Christoph Gaertner’s global auction includes postcards from America, Asia, and more.


By Michael Baadke

The next bids from auction firm Christoph Gaertner have gone live, with the final auction taking place October 19-22. Auction catalogs can be viewed or downloaded as PDF documents on the Gaertner website.

The auction will take place at the offices of the German company with some restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. See the auction company’s online site for more information.

Bids for this sale can be placed online through the Stamp Auction Network and on Gaertner’s website.

The last two days of the auction will feature more than 6,400 collections of German, European and global material, including domains.

The individual bundles offered on Tuesday and Wednesday are also international in nature, as well as specialist material including Germany and its offices during WWII, the former German states, Asia and themes.

A specialized section of USA postcards includes a number of rarely seen rarities, rare errors and more.

Stand out among the rarest of major postcard issue lists in the Scott Specialized catalog of United States stamps and envelopes is the 1916 1 ¢ green Thomas Jefferson with the die II design printed on a rough-surface gray card (Scott UX27D).

At first glance, the card looks like a million other common 1s postcards, but a closer look reveals the cross-cut image of Jefferson’s queue distinguishing it as die II, and the rough gray card that differs. of the common buff card.

Gaertner cites a 2010 United Postal Stationery Society census that identifies six known mint cards of this major variety and describes the example in its auction as new, fresh, and fine.

The 2022 Scott US Specialized Catalog assigns a value of $ 20,000 to an unused example, with the dollar amount printed in italics to identify the unused card as a card that may be difficult to accurately assess.

The starting bid for the mint postcard in this auction is € 5,000, or approximately $ 5,820 by the end of September.

Some early issues of additional postcards come with unusual varieties, including double and triple prints, and a couple that shows double prints with reverse print.

Among the more recent varieties is one that Gaertner describes as the only recorded example of the 1971 6 ¢ America’s Hospitals postcard with the red and black colors omitted (Scott UX60c). Listed but not valued in the Scott catalog, the postcard error is offered with a starting bid of € 3,000 ($ 3,490).

Untouched stamp sheets from Afghanistan are among the lots featured in Gaertner’s Asian Specialty Auction. Some issues of Tiger’s Head from the 19th century Kingdom of Kabul are offered, with one full sheet of 60 on watermarked paper for the 1873 issue and two different full sheets of 24 on watermarked paper for the 1876 issue.

The well-known 1962 Stage Art of Mei Lan-fang $ 3 souvenir sheet from the People’s Republic of China (Scott 628) is offered “in good condition” according to Gaertner, with full gum and first day cancellation on order . . Citing a Michel catalog value of € 8,000, Gaertner will open the auction at € 4,000 ($ 4,655).

For more information about the auction, visit Gaertner’s website or contact Auktionshaus Christoph Gaertner, Steinbeisstrasse 6 + 8, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

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