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23 October, 2007 - R. Maresch & Son

This was an excellent Maresch sale, so strong in varieties, quality and impressive prices. Not surprisingly, the bidders focused on the proofs, re-entries and postal history, all of which had great depth, producing some noticeable resuls. Our attempts to summarize the outcome of the sale cannot do it justice. We start off with a proof and then a number of re-entries.

Trial Color Proof of the 20¢ Numeral



Lot 969
Scott 94
Estimate $300
Realized $2400

We would like to caution our viewers when we get into the specialized area of collecting of proofs that we know little about them. The above stamp described as a trial colour proof on card in bright green, unlisted, stained and rare. Most collectors, ourselves included, would approach this one very carefully as not many people would have the knowledge to judge its proper value. Not so the bidders! They pushed the value up to 8 times the estimate.

Other proofs in this sale did very well as they have in many other recent auctions. This is an area of collecting that is enjoying geat demand.

Re-entries Shine!

Re-entry - psn. A80
Re-entry - psn. 90
Re-entry - psn. 7

Lot 314
Unitrade 4xiii
Catalogue $900
Realized $1050

Lot 328
Unitrade 7v
Catalogue $2750
Realized $1600


Lot 343
Unitrade 9ii
Catalogue $6000
Realized $6250

 

Re-entry - psn. 94
Re-entry - Unlisted

Lot 495
Unitrade 18iv
Catalogue $4500
Realized $1850

Lot 1014
Unitrade 95
Estimate $2500
Realized $4000

 

Re-entry - psn. 51
and double epaulette

Lot 484
Unitrade 17b, iii, v
Estimate $1500
Realized $3500

 

Re-entry

Lot 1046
Unitrade 104vii
Catalogue $2250
Realized $1700

 

 

We did not plan to comment here on these re-entries as it would take too much space. Let's just say the results speak for themselves. There were a great number of them in this sale, far more than usual, and the prices were very strong.

Re-entries, as an area of collecting, are enjoying great popularity these days. There appear to be lots of them around, but it takes a special knowledge to identify them. Unitrade has illustrated many of them in a very helpful way and, at the end of this commentary, we provide a link to the website that is devoted exclusively to Canada's re-entries.

Here's how to identify them. First get out your Unitrade catalogue, then click onto the re-entry website so you know exactly what you are looking for. Now it's time to get your stamps out and a magnifying glass and start checking them. Add some nice background music and a glass of wine and any collector would be in Heaven!


Attention 5¢ Beaver Specialists

"Leaping Fish"

Lot 446
Unitrade 15ix
Catalogue $220
Realized $270

 

It's not often such a complete collection of the many collectible flaws of the 5¢ Beaver stamp of 1859 are offered all together in an auction, but such was the case in this Maresch sale. Here's how they all did (Keeping in mind most were off centre and faulty):

Lot
Variety
Condition
Estimate
Realized
442
Split Beaver
Fine
300
500
443
Log on Waterfall
Faulty
650
165
444
Low Moon
Fine
250
260
445
Rock in Waterfall
Fine
300
170
446
Leaping Fish
Faulty
220
270
447
Comet
Fine
150
450
448
High Moon
VF
200
175
449
Burning Bush
Faulty
125
90
450
Gouge
Faulty
100
65
451
Broken Oval
Fine
100
210


Postal History

 


Lot 471
Scott 14 & 15
Estimate $2500
Realized $4500

This cover was sent from Toronto to Paris on February 12, 1868. It's odd that one of the stamps sticks out from the top fo the envelope and has survived undamaged all this time.

Maresch interprets the various postmarks in a most interesting way. The cover was sent first to England, but had insufficient postage. Someone in the post office stamped "PAID ONLY TO ENGLAND" to make sure no one missed the point. Postage to England was 12¢, while that to France was 17¢. So the envelope had to be stamped "Under Paid" and it would seem that the postage due was 2 x 5¢ or 10¢ in total. It has a French transit mark on the front which indicates it must have eventually reached its destination.

It was described as a unique SHOWPIECE and brought a strong price, well over the estimate.

Many other covers in this sale received strong bids.

 

Small Queens

Here are a few of the Small Queens that did exceptionally well:

Perforation 11 1/2 x 12

NH, inclusions in gum
NH Extremely Fine

Lot 604
Unitrade 35vii
Catalogue $1050
Realized $625

Lot 663
Scott 39b
Catalogue $3000
Realized $4250

 

Feather in Hair


Lot 657
Unitrade 38iv
Catalogue $1250
Realized $2400

 

 

Widow Weeds

NH, Vermillion, GEM
Imprint Pair, NH
Re-entry - psn. 6

Lot 683
Unitrade 45a
Catalogue $2250
Realized $2100

Lot 685
Unitrade 47i
Catalogue $4650
Realized $8500

 

 

Numeral Tête Bêche Booklet


Lot 948
Unitrade 77c
Catalogue $7500
Realized $7750

 

This rare tête bêche booklet looks beautiful. Only a dozen of these booklets exist making it very rare. The fact it had been folded along the horizontal margin and had a thin did not slow the bidders down.

 

For more details on this outstanding sale, please click on the Highlights button.

Highlights


This sale had 3 new record prices:

Scott No.
NRP
Previous NRP
Description
38iv
2400
840
8¢ - SQ "Feather in cap"
47i
4250
1834
50¢ - SQ "Major re-entry, psn. 6"
73a
1300
1100
10¢ - Maple Leaf imperf. pair


Re-entry Website

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