Sale 3048 - The James E. Challenger Collection of US Postal History
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  • Lot# : 2001 Fancy Cancels

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    "Paid" with Square Grid (Bucksport, ME), the so-called "Bucksport Flag" in blue ties 1851 3c Dull red (11A) to folded letter to Williamsville, Vermont, light "Bucksport Me. Jan 12" datestamp, very fine and fresh, a nice example of this popular early fancy cancel (S-E SD-G 108)
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2002 Fancy Cancels

    Squares and Rectangles Fancy Cancel Collection, 39 covers and cards, mostly 1860s through Banknote era, note West Meriden CT segmented square on 1869 3c, Detroit MI grid on 1857 3c (SD-G 94), Saline MI on 1869 3c, etc, mixed condition but generally fine to very fine strikes
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2003 Fancy Cancels

    Hollow Circle Fancy Cancels, approximately 92 covers and cards, mostly 1860s/80s issues, sorted by design type including various grids, concentrics, geometrics, etc., note Honeoye Falls NY "button" (SD-T 38), Whitewater WI (GE-E 19), Cambridgeport MA (SD-G 112), Allegan MI on 1869 3c, Kingston NY "+" in circle (GE-E 91), Pawlet VT grid (SD-G 78), Whallonsburgh NY (GE-E 24), Plymouth MA (SD-G 134), Horicon WI (SD-G 58), mixed condition but some very fine strikes
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2004 Fancy Cancels

    Illinois Circles Fancy Cancel Collection, approximately 136 covers from the 1860s through the Banknotes, 47 of which are Wheels of Fortune, also includes Naperville (SD-G 123), Springfield (similar to SF bullseye), Mechanicsburg asterisk, Columbia asterisk, and many other cancels not listed in Skinner-Eno, mixed condition, ideal for the Illinois specialist
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 300.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2005 Fancy Cancels

    "Doughnut" Fancy Cancels, 37 covers and cards all with thick circular killers, mostly 1860s through Banknote issues, several interesting but condition very mixed throughout
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2006 Fancy Cancels

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    Asterisk in Double Circle (South Framingham, MA), perfect strike on fresh and well-centered 1861 3c Rose (65), matching "South Framingham Mass Jul 14" datestamp, docketing indicates 1863 use, addressed to Dedham, Massachusetts, missing backflap, otherwise extremely fine especially with such a choice stamp (S-E GE-C 199)
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 85.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2007 Fancy Cancels

    Enclosed Circles Fancy Cancels Collection, approximately 134 covers from the 1860s through about 1900, wide variety of cancellation types including honeycombs, geometrics, divided circles, etc, note early cancels including Stillwater MN (GE-C 4), Winterport ME (GE-C 22), and Leominster MA (GE-P 63), mixed condition but many fine strikes, an interesting assortment
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2008 Fancy Cancels

    "Open Circle" Fancy Cancels, approximately 77 covers and cards, all with various forms of circular cancels, mostly 1860s/80s but a few later, note Fort Plain NY (GE-P 67), Brooklyn NY (GE-P 80), circle of hearts from Richmond VA, Frenchtown NJ (GE-C 9), Great Bend Village PA (GE-C 11), Rutland VT wedges, various circles of wedges including Montello WI, several horseshoes, sunbursts, and linear circles including Virginia City NV (territorial), etc., very mixed cover condition but many fine strikes, viewing recommended
    Start Price : 250.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2009 Fancy Cancels

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    Shield in Heptagon (East Troy, WI), nice strike on 1857 3c Dull red (26) with matching "East Troy Wis. Feb 14" datestamp, addressed to Selden, New York, very fine and fresh (S-E GE-H 4)
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
    Current Opening : 50.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2010 Fancy Cancels

    Triangles and Ovals Fancy Cancels, approximately 76 covers, mostly 1860s through Banknotes, mix of triangles and ovals with some ellipses, better triangles including Triangle NY (GE-T 2), Norwich CT (GE-T 6), Bristol RI (GE-T 9), and Dayton OH on 1869 3c, mixed condition throughout, viewing recommended
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2011 Fancy Cancels

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    Cogwheel (Springfield IL), bold strike ties 1861 3c Rose (65) to all-over State of Illinois Executive Department illustrated cover with eagle, addressed to Waukegan, Illinois, "Springfield Ill. May 22 1863" datestamp, cover some minor wear and stamp faults, still a handsome cancel and cover
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2012 Fancy Cancels

    Wheels/Cogs Fancy Cancel Collection, approximately 97 covers, mostly 1860s through Banknotes, note earlier including West Haven VT (PN-F 18), 9-point star from Nevada City CA, Cooperstown NY (GE-M 13), Bristol IN (GE-R 43), New York NY (GE-P 8), Rutland VT pinwheel, New Bedford MA (GE-P 27), Unadilla NY (GE-E 8), also 36 Wheels of Fortune, mixed condition but majority of strikes fine or better
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 375.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2013 Fancy Cancels

    Geometric Fancy Cancels Collection,  approximately 165 covers and cards, mostly 1860s through 1890s, note: Salem OH box in box (GE-S 8); checkerboards from: Baldwinsville NY (GE-E 46), Buffalo NY (GE-E 43), and Canton PA (GE-E 44); Putnam CT column (GE-175); diamonds from Westfield NY (GE-D 5) and Athol Depot MA (GE-D 8); geometrics including Pittsburgh PA (GE-95 and GE-38); Rensselaerville NY diagonal lines (SD-G 103); Columbus OH "prison bars" (SD-G 102); also various ] tic-tac-toes, line precancels, New Orleans geometrics, windmills, tic-tac-toes, and other odd unidentifiable cancellations, strikes mostly about fine to fine, a wealth of further research to be conducted with many interesting and above-average cancels

    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 300.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2014 Fancy Cancels

    Illinois Geometric Fancy Cancels, 67 cover and cards from the 1860s to 1890s, including various crossroads, diamonds (incl Lockport IL GE-D 9 and Joliet IL GE-D 1), rays, rectangles, squares, triangles, lines, and targets, mixed cover condition but mostly fine or better strikes
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2015 Fancy Cancels

    Cross/X Fancy Cancels, approximately 77 covers and cards with various cross or X cancellations, mostly 1860s/80s, note Hamilton Square NJ (CR-M 31), Saccarappa ME (NS-J 21), Old Point Comfort VA (GE-C 154), Hebron CT "X" in circle on embossed patriotic, mixed condition throughout but many presentable covers
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2016 Fancy Cancels

    Crosses and Propellers Fancy Cancels, approximately 172 covers and cards, primarily 1860s through Banknote era but a few later, mixture of Maltese crosses, Christian crosses, Greek crosses, and propellers (many Skinner-Eno or Cole listed), a few caught our eye such as Canastota NY Christian cross (CR-C 3) and Waterbury CT crossroads (Rohloff C-2), very mixed condition and many with faults, still many clear strikes
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 300.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2017 Fancy Cancels

    Illinois Propeller and Cross Fancy Cancels, approximately 79 covers and cards, mostly various Maltese crosses in black, magenta, purple, and blue, note Roscoe CSU-21 in purple, Nunda CR-G 18, Kankakee Depot in blue, Lexington CSN-3, Pana CSM-18, etc, generally fine, a nice group for the specialist
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2018 Fancy Cancels

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    Five-Pointed Star (Sharon, VT), clear strike in green on 1861 3c Rose (65), matching "Sharon VT Mar 3" datestamp, addressed to Randolph, Vermont, Very Fine and attractive in every regard (S-E ST-S 4)
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2019 Fancy Cancels

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    Five-Pointed Segmented Star (Barre, MA), perfect strike on 1855 3c Deep claret (11), "Barre Ms. Aug 8" datestamp alongside on small cover addressed to Boston, Very Fine, neat and attractive (similar to S-E ST-E 2)
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 120.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2020 Fancy Cancels

    Entwined Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 75 covers with various entwined stars (many Skinner-Eno and Cole listed), we note Bonds Village MA "PAID" around star (ST-C 18), South Gardner MA (ST-O 38), El Paso TX, Glendale MA in blue (ST-E 25a), Mittineague MA (ST-E 22), Lowell MA on 1869 2c, variety of 1869 3c including Paducah KY, Greenfield MA, Milton WI, Omro WI, and Cynthiana KY, mixed condition but strikes generally fine, an attractive assortment with some select covers
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2021 Fancy Cancels

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    "5" in Star (Huntsville, AL), outer lettersheet addressed to Denmark, Tennessee, with bold strike of negative "5" and matching "Huntsville Al. Jan 7" datestamp, cover faults, a very fine strike of one of the most attractive stampless markings
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2022 Fancy Cancels

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    "10" in Circle of Stars (Huntsville, AL), perfect strike on 1846 folded letter to Raleigh, North Carolina, matching blue "Huntsville Al. Nov 14" datestamp at left, vertical crease and some bleaching (away from "10" handstamp), extremely fine strike of this desirable marking
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2023 Fancy Cancels

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    "Paid" Around Interwoven Star (Bonds Village, MA), complete strikes on 1861 1c Blue and 1869 2c Brown (63, 113), former with straightedge at right, on attractive cherub illustrated cover to Sunderland, Massachusetts, "Bonds Village MS Nov 27(?)" datestamp, reduced at right, very fine and appealing mixed-issue franking (S-E ST-C 18)
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 130.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2024 Fancy Cancels

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    Solid 5-Point Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 132 covers and cards, many on 2c and 3c Banknotes, note 1869 3c Wentworth NH, Columbia MO, East Canaan NH, Troy PA, and Cortland NY; Chateaugay NY on 1857 3c; 1861 3c Greenwich CT, Prospect Plains NJ, Fentonville MI, Albany NY, Phelps NY, Woodbury NJ, Newport NH, Nashville TN, and Liverpool PA, many fine strikes with mixed condition
    Start Price : 250.00 USD
    Current Opening : 250.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2025 Fancy Cancels

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    Six-Pointed Star (Chicopee, MA), crisp and complete strike on 1851 3c Dull red (11), "Chicopee Mass. Jan 20" datestamp (contents indicate 1857 use), on cover to Ludlow, Vermont, stamp somewhat irregular margins and cover with small faults, still a very fine strike of this early fancy cancel on cover
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2026 Fancy Cancels

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    Six-Pointed Star (Worcester, MA), bold strike ties 1851 3c Dull red (11A) to cover to Blackstone, Massachusetts, "Worcester. Mass. Jun 9" datestamp at left, manuscript "S.S. Hospital" at top, extremely fine, a striking early fancy cancellation cover (S-E ST-6P 38)
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 230.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2027 Fancy Cancels

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    Six-Pointed Star in Circle (Bristol, CT), bold strike ties 1861 3c Rose (65) to yellow cover, red and blue waving flag patriotic design with "Long May It Wave!" verse, addressed to "U.S.S. Acacia, Blockading Squadron, off Charleston, South Carolina", edge repair, still an attractive and scarce use
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2028 Fancy Cancels

    Non-5 Point Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 100 covers and cards ranging primarily from the 1860s to 1880s, note (Skinner-Eno numbers): Plainville CT four-point star in blue on 1857 3c, Westborough MA ST-E 18 on 1869 3c, Ulster PA (ST-6P 41), Palmyra PA (ST-6P 1), New Haven CT six-point star on 2c Black Jack and on 1c 1861, Hebron CT in blue (ST-6P 36), Green Point NY six-point star on 1869 1c and 2c, South Yarmouth MA in blue (ST-6P 19), seven-point star on 1869 3c (illegible Ohio town), Corry PA (ST-8P 1), Holderness NH (SD-C 12), Morrisville VT 8-point star on 1857 3c, Fort Plain NY (ST-8P 8), Tuscaloosa AL 8-point star on 5c CSA, Tarentum PA 9-point star on 1869 3c, and Chester CT (GE-C 49), mixed condition, many with fine strikes
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2029 Fancy Cancels

    Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 105 covers and cards, mostly 1860s/90s, ranging from simple stars to more ornate designs, many Skinner-Eno or Cole listed but we note a good number of unlisted cancels as well, note Washington on horseback patriotic from Canaan CT (stamp folded over), several Black Jacks and 1869s, stars inside of stars, etc., mixed condition throughout and expect faults on a majority of covers, still a good number of fine strikes make this a worthwhile collection
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2030 Fancy Cancels

    Stars in Circles Fancy Cancels, approximately 124 covers and cards mostly spanning the 1860s to 1880s, note a few covers with 1869 3c (incl cover from Middletown DE with red cancel and brewery handstamp), Oakdale MA on Union patriotic, Hartford CT star in double circle (S-E ST-D 47), New Brighton NY on O43, etc, usual mixed condition throughout but still many fine strikes, worth a close inspection
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2031 Fancy Cancels

    Outlined Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 87 covers and cards, note S-E listed including: Portsmouth VA ST-E 12 in blue, Boston MA ST-E 7, Portland CT ST-E 13, Norridgewock ME ST-O 20, Three Rivers MI ST-D 5, PittsburghPA ST-O 13, Prospect OH ST-O 24, Yonkers NY ST-O 11, Fort Wayne IN ST-O 9, Neenah WI ST-O 7, Plainville OH ST-O 10, New Woodstock NY ST-St 24, Oriskany Falls NY ST-D 52, and Oil City PA ST-S 12, also Canadaigua NY on 1869 2c and Mobile AL on 24c to London, mixed condition but many fine strikes, ideal for further continuation
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2032 Fancy Cancels

    Negative Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 68 covers and cards (primarily 1860s/80s), incl: Watertown WI STN-73, Pittsburgh PA STN-66, Almont MI ST-E 51, Brookline MA ST-E 43, Boston MA ST-O 23, various Philadelphia on 2c Black Jack, 3c 1869, etc, and some colored cancels, many fine or better, attractive collection for the specialist
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 275.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2033 Fancy Cancels

    Colored Star Fancy Cancels, 12 blue, 25 violet/purple, and 14 magenta/pink covers and cards, all but a few from the Banknote era, an attractive group
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 130.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2034 Fancy Cancels

    Illinois Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 146 covers and cards, 1860s through Banknote issues, note better including beautiful star inside concentric circles from Lockport, Farmington star in circle (CR-C 23), blue entwined double star from Carthage, Wilmington star in circle in blue (ST-D 56), etc., mixed condition but most strikes fine or better, an attractive collection
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 300.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2035 Fancy Cancels

    Illinois Solid Star Fancy Cancels, approximately 82 covers and cards, mostly Banknote era but some earlier and later, many Cole listed including Olney STA-83, Wilmette STA-49, Highland STA-13, etc., also Freeport ST-S 8 in blue on 1869 3c, Rockford in blue on 1869 3c, and Jerseyville on 1869 3c, also note some purple, violet, magenta, and blue cancels, mostly fine or very fine strikes
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2036 Fancy Cancels

    Star Fancy Cancels on 2c Small Banknotes, approximately 150 covers, most with 2c Reds but some other denoms as well, little duplication, note some registered/drop letters, organized by star type, mostly fine or very fine strikes, ideal for continuation
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 2037 Fancy Cancels