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Among Chinese stamps, a used and slightly faulty example of the withdrawn 1968 8-fen “The Entire Nation Is Red” stamp (Scott 999A) sold for $40,250.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.
October 09, 2015 02:00 PMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
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 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.