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    HB-128 EP-31 Scott-94 Reed-JG02 2¢ J. Gault "Black Jack" Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 75case.75stamp.70mica = 220
    Only three examples of this 2¢ Black Jack are known. The Arnold Perl specimen, the piece in Stack's June 2004 sale of the Western Collection and this piece from Stack's May 1971 Massachusetts Historical Society Collection. When sold in 1971, the piece was described as, "Listed but not priced in Friedberg. Almost a twin to the Perl specimen sold by us in December of 1969 at $2100. Very Fine, with a few light rim dents. The mica on this specimen is a trifle better than Perl's." At that sale, this piece realized $1900, a very solid price at that time. It is likely that these Black Jacks were relatively contemporary to the Regular Issue Gault encasements. Whether they were produced by Scovill at Gault's order or produced elsewhere has always been a matter of conjecture within the hobby. The "Black Jack" stamp (so called as it is printed in black and portrays the head of President Andrew Jackson. The Black Jack stamp was not issued until July 1, 1863 - well after most or all of Gault's Encased pieces had been produced. It is unlikely that an "Experimental" piece would have been produced at the end of the Encased era rather than at the beginning. These Black Jack's have always been highlights of Encased Postage collections, whatever their source. Reed refers to them as, "Enigmatic." The cataloger of the June '04 Stack's sale stated, "It is unknown whether any Black Jacks were put into encasements by Scovill at Gault's order." They also observed "...the issue was known to be rare and desirable nearly a century ago, suggesting that it has the authenticity of age. The case is sound, with a few minor dents to the rim. The stamp has very good color, with a few light spots. The mica is completely clear, but it has two crazed areas: one at the top center at the very edge, and a second slightly larger below the left tab. The Stack's June '04 example realized over $18,000 three years ago, and we expect this piece to do about the same.
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