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19 November, 2008 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
We quite enjoy it
when a stamp like this 2¢ Small Queen appears at auction. Eastern
called it “a truly wonderful stamp for the discerning collector”.
Well, it is a wonderful stamp, well centered with huge even margins. The date, October 26, 1896 couldn’t be clearer.
Small Queen Imperforate
This is a very fine imperforate pair of the 50¢ Small Queen that comes from the bottom of the sheet. It comes with original gum. It is the 3rd pair to be sold at auction in 2008 and it attracted the best price.
It is the 6th pair to be sold in 2008 and it attracted the 2nd best price. When we saw how many copies of this stamp sold in 2008, we wondered how truly rare it was and were somewhat surprised that it is the 20th copy to be sold in the past 10 years. So while it is rare and all that, it is not exactly scarce.
Most of the imperforate stamps from the 1930s are real beauties. We admire the engraving and design of the stamps. A year ago, a NH copy of the above stamp had a Scott value of $750. That increased to $950 this year. Because this was a VF NH pair, we wondered why the above price didn’t match the above catalogue prices. Was it the fact that it had the owner’s initials stamped on the back, or was it a reflection of today’s financial uncertainty? We may not know the answer for awhile.
Back in 1973, J. N. Sissons held the sale of Dr. Harris H. Hopkins’ outstanding collection of Canadian and U.S. stamps. Dr. Hopkins of Kalamazoo, Michigan liked to stamp his initials “HHH” on the back of many of his rare stamps. In that Sissons’ sale, a block of four of Scott 204a, stamped “HHH” on the back, with a catalogue value of $300, sold for $200. It was a beautiful margin sheet block that was NH. The initials on the back didn’t help the value of Dr. Hopkins’ stamps back then, nor did it help the above stamp today. It must be obvious to all collectors that back stamping is not a good idea.
This sale offered a number of modern stamps with scarce perforations. This was a topic covered in our recent Commentary No. 113. In that commentary we concluded that these stamps had good long-term prospects in terms of their value, but many can be bought today at a discount to the catalogue price. The results from this auction support this.
It seems to us that these are favorable prices to buy these scare stamps and therefore a good opportunity for those willing to buy them, put them aside and then wait patiently for the demand to catch up as inevitably it will
Once again, we take our hats off to Eastern for offering collectors a fairly wide range of stamp literature in its sale. We noted some wonderful lots going very inexpensively in this sale. Here are some examples:
For more details of the sale, please click on the highlights button.