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    HB-216? EP-26? Scott-160? Reed-SH01? 1¢ (yeah, right) John Shillito & Co. Very Fine - May Not Be Authentic.
    Numerical grade: 50case.75stamp.50mica = 175
    Much has been made of opened and re-closed encasements. This piece shows all the classic signs of this problem, and it almost certainly left Scovill with a different denomination stamp. The edges are crimped on both sides, the case is "out-of-round," and the beaded area shows digs and scratches. 1¢ Shillito pieces are important rarities, and we believe this one to be highly suspicious. The topic of fake Encased Postage (replaced-stamp pieces) almost rises to a philosophical discussion. Evidence of tampering is not technically sufficient to call a piece "fake," when all its elements are genuine. A genuine piece that is tampered with is still a genuine piece. That said, evidence of tampering is certainly sufficient to call a piece worthless, whether or not it is technically "fake." This piece is worthless.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection
    Lots 12775 and 12840 have been withdrawn from the sale. Mr. Mayer's agent believes that all encasements containing previously used stamps, proofs, or stamps not of the period to be alterations. At his request they have been removed and will be given to the Philatelic Foundation along with Lots 12970 through 12982.

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    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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