Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
19 January, 2011 - Eastern Auctions Limited
Welcome to another year of philatelic auctions. We hope our website will keep you well informed and also entertained. While our main focus is on the stamps of Canada, we do, on occasion, get diverted to those of other countries when stamps of exceptional quality appear in a Canadian sale.
Scott 30v – Cracked Plate Variety
5¢ Small Queen – Large Borders
This stamp had just about everything. It was well centered, VF NH and had huge jumbo margins. But it lacked one thing, a decent sized margin at the top. What a shame. But the bidders recognized its quality and it sold for well over its Scott price.
There must be plenty of these Imperforates around because they appear so often at auction. At least the ones like the above, without gum, seem to be quite plentiful.
In the past 10 years, prices for the above 5¢ blue imperforate have ranged from $130 to $784, which is a huge spread. Prices for the 8¢ orange ranged from $300 to $525, a more normal spread. Based on this, we would say that the first one went for a bargain price, the second one, a fairly normal price.
This sale had a number of perfins, a specialized area of collecting probably only known to a few. Although this copy was only F-VF, it had the rare “double perforation” and, as can be seen, it sold for a strong price. This is a good example of rarity trumping condition.
We were impressed by the quality of the US stamps that appeared at this auction. Presenting some early U.S. stamps in a Canadian auction is not unusual. But to show ones that are well centered and NH certainly is. Here are four examples:
There were many other NH stamps offered from the US, more than we can remember at a Canadian auction for some time.
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