Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
14 January, 2009 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
This was Eastern’s
first auction of the New Year and it included something we have heard
of but never seen before, a fake “Inverted Seaway” Cover:
Inverted Seaway 1st Day Cover
The buyer obviously
valued all the work and ingenuity that went into the creation of this
cover. The fact that it sold for about 2 times its estimate, shows there
is a demand. There were 2 fake Seaway covers in this sale. One sold
for $260 and the other, shown above, for $280.
Beaver - Varieties galore!
Eastern offered 14 lots containing various varieties of the 5¢ beaver stamp issued in 1859. These varieties are well known and most are listed in the Unitrade Catalogue. The following comments were offered by Eastern:
“ We recently had the chance to purchase a wonderful lot of Canada Scott #15 which had the Plate Flaws and Re-entries identified by an expert in the area. Over the next few auctions, we will be offering this material. The close-up pictures will often have arrows added to help you see the varieties. This is a rare opportunity to purchase stamps from a specialist’s collection.”
Eastern generally put estimates of $100 to $150 on each of the various lots and they sold for the most part towards the bottom of that range. The above example did better than the rest. The stamp varieties were well displayed in the catalogue.
We looked long and hard at this 7¢ Admiral which Eastern described as “VF+ NH, choice”, wondering why it didn’t do better. After all the Admiral set is hot these days and choice copies are in great demand.
We finally turned the image upside down to check the centering and realized it was very slightly centered to the right. But even so, it deserved better. This just wasn’t this stamp’s day. A year ago an exceptional copy sold for $520.
We regularly see modern stamps like these offered in mail auctions and like to check the prices to see if bidders are currently chasing them with any enthusiasm.
Back in the late 1970s, these stamps were in great demand, but then in the 1980s the bottom fell out of the market for them. The above prices are somewhat inconclusive, but, to our mind, they are a bit stronger than what we would have expected. We are happy to see this.
You have to go to the Unitrade catalogue to find these “untagged” varieties listed. It was two years ago that many of them appeared in the catalogue for the first time.
This sale had a fair number of them and most sold for about 50% of catalogue. This pattern of prices is not quite as strong as when we last reviewed the prices for these untagged errors.
Of all the modern Canadian stamp varieties, the ones we expect to have the best chances of price appreciation are these stamps with the scarce perforations. The above two examples had very different results in this auction, but generally we have found that in most auctions, most of these varieties can be acquired for well less than their catalogue values, at least at present.
That there is a demand for them we have no doubt, and this is what drives the catalogue prices. But that demand is spotty.
Just check the perforation varieties in the Large and Small Queens to see the type of premiums that can occur over the years. We again encourage our young collectors to stock up on these and put them away. In your retirement years, 40 to 50 years from now, these stamps will pay for your winter vacations in Florida. We won’t be there, so it’s easy for us to give you this advice!
We could go on to
talk about the interesting booklets, plate blocks, press sheets, pre-cancels
and covers, but will save that for another day.
We look forward to an interesting series of auctions in 2009 and will give you, our viewers, regular reports on the interesting stamps we see and the pricing trends that reveal themselves in the months ahead.
For more details of the sale, please click on the highlights button.