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17 March, 2006 - Charles G. Firby Auctions
It was quite easy to choose the stamp that would lead off this review. It was this spectacular lower margin block of nine of the 3d beaver:
Firby described this block as having a fabulous deep rich color, on medium wove paper. It is cut close and there are faults which can be forgiven considering that this is the largest unused multiple of the entire Pence issue.
It was an interesting coincidence that the above Jacques Cartier block should be put up for auction on the same day our Commentary No. 81 appeared. Our Commentary featured some of the finest copies of Scott 7 that have sold in the past 30 years, including the above block. The one referred to in the Commentary sold for $16,000 US at a Firby auction in 2004. The one in this sale sold for $15,000 US (or $17,400 Cdn.) in 2006.
We featured this example of the Prince Albert stamp because it was a lovely large margined centered (for this) example which has no perf. holes touching the frame line.
It’s not often we see the above stamp with such a beautiful cancellation. This cancel was described as an Ottawa Crown. If one looks at the page in the catalogue where this image is found, one cannot help zeroing in on it because it is so distinctive and so perfect. It is a choice stamp which would add excellence to anyone’s collection.
This too is a beauty with its clear and distinctive postmark which appears to be dated April 18, 1868. We say “appears”, because it is difficult to make out the exact day.
One of the strongest sets presented in the sale was the Jubilee set. The above examples strongly attest to this. We particularity liked the 8¢ Jubilee because of its large even borders.
The above stamp is quite unusual and one that is new to us. Firby categorizes it as a Scott 1167a which means that it comes from the Ashton Potter booklet pane of 10. The two unique features are first, that it is imperforate between the selvedge and the stamp and second, that it’s got Plate No. “1” in the left margin. We would’ve thought that the estimate for this unusual item would be higher than $348 shown above and must admit to being even more surprised that it sold for only $151.
The above new variety is also one we have never seen before. It clearly comes from the booklet because of the tabs. However, what is odd, as pointed out by Firby, is that the tabs are on the right hand side instead of the left which is the normal position. He describes the above stamps as quite rare and possibly unique.
2¢ Registered Stamp – New Record price
What a lovely example this is of the 2¢ registration stamp. Firby has categorized it as Unitrade F1i which is the “orange red” variety, as opposed to the normal “orange” colour. Surprisingly, we have only recorded one previous sale of this variety which goes back to 2003. And while undoubtedly a number have sold at auction, we would guess, based on our records, that these have not been of the investment grade type of stamps for which we keep pricing records.
Semi- Postal Air Mail Stamps
This sale featured some of the most beautiful and rare semi postal air mail stamps we have seen at auction. We could write an entire commentary on the results of just this section of the auction it was so significant. However, we have limited ourselves to featuring the three outstanding examples shown above.
We looked back at some of the major auctions that have taken place over the past three years and noticed a fair number of semi-postal stamps being presented for sale. This includes not only stamps but covers as well. As shown above, some of the results can be as positive as those achieved for Canada's regular postage stamps.
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