Michael Aldrich, a dealer, auctioneer and U.S. revenue specialist based in Carefree, Ariz., contacted Linn’s about the new find, which he discovered in late 2013 while sorting through an auction consignment.
"This pane was part of a consignment out of Tucson, Ariz.," Aldrich said. "The consignor is the widow of a specialized Latvia collector. There was some miscellaneous U.S. face material included with the consignment.
"Interestingly, when we were going through the consignment and writing up the collection for auction, we came across a post-office envelope with this sheet included."
Aldrich submitted the sheet to Philatelic Stamp Authentication and Grading in Satellite Beach, Fla.
PSAG rendered its opinion on certificate No. 0564984 dated Nov. 4, 2013: "It is genuine unused, self-adhesive full pane of 20, serpentine die cutting OMITTED."
Aldrich said the intact error pane will be sold at one of his upcoming auctions.
"We will be offering this new discovery in our April Michael E. Aldrich auction. Our presale estimate puts this sheet in the $10,000-$15,000 range," he said.
The new error will be listed in the 2015 edition of the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers as Scott 4387a.
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 ›
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 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.