Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
19 March, 2008 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
It says a lot about Vance Carmichael’s reputation that he is able to attract so much good material, including many early classics, to his auctions. Here are a couple of excellent examples from the sale:
15¢ Large Queen - Rare Imperforate pair
Between 1999 and 2006, five copies of this imperforate pair were sold at auction. One of those was an NH copy like the above and it sold in 2003 for the then record price of $1,900. In 2007, five copies came to auction, but none of their prices could beat the 2003 record.
This is the first
time the pair has appeared at auction in 2008. While it was NH, it had
a bit of disturbed gum. Still, it is rare to find this stamp in NH condition,
and the bidder made sure that he or she paid the right price to get
it and, in doing so, established a new record price.
Over the years, we’ve seen many nicely cancelled Jubilees with dates clearly shown, like these ones. Perhaps these dates show up more clearly because the stamps in this set are so large. We’d like to believe a postal clerk, consciously hit the stamp extra carefully when cancelling it, making sure the recipient of the envelope noticed his action. Here we are, over 100 years later, still looking at the results with admiration.
Vance was a bit high in his estimates. What this means, of course, is that the successful buyers seem to have done very well.
Note that the above
½¢ Jubilee was cancelled on June 19, 1897. This is significant
as it was the stamp’s first day of issue. This is why the price
realized is more than two times catalogue. Lucky buyer, you did well!
2¢ Map Stamp with Rare Imprint
Copies like this don’t happen by chance. Someone carefully cut this imperforate pair from the sheet, being sure to save the full plate imprint at the top. This makes the pair extra special.
these two stamps offered separately? Usually this results in better
prices. At first it was not obvious to us but, using the old trick of
turning the stamps upside down, we could see that one of them was centered
slightly to the left and the other slightly to the right. Thus, it probably
made sense to combine them. In the circumstances, we think the seller
did well and if these stamps continue to be in demand, the buyer can
also be happy.
Similar comments can be made concerning the above two stamps. They appear to be a bit better centered than the previous pair, but are still slightly centered to the top of each stamp.
Over the years, prices for the full imperforate set, to which these stamps belong, have remained fairly steady with little trend. But sales of individual imperforates from the set have surprised us on occasion on the upside. The above prices, which are well above catalogue, illustrate this..
Would it be premature to say that the prices for the stamps issued in the 1930s are finally strengthening? The above realization at 50% above catalogue is surprising. But over the past 2 years we have been surprised on a number of occasions at the prices paid for stamps in this decade. Up till now, the strong prices seemed to stop at the end of the 1930 Arch set, but perhaps they are creeping forward and approaching the middle of the decade.
This sale had a small number of Canada official OHMS perfins. Many, like the above were NH. Not only were the above two stamps very attractive, but the prices realized were well above the estimates. The price for first stamp was double the estimate and for the second, three times the estimate. These stamps must be very scarce for the bidding to be this strong.
For further details of this sale, please click on the highlights button.
This sale had one new record price: