Commentary No. 39 - 17 November, 2002
Some Outstanding Canadian Stamps - Part 2
In this second part of this series, we provide further 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, including all the superlatives that one can lavish on the best! The catalogue values are from the 2003 Scott catalogue. In the case of Scott 29iii, the 2002 Unitrade catalogue was used.
Lee March 2, 2002 Lot 4450
½ CENT BLACK LG. QN. ' WATERMARKED' unused single, w/Greene Foundation 2001 cert.'unused, showing watermarked reversed B, genuine in all respects' NG VF May be the finest example known!.
Vance July 11, 2001 Lot 3438
Beautiful copy of the 2 cent WATERMARKED with neat target. XF. Greene Foundation certificate (2000). Rarely seen in this top quality.
Maresch October 25, 2000 Lot 354
Fresh and well centered with full o.g. (trifle disturbed) a gorgeous stamp with 1962 R.P.S.L. cert.
Maresch December 11, 2001 Lot 226
BLACK BROWN, wonderfully fresh and exceptionally well centered example of this scarce shade, with full original gum, an extraordinary SHOWPIECE, with 1999 Greene cert,
Hennok February 23, 2002 Lot 425
15 cent major re-entry, a fabulous face-free cancelled copy of the reddish purple shade showing the rare major re-entry, see figure 39A page 126 "The Large Queen Stamps of Canada and their use 1868-1872" HE&HW Duckworth. The finest copy of this major re-entry we have ever seen. From a new find and with a 2002 VG Greene Certificate, Extremely Fine.
Brigham June 27, 2001 Lot 600
3 cent Red, showing vertical verger line, well centered with a beautiful Vancleek Hill, Oc.2, 1868 cds cancel in blue, without a doubt one of the finest examples of this stamp in existence, Very fine +.
Firby January 12, 2002 Lot 144
1 cent Yellow, a huge example with balanced margins. SUPERB, OG, NH a real gem!
Maresch December 11, 2001 Lot 259
ORANGE (M) brilliant fresh, mathematically centered, n.h. and superb, with 1992 Greene cert. Catalogue values irrelevant.
Hennok December 16, 2000 Lot 531
WINGHAM ONT STATE 1 VF strike of _/JY 6/93 NEW EARLY DATE! on 3 cent SQ, one of only 11 strikes (and one of the best) known, extremely rare.
Brigham September 20, 2000 Lot 1003
Orange Red, Perf.11½x12, very well centered , OG, Never Hinged, an outstanding example, Very Fine.
Firby January 12, 2002 Lot 151
10 cent Deep Lilac Rose, excellent color & XF-SUPERB in huge balanced margins. An unused gem with 1996 VG Greene cert #7801
Eastern May 25, 2001 Lot 498
3 cent Bright Vermilion. An unbelievable jumbo margined single, perfectly centered, radiant colour. XF NH GEM
Eastern May 25, 2001 Lot 499
5 cent Grey. A wonderful mint single, nicely centered amidst four huge margins, XF NH GEM A.P.S. cert.
Bow City December 13, 2000 Lot 2274
SUPERB. Stunning jumbo, one of the finest 5 cent Jubilees we've seen.
Hennok May 25, 2002 Lot 943
8 cent Dark violet, fantastic copy, deep rich colour, huge Jumbo margins, light face-free CDS, Superb
Eastern May 25, 2001 Lot 588
$1.00 Lake Mint single, vivid brilliant colour, visually stunning with large even margins, XF NH, an exceptional stamp.
Maresch October 25, 2000 Lot 731
THREE DOLLAR: YELLOW BISTRE. brilliant fresh, mathematically centered, n.h.superb.
Eastern Auctions October 14, 2000 Lot 546
1 cent Blue Green A super mint single with huge jumbo margins and brilliant colour. XF NH, an absolute GEM.
Eastern Auctions May 25, 2001 Lot 670
6 cent Brown. A perfection mint single, XF NH.
This completes Part 2 of our continuing survey of what we consider to be some of the finest examples of Canadian stamps our auction houses have offered in recent years. Undoubtedly there are other stamps that could be included, but we do not wish to test our readers' patience or endurance. We are sure you will find the above stamps to be some of the best. Any collector fortunate enough to own one of these would be the envy of us all!
We will continue this survey of outstanding Canadian stamps in 2003.
News from Unitrade and Darnell
The November 19, 2002 edition of the Canadian Stamp News reports that updates of both the Unitrade and Darnell specialized Canadian stamp catalogues are about to be issued.
Article on André Ouellet
Canadian Stamp News also carries a feature by columnist Tony Shaman on André Ouellet, President of Canada Post. Tony gives some quite interesting information on what Mr. Ouellet has been able to accomplish since his original appointment as Postmaster General in 1972. According to the article, Canada Post generated a profit of $84 million in 2000, a far cry from the perennial losses of the past.
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