July, 2010 - Eastern Auctions Limited
We enjoyed reading
the leaflet that accompanied the auction catalogue for the above sale.
It summarized as best as possible the contents of the sale and also
Gary Lyons’ observations about London 2010, the international
stamp show he attended last May. It included a photo of Yohann Tanguay,
an employee of the firm who helped us recently.
At the end of the
leaflet, there was a list of Eastern’s latest contest winners.
We like to look at the list because it gives us an idea of where the
firm’s clients are located. Here it is a brief summary:
There was a pretty
good split between Canada and the United States.
There must be an active group of Perfin collectors out there. We see
these stamps offered pretty regularly at auctions and are impressed
by some of the results, like this one.
The above stamp
must have been special. It was shown on the front page of the catalogue
and had special mention in Gary’s leaflet. In it, he stated that
the stamp came from the Lawrence Kenneth collection. Eastern put an
estimated $300 on it and it sold for $325. Not bad!
Centennial - Variety
Collectors of varieties of the Centennial Set, in use from 1967 to 1972,
will likely be watching the results of this and other recent sales for
We don’t follow
the prices for this set because we find it just too complicated. Mind
you, we’re not proud of this! But we have the feeling that many
of the varieties sell for less than their catalogue values, which is
What was different about the above matched set of blank corner blocks
was that the stamps were printed on hibrite paper and came with dextrin
We take our hats
off to anyone who specializes in this set. The number of paper, tagging,
gum and perforation varieties is mind-boggling.
$2 McAdam – Imperforate
Here is another modern Canadian variety that appears pretty regularly
at auction these days. The fact that it sells for less than 50% of its
catalogue value is not that unusual for modern Canadian varieties.
45¢ Christmas Angel – Perf. Variety
And now we have a 3rd modern Canadian variety, this time a rare perforation
variety. The regular perf. 13 x 13 stamp has a catalogue value of $0.90.
The price for the above variety with the 13 x 13½ perf. jumps
In recent years,
auction prices for this variety have ranged from $200 to $450.
Year of the Pig
Here is a variety that appears in many sales, so it is fairly common.
It’s the 2007 Year of the Pig stamp with the gold colour completely
missing. We have recorded prices as low as $24 for this stamp and as
high as $475. We have recorded single copies, plate blocks and complete
sheets. As mentioned in an earlier review, we get a big kick out of
Mr. Pig, who looks so darn happy at whenever he is doing.
We goggled “Year
of the Pig” to see what people are like who were born in that
year (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007). This is what
we came across, compliments of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco:
“People born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and gallant.
Whatever they do, they do with all their strength. For these people,
there is no left or right and there is no retreat. They have tremendous
fortitude and great honesty. They don't make many friends but they make
them for life, and anyone having such a friend is fortunate for they
are extremely loyal. They don't talk much but have a great thirst for
knowledge. They study a great deal and are generally well informed.
Pig people are quick tempered, yet they hate arguments and quarrelling.
They are kind to their loved ones. No matter how bad problems seem to
be, Pig people try to work them out, honestly if sometimes impulsively.
For more details
of this sale, please click on the highlights button.
next sale will take place on August 14, 2010