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28 November, 2013 - R. Maresch & Son
Here we have the 2nd of the two auctions Maresch offered over two successive days. It was a general collection which offered material from larger lots and postal history through Pence and other early issues right up to modern varieties and back-of-the-book issues. We particularly noticed the beautiful Small Queens in the auction which, not surprisingly, attracted prices well in excess of catalogue.
At the end of this commentary, we provide a number of interesting comments by Maresch on the results of their previous sale in September.
Again, the normal colour for this 15¢ Large Queen is gray. The above is the blue gray variety. It is a margin copy and would be the envy of any collector. Like so many stamps in this auction, it is VF and NH. This would be normal in sets from the 1920s and 1930s, but is rare for the Large Queen set.
Although the price of $625 is over 5x catalogue, it is not up there with some of the higher prices paid for this stamp in the past. In 2006, a NH sold at auction for $1,760.
Small Queens – Big Prices
All four above are exceptionally nice copies and NH. What beauties!
Here are two more stamps of quality. Maresch called them superb, but the prices were on the modest side and for this the buyers will undoubtedly be happy. When dealing with these early sets, we must admit we find it hard to judge what the prices will be beforehand.
Most new varieties are found among Canada’s modern stamps. But in this sale, Maresch highlighted two from the Pence issue back in 1898.
This one was described as “Half cent black, showing a strong horizontal stitch watermark, a most elusive (and as yet unlisted) variety, the only one we can recall seeing, probably unique, with clean 2013 Greene certificate.”
We noted that both copies came with Greene Foundation certificates. This Foundation seems to be having an interesting year, especially after certifying the extremely rare 3rd known copy of the 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper last summer.
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Maresch’s Comments on their September 24, 2013 Auction