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.
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
September 28, 2015 03:30 AMAfter the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, postal workers not only saved the mail, they saved the new post office building. 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.