Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
27 July, 2011 - Eastern Auctions Limited
We cannot decide whether we would want this stamp at any price or not. Visually, it is exceptional and rare. But the faults leave us torn. Fortunately, this is not our problem and we must say we are very pleased a bidder stepped forward to buy it for a decent price. A tip of the hat to the collector.
3¢ Small Queen – Imperforate Pair
A lovely imperforate pair from the bottom of the sheet. These imperforates come both with and without gum. The top price for a pair with gum was $957 in 2002. The top price for one without gum was $475 in 2009. In the past 10 years we have recorded the sale of 25 copies of this pair, of which 15 had gum. Taking this into account, it’s surprising to see such a large divergence in price.
We're sure our viewers have noticed that these early imperforates from the Numeral set appear regularly on auction. Copies without gum, like the one above, do not command memorable prices. It's a shame as they are usually in top condition. Just think… if this pair had been perforated rather than imperforate, if it had gum and was VF NH, the pair might have sold for $2,000 or more. Isn’t it strange that although they are rare and imperforate and the numbers issued were far smaller than for the regular perforated stamps, these imperforate errors still sell for less.
52¢ Christmas - Unissued Stamp
Here is a stamp that is offered regularly at auction. Collectors buy it because it is an unusual variety. There is little trend in the prices. They first appeared for sale in 2001 and many have been sold since. The above block of 4 sold for $346 or about $90 a copy.
United States Stamps
Most of the time,
we concentrate our attention on Canadian stamps. But from time to time
we scan the US offerings to see if there are any early VF NH copies.
In our experience, copies of this quality seldom appear in Canadian
auctions. When offered by top US auction firms, they can command extraordinarily
When we saw that Eastern was offering a couple of VF NH stamps from the US for sale, we paid attention. Here they are:
We have to admit we were a bit disappointed with these prices but, not being familiar with US stamp trends, we cannot really appreciate how good or bad these prices might be.
Eastern's next sale is a mail auction to be held on August 31, 2011.