New York: Feb. 7–8 and May 16, 1945. Two catalogues. Crown 4to, original printed card covers. (2), 50, (2), (4); 21, (3) pages; 906, 488–886 + 13 lots; 7 plates. First sale annotated in pencil and ink in the large cent sections, with prices realized noted, along with occasional comments on the varieties and, in a later hand, Sheldon numbers. Both with prices realized lists laid in; first with small note from Joe Barnet to Bluestone reporting on the success of four of his seven bids. First with covers detached but present, “Property of Barney Bluestone” written on front cover in blue ink; second sale fine. Item #5508
Very important. Part I is rated A by Adams: “Newcomb’s fabulous collection of early date cents — a landmark in the hobby, exceeding in breadth and quality anything auctioned before or since. Sale is also rich in choice early silver.” Part II is rated A–: “Newcomb’s superb late dates by Andrews numbers; 267 lots sold as one to Floyd Starr who later merged this set with the equally impressive late dates of Henry Hines.” The second catalogue is clean and bears no indication of having belonged to Bluestone, though the first sale clearly is. Ex Charles Davis’s June 1998 auction, lot 455; ex Phil Carrigan Library.