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    Ribbed Frame Five Cent Bates FANCYGOODS - One of Two Known

    HB-55 EP-66 Scott-28b Reed-BA05FG 5¢ Joseph L. Bates Fancygoods Ribbed Frame Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 80case.80stamp.60mica. = 220
    An extreme rarity that Reed considers an R-9 and comments, "Two known." Interestingly, the Five Cent "FANCYGOODS" in the plain frame is equally rare, with only two examples known. This piece was previously part of Stack's June 2004 Western Collection sale. In that catalog, no comment on its rarity was made. It was basically overlooked and written up as if it were common. Mr. Mayer and several other bidders knew better, and propelled the price above $3000. The case is a lovely golden brown, the stamp is fresh and very well centered and the mica, though substantially clear, does have a number of minor crazes and separations. A very important piece.
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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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