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Stamp Market Commentary

Commentary No. 167 - 17 June, 2013

Valuable Used Stamps of Canada Part I

 

Eastern
Oct. 27, 2012

Scott 47
Catalogue $75
Realized $400

There are certain narrow areas of stamp collecting in Canada where there is strong demand and other broad areas where the demand is soft. Strong demand exists for finer issues of the early Classics, Large and Small Queens and for the sets issued between 1897 and 1930.

In most cases, serious bidders acquire only VF NH stamps issued in the 1897-1930 period, leaving mint and used stamps of lesser quality to collectors looking for a bargain.

But we have found that nicely centered, well canceled used stamps issued between 1897 and 1930 do have a market. In fact we think we see a trend here towards a greater interest in these used stamps. The results at auction are not always predictable, but as you can see below, some of the prices are quite impressive.

Jubilees

Vance
May 8, 2013
Sparks
Feb. 21, 2012
Vance
March 20, 2013
Scott 50
Catalogue $120
Realized $325
Scott 55
Catalogue $175
Realized $525
Scott 57
Catalogue $120
Realized $195

 

Maresch
Oct. 30, 2012
Schuyler Rumsey
Apr. 27, 2013

Scott 60
Catalogue $190

Realized $500

Scott 61
Catalogue $700
Realized $2,652

 

Matthew Bennett
Feb. 28, 2012
Matthew Bennett
Feb. 28, 2012

Scott 63
Catalogue $1,000

Realized $1,300

Scott 65
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $1,200

 

Edward VII

Eastern
Jan. 16, 2013
Eastern
March 6, 2013

Scott 94
Catalogue $100

Realized $160

Scott 95
Catalogue $175
Realized $175

 

Quebec Tercentenary

Ron Leith
March 24, 2012
Eastern
Oct. 27, 2012
Vance
Oct. 17, 2012
Scott 99
Catalogue $50
Realized $100
Scott 100
Catalogue $100
Realized $375
Scott 101
Catalogue $125
Realized $148

 

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Vance
Jan, 25, 2012

Scott 158
Catalogue $65

Realized $112

 

Registered

Eastern
Jan 18, 2012
Ron Leith
March 24, 2012

Scott F1
Catalogue $6

Realized $14

Scott F1b
Catalogue $110
Realized $100

What we like about this interest in used stamps is that some of these stamps, these little treasures, may well be sitting in our collections, just waiting to be found. Maybe if we all had another look, we could find one or two - Happy Hunting!

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