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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:

 

"Deep Blue" Shade


Lot 400
Scott 30e
Catalogue $1,650
Realized $1,100

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.”

Nice Jubilees

 



Lot 542
Scott 52 NH
Catalogue $67
Realized $55


Lot 546
Scott 56 NH
Catalogue $275
Realized $230

 

 



Lot 548
Scott 57 NH
Catalogue $290
Realized $210


Lot 584
Scott 64 LH
Catalogue $1,450
Realized $1,250

 


This was a good selection from the popular jubilee set.

2¢ Map with "Center Cross"

 



Lot 631
Scott 85a
Catalogue $1,400
Realized $1,350

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.


Well Centered Admirals



Lot 711
Unitrade 108c
Catalogue $90
Realized $180


Lot 726
Scott 111
Catalogue $690
Realized $950




Lot 737
Scott 122
Catalogue $250
Realized $120

 

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.

Modern Varieties Shine

"Black Omitted "
"Missing Grey Inscription"


Lot 857
Scott 503a
Catalogue $9,000
Realized $5,250


Lot 862
Unitrade 537i
Catalogue $16,000
Realized $7,000

 

"Imperforate Block of 12"
(A Rare Showpiece)


Lot 861
Scott 535a
Catalogue $3,800
Realized $3,500

 

 

"Missing Gold & Tagging"


Lot 905
Scott 841a
Catalogue $5,600
Realized $1,950

 

 

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:

Lot
Description
Quantity
Face Value
Realized
%
6
1984 sheetlets
2,277
3,757
2,500
67
13
1950s and later
-
2,979
1,550
52
17
1976 50¢ booklet
5,400
2,700
1,800
67
18
1985 34¢ booklet
5,250
2,615
1,700
65
27
1976 15¢ Olympics
2,800 blocks
1,680
550
33
43
1968 4¢ + 1¢ booklets
4,840
1,210
425
35


Sale of First Day Covers

Lot
Description
Quantity
Face Value
Realized
201
1927-1963 covers
400
350
500
206
1940-1980 covers
-
893
180
208
1950-1980 covers
22,000
2,500
1,550
210
1963-2001 covers
1,000
610
260

 

Mini-collections of Small Queen Cancels

Lot
Scott
Description
Estimate
Realized
499
41
2762 stamps - 1889/98
500
700
500
41
687 stamps - 1890s
250
375
504
37/41
1,600 Squared circles
750
1,350

 

For more details of this sale, please click on the highlights button.

 

This sale had 1 New Record Price:

 

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
85a
Imperf bl of 4 - Centre Cross
1,350
900


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