Stamp market commentary
Commentary No. 14 - 17 October, 2000
Fall Auctions Highlights
Recently a gentleman arrived at our office in Montreal and introduced himself as a collector from South Africa. We talked about stamp collecting for a while and he mentioned that it is lonely being a collector because there seems to be so few of us. It was a pleasure to meet him and to talk about our favourite subject.
Along these lines, we at Canadian Stamp Auctions hope that this web site will help connect collectors of Canadian stamps where ever they may be.
This fall has seen lots of activity amongst the Canadian auction houses. The increase in the prices being realized for the better material seems to be bringing more and more good material to the market. This commentary will focus on this material, illustrating some of the more interesting examples. We will not know the prices realised for some time, but will post them as soon as they become available.
(Please click on thumbnail for larger image) Scott 2000
Jim A. Hennok - 16 September
Scott Number 1 - Pair on paper with date E $2,000 $3,250 Brigham Auctions - 20 September
Scott F1b - Extremely well centred, NH $210 $850
Scott 818b - Imperforate pair NH E $1,250 $870 Northwestern Philatelic - 29 September
Scott 9 - 4 ring numeral cancel $2,000 $950 Eastern Auctions - 14 October
Scott 7 - Jumbo margins - superb! $1,250 $2,800
Scott 73 - Nice quality single NH $525 $475
Scott 79 - Selected single NH $325 $525
Scott 116 - Huge margins, wet printing $450 $300 Ian Kimmerly Auctions - 17 October
Scott 67 - Worthy of the finest collection $37 $75
Scott 124 - coil single, extremely fine $175 $280
Scott 158 - Extremely fine $300 $425 Robert A. Lee Auctions - 21 October
Scott 45 - Imprint strip of 3, superb, NH $900 $1,600 R. Maresch & Son - 25 October
Fine, glazed and disturbed O.G., slate grey
Scott 22 - Superb, traces of O.G. $475 $750
Scott 28 - Brilliant, fresh, full O.G., HR $625 $925
Scott 39 - Brilliant fresh, LH $300 $350
Scott 43 - Jumbo, NH E $350 $750
Scott 71a - Imperf pair, NH $1,200 $1,100
Scott 75a - Imperf pair, NH $1,350 $925
Scott 114 var
Thin paper variety, extremely fine, mathematically centred, NH
E $750 $550
Scott 116 - Superb, NH $450 $1,050
We have listed only a few of the outstanding stamps that are being offered this fall. If money were no object, one could put together the collection of a lifetime from these seven auctions. But, as always, bidding is a tug of war between the pocket book, the resolution to keep the self-imposed limits one must set before the bidding starts, versus the desire to get the perfect stamp to add to one's collection once the excitement of the bidding is under way.
For each of you who is a participant, it is a moment of drama. We wish you the best of luck and hope you will be able to get at least one of these gems!