Canadian Stamp Auctions
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28 June, 2007 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
Vance Auctions certainly has a winning formula. The results speak for themselves. There were 8 new record prices in the sale. Pretty impressive! We like the way the firm displays its philatelic material. Because it shows a great number of stamps on each page, it makes it easy to see the whole Canadian section in just ten pages.
provides images of a large percentage of the stamps offered with brief
but accurate descriptions. The thing that puzzles us is how they get
their hands on so much good material! The only hint we get from Vance
Carmichael is his statement “ For the first time ever, our printed
catalogue is 100 pages long! Material has come from all over the globe
to fill these pages.”
Beauty – Exhibition quality
– Plate proof
This is one of the scarcer plate proofs of the well known 12 Penny black with the diagonal “ SPECIMEN” in red. It is not all that rare. We can count 13 copies that have come to auction in the past10 years. But it is often cut close on one or more borders. The price realized of $3,375 is a new record price, well up from the previous record of $ 2,508, set in 1998, almost 10 years ago. This is the first time the price has exceeded $3,000.
Numeral – Imperforate pair
Numeral – An unusually fine used copy
This stamp was a real treasure that we couldn’t help noticing. We’ve seen lots of copies at auction, but rarely do they have this fine centering. A big plus also was the “Nanaimo Barred Circle “cancel.
When we first spotted this block in the auction catalogue, we were not overly impressed. The stamps are all centered low and there are a couple of nibbled perfs. If the stamps were sold separately, they probably wouldn’t get a very high price. So we asked ourselves why someone would pay over $5,000 for them. The answer is likely that such a block itself is very rare and it would give the owner great boasting rights to own it.
How rare is it? We checked back in our research records and could only find one other block of 4 in this condition sold at auction, and that was in 1982 and that was 25 years ago.
Here is another stamp, not in great condition, but in great demand because of its rarity, being cancelled on the first day of issue. A regular used copy is listed in the Scott catalogue for $60. A first day cover is listed in Unitrade for an unbelievable $5,000. So, how could one estimate the value of the stamp itself, off the envelope? Vance gave it an estimate of $350 and it went for $500. There are times when guessing an unusual stamp’s value is a difficult exercise, but we think Vance did pretty well.
Such an expensive stamp. Vance states it is rarer than the St. Lawrence Seaway invert. It sold for a new record price.
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This sale had 8 new record prices: