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26 February, 2008 - R. Maresch & Son

The stamp auction business seems to be doing well these days. Maresch comments “Our last auction confirmed that demand continues to grow for all areas of stamp collecting. The prices realized exceeded our pre-sale estimate by an astonishing 30%, the highest we can recall, in large part due to so many out-of- town collectors and dealers who attended the sale in person”.

Indeed things are going well. This Maresch sale had six new record prices. This only happens when the market is active and the demand is strong, but you couldn’t do it unless you had quality stamps to offer.

The new format adopted by Maresch in its catalogues is a noticeable improvement. Instead of showing all the images in one place in the catalogue, so that one constantly has to flip back and forth, they have now placed many of the images throughout the catalogue nearer their listings.

Large Queens - Interesting varieties


Lot 693
Unitrade 30v “cracked plate”
Catalogue $2,250
Realized $4,250

Described as the “rare showpiece”, the top pairs in this block had hinge remnants while the bottom stamps were NH. According to Maresch, the cracked plate variety was found through the oval at the left LL. Try as we might, we couldn't spot it with our trusty magnifying glass. But, when we looked at it on the internet, we could, by enlarging it, see the very faint crack plate line on the left hand side of the oval surrounding the Queen’s image.

Other Large Queen varieties also did well. Here are some examples

Lot
Scott
Description
Estimate/Cat.
Realized
632
22a
1¢ watermarked
600
700
640
24b
2¢ deep green, dated
100
240
645
25a
3¢ watermarked, dated
200
650
680
29c
15¢ watermarked
1,500
1,550
686
30a
15¢ perf. 11 1/2 x 12
500
850
688
30b var
15¢ "balloon flaw"
100
625

Images of all the above stamps are shown in the highlights section.


2¢ Small Queen

 


Lot 815
Unitrade 36viii
Estimate $750
Realized $600

What was special about the above stamp is the fact that it showed a latent re-entry. Maresch noted that, while it was mint, the Unitrade catalogue does not show values for mint copies. This must mean that there aren’t very many mint copies in existence, making this one quite rare.

The highest catalogue value for a used copy in Unitrade is $650. So it was actually conservative for Maresch to put an estimate of $750 on it. For a stamp of this rarity and quality, it was probably a surprise that it then sold for less than its estimate, once again proving how hard it is to second guess what the bidders will do!

 

Lovely Jubilees

 


Lot 996
Scott 54
Catalogue $125
Realized $280

 

Lot 1001
Unitrade 61
Catalogue $1,500
Realized $1,450

 

The Maresch sale had a couple of gorgeous Jubilees. The 5¢ pair was exceptionally well centered, NH, and a delight to look at. The 50¢ single seemed equally excellent, but a close examination showed it was centered very slightly to the left which may explain why the price wasn’t higher.


1¢ Numeral with strong Re-entries – as good as it gets!

 

Lot 1133
Scott 75var
Estimate $100
Realized $260

 

What can one say about a stamp like this, it just seems perfect. Look at the centering, the colour and the perforations. The stamp is NH and shows strong re-entries at the bottom.

As we looked through the Maresch catalogue, we noticed a great number of re- entries. This is an area that is enjoying increased popularity these days.


1¢ Numeral – Plate strip

 



Lot 1136
Scott 75
Estimate $50
Realized $170

 

How well this plate strip from the Numeral set did is indicative of how many of the other plate strips did in the sale. Here are some examples:

 

Lot
Scott
Plate
Estimate
Realized
1151
76
4
100
450
1161
77
Various
400
1,350
1165
77a
Various
250
1,450
1166
77a
Various
350
1,550
1187
78
2
100
350
1195
79
2
250
1,100
1204
81
1
250
750
1209
82
1
900
1,600


5¢ Admiral - New record price

Lot 1359
Unitrade 111b
Catalogue $750
Realized $1,600

 

We end up our commentary by looking at this beauty. The regular colour for the stamp is blue while this variety is gray blue. It was NH and nicely surrounded on two sides by wide sheet margins. Maresch described as the nicest copy the firm has ever handled. We couldn’t agree more.

Please click on the highlights button for further information.

Highlights


This sale had 6 new record prices:

Scott No.
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
36viii
2¢ Small Queen - re-entry
600
546
111b
10¢ Admiral gray blue
1,600
775
158iii
50¢ bluenose "man on the mast"
3,250
2,820
587vii
2¢ imperf. at bottom
450
325
704i
25¢ missing silver
750
660
MR2Ci
20¢ Inland Revenue
450
450


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