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.
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Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Marty Frankevicz discusses the controversy in Canada over increasing postage rates, the elimination of home mail delivery and the erecting of cluster boxes.
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
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.