period.
blogIn this column in the Aug. 24 issue of Linn’s, I referred to the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., as a “gift to stamp collectors.” The BNAPS library and the APRL are two of many libraries available to stamp collectors, and some philatelic libraries are available online. Read More ›
blogIt’s often been said that one of the salutary benefits of collecting stamps is the friendships made along one’s philatelic journey. If I were asked to place a value on the bonds thus forged with collectors in locales near and far, I would be rich beyond measure. A few of these hobby friends I have never met in person. Read More ›
blogToday, Nov. 11, 2015, is Veterans Day. Over the years, a number of United States stamps honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces have been issued. Read More ›
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Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on a new Charlie Brown computer-vended postage stamp that is sold only through post office self-service kiosks.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses Great Britain’s final stamp issue for 2015, a Star Wars prestige booklet, and reveals what is included in its stamp program for 2016.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses a registered 1967 cover from Qatar that recently sold for almost $1,200 and the latest discovery of an Upright Jenny Invert pane.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman announces that Linn’s has been named official daily publisher of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and provides an update on the reorganization of the Scott catalogs.
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.