Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
30 August, 2008 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
Like most of you, we have been watching the financial turmoil out there, affecting the stock markets and financial institutions around the world. The values of our retirement funds, real estate and all our possessions become in question. Presidents and Prime Ministers are doing their best to keep things calm and heading in a positive direction.
So far, the stamp market has not been affected, but it could be and we will keep an eye on this. Unlike other markets, the stamp market moves slowly, but when it changes direction it doesn’t turn back quickly.
This Eastern public sale was one of the last to take place before the unsettling events of this September. The material offered was excellent and the prices were strong. But we couldn’t help noticing that there were only 3 new record prices in this Eastern sale, compared to 22 in their sale last June.
The sale started off with a couple of beautiful and rare early Canadian stamps:
The 10p blue Jacques Cartier is used. Apparently it has a light pen cancellation, but we couldn’t see it in the catalogue image. What is especially remarkable about this stamp is its huge margins. Eastern called it “One of the finest examples we have seen and a superb stamp for the perfectionist”. Now there’s a vote of confidence. We can only agree!
The 1¢ rose imperforate pair is ungummed as issued. The price is the 2nd best price in the past 10 years which is not surprising in view of its excellent margins.
This is the quality of stamp all collectors dream of. The previous owner must have hated to part with it and the new owner must be so happy.
It is well centered and NH, the perforations are excellent (we checked every one), the surface is clean and clear. It has a 2008 Sismondo rating of only 90. What this reflects is possibly the fact that it is not quite perfectly centered, but you don’t really notice this because of all its other positive attributes. What a lovely stamp!
It sold for a record price of $1,200, well up from the $800 previous record.
It is one thing to see a ½¢ Large Queen perfectly centered, we’ve seen a number, but quite another to see the same attributes in a 5¢ Large Queen. This rarely happens. For this reason, a fairly well centered copy like this one, very lightly hinged and with full streaky gum will attract very strong bidding from knowledgeable collectors. The above stamp came with two certificates and was classed as an “85”. We have long admired this stamp because it is so elusive. The harder the chase, the greater the prize, as they say!
Large Queen – This Variety Rarely Seen or Offered!
Here’s a bit of a surprise. The stamp is way off center, the perforations on the left are somewhat rounded, it looks a bit muddy, it has disturbed gum and yet it sold for a record price of $6,250, up from the previous $5,500 .
We can only assume that the nice clean copy like this is so rare that perfect centering and nice even perforations don’t matter that much. Wouldn’t it be nice if this applied to all our stamps! In the past 10 years, only 4 mint copies have sold.
This is one of few
Large Queens that were printed on watermarked paper. A quick look at
the Scott values for the watermarked varieties on this stamp over the
past few years gives us a good idea of the demand there must be for
Scott 77d – Old Time Bargain
Each of these attractive plate blocks was given an estimate at $5,000 and sold for $3,500 apiece. We have a record of these or similar blocks selling in 2004 and 2007.
For more details of the sale, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had 3 new record prices: