Cherrystone held a sale of U.S. and worldwide stamps and postal history June 10-11 in New York City. The sale was previewed in the June 9 Linn’s.
Among the stamps noted in the preview was an example of the 1979 United States $1 error known as the CIA invert because of its discovery by employees of the agency.
Although just as scarce as the famous Jenny Invert, the $1 Rush Lamp and Candle Holder invert (Scott 1610c) tends to command more modest prices. This example, in mint never-hinged condition, sold for $17,250 (including the 15 percent buyer’s premium Cherrystone adds to all lots).
Another modern invert, the 1992 29¢ Stock Exchange Bicentennial with black vignettes upside-down (Scott 2630c), sold for the same price. Only 56 examples of that error are known.
Among worldwide stamps, a corner margin block of four of Mexico’s 1935 Amelia Earhart goodwill flight overprint on 20-centavo Eagle Man stamp (Scott C74), one of just four blocks known, brought $20,700. A well-centered, unused example of Newfoundland’s 1927 De Pinedo airmail overprint, one of just 33 surviving, went for $31,050.
An unused, no-gum example of the Great Britain “I.R. Official” overprint on King Edward VII 10-shilling stamp, with a raised dot after the R (Scott O25a), did not find a buyer.
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 ›
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 ›
blogMy previous blog post focused on a mystery: the apparent indentations of paper clips on United States Purple Heart forever stamps that were used to mail payments to the circulation department of my employer, Amos Media in Sidney, Ohio. Read More ›
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.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Marty Frankevicz reports on the suspension of Canada Post’s cluster box conversion plan after the election of a new prime minister.
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.