962327 Scott 283a Zoom

Scott 283a 10c 1900 mint vertical watermark variety, scarce! SCV $225++

Scott 283a 10c 1900 mint vertical watermark variety, scarce! SCV $225++

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Regular Price: $110.00

Now only: $60.00

Product Description


Scott 283a, 10c type II, vertical watermark variety, 1900.  Mint single, original gum, previously hinged.  Fresh with deep color, sound in all respects.

A very scarce and undervalued variety, one that wasn't even listed until fairly recently (2007) in the Scott Specialized catalog.  Noted author Kenneth E. Diehl states that the 10c stamps with vertical watermarks were printed from plates of 200 subjects (which didn't go on the presses until early 1902.)

Interestingly, Scott 283a was printed only a short time before the 10c 1902 Issue, Scott 307.  There's very little doubt, given the timeline, that this vertical watermark variety was therefore printed in very limited quantities (replaced by Scott 307 in approximately a year.)

This is only the 2nd 283a I can recall handling, and yes, I've been checking for them since Scott listed them 7 years ago... Over time, the value of this stamp could increase significantly as the true rarity becomes evident.

2014 Scott Specialized catalog value: $225++

Additional Information

Additional Information

Item Number 962327
Condition Mint - OG
Centering F/VF
Certificate Uncertified
Characteristic Paper variety, EFO (error, freak, oddity)

Extension/Expertization Policy

Expertization/Extension Policy

Any uncertified (single) stamp that I sell may be placed on "extension" while a certificate of expertization is obtained. In addition, stamps with existing certificates issued prior to January 1, 2015 may be placed on extension for a new certificate. Individual stamps from a larger lot may not be placed on extension, unless prior approval has been obtained. The following procedure must be followed for all extensions:

  • All lots must be paid for in advance and the lot will ship once payment clears. Upon receipt, please examine the item. If you agree with my description but want a certificate, then...
  • You must notify me (preferably at time of purchase) that you are requesting a certificate and we must agree on a 3rd party service (APEX, PF, PSAG and PSE are acceptable) to do the certification. This notification must occur within 7 days of receipt but in no event later than 30 days from the purchase date. The item must be submitted within 7 days of receipt, but in no event later than 30 days from the sale.
  • You submit the item as the rightful owner and pay any certification and postage costs required at that time.
  • If the item comes back with an opinion stating "not genuine", with a different identification (different Scott number), or with faults not originally described, you may return the lot and I will reimburse your purchase price plus the cost of the certificate (up to 20% of the purchase price or $100, whichever is lower). The stamp must not be marked in any way, and must be returned in the original condition (not encapsulated). Express service premiums are not reimbursable. Certificate costs are not refundable if the service cannot render an opinion, or if a graded certificate disagrees with any statement regarding grade or estimated grade.
  • Upon receipt of the returned stamp and certificate, I will credit your account (as defined in (4) above) within 24 hours. You can leave the money on account to apply toward future purchases, or request a refund, in which case funds will be sent within 2 business days.

The following expertization services are acceptable: