again, the latest Unitrade catalogue arrived in Montreal in the month
of November. We took it home and poured over the contents with great
interest. Then we put it down beside last year's catalogue and began
our study of the changes.
As mentioned in the past, the catalogue contains a vast amount of information
printed on over 550 pages. A very rough estimate is that there could
be as many as 7000 mint and 7000 used prices and to that could be added
the prices for the covers.
How many price increases did we find? Not many! This is just like last
year. Very roughly, we found about 60 increases of note. There may have
been more but these would have been minor. Of the 60, only 2 also increased
last year. Also, of the 60, only 7 were for regular stamps. The rest
of the increases were for varieties. Most of the increases were for
stamps issued before 1935.
Here is a brief overview of the price changes:
(Scott 1 – 20)
Few changes in prices except 8b, 9iii, 15vi, vii and viii (covers) and
Large Queens (Scott 21 –
No changes except 24c and 27d, both of which are bisected covers
Small Queens (Scott 34–47)
Changes were found for 34b, 35c, 35vi, 36vii, 40e, 40i, 43vi, 44xx, 45iv
Jubilees (Scott 50-65)
Changes were found for 52, 52i, 53, 54 and 54i.
Changes were for 76iv only
Changes for 105, 106ix, 112iii, 126c, 128ai and 132
Other Early Sets
Only one change of note:
Broken “X” Imperforate Pair
Changes were found in 294i, 628i and 1601b.
Back of the Book
This might be the third or fourth year in a row of few changes.
Funnily enough, regardless of what the catalogues say, this doesn't
seem to stop bidders from occasionally pushing up prices for the top
premium material well beyond their catalogue values. What this seems
to show is that there are two markets for Canadian stamps. First, there
is the top premium material for which there will always be a solid demand,
and then, all the other material for which demand is unpredictable,
particularly at times like this when our economies are in a state of
These days, stamps issued before 1935, can command noticeable premiums.
Those issued after that date usually sell at a discount to catalogue.
Perhaps this is the same for other collectables. As usual, we remain
optimistic about the future despite everything.
To help you understand
the changes in this year's catalogue, we have prepared summaries of the
noticeable price increases and new listings. To review them please click
on the following links.