Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
29 November, 2007 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
This year is ending on a high note. So far this year, we have recorded 142 new record prices, but now we can add 8 from this sale and 8 from other recent sales to bring the total to 158. Vance Carmichael noted in our recent call to him, that the collecting of imperforate pairs is an area that is attracting great attention these days. He said that in a recent auction in the U.S., a set of blocks of the Canadian Admiral imperforates sold for $52,000 U.S.. That’s impressive!
Tercentenary - Imperforate pairs
There were 8 imperforate pairs offered from the Quebec Tercentenary set, including the 3 above. All but one pair sold for new record prices. Only the 15¢ didn’t make it, because its colouring was a bit faded. All pairs had gum.
According to a discussion we once had with Bill Maresch, imperforate pairs with gum were made when the stamps first appeared. The colour on them was stronger and they had a mottled dark, unshiny gum. Towards the end of the use of the set, a second set of imperforate sheets was printed. These had the gum of issue and their colour was lighter. It is possible that one of the sheets was stuck down and had to be washed to free it.
We asked Vance Carmichael
how it was that the prices for these imperforate pairs reached such
a high level in his auction. He said there were two very determined
bidders, a Canadian and American, each wanting the set. In the end,
it went to the Canadian bidder.
What’s different about the above blocks is that they have no gum. Ordinarily this would have condemned them, but obviously this didn’t happen in this sale. We are quite surprised at the result, but also pleased. Imagine in today’s market, strong bids for modern imperforate stamps with no gum. What’s going to happen next!
There seem to be a great number of varieties of Scott 139. There is a normal overprint, followed by a double overprint and then a triple one, there are pairs with only one stamp overprinted and there are both Die I and Die II overprints.
But the oddest of all, in our view, is this vertical pair. It attracted a low price because it was off center and had some black adhesions on the back. Despite this, we wanted to show it to our viewers because it is unusual and seldom seen. In fact it is not a regular stamp, but an essay. We presume a post office official wanted to see the two sizes of print so that a choice of the best one could be made.
Pairs of this stamp have sold for as high as $650 in the past five years and as low as $250. That’s quite a spread, but typical of prices for modern varieties. Now, we have seen in this auction, a bidder push the price up to $790 which is a new record high.
Are these QEII stamps popular? Check on the internet with Wikipedia. It quotes Canada Post spokesperson Cindy Daoust as stating, in 2005, that stamps bearing the image of the Queen now “outsell other stamps, 10 to1, whether it’s a commemorative edition or a definitive one”.
For more details
of the sale, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had 8 new record prices:
sale marked Vance’s 35th anniversary of mail auctions. Our congratulations
to the Carmichael family and all their hard working staff. They can
be very proud of what they have accomplished. We salute them and wish
them another 35 years of success!