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24 September, 2013 - R. Maresch & Son

This was a noteworthy auction with many rare early Canadian stamps that sold for strong prices. In fact there were a total of 18 new record prices. When we first looked at the catalogue, we sent a message to Tony Maresch in Toronto to comment on the quality and he wrote back saying that the sale was one of the best they have had in the past 10 years. Serious collectors of Large Queens, Small Queens and Admirals were offered outstanding singles and blocks of a quality seldom seen.

We start off with these two beavers, each one a variety:

Soft Ribbed Paper
Orange Red


Lot 220
Scott 4c
Catalogue $550
Realized $900


Lot 254
Unitrade 4ii
Catalogue $350
Realized $800

 

The first stamp has the largest margins we have seen on a 3¢ beaver in some time. Sometime back in the early 1850s, someone cut this very carefully. Over a hundred and fifty years later, we can still appreciate the results!

The second also came with generous margins. It shows part of the next stamp at the right and the sheet margin on the left. We admire Canada’s early stamps like these, which so seldom come with such large margins.

Large Queens



Lot 389
Scott 22
Catalogue $1,800
Realized $5,500


Lot 441
Scott 26
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $4,500

 

Believe it or not, the above horizontal pair of the 1¢ Large Queen is not only well centered, it is NH which makes it particularly valuable. It attracted a solid price and, being so rare in this condition, was well worth it.

The 5¢ Large Queen on the right is a well centered stamp of great quality. It was post office fresh with full streaky original gum. It had a tiny negligible gum bend but despite this, it too received a strong price.

 

Small Queens – Prices worth Noting!

We think the prices for these Small Queens clearly reflect their special quality:



Lot 606
Scott 35a
Catalogue $ 225
Realized $1,000


Lot 621
Scott 36e
Catalogue $700
Realized $2,500


The $1,000 price paid for this 1¢ Small Queen set a new record, best price since 2006. It had a strong orange colour and was NH. The price for the deep green 2¢ is not a record which is a surprise as it seems so high. But earlier this year, a copy sold for $4,463. Both it and the above copy were NH.



Lot 625
Scott 37
Catalogue $140
Realized $875


Lot 636
Scott 38
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $2,900

 

No varieties here, just regular stamps, but both are in top condition. It never ceases to amaze us how rare it is to see a well centered Small Queen and, even rarer, to see two of them NH like these. The price for the 5¢ Small Queen may seem high and it is, but in 2009, a copy sold for over $6,000.



Lot 644
Scott 40
Catalogue $1,750
Realized $7,250



Lot 670
Scott 45
Catalogue $725
Realized $3,000


Two more beauties from the Small Queen set, each one NH. The one on the left is bright rose lilac and it sold for a record price. The one on the right is brown red. It has excellent perforations on all sides.

 



Lot 633
Scott 37d
Catalogue $10,000
Realized $26,000

 

 

Here is the rarest of all the Small Queens. None of the others has a Scott value anywhere close to it. Check it out! It is centered to the left and has a old hinge remnant and trifle album offset. Yet, it is considered to be the finest existing copy and therein lies its special value.

50¢ Admirals – Seldom Seen Varieties

Both of the stamps below have appeared on a fairly regular basis at auction and continue to receive strong attention from the bidders:

 

"Silver black variety"



Lot 1020
Unitrade 120i
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $3,000

 

Maresch really liked the above stamp. It was described as “post office fresh with huge balanced margins and definitely meriting the term ‘superb gem’, suitable for those who want only the best.”

 

 

"Brown black variety"



Lot 1021
Unitrade 120ii
Catalogue $1,050
Realized $1,150

 

 

This colour variety also did well, selling for a record price.

This completes our review of this auction. For further details, please click on the highlights button.




Highlights

 

This sale had 18 new record prices:

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
17vi
10¢ Albert with C flaw
2,300
-
25vi
3¢ LQ with vertical stitch wink
750
-
25vi
3¢ LQ with horizontal stitch wink
775
750
34i
1/2¢ SQ grey black
350
280
35a
1¢ SQ orange
1,000
980
35iii
1¢ SQ 11 1/2 x 12 lemon yellow
1,700
-
37d
3¢ SQ copper red
26,000
8,000
37e
3¢ SQ 11 1/2 x 12
1,900
600
40
10¢ Small Queen
7,250
6,095
41i
3¢ SQ deep rose carmine
1,600
990
107i
2¢ Admiral deep green
185
140
107vi
2¢ Admiral yellow green
280
-
113
7¢ Admiral
550
504
113b
7¢ Admiral straw
1,200
850
120i
50¢ Admiral silver black
3,000
2,310
120ii
50¢ Admiral brown black
1,150
1,050
139v
2¢ Admiral provisional surcharge
2,200
900
140c
2¢ Admiral inverted surcharge
1,750
-



No date has yet been set for Maresch's next auction sale.

 


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