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30 August, 2006 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.

It never ceases to amaze us that the stamp community accepts “stamp forgeries” as a legitimate category for collecting, but such is apparently the case. They appear regularly in auction and sell for prices that are more than nominal. There were 3 good examples in this sale:

Lot 463
Scott 1 forgery
Estimate $250
Realized $260

Lot 474
Scott 7 forgery
Estimate $175
Realized $125


Lot 476
Scott 9 forgery
Estimate $225
Realized $185


We don’t often see forgeries with the “specimen” overprint as above. All three came from the “Dale Collection”. How legitimate can you get!

Outstanding jumbo

Lot 509
Scott 36
Catalogue $2
Realized $85

There’s something about jumbos that attract collectors from all over the world. Canada is no exception. This little beauty that sold for 40 x catalog would be the envy of anyone, beginner or expert. For those of you who have seen 100s or 1000s of the 2¢ Small Queen, you know that most will be off-center. Of those few that are centered, perhaps only 1 in 10,000 will come from a sheet with large boardwalk margins, nice perforations and a clear date stamp not affecting the Queen’s image. Maybe we should say 1 in 100,000!

Some Modern Stamps in demand

Lot 761
Scott 157
Catalogue $100
Realized $135

Lot 828
Scott 209
Catalogue $47
Realized $68


It was only in the past year that we noticed the pick-up in prices for stamps issued between 1925 and 1935 (Scott 135-245). Although it is not always evident, it is more noticeable today. The above two realizations are good examples of prices for these modern stamps, not only supporting their catalogue values, but surpassing them.

Chinese Lunar New Year Stamps - Varieties

Lot 1037
Scott 1768 var
Estimate $1,500
Realized $1,050

Lot 1046
Unitrade 1969i
Catalogue $600
Realized $275


Undoubtedly the collecting of Chinese lunar stamps issued by Canada in January each year will become a specialty in itself in future years. Already we have seen a number of varieties. Lot 1037 features the 95¢ The Year of the Rabbit souvenir sheet with the missing red colour and tagging. Lot 1046 is The Year of the Ram with the missing gold. Both sold for less than their estimated or catalogue values. We wonder how long this will go on?

For more details of the sale, please click on the highlights button.



This sale had one new record price:
  Scott MR2B
  5¢ Blue War Tax overprint

©2006, Canadian Stamp Auctions Ltd., Montréal, Québec, Canada