Michael E. Aldrich Inc. will auction the Thomas W. Sale Jr. stamp collection of United States and worldwide inverted centers and errors, freaks and oddities on Feb. 21 in conjunction with the Aripex stamp show in Mesa, Ariz.
The auction includes an example of the 1918 24¢ Jenny Invert airmail error (United States Scott C3a).
The show, an American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately show and one of the largest stamp shows in the Southwest, is taking place Feb. 20-22 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center St.
More than 40 national dealers will attend the bourse, and the show will include a full World Series of Philately stamp exhibition.
The auction includes more than 1,262 lots of U.S. postage, back-of-the-book material, revenues, and worldwide stamps and covers.
The strength of the sale, according to Aldrich, will be the Thomas W. Sale Jr. collection of inverts.
The U.S. items on offer, Aldrich notes, include a complete set of inverts from the 1869 issue, with one of the finest known used 30¢ stamps with flags inverted.
There is also a complete set of 1902 Pan-American inverts, the 1918 Jenny invert from position 80, a mint extra-fine example of the 1979 $1 Candleholder Invert (Scott 1610c, known as the “CIA Invert”), a nearly complete set of second-issue and third-issue revenue inverts, and proprietary revenue inverts.
The auction also includes two mint 5¢ Canada Seaway Inverts (Scott 387a) and Canada’s rare 1868 $2 red and black Queen Victoria revenue with center inverted.
In addition to the inverted centers offered, there are more than 200 lots of major errors, imperforates, missing colors, misprints and various freaks with perforation or printing errors.
There is also a very strong section of classic U.S. postage issues, according to Aldrich, along with U.S. revenues, and match and medicine stamps.
The viewing of lots will take place at the show on Friday and Saturday, prior to the Saturday floor auction.
The auction will also feature live internet bidding on StampAuctionNetwork.com.
Catalogs are available. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone 480-488-1616; or contact Michael E. Aldrich Inc., Box 2295, Carefree, AZ 85377.
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