Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
27 June, 2007 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
This mail sale came only four days after Eastern’s outstanding public auction held in Halifax on June 23rd. We found the sale focused less on Canada’s early stamps and more on modern issues. Nevertheless, there were some very nice early examples such as these:
While this copy of the 1¢ Large Queen had no gum, it definitely rated high marks for its excellent perforations and near perfect centering.
We suspect that 30 years ago, these 1¢ Small Queens were probably a dime a dozen, but today any well centered stamps from this set in VF NH condition are actively pursued by bidders. The above price of two times catalogue is not uncommon. In 2002, a copy sold for $797. .
Admiral – Jumbo
What a deal! What a bargain! This 1¢ stamp from the Admiral set with its huge borders is such a standout. It was described as VF NH JUMBO. Eastern put an estimate of $50 on it, which we thought was conservative, and some lucky collector picked it up for only 60% of its estimate. Our hat is off to you. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it encourages bidders to keep pursuing stamps as special as this with high hopes. Sometimes you can beat the pack and be a winner!
This beautiful cougar stamp is a favorite of ours as it is so well designed. This copy is missing its tagging. As we have mentioned previously, the collecting of untagged stamps is is relatively new and was a feature of Unitrade’s most recent catalogue.The price realized above, which is 78 % of catalogue, is stronger than most other recent realizations.
Our modern Canadian imperforates seem to be in the doldrums. Realizations at 50% of catalogue are not uncommon. The supply seems plentiful. Let’s see how they did in this sale:
Varieties of Modern Definitive Sets
If ever there was an area of collecting with positive short and long-term prospects, it must surely be the perforation varieties of Canada’s modern definitive sets. This is generally recognized in the Scott and Unitrade catalogue prices and we see it at most auctions. But in this sale, the rare perforation varieties went for bargain prices. We wish we could a snap them up ourselves, because long-term, they will be very much sought after. Besides their value potential, they represent an area of collecting that is available to all collectors, so long as they pay attention to Canada Post’s information on new issues and changes in printers, etc. Here are some of the results from the plate block section of the sale:
a large number of stamp press sheets. We had a look at the prices realized
and found that, for the moment, the demand is definitely soft. We really
can’t tell what the future will hold for these press sheets. Not
many were issued, so the question is, are collectors going to hang on
to them and will they prove to be scarce someday? For the moment, there
seems to be only a modest amount of demand. Here are some examples from
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Eastern’s next sale will be held on August 15, 2007