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Among Chinese stamps, a used and slightly faulty example of the withdrawn 1968 8-fen “The Entire Nation Is Red” stamp (Scott 999A) sold for $40,250.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.
July 05, 2015 10:31 AMAlthough still 10-months away, the buzz surrounding World Stamp Show 2016 to be held next May in New York City is beginning to feel palpable. Read More ›
July 03, 2015 05:03 PMRegency Superior held a sale June 3-7 in conjunction with the Napex stamp show in McLean, Va. The sale included space memorabilia and autographs, as well as stamps and postal history. In common with other such sales, however, there were some crossover items that covered multiple categories. Read More ›
July 01, 2015 10:28 AMIn the Spotlight on Philately column this month, Ken Lawrence presents a lengthy and fascinating history of the United States 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamp of 1917 with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper. Read More ›
June 30, 2015 05:14 PMSince the abhorrent murder of nine African-American churchgoers by a white supremacist in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, calls have spread across the United States for symbols of the old Confederacy to be removed from public places. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the announcement that Scott catalogs is assigning Scott number 5000 for United States stamps.
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses a new Spanish stamp commemorating the first international congress on bullfighting as cultural heritage.
Chad Snee reports on the National Postal Museum reception for the display of the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stamp.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the recent U.S. postage rate changes and the 10 new stamps being issued this week.
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.