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Commentary No. 69 - 17 March, 2005

Early Canadian Jumbo Stamps

There aren’t many older Canadian stamps that are well centered. Those that have large borders are usually slightly or completely off center. Some people generously call these latter stamps “winged stamps”. Here are some examples of the typical borders we see in auction catalogues:
Small borders

Firby, lot 1584
March 26, 2005
Normal borders

Firby, lot 1757
March 26, 2005
Unequal borders

Firby, lot 1745
March 26, 2005


Winged
border

Kimmerly, lot 592
Feb. 21, 2001


Investment quality
borders

Lee, lot 2502
March 13, 2004

But there is another category altogether called “jumbos”. This refers to stamps that are both well centered and have extra large borders. They stand out in any auction sale and they usually command high premiums.

We have put together a small collection of these for our viewers. To get these examples, we reviewed quite a few old catalogues. We did this not only for this article because of the fun of discovery. What’s typical about Canada’s early stamps is that it is often difficult to find them with even borders of any size. So that to find them with large even jumbo borders is a rare find.

Here are a number of beautiful early examples that have come to the auction market in the past decade:

R. Maresch & Son
August 21, 2001

Lot 1018
Unitrade 14viii
Catalogue $125
Realised $260
R. Maresch & Son
April 30, 2002

Lot 1719
Scott 15
Catalogue $350
Realised $425
R. Maresch & Son
March 19, 1990

Lot 586
Scott 19
Catalogue $110
Realised $425

Charles G. Firby

June 13, 1998

Lot 125
Scott 23
Catalogue $125
Realised $478

Brigham Auctions

March 21, 2001

Lot 464
Scott 35i
Catalogue $27
Realised $70

R. Maresch & Son
April 4, 2001

Lot 379
Scott 38/42
Catalogue $21
Realised $50

Brigham Auctions

December 11, 2001

Lot 703
Scott 39
Catalogue $325
Realised $300

Charles G. Firby

March 1, 2003

Lot 222
Scott 43
Catalogue $85
Realised $268

R. Maresch & Son
April 4, 2001

Lot 381
Scott 44a
Catalogue $12
Realised $110

Eastern Auctions

October 23, 2004

Lot 609
Scott 56
Catalogue $105
Realised $725

Vance Auctions

October 6, 2004

Lot 4376
Scott 57
Catalogue $75
Realised $129

Eastern Auctions

October 14, 2000

Lot 546
Scott 67
Catalogue $15
Realised $230

Charles G. Firby

March 1, 2003

Lot 283
Scott 79
Catalogue $125
Realised $164

Eastern Auctions

June 17, 2000

Lot 756
Scott 84
Catalogue $350
Realised $475

J. N. Sissons

July 18, 1995

Lot 308
Scott 87/88
Catalogue $10
Realised $60

Jim A. Hennok

April 26, 2003

Lot 555
Scott 102
Catalogue $300
Realised $375

Charles G. Firby

January 15, 2000

Lot 646
Scott 103
Catalogue $125
Realised $130

 

We hope you have enjoyed looking at these stamps with their unusually large and even borders. In all cases the catalogue values are those that were in effect in the year of sale. We understand fully that those of you who have one or more of these stamps must really treasure them. You can be assured that when you eventually place them on the market, they will draw lots of attention.

If we have missed any outstanding copies, it is because we had to be selective in choosing the ones shown above from a much larger number. But if any of our viewers would care to inform us of some jumbos they have noticed at auction, we would be most grateful to receive this information for our records.

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