Items that Have Been Professionally Expertized

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Scott # 14

14

Very scarce and possibly unique strip of three used as revenues in 1867, a full six years after these stamps were were demonetized (made invalid for postage). 2003 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # 273

273

Rare provisional overprint, similar to Scott R156-158, but smaller format, on a marriage certificate from Huron County, Michigan. This is the second such document reported. 2018 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R2a

R2a

2010 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Natural preprint paper folds at left and bottom right that are mistakenly referred to as creases on the certificate.

Scott # R2c

R2c

2006 Philatelic Foundation certificate. The horizontal crease mentioned in the cert is so faint that it can only be seen in liquid. Superb jumbo margins. Truly a gorgeous stamp!

Scott # R3a

R3a

Purchased as a fake, the decision by The Philatelic Foundation (1986 cert) is an interesting one. I have no doubt that it is not an R3a; the side margins are too tight. However, I question their determination that it is an R3d (silk paper). I scoured both sides of the stamp with 30x magnification and could find no evidence of blue silk threads. Making such a determination based on ink or paper color is not conclusive.

Scott # R3a

R3a

1980 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R5b

R5b

2015 PSE certificate. Lovely example of the T5 double transfer with a circular handstamp cancel.

Scott # R5c

R5c

2003 Philatelic FOundation certificate. Major double transfer (T5). Very scarce on document.

Scott # R6c

R6c

Plate blocks of 1st issue revenues are quite scarce. Granted, it has been very heavily reinforced around the edges. There are blue threads on 2 of the 24 stamps, but the PF has determined that it is not silk paper, so the block is not R6d. 2014 Philatelic Foundation Certificate.

Scott # R6d

R6d

1996 APEX certificate.

Scott # R7a

R7a

2008 PSE certificate. Major double transfer at bottom (T7). Superb!

Scott # R8c

R8c

2001 APEX certificate. Major double transfer (T7).

Scott # R9a

R9a

1989 Philatelic Foundation certificate. 2-cent Express imperf pair used illegally as postage on cover, and then a 3-cent Washington (Scott #65) pasted over as actual postage. Green paid 3 handstamp cancel.

Scott # R10b

R10b

2011 Weiss certificate. Faulty, but legitimate R10b's are as scarce as hen's teeth.

Scott # R13a

R13a

2001 PSE Cert.

Scott # R13a

R13a

2011 PSAG Cert.

Scott # R13b

R13b

2005 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Vertical pair.

Scott # R15e

R15e

2014 Philatelic Foundation certificate. An exceptionally rare stamp, much scarcer than the Scott catalog implies. It is on the order of 5x to 10x more scarce than R6e, yet its catalog value is only twice as much.

Scott # R15e

R15e

2006 APEX and 2017 William T. Crowe certificates. The only reported example of R15e on a CDV. Also the finest centered example I have been able to find in my R15e census research. Exquisite piece!

Scott # R19a

R19a

2007 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Variety: sewing machine perfs. Virtually all known examples are extremely faulty.

Scott # R19a

R19a

2007 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Variety: sewing machine perfs. Virtually all known examples are extremely faulty.

Scott # R19a

R19a

2007 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Variety: sewing machine perfs. Virtually all known examples are extremely faulty.

Scott # R21c

R21c

2009 APEX certificate.

Scott # R22d

R22d

2005 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Vertial pair. Several silk fibers also visible on obverse of stamps.

Scott # R28e

R28e

2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Small tear at left. Only a handful of examples are known.

Scott # R29d

R29d

2006 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R31c

R31c

1998 APEX certificate. AMFG = Seller of Italian bitters. This is an lovely example of R31c, which is is almost universally found faulty and poorly centered. The Scott catalog states 'Nearly all examples of No. R31 are faulty and poorly centered. The catalogue value is for a fine centered stamp with minor faults which do not detract from its appearance.'

Scott # R33b

R33b

2003 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R34be

R34be

2003 APEX certificate.

Scott # R36e

R36e

2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Catalog value has not been updated in many years.

Scott # R40e

R40e

1991 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Very scarce part perf double impression. Only reported example on document. Ex-Curtis.

Scott # R40f

R40f

Double impression. 2011 PF Cert. Superb example, with the cancel doubled in addition to the design itself... how appropriate. Much more scarce than the catalog value implies.

Scott # R41a

R41a

2006 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Graded XF 90.

Scott # R41d

R41d

2008 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Reperfed at bottom. Double transfer at left.

Scott # R48b

R48b

2008 APEX certificate.

Scott # R49b

R49b

2011 PSAG certificate.

Scott # R50b

R50b

2011 PSAG certificate.

Scott # R51d

R51d

2010 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R52d

R52d

Silk fibers, but according to APEX 'not the silk fiber indicative of silk paper on the First issue' so apparently this is not a legit silk paper. Displayed here for informational purposes.

Scott # R53a

R53a

I have this on the 'Fake' page of the site, because the margins are virtually nonexistent, and it was purchased as being NOT a legitimate R53a. However, the stamp is barely tied to the document at the very top, so I do not believe it to be a philatelic creation. Rather, for whatever reason, the party originally affixing the stamp trimmed it close. There is no way to know if this stamp is an R53a, R53b, or R53c. Still, an interesting item. Subsequently received a declined opinion from the Philatelic Foundation, as expected.

Scott # R53a

R53a

2013 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Exceptional margins, and one of very few examples with a handstamped cancel. The cancel company and exact date are identical to the stamp on Philatelic Foundation certificate 179017.

Scott # R53d

R53d

2010 APEX Cert.

Scott # R53d

R53d

2007 PSE Cert.

Scott # R53f

R53f

2017 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R58e

R58e

1989 PSE Cert. Ex-Cunliffe.

Scott # R60b

R60b

2018 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R61b

R61b

2003 PF Certificate.

Scott # R66b

R66b

2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Purchased as a fake for reference purposes. An R66a that someone perforated on the left and right sides. The perfs are the coorect gauge (12), but are too irregular.

Scott # R69b

R69b

2011 PSAG Cert. Is actually an R69a imperf that has been perforated on two sides to fake an R69b.

Scott # R69e

R69e

1980 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R71d

R71d

2005 Philatelic Foundation certificate. One of the scarcest of the silk papers.

Scott # R72e

R72e

2980 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Bisect unlisted in Scott.

Scott # R74a

R74a

2005 PSE Certificate.

Scott # R82e

R82e

2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Top half of an R82c used as $1 on document, the bottom half of which was used a day later, on this document.

This image shows the two halves of the stamp superimposed upon one another, showing they are the same stamp.

Scott # R82e

R82e

2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Bottom half of an R82c used as $1 on document, the bottom half of which was used the day before, on this document.

This image shows the two halves of the stamp superimposed upon one another, showing they are the same stamp.

Scott # R86c

R86c

1985 PF Cert.

Scott # R87a

R87a

2006 APEX certificate.

Scott # R88a

R88a

2008 AEX certificate. Strike from the Pacific Mail steamship America.

Scott # R90a

R90a

2004 PSE certificate.

Scott # R96a

R96a

2008 Philatelic Foundation Certificate.

Scott # R96a

R96a

2010 Weiss certificate.

Scott # R97e

R97e

2007 Weiss certificate. Nicely-centered R97e with an R89c on a warranty deed, very scarce on document.

Scott # R100c

R100c

2004 PSE Cert.

Scott # R102c

R102c

2005 PSE Cert.

Scott # R106b

R106b

2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. The Scott Catalog listing example.

Scott # R107b

R107b

Dry goods merchant. 1991 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Until May 2018, the only reported example of R107b. A second example has now been discovered from the same company, containing the other half of this stamp. An image of the two bisect halves superimposed and aligned can be seen here.

Scott # R112b

R112b

2014 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Imperforates are currently unlisted in Scott, used on part of a stock certificate. Very scarce. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R115b

R115b

2014 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Imperforates are not listed in Scott. A pair of singles on piece sold in the auction of the Tollman collection in 2007 for $3,750.

Scott # R119

R119

2011 APEX certificate. Nice centering and very fresh color.

Scott # R131

R131

2009 APS Cert. Socked-on-the-nose handstamp cancels are incredibly rare on the high-denomination 2nd and 3rd issue revenues.

Scott # R135a

R135a

2009 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Very scarce on document.

Scott # R135a

R135a

1982 Philatelic Foundation certificate, which states that the stamp is genuine, but they decline opinion as to whether the stamp originated on the document. Presumably this is because the stamp is uncanceled and there are no tying smudges.

Scott # R135a

R135a

2017 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R150a

R150a

2012 PSAG certificate. Gorgeous jumbo margins.

Scott # R194

R194

2016 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Very tough stamp, not frequently found with a a socked-on-the-nose cancel.

Scott # RB1c

RB1c

2004 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # RB4d

RB4d

Vertical bisect on a complete label for a trial size of 'Fish's Saratoga Asperient' prepared by George H. Fish & SOns, Saratoga Springs, New York. The regular size would have been taxed at 4 cents, hence the 2-cent tax on the trial size. Scott lists but does not price RB4d. This is the first example I have ever seen. I am aware of one other example, found by a New York collector approximately 40 years ago. 2018 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # RB5a

RB5a

2001 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Ex-Scarsdale Collection.

Scott # RB15c

RB15c

2009 APEX certificate. Purchased as a reference fake, a very crude attempt at faking roulettes. The only saving grace is the blue script handstamp cancel.

Scott # RB16c

RB16c

2008 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Signed by George Sloane and John A. Fox.

Scott # RB17c

RB17c

2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Horizontal pair. One of only 8 multiples known.

Scott # RB18c

RB18c

2008 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # RB18c

RB18c

2009 APEX certificate. Purchased as a reference fake, this has got to be the most crude attempt at forging roulettes I have ever seen. The edges are crooked!

Scott # RB19b

RB19b

2007 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Ex-Scarsdale Collection.

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