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Commentary No. 170 - 17 September, 2013

Valuable Used Stamps of Canada – Part II

Vance
Jan. 26, 2011

Scott 34
Catalogue $10
Realized $136


In our June Commentary, we presented a group of cancelled Canadian stamps from auctions that took place in 2012 and 2013 that were sold for solid prices at auction. We were surprised at the strength of the market for used stamps from the 1897–1930 period and were pleased to see this. There’s something satisfying about seeing an exception to the established rule that only mint stamps count.

Granted, none of the used stamps we featured were "ordinary". They were either exceptionally well centered, or had the type of wide margins that catch our attention. But those attributes also apply to the popular VF NH stamps of this period. Why these used stamps attract collector attention seems to occur because of two further qualities. First they are very rare. We might see 1000 Scott 34s, all off-center and with narrow margins, but rarely a beautifully centered example like the above. As well, in some cases, they may be beautifully canceled and preferably with a clear date stamp.

You could have ten VF NH copies of Scott 34 in your collection, but not many of us have ever found a used treasure like the above. We present below some further used stamps from auctions in 2011 and 2013 that are worthy of attention.

Large Queens

Sparks
Aug. 20 ,2013
Maresch
Oct. 26 , 2011
Eastern
May 28 ,2011
Scott 23
Catalogue $225
Realized $120
Scott 25iv
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $1,150
Scott 25vii
Estimate $1,000
Realized $1,050

Maresch
Oct. 26 ,2011
Vance
Jan. 26 , 2011
Spink Shreves
Jan. 27 ,2013
Scott 27b
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $2,700
Scott 30
Catalogue $55
Realized $68
Scott 30d
Catalogue $5,500
Realized $2,982

Spink Shreves
Jun. 27,2113
Spink Shreves
Jun. 27,2113
Scott 31
Catalogue $8,000
Realized $9,975
Scott 33
Catalogue $2,250
Realized $3,938

 

Small Queens

Eastern
Oct. 22, 2011
Vance
Nov. 30, 2011
Maresch
Feb 23, 2011
Scott 35
Catalogue $150
Realized $400
Scott 36iv
Catalogue $650
Realized $665
Scott 41a
Catalogue $11
Realized $90

Vance
Oct. 13, 2111
Vance
Jan. 26, 2111
Scott 45
Catalogue $55
Realized $72
Scott 45
Catalogue $55
Realized $86

Spink Shreves
Jan. 27, 2011

Scott 46
Catalogue $200
Realized $398

 

Jubilees

Vance
May 4, 2011

Scott 53
Catalogue $2
Realized $184

Sparks
Jun. 21, 2011
Vance
Oct. 13, 2011
Sparks
Jun. 21, 2011
Scott 54
Catalogue $45
Realized $350
Scott 55
Catalogue $250
Realized $355
Scott 60
Catalogue $190
Realized $800

Sparks
Aug. 20, 2013
Eastern
May 29, 2013
Eastern
May 29, 2013
Scott 61
Catalogue $700
Realized $725
Scott 62
Catalogue $525
Realized $425
Scott 63
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $650

Vance
Jun. 26, 2113
Eastern
May 28, 2111
Scott 63
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $600
Scott 64
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $2,800

Eastern
May 29, 2113
Vance
Jun. 20, 2113
Scott 65
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $725
Scott 65
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $508


Modern

Eastern
Aug. 31, 2011
Scott 159
Catalogue $150
Realized $170

Spink Shreves
Jun. 27, 2013
Scott 535a
Catalogue $1,900
Realized $1,312


Back of the Book

Sparks
Jun. 27, 2013
Scott C1i
Catalogue $100
Realized $275

Longley
May 27, 2111
Vance
Aug. 24, 2111
Scott F1
Catalogue $5
Realized $270
Scott F1
Catalogue $5
Realized $112

Longley
May 27, 2011
Scott F1ii
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $1,300

Longley
May 27 ,2011
Scott F2
Catalogue $6
Realized $120

To see the outstanding used stamps shown earlier in our June Commentary, please click on this link:

June 2013 - Commentary No. 167

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