U.S., worldwide stamps and postal history, philatelic rarities in Aug. 30-31 Raritan auction

Aug 16, 2023, 1 PM
A Great Britain 2004 Ocean Liners souvenir sheet of six with the bottom left stamp mistakenly denominated 53 pence instead of 57p will cross the auction block during Raritan Stamp Inc.’s Aug. 30-31 sale of U.S. and worldwide stamps and postal history.

By Charles Snee

Raritan Stamps Inc. of Cranbury, N.J., will conduct an auction of United States and worldwide stamps and postal history and philatelic rarities Aug. 30-31. The sale contains 1,383 lots representing the property of 29 owners, according to Raritan.

Highlights include more than 160 lots focused on worldwide airmail stamps and flight covers; classic U.S. stamps, proofs, and imperforate and color-omitted errors; rare stamps, proofs and errors of British North America and Canada; Russia area Romanov dynasty proofs from the Tsar collection; classic Ukraine Trident overprints from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Poltava, Odessa and Podilia; and imperforate errors and varieties of modern Ukraine.

One of the more unusual items in modern Great Britain in the auction is a 2004 Ocean Liners souvenir sheet of six with the bottom left stamp picturing the SS City of New York denominated 53 pence in error instead of 57p.

A normal Ocean Liners sheet is listed as Great Britain 2207a in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Scott does not list or note the error sheet.

According to Raritan, “the error sheets were immediately withdrawn due to [a] rate increase.” Very few error sheets made it into collector hands.

Raritan is offering this Ocean Liners error souvenir sheet of six with an estimate of $5,000 to $6,000 and an opening bid of $2,500.

The catalog for the Aug. 30-31 Raritan Stamps auction is available for viewing and download on the Raritan website, with online bidding options available via Stamp Auction Network.

For additional information, email or contact Raritan Stamps Inc., Box 425, Cranbury, NJ 08512-0425.

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