PSE Set Registry - Awards

PSE SET REGISTRY SM AWARDS 2009

HALL OF FAME
2011 Awards
2010 Winners
2008 Winners
2007 Winners
2006 Winners
2005 Winners
2004 Winners

Expert Comments :

In 2009, another 100 sets were registered. In addition, we made a number of changes to set compositions and changes to the bonus point structure for Jumbos. It was a busy year for us! Again, we were amazed about the number of high quality sets registered and as in previous years, the selection of the major award winners was daunting. In addition, we increased the qualification for "Best of the Registry" certificate winners from 75% to 85% completion. This did not seem to deter the participants, as the number of winners increased from 139 to 158! We wish to thank all PSE Set Registrants. Whether you won an award this year or not, your participation in the Registry is very much appreciated.

Michael W. Sherman
President
Professional Stamp Experts

Best Overall Set of 2009

wmerlin collections - 1847-55 Regular Issues Complete Set (Used)
A major winner last year, William Merlin continues to dominate in this category with his phenomenal set. He has four 100J's registered compared to last year's three and he has increased his set rating from 92.32 to 96.40 (including a No. 5 in 90J). We are so impressed with this set that it has been awarded the Best Overall for 2009 and is being inducted into the PSE Hall of Fame.



Best 19th Century Regular Issue Set of 2009

wmerlin collections - 1847-55 Complete Set (Used)
(See the set description for Best Overall Set above.)

Best 19th Century Commemorative Set of 2009

Mike Casper - 1893 Columbian Short Set (NH)
The Columbians depict the various events during the career of Christopher Columbus and are one of the most popular collectors' series. Mike Casper burst onto the scene in 2009 and quickly took hold of the number one spot in this 11-stamp Columbian short set. Surpassing Austin Simmon's multi-year winning set, Mike has landed in the number one Current Finest spot and is only a few points behind the All-Time Finest Westchester Collection.


Best 20th Century Regular Issue Set of 2009

The Golden State Collection - 1919 Shanghai (NH)
Shanghai is an interesting, short-lived and popular series. Although the Golden State Collection is closed from viewing, we can tell you that it is impressive. 11 of the stamps are "Top Pops" and five of the them are the single finest graded!





John B. Shely (Shilohprexys) - 1938 Presidential Set (NH)
The Presidential series served as the definitive stamps in the United States until the 1950s when they were replaced by the Liberty series. The issue provided a chronological overview of the American presidency, from George Washington on the 1-cent stamp to Calvin Coolidge on the 5-dollar value. The Shilohprexys set is closed from viewing but with a set rating of 99.57, you can only imagine what's in the set. For example, 24 stamps in this 32-stamp set are 100s! We're impressed, in fact, so much so, that this set is being inducted into the PSE Hall of Fame.

Best 20th Century Commemorative Set of 2009

Mike Casper - 1913-15 Panama-Pacific (NH)
On the December 31st deadline, Mike Casper's set was ranked number one by a large margin. This was better than the Schuetz Collection, a winner in 2006 and 2007 and the HRH collection which won in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Mike Casper's set boasts a 98.05 rating. In January, 2010, a new set was registered, Flying High Again, challenging Mike's set. It will be interesting to see who's on top at the end of this year!

Best Airmail Set of 2009

David Carnes (The Riverside Collection) - Early Airmail Issues C1-C19 (NH)
The early airmails from 1918 to 1934 contain some of the most interesting stamps in the series including the "Spirit of St. Louis" and the Graf Zeppelins. In 2008, the Riverside Collection was ranked number four Current Finest with a rating of 97.05. In the last year, David has improved his set bringing it to a phenomenal 98.22 rating, the best ever seen in the Registry. Congratulations!



Best Special Delivery Set of 2009

David Hall - Special Delivery Issues (NH)
Winning for the fifth time in six years, David Hall’s Special Delivery set continues to dominate in this category. It is clear from David's set description that he loves this series. His E15 is a perfect 100 and the E19 is 98J, the single finest graded. However, the set still lacks the E22. Will someone please sell him one?




Best Parcel Post Set of 2009

The Golden State Collection - 1913 Parcel Post (NH)
Now a member of the PSE Hall of Fame this wonderful set remains unbeatable. Six of the stamps in this set are Jumbo. With the exception of the Q6, all of the stamps grade 98. Eight of them are the highest PSE has graded. You can't get much better than this.

Best Federal Duck Set of 2009

Lifemates - Federal Duck Stamps RW1-76 (NH)
Since the inception of the Set Registry six years ago, the most popular set has always been the Federal ducks. The current champion, as well as All-Time Finest set, is the Lifemates collection which stole the crown from long time champion Blind Hog in 2008. And, in 2008 Lifemates was inducted into the PSE Hall of Fame. The set continues to dominate in the category with an average set rating of 98.95.

Best of the Registry Certificate Winners of 2009

(#1 set in each category with at least 85% completion, 12/31/09 2:00pm EST)

19th Century Regular Issues
Nick Kirke Collection 1847-55 Regular Issues Type Set (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1857-61 Regular Issues (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1861-66 Regular Issues (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1861-66 Regular Issues with Varieties (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1867 Grills (Used)
wmerlin collections 1869 Pictorials (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1869 Pictorials with Varieties (Used)
wmerlin collections 1870 National Bank Notes with Grill (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1870 National Bank Notes without Grill (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1873-75 Continental Bank Notes (Used)
The Regian '47 1875 Reprints of 1861-66 (NG)
Nick Kirke Collection 1879 American Bank Notes (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1881-89 American Bank Notes (Used)
sandjburke 1881-89 American Bank Notes (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1881-89 American Bank Notes (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1890 Small Bank Notes (Used)
sandjburke 1890 Small Bank Notes (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1890 Small Bank Notes (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1894 First Bureau Issues (Used)
wmerlin collections 1894 First Bureau Issues (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1894 First Bureau Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1895 First Bureau Issues (Used)
wmerlin collections 1895 First Bureau Issues (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1895 First Bureau Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1895 First Bureau Issues with Varieties (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1898 Regular Issues (Used)
ChazTheBear 1898 Regular Issues (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1898 Regular Issues (NH)
19th Century Commemoratives
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian (Used)
wmerlin collections 1893 Columbian (OG)
A Simmons 1893 Columbian (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian with Varieties (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian Short Set (Used)
West Coast 1893 Columbian Short Set (OG)
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian Short Set with Varieties (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1898 Trans-Mississippi (Used)
wmerlin Collections 1898 Trans-Mississippi (OG)
pelican bay 1898 Trans-Mississippi (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1898 Trans-Mississippi Short Set (Used)
sandjburke 1898 Trans-Mississippi Short Set (OG)
Mike Casper 1898 Trans-Mississippi Short Set (NH)
20th Century Regular Issues
Nick Kirke Collection 1902-03 Regular Issues (Used)
wmerlin collections 1902-03 Regular Issues (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1902-03 Regular Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1908-09 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
The Golden State Collection 1908-09 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
sandjburke 1908-12 Regular Issues - Coils (OG)
Avenbury Lakes -S 1908-12 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1908-17 Regular Issues - Imperforates (Used)
sandjburke 1908-17 Regular Issues - Imperforates (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1910-11 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
wmerlin collections 1910-11 Washington Franklin Issues (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1910-11 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1912-14 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
The Golden State Collection 1912-14 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1914 Regular Issues - Coils (Used)
sandjburke 1914 Regular Issues - Coils (OG)
Avenbury Lakes PRS 1914 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
wmerlin collections 1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Avenbury Lakes-S 1915-16 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1916-17 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
G-DUB 1916-17 Washington Franklin Issues (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1916-17 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils (Used)
sandjburke 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils (OG)
Avenbury Lakes-S 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1917-19 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
The Golden State Collection 1917-19 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1917-19 Washington Franklin Issues with Varieties (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1918-20 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
Nick Kirke Collection 1918-20 Washington Franklin Issues Offset Imperforates (Used)
sandjburke 1918-20 Washington Franklin Issues Offset Imperforates (NH)
Blue Angel Collection 1919 Shanghai (OG)
sandjburke 1922-25 Regular Issues (OG)
West Coast 1922-25 Regular Issues (NH)
sandjburke 1923-26 Imperf (NH)
The Golden State Collection 1923-26 Perf. 10 (NH)
Avenbury Lakes-PR 1923-29 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
West Coast 1926-28 Regular Issue Rotary (NH)
West Coast 1926-31 Regular Issue Rotary (NH)
West Coast 1931 Regular Issue Rotary (NH)
The Golden State Collection 1929 Kansas Nebraska Overprints (NH)
sandjburke 1929-34 Regular Issues (NH)
Avenbury Lakes-used PR 1929-34 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils (Used)
Avenbury Lakes -PR 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
T.F. Schaub, Jr. 1938 Presidential Set with Varieties (NH)
Jed Pairs 1939 Presidential Set - Coils (NH)
HRH 1954 Liberty Set (NH)
20th Century Commemoratives
Nick Kirke Collection 1901 Pan-American (Used)
sandjburke 1901 Pan-American (OG)
Mike Casper 1901 Pan-American (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1904 Louisiana Purchase (Used)
West Coast 1904 Louisiana Purchase (OG)
HRH 1904 Louisiana Purchase (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1907 Jamestown (Used)
sandjburke 1907 Jamestown (OG)
The Golden State Collection 1907 Jamestown (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1909 Commemoratives (Used)
Henson 1909 Commemoratives NH 1909 Commemoratives (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1913 Panama-Pacific (Used)
sandjburke 1913 Panama-Pacific (OG)
Mike Casper 1913 Panama-Pacific (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1913-15 Panama-Pacific (Used)
sandjburke 1913-15 Panama-Pacific (OG)
Henson 1919-1937 Non-Red Commemoratives 1919-1937 Non-Red Commemoratives (NH)
West Coast 1920s Commemoratives (NH)
Henson 1923 Harding Memorial Issue Collection 1923 Harding Memorial Issues (NH)
Colgate Reds 1926-32 Commemorative 2c Reds (NH)
West Coast 1932 Washington Bicentennial (NH)
sandjburke 1932-37 3c Violet Commemoratives (NH)
Henson 1934 National Parks Issues 1934 National Parks Issues (NH)
The Schuetz Collection - 2005 thru 2009 1936-37 Army Navy Issue (NH)
Henson 1938 to 1944 3¢ Violets 1938-44 3c Violet Commemoratives (NH)
G-DUB 1940 Famous Americans (NH)
Henson - 1940 National Defense 1940 National Defense (NH)
Schuetz Collection - 2005 thru 2009 1943 Overrun Countries (NH)
Henson 1943 - 1944 Overrun Countries 1943 Overrun Countries (NH)
sandjburke 1943 Overrun Countries (NH)
ChazTheBear Farley National Parks Imperfs Type Set (NGAI)
sandjburke Farley National Parks Imperfs Type Set (NGAI)
Henson - Farley National Parks Imperf Farley National Parks Imperfs Type Set (NGAI)
sandjburke Farley Special Printing Issues 752-771 (NG)
sandjburke Postwar 1940s Commemoratives (NH)
The Schuetz Collection - 2007 thru 2009 Early 1950s Commemoratives (NH)
Airmails
Blue Angel Collection First Airmail Issues (OG)
Mike Casper First Airmail Issues (NH)
My Led Zeps Graf Zeppelin Issues (Used)
sandjburke Graf Zeppelin Issues (OG)
Mike Casper Graf Zeppelin Issues (NH)
sandjburke Early Airmail Issues C1-C19 (OG)
The Riverside Collection Pre-War Airmails(C19-C24) Pre-War Airmail Set C20-C24 (NH)
sandjburke Mid-Century Airmail Set C20-C76 (NH)
sandjburke Airmail Special Delivery (NH)
Navarro.Gems Airmail Special Delivery (NH)
Special Delivery Issues
sandjburke (2498) Special Delivery Issues (OG)
sandjburke Special Delivery Issues Short Set E1-E14 (OG)
sandjburke Special Delivery Issues Short Set E15-E23 (NH)
West Coast Special Handling (NH)
Parcel Post Issues
West Coast 1913 Parcel Post (OG)
sandjburke 1913 Parcel Post Postage Due (OG)
West Coast 1913 Parcel Post Postage Due (NH)
Federal Duck Stamps
Tough Ducks - Incredible Used Federal Duck RW1-76 (Used)
Blue Dog - VLH Set - Federal Duck RW1-76 (OG)
BD-H82LSE Federal Duck Expanded RW1-76A (NH)
Ducktor Bob Federal Junior Ducks (NH)
Newspaper Stamps
sandjburke 1865 Newspaper Issues (NGAI)
U.S. Design Number Sets
The Schuetz Collection - 2004 thru 2008 Commemorative Issues USD #156-158 (NH)
Schuetz Collection - 2008 thru 2009 Panama-Pacific Issues USD #159-162 (Used)
Henson US Design National Parks National Park Issues USD #268-277 (NH)
The Schuetz Collection - 2008 thru 2009 Army Navy Issues USD #287-296 (NH)
Henson US Design Commemoratives 1939 Commemorative Issues USD #340-346 (NH)
Henson US Design Overrun Countries Commemoratives 1943-1944 Overrun Countries Issues USD #397-409 (NH)
Henson US Design Commemoratives 1944 Commemorative Issues USD #410-414 (NH)
The Schuetz Collection - 2009 Roosevelt Memorial Issues USD #419-422 (NH)
The Schuetz Collection - 2009 Armed Forces Issues USD #423-427 (NH)
The Schuetz Collection - 2009 Commemorative Issues USD #433-435 (NH)