You would lose that bet, guaranteed they would not show them if they did not have them for the sale. There was a 50% tax on profits from the purchase of silver bullion from 1934 to 1963. This particular stamp is one with the "series 1940" handstamp, a very scarce stamp.
Serious revenue collectors don't need cat numbers for these stamps, they are easily found in the catalog. And given the value of these stamps, only serious collectors would likely to be be bidding. Plus this auction house doesn't use "illustrative pictures" for their catalogs. They always use items actually in the sale.
I'm pretty sure the major auction houses (and I think Kelleher is in that category) never use illustrative pictures on the covers of their auction catalogs. Stamps shown on the cover will be in the auction and are probably some of the auction highlights.
And that's why I "never" wager more than a quarter. Story is, I was with a friend once at a slot machine cuz he said it was fun. I put in a quarter, puled the lever, and nothing. It was very disappointing. Been in a casino, never been to las vegas. Been close, but I cant stand sitting around gambling. Just not my deal. As you have seen, by my loss of the proverbial quarter here, its better this way. LOL
Well, No one took me up on the bet. I was simply informed I would lose. To my knowledge, no one actually looked to see if the Illustrations were Items for sale. I don't doubt his knowledge in the matter, however, a bet requires 2 parties to be contractual. So, in light of my recent education in auctions houses so kindly provided by Revcollector, I retract my bet, but am grateful for the addition to the sum of my personal knowledge. :)
The sale cover hilights look tempting: stock transfer RD 234 one of 3 known, Red dated documentary R306A about 10 known, silver tax RG 55 nine known, the large rug R1333 about 80 surviving copies, and the chicken RO 129a about 10 known
There are at least 11 RG55 known. I maintain a list of the control numbers of genuine series 1940 handstamps for the different categories for which they are applicable (about 16 different stamps). There are specific groups of numbers for each variety that all genuine handstamps must fall into. That's one of the factors in determining whether a handstamp is genuine or not. I currently have 11 numbers listed for this stamp. I have personally examined about 5 or 6 of the Macklin Match stamp, always a fun stamp to see.