Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
27 September, 2008 - Charles G. Firby Auctions
The long awaited Firby auction was held in Waterford Michigan amid worldwide turmoil in the financial markets. The sale featured the David Session’s Arch Collection of Canada, the William G. Wightman Worldwide Collection and the Ron Brigham collection of U.S. stamps. Added to this was the property of 51 owners and estates.
This is the type of auction that can be difficult to review because it contains so many different parts. We will cover Canada’s postage stamps only, but there were other significant areas of strength in the Canadian issues. These would include the numerous specimen stamps, die proofs and semi-official issues.
We start off with
one of our favorites, the 7½p green, issued in 1857. That was
the last year Canada issued stamps without perforations.
The prices for this
stamp have been modest in recent years with rare exception. This one
had no gum and its margins were fairly narrow, top and bottom. But we
show it because, despite everything, it is a beauty and we were interested
to see how a stamp in this condition would do at auction.
This is the only imperforate stamp in the Large Queen set that appears regularly at auction. The few others that exist only appear once in a decade at the most and are exceedingly rare. See our commentary No. 100 for a full review of the Large Queen imperforates. The above was a nice copy that was very lightly hinged.
used Small Queens - amazing prices!
You won’t believe these prices:
Nothing pleases us more than to see the prices paid for the above Small Queens. Most collectors seem to only place good value on Canada’s early mint stamps, when a perfectly centered used copy can be equally scarce.
We found the prices realized for the above stamps unusually high, so we called Chuck Firby to confirm that they were correct.
He said that they were and that the competition to successfully bid on the stamps was fierce, especially from the telephone bidders. Used stamps in the above condition are becoming very popular.
This part of the Firby sale will stay in our memory for a long time. We salute the buyers for having the determination to go so far in chasing these rare beauties.
We think this should encourage all collectors, young and old, to go back to their collections and see if they have any Small Queens of this quality. Everybody knows that used stamps of this set are quite common. But every so often, perfect copies like these can be found in our old time collections or inside old envelopes stuffed with a forgotten accumulation of old stamps. After looking at the results of this auction, we wouldn't be surprised that many of us will have a little checking to do.
Imperforate Pairs - NH vrs. Hinged
VERY RARE ENVELOPES
present below two of the many rare covers offered:
For more details
of the sale, please click on the highlights button.
The prices shown above were converted at the rate of $1.00 U.S.=$1.03 Canadian.
Firby advised us that the prices realized were 193% of the presale estimates.