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The First Bureau Issue

                           Page last updated: 5-2-2017

Die Proofs

247P1
1c Blue die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Somewhat reduced. $250.00

247P1
1c Blue die proof pulled on India paper and removed from the card blotter. Cut down. Catalog: $250.00 Net $125.00

247P1
1c Blue die proof pulled on India paper and removed from the card blotter. Cut down. Catalog: $250.00 Net $125.00

iMAGE 248P1 – Pink
2c Pink die proof pulled on India paper which has been removed from the card blotter. Small thin at the top well away from the die image and unpriced in Scott. $750.00

250P1
2c Carmine die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Somewhat reduced. $250.00

253AP1
3c Purple, type II triangle, full size die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. $400.00

255P1
5c Chocolate full size die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Ex-Whitpain $250.00

256P1
6c Brown die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Somewhat reduced. Ex-Lynn Warm-Griffiths $250.00

259P1
15c Dark blue full size die proof pulled directly onto card blotter, die sunk. Rare! Ex-Whitpain $575.00


262P1 – Die proof
$2 Dark blue die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. Ex-Whitpain $675.00

267P1
$1 Black, type I, full size die proof pulled on India paper and mounted on card blotter. There is foxing on the blotter. Ex-Whitpain $500.00


280P1 – Bright rose-brown
4c Bright rose-brown (the issued color) die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. Ex-Landau $700.00
 

Trial Colors


254TC1 – Black-brown unlisted as such
4c Black-brown trial color die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. This color was under consideration to be the color of the issued stamp. Instead Dark brown was chosen. Ex-Landau $600.00
 
280TC1 –Chestnut-brown unlisted as such
4c Chestnut brown trial color die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. This die proof was pulled by the BEP in 1898 from the 1894 die die to test new trial colors for the 1897-1903 color changes.  Ex-Wunderlich, Warm-Griffiths & Landau $700.00


1897-1903 Color Change Die Proofs

282P1
6c Lake die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Reduced. Ex-Whitpain Catalog: $800.00 Net $600.00

282P1
6c Lake (brighter shade of lake) untrimmed die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Reduced. Ex-Whitpain Catalog: $800.00 Net $600.00


Roosevelt Small Die Proofs

247P2 – 263P3
Complete set of the First Bureau Roosevelt small die proofs mounted on the original gray cards. A superb set with large margins. $4,500.00


1897-1903 Color Change Roosevelt Small Die Proofs

279P2, 281P2, 283-284P2
Complete set of four Roosevelt small die proofs. This set is far more scarce than its predecessor the First Bureau Roosevelt small die proofs. A superb set with large margins. $1,750.00

283P2
10c Orange-brown Roosevelt small die proof still affixed to the original gray card. $375.00


Plate Proofs

247P4, 248P4, 256P4, 262P4 & 263P4
These five plate proofs on card were the only values pulled as card proofs for the First Bureau Issue. A complete set of the plate proofs on card. A perfect set, razor sharp impressions and brilliant color throughout. NO more than 400 sets can exist. $1,750.00

247P4
1c Blue plate proof on card block of four. $500.00
 

247P4 – Left side imprint plate number block of six
1c Blue plate proof on card. Minor toning is left margin. XF $2,000.00
 
247P4 – Right side imprint plate number block of six
1c Blue plate proof on card. Perfect in every way! $2,000.00
 
247P4 – Bottom imprint plate number block of six
1c Blue plate proof on card. Perfect in every way! $2,000.00
 
248P4 – Left side imprint plate number block of six
2c Pink plate proof on card. Perfect in every way! $2,250.00
 
248P4 – Bottom imprint plate number block of six
2c Pink plate proof on card. Perfect in every way! $2,500.00
 
248P4 – Top imprint plate number block of six
2c Pink plate proof on card. Perfect in every way! $2,500.00

248P4
2c Pink, type I, plate proof on card block of four. $500.00


Plate Proofs on Stamp Paper

254P5
4c Dark brown plate proof on stamp paper, crackly OG, pair. $225.00

255P5
5c Chocolate plate proof on stamp paper, OG, NH, pair $400.00

267P5
2c Carmine, type III, plate proof on stamp paper, OG, LH, pair. $225.00

269P5
3c Purple, plate proof on stamp paper, OG, LH, pair. $200.00

273P5
10c Dark green plate proof on stamp paper, disturbed OG, pair. $200.00

273P5
10c Dark green plate proof on stamp paper, OG, pair. $100.00


Specimens

272S-E Type “E” Specimen
8c Violet-brown, OG, NH, two very mild gum creases, purple hand stamp “Specimen”. $90.00

273S-E – With hand stamped “Specimen”

10c Dark green with purple hand stamp (Type “E”), horizontal application, OG, VLH, and extremely well centered for this. $125.00

273S-E – With hand stamped “Specimen”
10c Dark green with dull purple hand stamp (Type “E”) applied on the diagonal at the top left, NG and reasonably centering for this. Catalog: $90.00 Net $40.00

284S-E – With hand stamped “Specimen”
15c Olive-green with dull purple hand stamp (Type “E”) applied on the diagonal at the middle bottom, OG and typical centering for this. Catalog: $80.00 Net $40.00

279BjS-ES- Booklet pane with hand stamped “Specimen”
2c Light red with purple hand stamp (Type “E”), horizontal application, OG, HR, and typical centering for this. Catalog: $525.00 Net $400.00

279BjS-ES- Booklet pane with hand stamped “Specimen”
2c Light red with purple hand stamp (Type “E”), applied on the diagonal, OG, NH, and typical centering for this. $750.00

 



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