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26 March, 2014 - R. Maresch & Son

We were impressed by the quality of stamps in this auction and the enthusiasm expressed in the catalogue for the state of the market. Maresch’s last auction realized 10% more than their pre-sale estimates. According to them, demand continues unabated despite the wealth of material coming on the market in recent months.

Usually we show only the very best stamps offered in an auction. But this time we are starting off with two stamps that did not do terribly well. Why do this? Because for early Canadian stamps where the Postmaster saved money by using as little paper as possible, the stamps shown below were amazingly well centered, something we value.



Lot 436
Scott 17b
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $425


Lot 453
Scott 19
Catalogue $1,250
Realized $475

Both stamps were unused, i.e., had no gum. But both couldn’t have been better centered. Maybe the market doesn't respect what is special and rare about these stamps, but we do!

 

Small Queens with Jumbo Margins

 



Lot 624
Scott 34
Catalogue $17
Realized $190


Lot 658
Scott 36
Catalogue $85
Realized $325


Maresch was not backward in describing these two stamps with their unusually large margins. The ½¢ was described as having “improbably large and balanced mammoth margins…the most fabulous copy of this stamp we have ever seen”. The 2¢ was “a huge jumbo copy n.h. and extremely fine.” Judging from the huge prices realized, the bidders certainly agreed.

 

5¢ Jubilee – Vertical Used Pair

 



Lot 797
Scott 54
Catalogue $90
Realized $210


What a lovely pair this is, so nicely cancelled with an almost complete Montreal 1897 Jubilee Flag.

 

20¢ Numeral – Imperforate Pair

 



Lot 888
Scott 84a
Catalogue $4,500
Realized $4,500

 

This imperforate pair came with no gum as issued. In the past 10 years, only 4 other mint copies have sold at auction with prices ranging from $2,200 to $3,750, so this is a new record price.

 

5¢ Registered– Imprint Block

 



Lot 1200
Scott F2c
Estimate $2,500
Realized $3,250

This was an extraordinary imprint block of 8. Unfortunately, it had badly disturbed gum on the back. We recorded the sale of a similar imprint block back in 2003 which, despite having creases, sold for $6,000. Despite its limitations, we recognize this beautiful block as being very rare and special.

 

Officially Sealed



Lot 1252
Unitrade OX2a
Catalogue $6,000
Realized $4,500


What a rare imperforate block in excellent condition, one that we find so attractive. It was printed on blue paper and came with no gum, as issued. It has been six years since a pair like this has appeared at auction. Back then the best price was $4,250, so the price in this sale is a new record.

 

Bulk Modern Canadian Mint Stamps

 

This sale included some lots with large amounts of modern Canadian mint stamps. Normally we expect to see these going for 60% - 75% of face value. Here’s how some of the ones did in this sale:

Lot
Description
Face Value
$
Realized
$
%
1
Thousands of 1960's to 1970's mint singles, plate blocks and mint sheets
5,774
2,500
43%
3
Thousands of 1960's to 1980's mint, incl. blocks, booklets, P.O. packs, sheets
5,107
2,200
43%
5
Thousands of 1950's to 1970's mint, incl. singles blocks, plate blocks and mini sheets
4,158
2,600
62%

We will let the results speak for themselves. We suspect the sellers were disappointed. The buyers now have some cheap postage, but we would guess there is only limited use for a sheet of 1¢ stamps

For more details concerning this sale, please click on the Highlights button.

Highlights


This sale had 5 new record prices:

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
22b
1¢ Large Queen on thin paper
4,500
4,125
75v
1¢ Numeral on thick paper
450
385
84a
20¢ Numeral imperforate pair
4,500
3,750
107d
2¢ Admiral, block of 12, tête bêche
9,250
3,250
OX2a
Officially Sealed, imperforate pair
4,500
4,250

 

Maresch’s next auction will take place in the summer

 

 


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