August, 2010 - Eastern Auctions Limited
As we were preparing
the commentary for this sale, some of Eastern’s people were in
attendance at the bourse table at Atlantic Canada’s National Show
in Dartmouth, N.S. This was a three day show held from September 24
We recently had
an opportunity to meet Gary Lyons, head of Eastern Auctions and his
associate Bill Burden when they came to Montreal on a buying trip. We
chatted together for over an hour about the business of buying and selling
stamps and it was fascinating. We wish we’d had all day!
Queens – Fancy Cancels
We continue to feature
stamps with fancy cancels as they seem to be so popular. Take a very
common used Queen Victoria 1¢ stamp for example. It has a catalogue
value of $1.10, but this stamp is so common, you’d be lucky to
get this. But put a “Bogey Face Cancel” on it, and voila,
it’s worth $210
Scott 35 & 37
Shown just above
are three “Masonic Fancy Cancels” which attracted a bid
well over the estimate.
Queen – Perfectly Clear Date Stamp
This 3¢ Small Queen came in the India Red shade and had a most
interesting date stamp. The date was October 24, 1870 which was in the
year of issue. The postmark shows that the stamp was posted in New Brunswick.
We have no idea and why this stamp is so valuable, as there are lots
of other 3¢ Small Queens that have nice date stamps. Perhaps one
of our viewers who specializes in this area can enlighten us.
Quebec Tercentenary Cover
This lovely cover contained the ½¢ - 7¢ stamps from
the Quebec Tercentenary set. It was sent by registered mail from Ontario
to Germany via New York and shows six transit markings on the reverse.
1¢ Numeral Imperforate Pair
This imperforate pair came without gum and had ample borders. The price
realized was higher than usual for this pair due to the fact there was
a light re-entry mainly in the upper left of the right stamp. It is
the third such variety we have recorded in the past 10 years.
39¢ Folklore Imperforate Block
Collectors are quite inconsistent in bidding for this imperforate block,
issued in 1990. Eastern notes that only 50 blocks exist. Back in 2002-2003,
collectors bid the price up to $2,100 on one occasion, and $1,950 on
another. In recent years, the prices have come down to $700 - $800.
The above price of $950, while well below catalogue, is reasonably strong
compared to other recent prices.
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next sale will take place on October 6, 2010