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PSE SET REGISTRY SM AWARDS 2010

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Expert Comments :

2010 was a very busy year for the PSE Set Registry. We added two new major categories which include Official Stamps and Revenue Stamps. In addition, an upgrade to our software now allows us to distinguish between singles, pairs and line pairs. As a result we expanded the Registry by adding over 165 new set composites. From 1,203 registered sets at the end of 2009 to 1,450 sets at the end of 2010 and an increase in membership, the judges were faced with an array of unbelievable sets to review. We wish to thank all PSE Set Registrants. Whether you won an award this year or not, your participation in the Registry and your enthusiasm is very much appreciated.

Scott Murphy, USN, Ret.
Senior Expert
Professional Stamp Experts

Best Overall Set of 2010

Flying High Again #9 - 1929 Kansas Nebraska Overprints (NH)
Even though considered a modern set by many, the set is extremely difficult due to the normally small margins. This set in particular is exceptional in that all but four out of the 22 stamps are top of the pop, and for those four stamps there are a total of five stamps graded higher. Simply incredible!



Best 19th Century Regular Issue Set of 2010

Nick Kirke Collection - 1890 Small Bank Notes (Used)
An incredible show stopper of a set with 75% jumbos! Eye candy for the used collector, this set must be seen to be believed.






wmerlin collections - 1894 First Bureau Issues (OG)
For a fourth year in a row this set has dominated its competition and even though previously hinged, with one third OGnh and 42% jumbos, this set is in its own class.






Best 19th Century Commemorative Set of 2010

wmerlin collections - 1893 Columbian (OG)
Even though previously hinged, this set contains even more jumbos and a higher overall grade average than the previous set. With an incredible twelve jumbos (75% of the total set) and no stamps below XF-S 95, this set is a real delight to the eye.

wmerlin collections - 1898 Trans-Mississippi (OG)
Six years in a row and still over two full points higher than the next set, this set is pure viewing pleasure and a supreme achievement.

Best 20th Century Regular Issue Set of 2010

Brian M. DeBroff (Brian and Brian Stamps) - 1923-26 Imperf (NH)
There can be no doubt that a complete set graded Gem 100J deserves recognition.







West Coast - 1926-28 Regular Issue Rotary (NH)
With all but four stamps currently top of the pop including three graded 100J and none grading below 98 this set is inspiring in its excellence.

Flying High Again #9 - 1929 Kansas Nebraska Overprints (NH)
See Best Overall Set description above.

Avenbury Lakes Presidential NH Pairs -2 - 1939 Presidential Set - Coils, Pairs (NH)
Coil stamps can be notoriously difficult to find well centered. This set is absolutely amazing with an incredible ten of thirteen pairs grading 100. What a treat!

Best 20th Century Commemorative Set of 2010

Flying High Again #25 - 1904 Louisiana Purchase (NH)
A small but challenging set, this one has topped all the top sets of the previous six years – just a delightful set to behold.

Flying High Again #11 - 1919-1937 Non-Red Commemoratives (NH)
With ten of thirteen stamps at the top of the pop, this set just topped last year’s winner with an unbelievable nine Gem 100s and three Gem 100Js. WOW!

Flying High Again #18 - 1926-32 Commemorative 2c Reds (NH)
Any set with a rating above 100 has to be incredible and this set is no exception. With 21 of 24 stamps graded Gem 100 or Gem 100J and twenty at the top of the pop, this set will be very difficult to beat anytime soon. Another WOW!

Flying High Again #17 - 1936-37 Army Navy Issue (NH)
Ten stamps – all top of the pop and all graded Gem 100 with one jumbo. What more can be said?

Randy Henson - 1940 Famous Americans (NH)
What a challenge – 35 stamps and over 90% are top of the pop with 31 graded Gem 100 or higher.

Best Back of the Book Set of 2010

The Golden State Collection - 1919 Shanghai Overprint Issues (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 four of them are the single finest graded!




Flying High Again #2 - Graf Zeppelin Issues (NH)
Only three stamps in this set, but what history. Achieving the current finest possible set rating is an accomplishment worthy of note. Enjoy the view!

Flying High Again #5 - Mid-Century Airmail Set C20-C76 (NH)
Reaching completion for this long 57 stamp set and surpassing the top sets from the previous two years is quite impressive. The shocker is that there are an incredible 50 top pop stamps here and 42 graded Gem 100.

Mike Casper - Special Delivery Issues (NH)
Beating out a five time current champ this set burst onto the scene this year. An eye-popping seven single finest known stamps are the highlight. Enjoy!






Best Federal Duck Set of 2010

Lifemates - Federal Duck Stamps RW1-77 (NH)
Since the inception of the Set Registry seven 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 98.99, up slightly from last year.

Best of the Registry Certificate Winners of 2010

(#1 set in each category with at least 85% completion, 12/31/10 2:00pm EST)

19th Century Regular Issues
wmerlin collections 1847-55 Regular Issues Complete Set (Used)
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)
Nick Kirke Collection 1869 Pictorials with Varieties (Used)
wmerlin collections 1870 National Bank Notes with 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)
Flying High Again #21 1890 Small Bank Notes (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1894 First Bureau Issues (Used)
Flying High Again #24 1894 First Bureau Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1895 First Bureau Issues (Used)
wmerlin collections 1895 First Bureau Issues (OG)
Flying High Again #26 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)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1898 Regular Issues (NH)
19th Century Commemoratives
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1893 Columbian (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian with Varieties (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1893 Columbian with Varieties (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian Short Set (Used)
West Coast 1893 Columbian Short Set (OG)
Flying High Again #32 1893 Columbian Short Set (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1893 Columbian Short Set with Varieties (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1893 Columbian Short Set with Varieties (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1898 Trans-Mississippi (Used)
Flying High Again #16 1898 Trans-Mississippi (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1898 Trans-Mississippi Short Set (Used)
ChazTheBear 1898 Trans-Mississippi Short Set (OG)
Flying High Again #29 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)
Flying High Again #13 1902-03 Regular Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1908-09 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
The Golden State Collection 1908-09 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Avenbury Lakes -S 1908-12 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Singles 2 1908-12 Regular Issues - Coils, Singles (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH LP PR -2 1908-12 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1908-17 Regular Issues - Imperforates (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 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)
wmerlin collections 1912-14 Washington Franklin Issues (OG)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1912-14 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1914 Regular Issues - Coils (Used)
Avenbury Lakes PRS 1914 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Singles -2 1914 Regular Issues - Coils, Singles (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Used Pairs -2 1914 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (Used)
Avenbury Lakes NH Pairs -2 1914 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Used Line Pairs -2 1914 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (Used)
Avenbury Lakes NH Line Pairs -2 1914 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
wmerlin collections 1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (OG)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Avenbury Lakes-S 1915-16 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Singles-2 1915-16 Regular Issues - Coils, Singles (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Pairs -2 1915-16 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Line Pairs -2 1915-16 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1916-17 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1916-17 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Singles -2 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils, Singles (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Used Pairs -2 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (Used)
Avenbury Lakes NH Pairs -2 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Used Line Pairs -2 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (Used)
Avenbury Lakes Line Pairs -2 1916-19 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (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)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1917-19 Washington Franklin Issues with Varieties (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1918-20 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1918-20 Washington Franklin Issues (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1918-20 Washington Franklin Issues Offset Imperforates (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1918-20 Washington Franklin Issues Offset Imperforates (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1919-22 Washington Franklin Rotary Issues (Used)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1919-22 Washington Franklin Rotary Issues (NH)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1908-22 Washington Franklin Issues Complete Set (NH)
Betsy's Stamps 1922-25 Regular Issues (OG)
West Coast 1922-25 Regular Issues (NH)
Flying High Again #8 1922-25 Regular Issues (NH)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1923-26 Perf. 10 (NH)
Avenbury Lakes-PR 1923-29 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Singles -2 1923-29 Regular Issues - Coils, Singles (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Pairs-2 1923-29 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (NH)
Avenbury Lakes NH Line Pairs-2 1923-29 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (NH)
West Coast 1926-31 Regular Issue Rotary (NH)
West Coast 1931 Regular Issue Rotary (NH)
Avenbury Lakes-used PR 1929-34 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils (Used)
Avenbury Lakes _S 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes -PR 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Singles NH - 2 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils, Singles (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Used Pairs - 2 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (Used)
Avenbury Lakes Pairs NH -2 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils, Pairs (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Line Pairs NH - 2 1929-34 Regular Issues - Coils, Line Pairs (NH)
Shilohprexys 1938 Presidential Set (NH)
T.F. Schaub, Jr. 1938 Presidential Set with Varieties (NH)
Jed Pairs 1939 Presidential Set - Coils (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Presidential NH Singles -2 1939 Presidential Set - Coils, Singles (NH)
Avenbury Lakes Presidential NH Line Pairs -2 1939 Presidential Set - Coils, Line Pairs (NH)
HRH 1954 Liberty Set (NH)
20th Century Commemoratives
Stephen G. Gavula Collection 1901 Pan-American (Used)
Flying High Again #28 1901 Pan-American (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1904 Louisiana Purchase (Used)
West Coast 1904 Louisiana Purchase (OG)
Nick Kirke Collection 1907 Jamestown (Used)
wmerlin collections 1907 Jamestown (OG)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1907 Jamestown (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1909 Commemoratives (Used)
Flying High Again #10 1909 Commemoratives (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1913 Panama-Pacific (Used)
ChazTheBear 1913 Panama-Pacific (OG)
Flying High Again #14 1913 Panama-Pacific (NH)
Nick Kirke Collection 1913-15 Panama-Pacific (Used)
wmerlin collections 1913-15 Panama-Pacific (OG)
Brian and Brian Stamps 1913-15 Panama-Pacific (NH)
Flying High Again #12 1920s Commemoratives (NH)
Flying High Again #6 1923 Harding Memorial Issues (NH)
West Coast 1932 Washington Bicentennial (NH)
Henson 1932-1937 3˘ Violet Commemoratives 1932-37 3c Violet Commemoratives (NH)
Henson 1934 National Parks Issues 1934 National Parks Issues (NH)
Henson 1938 to 1944 3˘ Violets 1938-44 3c Violet Commemoratives (NH)
Henson - 1940 National Defense 1940 National Defense (NH)
Henson 1943 - 1944 Overrun Countries 1943 Overrun Countries (NH)
ChazTheBear Farley National Parks Imperfs Type Set (NGAI)
Henson - Farley National Parks Imperf Farley National Parks Imperfs Type Set (NGAI)
Betsy's Stamps Farley Special Printing Issues 752-771 (NG)
Betsy's Stamps Postwar 1940s Commemoratives (NH)
Flying High Again #22 Early 1950s Commemoratives (NH)
Back of the Book Issues
Blue Angel Collection 1919 Shanghai Overprint Issues (OG)
Leon McKee's First Airmail Issues (Used) First Airmail Issues (Used)
Blue Angel Collection First Airmail Issues (OG)
Flying High Again #1 First Airmail Issues (NH)
Leon McKee's Graf Zeppelin Issues (Used) Graf Zeppelin Issues (Used)
ChazTheBear Graf Zeppelin Issues (OG)
Leon McKee's Early Airmail Issues C1-C19 (Used) Early Airmail Issues C1-C19 (Used)
ChazTheBear Early Airmail Issues C1-C19 (OG)
Flying High Again #3 Early Airmail Issues C1-C19 (NH)
The Trooper Collection Pre-War Airmail Set C20-C24 (NH)
Navarro.Gems Airmail Special Delivery (NH)
ChazTheBear Special Delivery Issues (OG)
ChazTheBear Special Delivery Issues with Varieties (OG)
ChazTheBear Special Delivery Issues Short Set E1-E14 (OG)
Mike Casper Special Delivery Issues Short Set E1-E14 (NH)
Henson Special Delivery Issues Short Set Special Delivery Issues Short Set E15-E23 (NH)
West Coast Special Handling (NH)
West Coast 1913 Parcel Post (OG)
Mike Casper 1913 Parcel Post (NH)
Mike Casper 1913 Parcel Post Postage Due (NH)
Federal Duck Stamps
Tough Ducks - Incredible Used Federal Ducks RW1-77 (Used)
Blue Dog - VLH Set - Federal Ducks RW1-77 (OG)
WDO - Ducks Expanded Set Federal Duck Stamps Expanded RW1-77A (NH)
WDO - Duck S/Sheet - Basic Federal Duck Souvenir Sheets (NH)
WDO - Ducks P/Sensitive Federal Ducks PSA RW65A-77A (NH)
Ducktor Bob Federal Junior Ducks JDS1-18 (NH)
U.S. Design Number Sets
Schuetz Collection - 2008 thru 2009 Panama-Pacific Issues USD #159-162 (Used)
Henson US Design National Parks National Park Issues USD #268-277 (NH)
Henson US Design Commemoratives 1939 Commemorative Issues USD #340-346 (NH)
Henson US Design Commemoratives 1940 Commemorative Issues USD #382-387 (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)