Canadian Stamp Auctions
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April, 2009 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.
This is quite a track record. It appears Unitrade recognized the rarity of this stamp a few years before Scott did. We can remember when the price jumped from $2.00 to $22.50 in the 2007 Scott catalogue. We put a question mark beside the $22.50, thinking it was a typo and guessing that it should have been $2.25. How wrong we were!
A matched set of blocks is made up of 16 stamps. The $500 paid for lot 609 works out to $31.25 per stamp. The buyer of the lot did well, not only for today, but if our guess is right, for the future as well.
We’re sure that if King Edward VII were alive today, he would not be amused to see his portrait treated in this fashion. Eastern identified the above variety has a pre-print fold. We presume this means that there was a fold in the paper before it went through the printing press. The paper was then stretched by someone, perhaps the person who used the stamp, and the stamp applied to the envelope. Possibly the owner wasn’t a collector, otherwise the stamp might have been kept as a mint variety.
Year of the Ram
We note that this
stamp, like many of the other modern varieties, is struggling to maintain
its catalogue value. It seems to be losing the battle. Granted, this
copy was well off center and this could well have been a factor in depressing
We always look with interest at the first part of an Eastern sale where they offer philatelic literature. We search for catalogues of major collections sold in the past with the hope we could come across ones we haven’t seen before. On a couple of occasions when we spotted ones that didn’t sell, we contacted Eastern and bought them after the sale. Unfortunately for us, this doesn’t happen very often.
In this particular sale, there were two items that caught our attention:
Lot 49 - Special
Delivery Canada’s Postal Heritage
Books like these give us so much information about our stamp heritage. We don’t often sit down to read them. We don’t have the patience. But when an interesting stamp comes to auction, we get the books out and read about it. It makes the stamp come alive.
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Eastern’s next sale is a mail sale to be held on May 20, 2009