Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions of San Francisco is going to offer several interesting postage stamps from 25th to 28th April during the Westpex Stamp Show and Exhibition in the Bayside II Ballroom at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.
One of the highlights is a blue folded letter with a pair of horizontally arranged 1847 5¢ red brown Benjamin Franklin stamps. The letter was mailed on 1st July 1851 in St. Louis. Incidentally, it was also the day when these 1847 stamps were demonetised. Only two such covers exist with this issue date. The item is being offered at an estimated value of $7,500 to $10,000.
An unused block of four 1870 15¢ orange Daniel Webster stamps with I grill is another item to look out for. Only 3 singles and this block of four are found in unused condition. The block contains a large part original gum. The colour is bright and the impression is clear. There’s a horizontal crease on every stamp and a filled thin on the bottom-left stamp. One such stamp has a listed market value of $16,500. The block of four stamps is being offered at an estimated value of $66,000.
An unused 1-penny dull carmine Queen Victoria Chalon head stamp with large star watermark, without gum is being offered as well. It has full margins and fresh bright colour, in extremely fine and choice condition. The item has a listed market value of $85,000, but it’s difficult to value them accurately.
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