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Commentary No. 50 - 17 August, 2003

Some Outstanding Canadian Stamps - Part 4

With this commentary, we complete our four-part series of some of the finest Canadian stamps offered by our auctioneers in recent years. Here we concentrate on the "back of the book" issues from an area of collecting that has seen some extraordinary examples being offered at auction in recent years, accompanied by equally impressive prices. (For earlier segments of this series, see Commentaries No. 38, 39 and 43)

The descriptions used below are taken from the auctioneers' catalogues without any changes. The values are from the 2003 Scott and Unitrade catalogues.


Scott C3b
Catalogue $500
Realised $630

Firby - 28 June, 2001, Lot 273

6¢ on 5¢ brown olive, double overprint, F-VF and centred much better than usual, unused


Scott C5b
Catalogue $650
Realised $ 745

 

Vance - 5 March, 2003, Lot 4314

Imperf pair, VF NH, light fingerprint on lower stamp


Scott C8a
Catalogue $650
Realised $ 725

 

Maresch - 30 April, 2002, Lot 2848

1943 War Issue, Imperforate pair, NH and very fine


Scott E1iv
Catalogue $190
Realised $ 600

 

Eastern 14 October, 2000, Lot 893

10¢ deep blue-green. A stunning mint single with huge, oversized jumbo margins, fresh colour and mathematical centring, an unbelievable example of this very difficult stamp.


Scott E2i
Catalogue $150
Realised $ 500


Maresch - 10 Sept., 2002,
Lot 2503

20¢ carmine, wet printing, brilliant, fresh NH, superb.


Scott E8a
Catalogue $650
Realised $ 785


Vance - 15 January 2003,
Lot 4744

Imperf pair, XF NH, only 75 pairs known


Scott F1
Catalogue $85
Realised $ 575


Maresch - 29 Jan., 2003,
Lot 1436

Brilliant, fresh, exceptionally well-centred bottom margin copy, NH, extremely fine


Scott F1b
Catalogue $210
Realised $ 1,300


Maresch - 29 Jan., 2003,
Lot 1438

Rose carmine, brilliant fresh, NH, extremely fine


Scott F2
Catalogue $125
Realised $ 600


Maresch - 21 Aug, 2001,
Lot 1829

5¢, green, centred, NH and superb


Scott F2b
Catalogue $175
Realised $494


Firby - 22 June, 2002,
Lot 675

5¢ Pale yellow-green, a huge, absolutely gorgeous example of this very scarce variety with full OG, VLH. A lovely, superb example


Scott F2c
Catalogue $1,300
Realised $1,450
Hennok - 29 Sept., 2001, Lot 683
5¢ imperf block of 4 with left sheet margin and portion of imprint, upper pair HR, lower NH, very fresh & VF, only 200 pairs recorded

Scott F2i
Catalogue $585
Realised $775

Maresch - 29 Jan., 2003, Lot 1463

Brilliant, fresh top margin copy, NH, extremely fine


Scott F3
Catalogue $325
Realised $ 475


Lee - 29 September, 2001,
Lot 4274

8¢ blue registered mint single, LH VF. Great colour!


Scott J15a - 20a
Catalogue $700
Realised $ 1,345


Vance - 16 January, 2002,
Lot 3940

Rare set of the imperf pairs of the 1935-1965 violet postage dues. Only 100 pairs of each exist & most have disturbed gum from improper storage. However, these are all in top condition. XF NH


Scott MR2
Catalogue $27
Realised $ 240



Eastern 14 October, 2000,
Lot 907

2¢ Carmine, a fresh mint single with huge margins. XF. NH


Scott MR4c
Catalogue $900
Realised $900


Maresch - 3 June, 2003,
Lot 2442

Imperforate pair, the rare Die II, no gum as issued, very fine and rare


Scott MR7iii
Catalogue $200
Realised $ 230


Kimmerly - 6 Nov., 2001,
Lot 631

VF NH 2¢ yellow-brown, Die I, a fresh, well centred stamp which is difficult to find with this issue

This completes our survey of some of the finest stamps sold at auction in recent years. We found it to be a pleasure to search through the catalogues to find these choice items. We hope you have found the results interesting and that this series will encourage you, our viewers, to always search for the best!


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