Canadian Stamp Auctions
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22 November, 2006 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
In little over two months, the Eastern Auction house conducted four auctions. That’s a lot of work for Gary Lyons and his team in Bathurst N.B.. But they pulled it off successfully. Our appreciation to them for all the hard work!
This was the third
of the sales. Its strength was in modern Canada with a number of scarce
varieties. We feature two of these in our write up.
"White Queen" variety
This is called the “White Queen” variety because the red color is missing. It’s not that rare. We have recorded the sale of over 25 copies at auction since 1996 at prices ranging from $600 to $2,319. This is an astonishing range of values. The $825 realized in the auction is above average. From what we have seen, few copies are nicer than this.
This is called the
“Winter Leaf” variety because the beige colour and the tagging
are missing. This leaves just the red and brown colours. This stamp
is also not that rare with over 25 copies sold at auction since 1997.
The price range for the stamp is also broad with a low of $337 realized
in 2004 to a high of $1200 realized in 2001. The $610 realized in this
sale is above average.
Other sales – bargains!
When we looked into the “Large Lots” part of the sale, we saw a number of mini-collections for sale. This is a great place for bargains.
A Canadian Postal Strike souvenir sheet from 1968, one of the best known and most sought after local post sets, with an estimate of $25 sold for $16.
A copy of the famous 1992 world Youth Expo sheet, Scott 1407ai, with signature, one of only 10,000, with an estimate of $200 sold for $35.
A limited edition of the 1998 Year of The Tiger uncut press sheet, with an estimate of $100, sold for $45.
A collection of over 500 1st day covers from 1962 – 1967 with an estimate of $250, sold for $80.
Finally, a “Mystery Box hosting thousands of issues”, with an estimate of $500, sold for $330. Not a bad price for this type of general collection.
When we look at the above, it appears to us that this is a great area of the Eastern Mail Sales from which to pick up some interesting stamps and collections at a minimum price. Good news for collectors of modest means!
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