Canadian Stamp Auctions
Stamp Market Commentary
Commentary No. 171 - 17 October, 2013
Tracking a 6¢
Small Queen Imperforate Block of 20
Tracking a 6¢ Small Queen Imperforate Block of 20
In this commentary, we track the sale of a rare imperforate block of 20 of the 6¢ Small Queen as it appeared from time to time at private treaty or auction sales over a 36 year period from 1977 to 2013.
R. Maresch & Son - 1977
Back in the 1977,
R. Maresch & Son offered this unusual imperforate plate block of
20 in a private treaty sale:
Gibbons - 1980
Then, 3 years later, on November 18, 1980, what appears to be the same block was offered at auction by Stanley Gibbons in New York. It was described as an OG or NH pane A block of twenty from top of sheet showing Imprint “A” counter and reversed “R” in margin, large margins, creased vertically through Imprint and with small tear in margin only, at left, otherwise fresh and fine. It sold for $8,000.
16 years later, on May 14, 1996, the block was back in the hands of R. Maresch & Son who offered it for sale at public auction. It was described as a complete upper sheet margin BLOCK of 20 with full IMPRINT and COUNTER as well as “A” and reversed “R” in brilliant fresh BROWN RED, 16 stamps n.h., light vertical crease in middle (as usual) very fine, PP20 with a “LESSER 5¢ ON 6¢ RE-ENTRY”, VERY RARE and a magnificent SHOWPIECE. It sold for $5,000.
Stamp Center - 2013
Recently, in September 2013, the block was in the hands of The Saskatoon Stamp Center who offered the block in a private treaty sale. It was described as imperforate top margin block of 20 with full BABN Co imprint & “SIX CENTS” Counter.PP20 shows “Weak 5¢ on 6¢ RE-ENTRY” (strong “ARC” in Queen’s Crown). Showpiece! XF 16x NH. The offer price was $19,500.
cannot be absolutely certain that this is the same block being sold
on each occasion but the evidence strongly points to this. The images
seem to be the same and the descriptions are very similar. We note however
that the descriptions did change slightly as this rare block changed
hands. We trust that each owner had great pleasure in looking at this
block during his or her period of ownership.