Position 65

Position 65 as a single
Position 65 as a single

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Gum:

OGph

Condition:

Sound

Perf Condition:

Intact

Summary

This was the top left stamp in the famous McCoy block. The block had a red vertical guideline between stamps.

According to the Amick book, it is believed the block was owned by Arthur Hind of Utica N.Y., and offered at the auction of his estate in 1933 (auction catalogue did not have a photo). It was sold at the auction to Hugh Clark of Scott Stamp and Coin Co. for $12,100. It was subsequently sold in 1936 by Spencer Anderson to Ethel Stewart (later Ethel McCoy) for $16,000.

The block was stolen in 1955 while on display at the American Philatelic Society convention in Norfolk Va. Mrs. McCoy was reimbursed $15,000 by the insurers. The rights to the block were assigned by Mrs. McCoy to the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) of State College Pa. in 1979

The Amick book notes that Position 65, as a single stamp, was given by Marcel Lutwak to Col. James T. DeVoss on behalf of the APRL, who described it as lightly hinged. It was subsequently turned over to the F.B.I. and returned to the APRL. This copy is currently at the APRL.

The full story of the McCoy block was the subject of a September 2014 article by Ken Lawrence, in The American Philatelist.

Owners:

Certification

None

Transactions:

Date
Type
Where Sold
Seller
Buyer
Condition
Cat. Value
Realization
1918-05-20
Sound
$ 15,000
1918-05-21
Sound
$ 20,000
1933-11-22
CJ Phillips
Sound
$ 12,100
1936-00-00
Sound
$ 17,000
$ 16,000
1979-01-12
Sound
$ 70,000

Graph of Realizations for This Position in Relation to Catalogue Value:

Date
Type
Where Sold
Condition
Cat. Value
Realization
% Cat. Val.
1936-00-00
Sound
$ 17,000
$ 16,000
0.941
Position 65: Scott Catalog Value vs. Realizations
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