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    HB-60? EP-160a? Scott-unl. Reed-unl. 24¢ Joseph L. Bates Fancy Goods Extremely Fine - May Not Be Authentic.
    Numerical grade: 50case.70stamp.65mica = 185
    While not quite as blatant as the 1¢ Shillito above, this piece shows considerable evidence of tampering... way more than enough to include it in the "Highly Suspicious" section. The case shows crimping, and the insert has gouges all the way around outside the beading. Were it genuine, this would be a highly important piece. Fred Reed lists it as, "Two Known," neither of which we have seen. As with the piece above, "suspicious" does not equate precisely to "fake." But it sure effects value. Unlike the piece above, Mr. Mayer, unfortunately, paid a tidy sum for this highly questionable item.
    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    Lots 12775 and 12840 have been withdrawn from the sale.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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