962163 Scott 291 Zoom

Scott 291 used XF/SUPERB 50c Trans-Mississippi 1898 graded PSE cert (95) SMQ $1,100++

Scott 291 used XF/SUPERB 50c Trans-Mississippi 1898 graded PSE cert (95) SMQ $1,100++

Availability: Out of stock


Product Description


Scott 291, 50c "Western Mining Prospector," Trans-Mississippi Exposition commemorative issue, 1898.  Used single, light oval cancel.  Graded 2010 PSE certificate (XF-Sup 95, Used.)

Fresh and choice gem, sound in all respects.  Those of you looking for a 291 know that this issue is plagued by poor centering, narrow margins and heavy cancels.  This is truly an extraordinary stamp, and in my opinion must be VERY close to a "J" rating (very large margins for issue.)  I'm going to include the 95J SMQ price below as I think this has a chance at that grade if resubmitted.

Note how scant the population is above the grade of 95 (only 3 higher than 95!)  That should tell you all you need to know about how tough a stamp this is in choice condition...

2015 Scott Specialized catalog value: $200++
PSE SMQ value (95): $1,100++
PSE SMQ value (95J): $1,750

Estimated cash value: $1,250-$1,500

PSE Census numbers (as of 6/25/2014)
Number at grade: 12
Number better than grade: 3
Total graded: 70


Additional Information

Additional Information

Item Number 962163
Condition Used
Centering XF/Superb
Certificate Graded Certificate, PSE
Characteristic No

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: