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The Set of Public Auction Catalogs from
Siegel's Fabulous Lakeshore Sales!

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The Lake Shore Essay & Proof Collection –
A series of three sales

Between February 5th, 2005 and April 30th, 2006, the firm of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. sold over six million dollars of stamps, covers, essays and proofs on behalf of a late client of mine. These three sales contained just essays and proofs and it was far and away the largest assemblage ever offered outside of the 1940s Crawford sales. The three catalogs are in full color and come with prices realized. $50.00 + $5.00 shipping via media mail   Click to order.


The Rare Two-Cent Undersander
Surface Printed Die Impression


Undersander No. E36Cd
2c Jackson in black, surface printed die impression on white paper, complete envelope. Very rare. $1,000.00 Click to order.

Check out this Striking
Indigo Plate Proof Pair!

148 – Chicago, “Blue” shield going to Canada East
6c Carmine tied by full strike of “Shield” Chicago “Blue” cancel (Berg No. SHD-1) on cover to Montreal, Canada. Blue Chicago – Dunlieth R.P.O. cancel. Docketed: manuscript “8/17-71”. Small fault upper right corner, stamp not affected $275.00 Click to order.

Beautiful ladies' cover with
East Boston CDS

East Boston ladies' cover

East Boston, Ms
Beautiful small ladies’ envelope with large East Boston CDS and “PAID” & “3” rating mark all in black. A gem! Ex-Konwiser $100.00 Click to order

Ten Cent Overland Rate to California
with Red Boston CDS.

To California

63+68 – Carrier fee plus 10c rate to California
1c Blue + 10c Green, tied by boxed “PAID”, one-cent carrier fee to the mails, ten-cent overland rate to California. Red Boston Sep 12 CDS.
Ex-Morris Everett $500.00 Click to order

Wonderful 11-Page Letter Enclosed

in this Civil War cover to a soldier
Civil War Letter

75+63 – Double rate domestic use
A very scarce use of a 5c Red-brown used in combination with a 1c Blue to pay the double rate. Marvelous 11-page letter written by the wife of Reverend H. Wheeler, the chaplain to the 17th Pennsylvania cavalry stationed at Camp McClellan at Harrisburg, PA. Datelined: Waymart, PA Nov. 29th, 1862. Ex-Len Diamond $750.00 Click to order


Very striking cover to Canada
with excellent 6-pt Star Cancels!

63 – To Quebec & Montreal Ocean Steam Ship Co.
1c Blue, Three singles, left stamp s.e. at right, bright color, tied by Dot in Hollow 6-Point Star fancy cancel (Skinner-Eno no. ST-6P 26), "New-York Mar. 11, 1863" double-circle date stamp on folded letter to Portland Me., light vertical file folds incl. one affecting right stamp, with PF certificate. Ex-Dr. John Robertson $950.00 Click to order

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James E. Lee
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Phone: (847) 910-6048

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    View all twenty pages of the 89th edition of our Newsletter released on February 7, 2019---which includes scores of one-of-a-kind stamps and postal history---plus books, too!
Section 1 (pp. 1-4)

Section 2 (pp. 5-8)
Section 3 (pp. 9-12)
Section 4 (pp. 13-16)
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A Unique "Victory" Die Essay...
A Major 20th Century Rarity

Victory die essay

537-E4 – Victory
3c black, die essay pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. The incomplete engraving lacks shading in the border and the flags are unfinished. It contains the Bureau proving room number 936356 on the back. It is also is stamped: “Jun 25 1919”. Probably a duplicate die based on the date and no doubt unique. $3,000.00 Click to order.

Card Proof Blocks at least twice as
scarce as India paper blocks!

Card Blocks

183P4 & 185P4 – Blocks of four
Plate proofs on card, blocks of four. Card proof blocks are at least twice as scarce as India paper blocks. $500.00

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Full Size Scarlet Die Essay of #184
184 die essay

3c Scarlet die essay pulled on white glazed paper.
Full size for this.
Rarely found full size as most
have been cut down
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