Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
28 February, 2006 - R. Maresch & Son
Young collectors often ask their friends how many stamps they have. At the beginning of one’s collecting experience, numbers are important. It feels so good to say “I’ve got 5000 stamps in my collection!”
But as the numbers
grow, collectors become aware that it’s the knowledge they obtain
through stamp collecting that’s more important than how many stamps
they own. A good example of this can be seen in the results from the
sale of a number of large bulky lots in the latest Maresch sale. Consider
30 years of Maresch Auction Catalogues!
Included in the sale was a set of twelve volumes of Maresch auction catalogues from the years 1967-1997, complete with prices realized. The winning bid was $550, against an estimate of $750. We are most envious of the successful bidder and hope it may have been an institution such as a library or Canada’s Postal Archives. These could share the wealth of information these volumes contained with collectors.
For our views on
the importance of this kind of information to collectors, click here
to see our Commentary No.
Small Queen Jumbos
A few years ago, a number of jumbos from the Small Queen set were offered at a Maresch sale and were snapped up by collectors. A new group of them appeared in this sale:
Whoever selected the above stamps for his or her collection knew what they were doing. One only has to look at the beautiful clearly dated postmarks to appreciate this person’s collecting ability. We think of the post office employee who, working quietly behind the scenes, took the trouble to carefully cancel the stamps. This still happens sometimes today, over 100 years later, and is always noticed and appreciated by collectors.
15¢ Large Queen
Now here’s the beauty! It’s a well centered, very lightly hinged violet gray Large Queen. Maresch called it a Scott 30, which according to Scott is “gray” and has a catalogue price of $67. But Maresch also described it as “violet gray” and put an estimate of $500 on it. It’s all a bit beyond us, because this is a complicated area. Back when the stamp was issued, the colours were mixed in batches and who knows what was added to the mixtures. Books have been written about them. See for example “The Large Queens of Canada and Their Use 1867-1872”. But when Maresch puts an estimate on a stamp, it’s for a good reason and in this case, the winning bid of $575 more than supported the estimate.
3¢ Small Queen – “vampire bite” variety
Some varieties are hard to see, but not this one. As Maresch points out, the mark on the queen’s neck is the “strongest we have ever seen, easily visible to the naked eye”.
so sure the postal office clerk knew what he was doing when he canceled
the stamp, but wasn’t it lucky he completely missed the variety,
allowing us to admire it a century later.
10¢ Small Queen – imprint block with rare colour
Here’s one for the books! It looks like a case of one or more very determined bidders who went screaming past the estimated price for the stamp at 100 mph and kept on going.
What’s so special about this block? Maresch had a few things to note which might explain this:
We suspect that Maresch may have been as pleasantly surprised as we were at the results. This is the kind of result that puts a smile on everyone’s face, especially the owner who put the lot up for sale.
1¢ Edward VII
Isn’t it interesting that this is one of the few Canadian stamps whose price the Scott catalogue reduced last spring. It dropped from $50 to $37. We wonder why? There has always been a demand for these low value stamps in VFNH condition from the early 1900s. The Scott editors are probably shaking their heads thinking “you can’t win!”
In any case, the
$280 is a new record price, up from the previous $230 record realized
at a Maresch sale in 2003. There’s a good reason for this special
price. The stamp is “extremely fine” per Maresch and comes
with an unusually intense shade of green. In our view, what makes this
stamp really stand out, in addition to all the other things, are the
four corners of the stamp, they are perfect!
Scott 1270a variety- first ever
This is the first example we have recorded of this variety. It is the 39¢ Multiculturalism stamp with black inscriptions omitted. It was issued some sixteen years ago in 1990. Scott lists a mint copy at $1000, but provides no value for a used one, hence Maresch’s estimate of $250. We’re happy to have this rare example for our records, but must admit it looks very familiar. We plan to look back to see if we’ve missed a copy or two of this variety in previous auctions.
This sale had two new record prices: