It is a fairly common USA 6c 1893 Columbus. It has no flaws or varieties whatever. It is simply an attractive used example of Scott 235 with catalogue $US22 a stamp.
There is nothing special whatever about the slightly smudgy oval parcel cancel.
In short it is simply a very nice looking, well centred, 6c Columbus stamp.
The most basic, basic, collections of USA contain this stamp, and when dealers like me sell them on we leave them on the page. As I would leave this one on an album page - to this day.
I keep writing in my columns that very fine used early Australia stamps are absurdly undervalued right now, and I sell complete sets of Roos and KGV heads in this grade for about $A1,000 a set, and simply can't keep up the supply of them -
The stamp has a catalogue value of less than a First Watermark 6d Roo 1913 ($US25) as a comparison. That stamp, as a valid guide, has a Richard Juzwin retail price in Australia of $A20 and I too sell FU copies for that figure, and absolutely superb examples for $A40-$50.
The poll question is ... that you need to guess at, is what was the invoice price for this stamp above - before postage and insurance etc were added.
Please take a guess on the poll, and see how much you know about the stamp market.
Make whatever comments you like here, but anyone who may know the actual answer, will be shot at dawn - with no blindfold if you post the result or links to it etc.
This Poll, as are all polls here are meant to be FUN! (And hopefully educational for ALL members.)