Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
19 July, 2006 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
There is a certain fascination with early Canadian stamps that have clear dates postmarked on them. On Canada’s earliest stamps, it is most unusual to see a date cancellation, but as one gets into the first “Cents Issues”, one begins to see dates now and then.
Here are a couple
of early stamps which are dated, one from 1865 and the other from 1869:
The $5.00 Missing Moose
Year of the Rabbit
There have been a fair number of modern issues with missing colors. This seems to be almost the norm these days. We first came across this variety, which is completely missing the red colour and tagging, last December in a private sale of Saskatoon Stamp. This spring, Saskatoon offered not only a single copy of this variety but also the souvenir sheet. Since then, further copies have been offered at auction including this one.
This stamp was issued in 1999. It is always interesting to speculate on how these varieties enter the market. Between 1999 and 2005 not one copy was offered, at least through the auction houses that we follow. Then in the last six months, a plate block, three singles and a souvenir sheet, all with the missing colour and tagging, hit the market. We will let you draw your own conclusions as to how these things happen. We find it too much of a coincidence that three different types of this stamp (a single, a plate block and a souvenir sheet) all appeared within a relatively short period of time.
In the latest issue of the Canadian Stamp News, there is an interesting article on page 4 by Hans Niedermair on these modern varieties of Canada’s stamps and their origins. It is entitled “Pay What You Want”. (CSN August 22, 2006)
Here is a lovely copy of one of Canada’s War Tax stamps. Much to our surprise, we do not seem to have a record of another copy of this particular stamp being sold in the past 10 years. The normal colour for the stamp is “carmine”, but this variety is the “rose carmine” shade. The shade is not listed in Scotts but it is recognized in the Unitrade specialized catalogue. The price realized of $210 is the second best price ever for a Scott MR2. A year ago, both the regular stamp and the rose carmine variety were shown at the same price in Unitrade. In this year’s edition, the regular MR2 increased by 50%, while the MR2a increased by 100%. This may be a good indication of the scarcity of this colour variation.
We spotted a number
of beautiful stamps from Newfoundland which we would like to show you:
We also noted this
beauty from the UK which has been so nicely cancelled:
The next Eastern Mail sale will be held on August 30, 2006.