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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.


A Jubilee Beauty

 



Lot 553
Scott 50
Catalogue $300
Realized $350

 

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




Lot 611
Scott 86a
Catalogue $1,100
Realized $775

 

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.

 

Imperforates of the Confederation Issue




Lot 683
Unitrade 141b-145b
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $575

 

The above 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 of Confederation.

10¢ Mountie - Broken Leg Variety

 



Lot 732
Unitrade 223ii
Catalogue $3,000
Realized $2,800

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.


48¢ National Emblems – Imperforate Strip



Lot 841
Scott 2001c
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $800

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

 



Lot 1914
Scott 566a
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $1,450




Lot 1916
Scott 628
Catalogue $12,000
Realized $18,000





Lot 1921
Scott 782
Catalogue $3,000
Realized $3,500


Lot 1922
Scott 798a
Catalogue $3,200
Realized $4,500

 



Lot 1935
Scott 996a
Catalogue $4,500
Realized $8,000

 



Lot 1943
Scott 1518
Catalogue $1,900
Realized $2,200

 



Lot 1946
Scott 1586
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $1,400

 

 

Closing Comments


We called Tony Maresch in Toronto to ask who was buying these stamps and he replied that the buyers were from China and they had strong resources. So, we encourage our viewers to check their collections for stamps of China in superior condition. This could be a good opportunity to sell them.


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