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Scott Number: R61a Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5295
Denomination/Type: 50c Passage Ticket, blue, imperforate
2020 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 140.00
Estimated Retail Value: $ 120.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Handstamped - Circle
Cancel Color: Black
Cancel Date: May 04, 1866
Cancel or Company Type: Steamship/Shipping/Maritime Company
Company: Charles W. Brooks & Co.
City: San Francisco
Shipping and commission merchants and agents, Hawaiian Packet Line for Honolulu. An example of what I call 'The California Late Imperfs'. Normally imperforates and part perfs with late cancel dates are an immediate red flag for fakery... the one notable exception being a cache/hoard of imperfs that apparently resurfaced from storage late in the taxation period in California, that are legitimate imperforates and part perfs. Normally you don't find imperfs used after 1864, but California examples can be found MUCH later.
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