Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.”
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.
This sale had 18 new record prices:
date has yet been set for Maresch's next auction sale.