Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
21 October, 2008 - R. Maresch & Son
Any specialist of Canada’s Large Queen’s set knows that it’s the 15¢ stamp that has the most shade varieties. One of the rarer shades is illustrated in this beautiful example:
This copy was described as “fresh with full o.g. (trifle disturbed), heavily hinged and very fine, an eminently collectible copy of this rare shade with 2006 Greene Certificate.”
2¢ Map with "Center Cross"
In the past ten years, we have only recorded two other blocks of the 2¢ map imperforate with the distinctive “center cross”. One of these was a Scott 85a and the other an 85b. They are very rare. Earlier this year, a copy sold for $900 at another Maresch sale. The price at this sale is a new record price.
This is an interesting study in contrasts. The 3¢ had unusually wide borders and consequently attracted a very strong bid. The 10¢, which is one of the scarcest and most sought after of the Admirals, received an equally strong bid. But the $1 stamp, which seldom shines at auction, received only a weak bid. All three were NH, but this didn’t help the $1 and the fact it wasn’t that well centered certainly didn’t help.
This was a very rare offering of blocks of Canada’s modern varieties, the likes of which we seldom see. The prices were not particularly strong, which must have been great for the buyers, but disappointing for the sellers. The new owners can be proud to have these scarce items in their collections.
The new owner of Scott 537i may wish to obtain a Certificate of Authentication as this is strongly recommended in the Unitrade Catalogue.
Sale of Multiple Copies
For some time, we have followed the sale of multiple copies of Canada’s modern stamps whenever they have appeared at auction. The stamps have generally sold for 65% to 85% of face value.
We expect that the buyers of these stamps use them for postage rather than for their collections. Naturally, they will tend to pay more for stamps with a higher denomination than a lower one, merely for convenience. After all, one can only put so many 5¢ stamps on an envelope.
Quite a few multiples
were offered in the sale, most likely from the huge stock of the Kasimir
Bileski Estate which Maresch has been mandated to sell at auction. Here’s
how some of them did:
Mini-collections of Small Queen Cancels
more details of this sale, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had 1 New Record Price: