Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
23 February, 2011 - R. Maresch & Son
We found it interesting that the most prominent stamp on the front cover of the Maresch catalogue was a Chinese souvenir sheet. But then a look at the results of the sale of a number of the Chinese stamps helps to explain it. The results were definitely worth noting. In fact they were stronger than the results for the Canadian stamps. It supports the stories that we have been hearing about the strength of philately in China and the growing number of collectors in that country. We provide a few examples later in this commentary. But first, let’s look at some of the Canadian stamps.
The ½¢ stamps of the Jubilee Issue are not rare. We have recorded many of them over the years. This copy was beautifully centered and caught our eye immediately as we looked through the catalogue. But on closer inspection, we noted a couple of perforations that were ever so slightly on the short side and this may explain why the price wasn’t higher. Interestingly, we have not recorded a VF NH copy of this stamp in the past two years which surprises us.
We note that the sale contained 4 complete sheets of the plate proofs of the Jubilee dollar stamps. Quite extraordinary! They sold for prices ranging from $8,250 to $10,000.
Map Stamp - Imperforate Block with No Gum
The catalogue described this lot as an “Imperforate block of four, still attached to a very thick original card (which is why most have no gum now), minor corner wear on reverse of card only, not affecting stamps which are very fine. Rare in this original condition.”
We found the above comment about the reason for the lack of gum on some of Canada’s imperforates particularly interesting. We can remember sitting with Bill Maresch at his office in Toronto when he made similar comments about some of Canada’s early imperforate stamps.
of the Confederation Issue
12¢ imperforate pair is part of the set that was offered in this
sale. The set was issued in 1927 to celebrate Canada’s 60th Anniversary
10¢ Mountie - Broken Leg Variety
This variety is quite rare. We have only recorded six copies sold in the past 10 years. This is the third vertical pair sold in this period and the best price for such a pair. The top stamp in the pair was LH and had a small natural inclusion on the reverse. The bottom one, which contained the variety, was NH.
We could only find one other sale of an imperforate strip of four of this stamp. In 2007, a similar strip was offered at a Maresch sale and sold for $825. We find the colours in these stamps particularly beautiful. They were issued in 2003 as part of a “joint issue” with Thailand.
STAMPS OF CHINA