US CIA Invert, Basel Dove and more at Cherrystone auction June 29-30
By Charles Snee
Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers will showcase over 1,500 US and global stamp lots and postal history at an auction to be held June 29-30 at its headquarters in Teaneck, NJ
The two-day sale will run in four sessions, with sessions each day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST.
Cherrystone describes this auction of 1,525 lots as offering strength to the United States, Austria, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany and the colonies, Italy and the Italian regions, and Poland . Russia’s strengths include rare cancellations of digital points and offices in China.
“The British Commonwealth is well represented with strength in the Victoria and George V singles and sets,” Cherrystone said.
Other important areas include issues from Colombia SCADTA, other countries in South and Central America and selections from Ethiopia. The auction ends with nearly 200 large lots and collections, “ranging from single country collections to global groups of stamps and multi-cardboard covers,” according to Cherrystone.
One of the more notable American offerings is a 1979 $ 1 hingeless lamp and candleholder with the reverse etched brown (Scott 1610c), popularly known as the CIA Invert because a single 100 strand of the error was discovered and purchased at the post office in McLean, Va., by a CIA employee.
Of the original 100 copies, 93 have found their place in the hands of collectors.
A CIA Invert Mint is valued at $ 17,000 in the Scott Specialized catalog of United States stamps and envelopes. The value is in italics to indicate that limited market data is available to establish a value.
Cherrystone is offering this CIA Invert with an opening bid of $ 13,500.
A highlight of the world selections is one of Switzerland’s greatest rarities: a used black, crimson and blue 1845 2½-rappen stamp from the canton of Basel (Scott 3L1).
This iconic cantonal issue, the first stamp to be printed in three colors, is known as the Basel Dove due to the white dove embossed against the crimson badge on the sticker.
This pre-owned Basel Dove includes a partial strike of a red Basel circular time stamp that leaves most of the design visible.
Cherrystone draws attention to the “incredibly vivid colors and complete embossing” of the stamp and notes that the accompanying 2020 certificate from expert Jean-Claude Marchand “mentions a specific point at the bottom…, in our opinion just one natural translucent stain.
Against a Scott Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps and Letters 1840-1940 valued at $ 15,500, Cherrystone lists this Basel Dove with a minimum bid of $ 7,000.
If the stamp had been on its original cover, the minimum bid would have been higher. The 1845 Basel Dove is valued on the cover at $ 35,000 in the Scott Classic Specialized catalog.
The catalog for the June 29-30 sale in the US and globally is available for viewing and is available for download. on the Cherrystone site, with online auction options available. Information is also available from Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers, 300 Frank W. Burr Blvd., Second Floor, Box 35, Teaneck, NJ 07666.
Connect with Linn’s Stamp News: