Canadian Stamp Auctions
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10 July , 2013 - Eastern Auctions Limited
Queens - Nicely Canceled
We always pay special attention when an auction house provides an estimate rather than a catalogue value. That tips us off that there’s something special to look for.
What was special about the above 1¢ Large Queen was the nice clear well placed postmark. One can easily see the date, Jan. 18, 1870 and the fact the envelope was posted in Toronto. How rare these are. The actual catalogue value is $225.
The above 3¢ stamp was special for two reasons. First it was very nicely centered. This isn’t easy to do when the margins are so narrow. Second, it had a beautiful light concentric ring cancellation, so light that it allowed the features of the stamp to show through clearly. It has a catalogue value of $40. The buyer did well.
Here are two good examples from the much sought after Maple Leaf set. Neither is perfectly centered, but both are VF NH. When placed side by side, it is clear that the 6¢ is better centered than the 8¢ and yet the 8¢ receive more of a premium. Interesting!
We have looked at and inspected this stamp a number of times. It looks so good. It has everything you want in the stamp. It is VF NH and has good perforations. We were surprised that it only went for $50, barely over catalogue. Once again, we must recognize that prices at auction cannot be anticipated. That’s what makes auctions so interesting.
What a beautiful imperforate pair this is. It is a 10¢ Tercentenary sheet margin Imperforate pair. It sold for about its catalogue value. Whew....seems like we’re back to normal.
Unlisted Modern Variety
Black Watch Imperforate Booklet Pane issued in 2012.
The above pane of 4 comes from the booklet and is imperforate. It is the first example of this variety that we can recall. The bidder must be anticipating that a number of other imperforate panes like this will surface to bid such a modest amount.
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Eastern's next sale will be held on August 28, 2013.