Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
4 April, 2008 - Charles G. Firby Auctions
This was an impressive
sale. It had strength in so many areas. Early Canada was particularly
well represented as were our modern varieties. As usual for a Firby
sale, there was plenty of postal history from Canada, its provinces,
the U.S. and foreign countries.
4d - an exceptional copy
This 3p beaver was the first of Canada’s stamps to be printed on wove paper. The original copies were red in colour and were printed on regular wove paper. The above variety is “orange red” and was printed on “thin paper”. It was lightly hinged and had full gum.
the above stamp as truly superb and undoubtedly one the finest copies
extant. Ex-Caspary, it came with a 2008 V.G. Greene certificate. The
bidders took it to a new record price, up from their previous record
of $2,420 .
This was such a nice pair. Firby called it a showpiece. It was a bit of a surprise to us that it sold for only $2,272. We think someone got a bargain.
Suppose you were to try to separate the pair by cutting between them. It seems to us that both stamps would end up with a very narrow margin where they had been joined. It makes us wonder, how they got such a large borders on their outer sides in the first place. Someone must have cut this pair very carefully from the sheet, sacrificing the borders of the other nearby stamps.
We haven’t seen many 7½p used stamps like this one with the extra wide margin at the top and a clear 4-Ring cancel. The combination of large margins and light postmark caused Firby to call this a superb copy of the stamp. It’s one of our favorites.
For years we have been intrigued by this stamp that has always been shown by itself in the Scott catalogue in small fine print. We wondered why it wasn’t included with the other stamps in the set. What is unusual about this stamp are its perforations. They are 12½ as compared to the usual 12 or the rarer 11½ x 12. But the 12½ perforation is very scarce. Undoubtedly, there are a number in people’s collections that have gone unidentified. If only their owners knew what treasures they posessed!
This copy is perfectly centered with a face free 2-Ring cancel. It sold for $2,525, a new record. How strong a price is this? In the past ten years, we have only recorded the sale of five copies. The previous best price was $850, set at a sale in 1999. The top price is now triple this.
Of all the imperforates produced in the mid 1930s, this one has by far the highest catalogue value. This is probably due to the story (or is it a rumour) that a number of these particular imperforates were destroyed in an accident years ago. Despite their relatively high value, they appear regularly at auction.
This copy was VF-XF NH and the price realized was the 3rd best in the past ten years.
Canada's River Heritage Booklets
Both the above imperforate
strips are from the same set of stamps. The top one is an imperforate
strip from the regular sheet of stamps. The bottom strip is the imperforate
variety of the full booklet pane of ten with its cover. Neither variety
is listed in Scott or Unitrade.
The set was issued in 1993. The first imperforates appeared at auction 7 years later in 2000.
These imperforate pairs, strips and booklet panes are very rare and are, in some cases being seen for the first time. It will be interesting to see how Unitrade handles this unusual material in its next catalogue.
For more details
of this sale, and particularly regarding some of Canada’s early
stamps, please click on the highlights button.