Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
26 May, 2010 - Charles G. Firby Auctions
Cancels – Large & Small Queens
We start off with some examples of the fancy cancels from the Large & Small Queen sets. The prices realized show how popular these stamps are with collectors.
What a beauty this is. It was nicely centered as Large Queens go and came in the blue gray shade (Unitrade 30b). Firby notes that the “cracked plate” variety comes from position #65 on the sheet. This copy was Fresh & XF, with full OG and a HR. It came with a 2003 V.G. Greene Certificate. The price realized set the new record.
Queens – Large Borders
Here we go again with our total admiration for early Canadian stamps that come with these large borders. Just look at the prices realized. We can’t be the only one who admires these stamps!
This appears to be such an ordinary looking stamp. It is used, has a straight edge and a relatively heavy cancel. But this little treasure is rare. Fewer than 100 used copies are known. The use of an ultraviolet lamp would help identify it as having been printed on Hibrite Paper. Not many modern stamps sell for more than double their catalogue value!
Virgin & Child – Black Omitted
This is the 6th copy we have recorded since this variety first appeared back in 1993. All but one was centered low like this one. The best price to date was $700. Therefore this is a new record price and the significant advance from the previous.
Expo – Horizontal Strip of 5
We finish off with this unusual strip of 5. As can be seen, “Canada 34” seems to be missing on the stamp at the right. The Firby description states “blue inscription ‘nearly’ missing cplty. on the R stamp.” What a shame. We looked carefully at that 5th stamp and could see a very faint outline. So instead of a genuine variety that could be listed, this may just be an ink error that may not repeat. It’s funny how collectors seem to accept some errors but not others. We still think it is a very interesting error, worthy of any serious collection.
We hate to come
to this, the end of Firby’s regular auctions. He always impressed
us with the material he presented and the knowledge he shared with us.
We hope he will remain active in the stamp field and continue to inspire
others by his excellent example
This sale had two new record prices.
prices in this commentary were converted