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    HB-4 EP-unl. Scott-unl. Reed-AC01LA 1¢ Ayer's Cathartic Pills Long Arrows Very Fine, tampered.
    Numerical grade: 50case.85stamp.75mica. = 210

    Reed shows seven auction appearances for this very likely non-existent variety, several of which undoubtedly were this very piece. It is clearly tampered, and Mr. Mayer collected it as such. His notation with the piece reads, "99% fake; clearly tampered with and resealed, w/ obvious crimp marks about the edges - never seen genuine and suspect none may exist - worth $100 as a novelty." We've weighed removing this piece from the sale, but it certainly has interest to collectors, although there is very little value. It also is an obvious-enough fake of an extreme rarity that there is no danger of its re-entering the marketplace as genuine in the future. Offered without estimate, although Mr. Mayer's guess of $100 is likely in the ballpark.
    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    Lots 12775 and 12840 have been withdrawn from the sale.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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