Canadian Stamp Auctions
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17 October, 2007 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
This sale had a
number of unusually fine and rare early Canadian stamps. In 1858, Canada
issued its first perforated stamps. The science of making nice neat
even perforations was not well known at the time and so most stamps
of the period are off-center. Add to this the fact that the Postmaster
was probably trying to save money on paper costs gives the result that
the borders of the stamps were very narrow. It follows that it’s
almost a miracle to find a well centered stamp from that period. The
question is, how badly off-center a stamp is and how the market will
react to the degree of centering. An interesting example follows.
13 - A Rare mint copy
In the past twenty
years, we have recorded nineteen copies of Scott 13 sold in mint condition,
but only five of them beat the above price. This makes this one of the
best examples. The successful bidder did the right thing and should
be happy with his or her acquisition.
We found these three examples of the 2¢ from 1864 so interesting. The first two had such clear date stamps, showing 1865 and 1866 in the middle of the stamps. The third one has the Ottawa four-ring “27” cancel and comes with beautiful centering, much better than we usually see for the stamp.
You may have noticed the nice progression in prices as you move from the first to the third one. But surprisingly, none of their prices met or exceeded the catalogue value.
We have noticed some surprisingly strong results for a number of Canada’s early overprints that are never hinged. For years, their prices have languished. In 2003, the catalogue price for Scott 87 was $27. By 2006, it had only advanced to $29. But then, in 2007, it popped up to $40. The above copy is not that well centered and yet it sold for over two times catalogue.
The second stamp, Unitrade 191ii, featured a “shifted” surcharge. It also was not that well centered, and yet it sold for well over its catalogue value.
These overprints seem to do well as singles, but for some reason, they don’t do so well when sold in multiples. Very few come well centered and those that do, now seem to be coming into their own.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen so many new record prices amongst Canada’s modern varieties. Every time we think that not much is happening in the modern area, along comes an auction like this and surprises is. A nice surprise, of course!
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This sale had 5 new record prices: