Canadian Stamp Auctions
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25 October, 2006 - R. Maresch & Son
We enjoyed looking at the nicely centered mint copies of the 15¢ Large Queen in this Maresch sale. The auction catalogue focused on the condition of these two examples, calling them "extremely fine", but in this Maresch sale, we also noted the subtle differences in their shades.
Large Queen - Shade varieties
Nice prices! Both stamps were very lightly hinged.
1¢ Small Queen - Colour varieties
2¢ Small Queen Jumbo
This imprint strip of three is truly remarkable although the stampls are a mix of good and bad. The left stamp is NH. The right stamp has been separated and reattached with a thin hinge strip. The centre stamp, however, is a spectacular jumbo. The combination of the printer's imprint and the jumbo are indoubtedly what drew the bids and resulted in the excellent price.
The bidders certainly liked these Small Queens with their large borders.
There have been quite a few of these VF NH Jubilees sold at auction in the past year and the prices have been consistently strong with a few exceptions.
The prices realized for the sale of these two imperforate pairs surprised us by how different they were.
Both pairs were described as very fine and NH. How can one account for the price differential? The second pair sold for twice the first. According to Unitrade, the same number of each variety were issued. The only explanation we can think of is that the stamp auction market is such a thin market that there may only be 2 or 3 bidders for each lot and sometimes only 1. Where there is little competition, prices can vary substantially. Where there are lots of bidders, prices tend to be a lot more stable and predictable.
An Exceptional Stamp
This stamp leaped out of the page in the auction catalogue. What a wonderful cancellation on a well known variety. We envy the new owner, he or she has acquired a winner!
14¢ "White Queen"
The White Queen is a variety that appears fairly regularly at auction. We have recorded 30 copies in the past 10 years. But we have never seen a block like this showing a mix of the regular stamps with the variety. Maresch described it as follows:
There were so many
other lovely stamps, both attractive and rare in this Maresch auction.
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This sale had 1 new record price