item 962857 Scott 398 varnish ink Zoom

Scott 398 var VARNISH INK + EFO (plate cracks) 2c Panama-Pacific 1913 PSE cert E$1,500++

Scott 398 var VARNISH INK + EFO (plate cracks) 2c Panama-Pacific 1913 PSE cert E$1,500++

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Product Description


Scott 398 var, 2c "Panama Canal," Panama-Pacific Exposition commemorative,perf 12, varnish ink variety, 1913.  Mint single, original gum, pristine never hinged (no bends, skips or other trivial blemishes.)  Post-office fresh, sound in all respects.  2013 PSE certificate specifically noting the ink variety.

A rare stamp.  Only a handful of Scott numbers are known with varnish ink (including 209, 210, 398 and a few 2c Washington Franklins.)  They are extremely difficult and desirable pieces.  I could find only one comparable auction realization for a Scott 398 var (Siegel lot 66, sale 935 - almost a twin to this stamp and undoubtedly from the same sheet -- maybe the only sheet.)  That stamp realized $1,035 in 2007. 

This stamp has another fascinating angle to it - note the top margin - a very long plate crack, plus another crack or scratch in the bottom margin (lower right corner.)  Probably unique as such, and a fabulous item for the Panama-Pacific specialist/exhibitor.

2014 Scott Specialized catalog value: N/A
Estimated cash value: $1,000-$1,500++


Additional Information

Additional Information

Item Number 962857
Condition Mint - NH
Centering F
Certificate PSE
Characteristic Shade 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: