Canadian Stamp Auctions
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10 January, 2007 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
Welcome to 2007. This Eastern sale represents our first auction review of the New Year. Who knows what this year will bring? Will the strong prices of 2006 continue? Will the strong prices be restricted to the pre-1928 stamps that are very fine and in many cases unhinged? Will the “almost VF” stamps attract active bidding, keeping in mind we saw some of this last year? Will the 1928-sets be sought after? Most importantly, will the same number of outstanding world class Canadian collections appear at auction? There are so many questions as we start 2007! Now on with our review.
35iv - nicely dated
The real value of this stamp is the beautiful date, a nice SON Stanstead DE 27 1870. The stamp is in that attractive red orange colour that is so different from the usual yellow. The price is not exciting, nor is the centering, but that isn’t everything. There something special about such a nice clear date cancellation.
one has a hinge mark!
Advanced, sophisticated and wealthy collectors – you can pass on this one. It’s hinged!!
But for most collectors, hinged stamps are all they can acquire. So what happens if the stamp is next to perfection in all respects but like 90% of all stamps that were put aside by collectors in 1897, it has a hinge mark? Well, don’t despair! As this stamp shows, there are some collectors still willing to bid on them. What we like about this lot is that the stamp, perfectly centered, with large margins, sold for 150% of catalogue. This is encouraging.
A beauty !
But as we checked it out, upside down and right side up, we began to notice a few things. It is centered ever so slightly to the left and the perforations on the left are a bit uneven. It makes one wonder if there is such a thing as a perfect stamp. Despite these reservations which are relatively minor, this one clearly did well. The price of $180 is the third best in the past ten years.
715b- colour omitted
How do they know that this is Scott 715b? What are the clues when there is nothing on the little piece of paper to see? Maybe when you hold it up to the light you can see something of the original. Perhaps there is some embossing. This stamp is different, no doubt about it!
Canada press sheets
This sale had an unusually large offering of Canada’s press sheets. For those of you are collectors, we thought the following information would be of interest:
These results must be disappointing. We wish we could to fast forward 30 years from now to see the values in 2037. These press sheets were issued in fairly low numbers and this always has an impact on values in the long term, usually on the upside. What it takes is patience and a measure of luck. We’d say to the buyers, hang onto the sheets. You bought them low - our prediction is that you’ll sell them high!
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The next Eastern Auction sale will be held on February 21, 2007