Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
17 June, 2008 - R. Maresch & Son
We were so sorry to learn of the death of Bill Maresch in Toronto on June 13, 2008. Bill was a friend and mentor who taught us much about the stamp business, about auctions and quality. When a stamp was of a quality beyond description, he would use his well known expression “catalogue values irrelevant!” and we would all chuckle because he was so right. Bill left many legacies, but certainly the best was bringing his two sons, Tony and Peter, into the business. We know how proud he was of them.
This latest Maresch sale contained many beautiful and rare stamps as we have come to expect from this auction house. But it also included the first part of the Casimir Bileski Estate. The catalogue stated:
We found five new record prices and, not surprisingly, these were all in the most popular in area between the Small Queens and the Scroll set. Here they are:
Of all the above new prices, the one that tops them all is the $525 paid for Scott 97, the 1¢ Quebec Tercentenary. What an amazing stamp. As Maresch modestly put it “possibly the nicest such copy known.” When a stamp sells for more than 10 times catalogue, you know that something unusual has happened.
These two stamps, one a “slate blue” and the other a “deep blue” seem so similar. We would never have guessed they represent different shades, but Maresch did.
Both were described as brilliant, fresh, well centered, n.h., superb, yet one sold for almost double the other.
Numeral – Which one is best?
This type of material is of great assistance to researchers of the set as it gives them the helpful plate numbers that go with the rare shade
We checked our records and found that this is the third time this particular half sheet of 50 stamps has come to market. In 1999, it sold for $6,750 at a Maresch sale and then in 2006, it sold for $4,000, also at a Maresch sale.
There are two well
known varieties of the seaway stamp which are the “inverted seaway”
and the “double red printed” varieties. Excellent examples
were offered in the sale:
It isn’t often a used copy of the inverted seaway appears at auction and we can’t remember a used copy quite as perfect as this. It has the sheet margin and an absolutely perfect cancellation. Philatelic material doesn’t come much better!
The second example was described as probably being a unique multiple. According to our records We have a record of a block of four selling back in 2001, but no multiple since then and certainly no previous record of a strip of three. What is also special about this strip is that the top of stamp shows the kiss print to the right of Canada, whereas it is found on the left of Canada in the bottom stamp.
F2i – imprint block of 8
This block is quite the beauty. It was described as “left margin IMPRINT BLOCK OF THE EIGHT, brilliant, fresh and very well centered, top pair v.l.h., others n.h., some separation, very fine and an exceedingly RARE MULTIPLE.”
We checked back to see when it last appeared at auction and found that it sold at a Maresch sale in 2006 for $900.
Multiple copies – Sold for less than face value
We always keep an
eye out for lots that contain multiple copies of common stamps that
sell at a discount. These are usually bought for postage and go for
around 70% - 80% of face value. There was a fair amount of this material
in this sale and here’s how it did:
For more details of this sale, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had 5 New Record Prices: