Three auctions will be conducted on 7th and 8th March by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. The auctions will offer classic United States stamps and early U.S. flight mail. J.R. Helton Jr. collection of used U.S. stamps, the George “Buddy” Byers collection of U.S. stamps and the James P. Myerson collection of pioneer flight mail 1910-16 will be offered through three separate auctions.
Helton collection comprises of a 1¢ green El Capitan stamp from the 1934 National Parks set with perfect centering and a Gem 100 grade stamped by a 2011 Professional Stamp Experts certificate. It is the highest graded example of its type. It has an unobtrusive mute oval cancel and has an estimated value of $150 to $200.
A $2 orange-brown Mississippi River Bridge stamp, lightly struck with a single round postmark, graded XF-superb 95 by PSE will also be offered. It is again the highest graded stamp of its type. A used stamp of this type has an officially listed value of $1,050 in a very-fine grade. It is valued at $8,500 in XF-superb grade. Seven examples of $1 black Western Cattle in Storm stamp will also be auctioned.
The Byers collection consists of unused 1869 pictorial stamps, 1929 Kansas-Nebraska overprints, early airmail plate blocks etc. A scarce plate block of six 1914 50¢ violet Benjamin Franklin stamps with single-line watermark is another highlight form this collection. The block has an officially listed value of $10,000
The Myerson collection contains items related to the earliest flight mail in the US. Three 1913 picture postcards postmarked in Helena, Mont, termed as the first airmail carried by a female aviator will be offered. It has an officially listed value of $2,500.
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