300b line pair on historic cover

I have a cover handwritten by Charles Fairbanks, former Vice President of the US to a relative In Indianapolis. I’ve had it since 1985 when I purchased a large box loaded with old stamps and philatelic material at a flea market in Indianapolis for $200. I recently looked more closely at the attached vertical pair of 300b stamps and noticed that they were a line pair. The cover is somewhat worn and have smudges, but the stamps appear sound, VF, with good color. I know that 300b line pairs are rare, but I don’t know how rare. Hipstamp sold a pair before, but I couldn’t find how much it went for. Does anyone know what the a value of the stamps/cover might be? Thanks. A4EB0E19-96A1-4213-A3B2-BA32BC68CD1E


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    I am just a simple cover collector but do you get line pairs from a booklet? There are rare guide line pairs in Scott 316 coil but this obviously is not a coil pair
  • I know, they are guidelines, but I do believe it’s still a rare pair.
  • I'm not sure you are using the nomenclature "line pair" correctly as this is used to describe coil stamps, but I see what you mean. The cover has value, especially if authenticated by content. Please, keep the entire piece intact. It's a very cool piece. I'll take a wild swing at this, but I would value it at most $50-$200 range. For political topical collectors, this could be a "biggie", so value is going to be in the eyes of the buyer. It is in rough condition, and the sender is not historically meaningful ( except to his descendants). My two cents ( no pun intended).
  • Patrick, If you have the US Specialized catalogue, you can go to the beginning of the booklet section and take a look at the 180 subject plate with 9 collectible positions. It is the first one illustrated. In the 2021 catalogue, it is on page 488. Your booklet pair came from one of the middle position panes that have the guide line running through them. I believe it is very unusual to see a guide line booklet pair used on cover and agree it may have some significant value. Leave it on cover. I would place value at $100 + with the upper limit depending on how badly a specialist for that stamp wants it.
  • Yes, a nice item. Never seen a 300b line pair before--on or off cover. A #300 specialist will have to have it and will pay well for it I would think.
  • OK, Fairbanks , Alaska is named after the author of this letter. The City of Fairbanks may pay a sum for this, just thinking.
  • Thanks, I didn’t know that. It helps with the description of this cover should I decide to sell it in the future!
  • Would it be this Fellow?

    The New York Times, July 27, 1944, pg. 17
    R. M. FAIRBANKS; 60, LONG A PUBLISHER -- Head of Indianapolis News, Radio Station WIBC Dead -- Son of Ex-Vice President, INDIANAPOLIS, July 26 -- Richard M. Fairbanks, president of The Indianapolis News Publishing Company and Radio Station WIBC, died at his home here today at the age of 60. He underwent a major operation in January and a few weeks ago suffered a relapse. . . .Born in Indianapolis on Oct. 8, 1883, Mr. Fairbanks was the son of Charles Warren Fairbanks and Cornelia Cole Fairbanks. . . .In 1911 he married Miss Louise Hibben of Indianapolis, who died in 1913. On Nov. 14, 1918, he married Miss Robertine Buchanan of Indianapolis. Besides his widow, he leaves two children, Richard Jr., by the first marriage, and Michael B. Fairbanks. Surviving also are two grandchildren, Anthony C. Fairbanks and Richard Fairbanks 3d; a sister, Mrs. Adelaide Fairbanks Causey; a brother, Robert C. Fairbanks of Los Angeles; a nephew, Charles W. Fairbanks of Redlands, Calif., and three nieces, Cornelia Fairbanks Vaillancourt of Pasadena, Calif., and Edith Visconti de Modrone and Cornelia Fairbanks Ericourt of Chicago.
  • Father to son letter... likely. The more you look, the value goes up. Patrick, I think this has interest. Should be carefully curated.
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