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Commentary No. 157 - 17 August 2012

The Definitives of 1987-An exceptional Set

Part III  

It has been 12 years since we last looked at this set.  It is one of the few modern sets that have increased in value in a noticeable way.  We think our viewers will be a bit surprised at the changes that have taken place. As we noted in two previous commentaries on the set, it is an odd mix of stamps.  But this odd mix has certainly proved popular with collectors.  Here are a few examples:

1165c 1171c  1175a 1181a

The Scott catalogue did not list most of the imperforates from the set after it was issued 25 years ago. Scott referred to these rather disparagingly as “printer’s waste”.  Not a nice way to describe Canadian imperforates!  But then, few of us really know exactly where so many of the modern Canadian varieties came from.  Maybe they all have their origins as printer’s waste.  In the 2013 catalogue, Scott relented and took steps to list an additional 11 imperforate pairs.

 We now look at some of the price changes which have taken place over the past 13 years.

 Price changes

(1999 – 2012)

Scott No.

 

Perforations

1999

2001

2008

2013

1155a

13 x 12½

1.00

2.00

3.00

4.00

1159a

Imperf.

-

1,600

1,800

2,400

1160a

10¢

13 x 12½

0.65

3.50

3.50

4.00

1164d

38¢

Imperf.

-

750

850

1,000

1166c

39¢

13 x 12½

2.00

6.00

10

19

1171c

44¢

13½ x 13

240

240

350

475

1172d

45¢

13

10

12

17

22

1175a

61¢

13

52

50

70

85

1181a

$1

Inverted script

8,750

10,000

10,500

13,500

As can be seen, these price increases are definitely of note for serious collectors.

Not included in the above is the 74¢ Wapiti, printed on Rolland paper.  This was different from the regular stamps which were printed on Ashton-Potter paper.

Unitrade 1171i

Back in the 2007 edition of the Unitrade Catalogue, this stamp had a value of $900.  In the 2012 edition the value was still $900.  The fact that the price has not changed is surprising as the stamp does not trade very often and always sells for a good price when it is put up for auction. On the other hand, the price never exceeded the $900 catalogue value and was usually in the $700 to $750 range.

 If you would like to see the earlier commentaries on the set we prepared back in 1987, please click on:

Commentary No. 16

Commentary No. 17

It will certainly be interesting to revisit the set in another 13 years.  If we forget, please do not hesitate to remind us!

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