#C18 – 1933 50c Century of Progress Issue

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- Mint Stamp(s)
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$170.00
- Used Stamp(s)
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$130.00
- Unused Stamp (small flaws)
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$120.00
- Used Stamp (small flaws)
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camera Mint Plate Block of 6
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$1,100.00
camera Classic First Day Cover
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$395.00
- First Day Cover Rubber Stamp Cachet
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$295.00
- First Day Cover Un-Cacheted
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$175.00
- Mint Stamp(s)
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$195.00
camera Mint Stamp(s)
Fine
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$215.00
- Used Stamp(s)
Fine
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$164.75
camera Mint Stamp(s)
Fine, Never Hinged
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$285.00
camera Mint Stamp(s)
Very Fine
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$275.00
camera Mint Stamp(s)
Very Fine, Never Hinged
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$330.00
camera Mint Stamp(s)
Extra Fine
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$315.00
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U.S. #C18
1933 50¢ Zeppelin at Chicago Expo
Century of Progress Issue

Issue Date: October 2, 1933
City: New York, NY
Quantity: 324,070
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Flat plate printing
Perforations:
11
Color: Green
 
In 1933, the city of Chicago hosted a World’s Fair known as “Century of Progress.” Exhibits from all over the world were shown. Germany decided to send the Graf Zeppelin on a “Century of Progress” flight to Chicago via South America. The rate was 50¢ per one-half ounce for letters or post cards carried on the flight.  Collectors dubbed this stamp the "Baby Zepp."
 
One of the most attractive U.S. airmail stamps ever, the #C18 sold poorly at the time it was issued.  Eventually 90% of the stamps were destroyed – today it may be scarcer than its price reflects.