Commentary No. 38 - 17 October, 2002
Some Outstanding Canadian Stamps - Part 1
We provide below details of some of the finest examples of early Canadian stamps our auctioneers have offered in recent years. The descriptions have been copied word for word. They show that those who sell these beauties can get just as excited about them as the collectors. The catalogue values are from the 2003 Scott catalogue.
Firby April 28, 1999 Lot 46
Orange red on laid paper, huge margins with sheet margin at T, crisp laid lines, Light Blue targets, SUPERB & undoubtedly one of the finest extant.
Maresch March 9, 1999 Lot 936
TWELVE PENCE: BLACK, sharp laid lines and impression, brilliant fresh, very large margins, full original gum and very lightly hinged, (barest hint of a crease, visible in fluid only), with copy of 1959 Philatelic Foundation certificate stating " 12d BLACK MINT,GENUINE IN ALL RESPECTS". From the Lichtenstein, Kennedy, Jarrett, Hillmer and Julian Smith collections. A GREAT RARITY.
Maresch May 17, 2000 Lot 1514
Vertical pair with EXPERIMENTAL PERFORATION 12, blue targets and very fine, the ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE with 1987 Greene Cert. stating the pair to be ex Dale-Lichtenstein (it was lot 786 in sale 7) and "showing apparent private perforations" ( as this item is unique, of course no expert committee can give it a definitive and totally unqualified certificate). It is without question genuine in all respects and a UNIQUE SHOWPIECE.
Eastern Auctions March 16, 2002 Lot 458
6p Slate Grey A wonderful used single with four huge margins, lightly struck diamond grid cancellation, fresh true colour, XF GEM,RPS cert. (1955), Ex Geldert.
Eastern Auctions October14, 2000 Lot 420
10p Blue Jumbo used single, bright fresh colour. SUPERB GEM. Greene Foundation cert.
Firby June 22, 2002 Lot 110
10d blue on thick paper, the LR corner margin copy from Posn. #100 with both sheet margins &choice SON 4- Ring cancellation. Brilliant fresh & SUPERB.
Eastern Auctions May 25, 2001 Lot 429
1/2p Rose, A brilliant mint single with full original gum that is NEVER HINGED, full margins and bright color. Very Fine, Greene Foundation cert. (1997)
Eastern Auctions May 25, 2001 Lot 434
7 1/2p Green A fresh unused single, large margins for this difficult issue, fresh colour and crisp impression, choice VF, a lovely stamp, RPS cert. (1984)
Eastern Auctions March 16, 2002 Lot 473
7 1/2p Deep Green A stunning used single with four large margins and lightly struck four ring #27 numeral cancellation, rich vivid color, XF, this is the same stamp pictured in Boggs (p.153)
Vance July 31, 2002 Lot 3586
Superior copy with four large to huge margins. Has neat four-ring numeral '38' cancel (St. Catharines, RF8, very rare) XF: Greene Foundation certificate (2001) accompanies. ONE OF THE NICEST COPIES OF THIS SCARCE STAMP THAT WE HAVE EVER HANDLED. EXHIBITION QUALITY.
Maresch May 16, 2000 Lot 1630
SIX PENCE:BROWN VIOLET, Mathematically centered gem with face-free c.d.s., in our opinion, the finest copy of the stamp in existence, ex Menich and Dave Roberts, with 1988 Greene cert.
Maresch August 21, 2001 Lot 1007
GRAY VIOLET, exceptionally well centered with light TORONTO grid (a couple trifle shorter perfs UL) an extremely fine SHOWPIECE with 1985 Greene Cert.
Brigham December 11, 2001 Lot 634
Violet, a huge margined example, grid cancel, a 'One in a Million' example of this stamp, Superb.
Maresch March 9, 1999 Lot 1044
BROWN (Whitworth's deep sepia-PO 7B), mathematically centered, almost full o.g., a fabulous stamp and probably the finest existing, with 1986 Greene cert, ex Pipkin, Julian Smith, superb in every respect.
Maresch December 11, 2001 Lot 203
TWELVE AND A HALF CENT: YELLOW GREEN, deep rich color, perf 12, full o.g. and exceptionally well centered, one of the nicest we have seen, extremely fine, catalogue values irrelevant.
Vance July 11, 2001 Lot 3405
SUPERB USED. Deep rich color, four absolutely enormous margins, lightly canceled, Greene Foundation certificate (2000). THE NICEST USED COPY OF THIS ISSUE WE HAVE EVER HANDLED!
Hennok May 25, 2002 Lot 678
17 ¢ Prussian Blue, mathematically centered, with light cancel, one of the finest copies we have seen.
Eastern Auctions May 25, 2001 Lot 451
2 ¢ Deep Claret Rose. A perfectly centered mint single with full original gum, XF OG GEM, Greene Foundation cert.(1981)
We can have no doubt that the transfer of ownership of these rare and in some cases unique stamps of superior quality has a significant impact on the vendors, the auctioneers and the buyers. Each party knows that something important has happened. In most cases, the previous owners held the stamps for many years, not wishing to part with them. The new owners know that they will have the years ahead to enjoy their acquisition. They may have paid a lot, but that's the only way they can possibly acquire these treasures.
We will continue this survey of outstanding Canadian stamps in future commentaries.
©2002, Canadian Stamp Auctions Ltd., Montréal, Québec, Canada