'Guideline and arrow' Lincoln blocks show the way forward at rare stamp auction

Regency Superior, a growing player in the stamps and space memorabilia markets, has scheduled a vast two day auction of philatelic items in just over a week's time.

The two day auction has 2,400 lots of USA, British & Worldwide singles, covers, country collections, and box lots. Session I begins on Saturday, March 19th, and covers all US, British Commonwealth and other Foreign singles & sets.

The USA section is loaded with 19th and 20th Century issues with Special Printings, including rare position pieces such as the 1908 5¢ Lincoln (Scott #315) imperforate centre line block and the four matching corner arrow blocks - all mint never hinged, and offered as a single auction lot.

1908 Lincoln 5c stamp block
1908 Lincoln 5c stamp block
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Fewer than six such sets can be assembled as such due to the way the 33 issued sheets of 400 were cut and distributed. The Philatelic Foundation has certified one centre line block and that was hinged, so no more than five mint, never hinged sets can be put together and the number is very likely smaller still.

Scott prices the hinged blocks at $16,000. All are post office fresh, and very fine to extremely fine in condition. This makes the set a strong investment.

Session I continues with the first part of a $2 million EFO collection that will be sold over the next few years. There are also excellent selections of plate blocks, airmails and other back of the book including encased postage.

Foreign stamps, including a wide selection of British Commonwealth with Canada & Provinces, round out Session I. Watch this space for more news of the auction.


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