Canadian Stamp Auctions
Stamp Market Commentary
This will be the third year in which we have seen only a few increases in the catalogue values for Canadian stamps. In its editorial at the beginning of the catalogue, Scott noted that there were a total of 1975 value changes for Canada. This compares to 14,600 value changes for China. Unfortunately, one would have to look long and hard to find any increases that were meaningful. We show a few below but they are not at all representative of the overall picture.
1851 to 1926
the first 75 years, from 1851 to 1926, we only noted four changes that
were more than a minimal increase:
The Scott editor explained that although there were many changes amongst the modern Canadian stamps, most were a reflection of the strengthening of the Canadian dollar in the past year. We found these increases starting around 1978 and continuing through to 2009. But almost all of these increases were negligible, being generally in the order of 5¢ to 10¢.
There were a small number of increases and decreases of significance amongst the post-1926 stamps. Here are the ones we noted:
As we skimmed through the pages, we came across these four new varieties in the catalogue:
All in all, there were fewer changes of significance in the 2012 Scott catalogue than we have seen in any recent year. We cannot say we feel comfortable with this, taking into account the fact that we recorded 163 new record prices last year with great strength in the early stamps issued between 1900 and 1926, and especially among the Admirals. However our discussions with Canadian stamp dealers seem to indicate that there is not a great demand these days for stamps other than the best premium material. Few of our average collectors have the means or the will to pay the stiff prices demanded for this material.
again, we look forward to the upcoming year with optimism and high hopes
that values will once again rise as collectors recognize how truly rare
fine copies of early Canadian stamps really are.