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    One of Two Known "Buffalo" Balloon Covers

    5c Deep Blue (CL1), Schoendorf type II, large margins, reddish cancel (apparently applied by recipient), used with slightly faulty 1c Ultramarine and 2c Vermilion (156, 178) tied by cork cancels on cover to E.F. Gambs, St. Louis, postmarked "Gallatin Tenn. Jun. 18" c.d.s. at lower left, corner card of Dr. Blackie's School for Girls and Young Ladies in Nashville, blue June 19 St. Louis receiver on reverse; diagonal crease in envelope created during manufacture (partially split at bottom), minor opening faults at top, faint water stain at lower right, Fine.

    Scott $130,000

    ONE OF JUST THREE COVERS POSTED WITH U.S. POSTAGE AND THE ONLY ONE WITH THE 1¢ & 2¢ COMBINATION; ONE OF ONLY TWO AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, AS THE THIRD IS IN THE NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM COLLECTION.

    Expertization: signed Sanabria, 2004 PF Certificate
    Provenance: Butzel, Rudy

    According to the St. Louis Philatelist, June-July 1877, the original letter (no longer present, though a piece of it still adheres on reverse), read, "My Dear Gambs: I send you this letter by Balloon Postage and my greetings from the clouds. The stamp will be a label of great value in a few years. Very truly, your friend, George S. Blackie".


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