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22 March, 2006 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
The Large Queen set seems to be getting a lot of recognition at auction these days. This unusual copy attracted strong bidding. It was described as a “huge tall jumbo”:
The Queen Victoria overprints – in demand
It is hard to believe today that any Canadian government would actually reduce the cost of a postage stamp, but this is exactly what happened in the summer of 1899. In that year, the standard domestic rate for mailing a letter went from 3¢ to 2¢ as part of an effort to standardize postal rates in the British Empire. Rather than throw out the 3¢ stamps, the government simply had them overprinted. Clever fellows!
In another recent
auction, a Scott 87 overprint sold for a new record price. Now it’s
the turn of the Scott 88 overprint. The previous best price for a Scott
88 was $105.
“Man on the Mast” variety
This stamp has appeared every few years at auction. A copy sold for $1800 5 years ago but it was VF NH. This copy was fairly well centered, but there was no mention of the condition of the gum.
“Broken Leg” variety – New Record Price
In his book “Canadian Stamp Varieties 1973” Hans Reiche describes this variety as follows:
We have recorded
the sale of only one copy in the past 10 years. The previous best price
was $1800 and this was realized in 2004.
Although this variety isn’t rare, it’s the first time we’ve seen it or even heard of it. The variety is well illustrated in Unitrade which shows a “shilling stroke” die flaw to the left of the letters “AIR”.
US Black Jack – “Z Grill”
There was one US stamp that stood out, and that was this Black Jack that many collectors are familiar with, but which few of us have seen with the “Z Grill” imbedded in the paper.
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This auction had 3 new record prices: