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27 August, 2008 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

We must admit we get a rush when we see 9 new record prices in a sale like this one. This brings to 38 the number of new record prices for Vance Carmichael so far in 2008. We also take special note when a price jumps twice in the same year as it did for the beautiful 2¢ imperforate pair from 1864 shown below.

 

2¢ Rose – Imperforate pair



Lot 5614
Scott 20b
Catalogue $3,500
Realized $4,050

 

It is of interest that, back in 1987, and also in 1995, two blocks sold at auction with full OG. One of those came with a certificate of authentication. Since then, there have been 12 sales of singles, pairs and blocks, but all, like this pair, without gum. This pair had no gum.

There doesn’t seem to be a consensus as to whether the imperforates stamps issued between 1859 and 1864 originally came with gum or not. We have recorded sales of both. Perhaps a clue comes from our discussions some time ago with the late Bill Maresch who advised us that some of the early imperforate stamps were originally stuck down on cardboard and had to be soaked off, losing their gum in the process..

Here are the record prices for the stamp over the past ten years:

1995
1,375
2001
1,800
2006
1,870
2006
2,000
2008
2,673
2008
4,050


Small Queens - Nicely Cancelled



Lot 5741
Scott 45
Estimate $100
Realized $200


Lot 5749
Scott 46
Catalogue $115
Realized $118

 

These two nicely centered stamps with their SON cancels are excellent examples of Canada’s date cancellations. The 1885 date on the 10¢ Small Queen is equally matched by the 1895 in the 20¢ one. Aren’t we collectors lucky that some of these beauties have been preserved all these years. The new owners are to be envied !

 

Scott 75vi – A surprising new record price



Lot 5877
Scott 75vi
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $720


 


The imperforate pairs of the Maple Leaf and Numeral sets (Scott 66a-73a and 74a-84a) seem to be quite common these days. We see them in just about every sale and the prices are usually quite soft. There is more demand for those with gum. An indication of the how soft the prices are is the fact that the above new record price is still well below the $1,200 catalogue price.

Scott 175a – 20¢ Harvester

 



Lot 6141
Scott 175a
Catalogue $1,050
Realized $1,525


 

There were 4 of the higher value imperforate pairs from the Arch set offered in the sale, all were VF NH. Although the prices realized were strong in each case, there was only one that set a new record and that was the one shown above. Not bad at 150% of catalogue value!


Scott E4 – 20¢ Special Delivery Express

 



Lot 6406
Scott E4
Catalogue $115
Realized $245

We are struck by how well the “back of the book” stamps are doing at auction generally these days. This copy stood out because of its extra large margins.


“Write me, Ring Me” Greeting Cards



Lot 6752
Scott 2045i-2048i
Catalogue $120
Realized $80

 

In this lot, we see the complete set of 4 different “Write Me, Ring Me” greeting cards in their original sealed packs which includes the phone cards. These sets sell regularly at dealers and over the internet, but we only have one previous record of a sale taking place at auction. In 2005, a set sold for $65 at a Vance sale.

We don’t assume we have covered all the auction sales of the set to date, but we have kept an eye out for them and these are the only two sales we have noted.

For more details concerning this sale, please click on the highlights bottom.

 

This sale had 9 new record prices:

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous
NRP
20b
2¢ rose imperf. pair
4,050
2,673
75vi
1¢ Numeral imperf. pair
720
638
175a
20¢ imperf. pair
1,525
1,370
195c-200a
1¢-8¢ imperf. pairs
2,350
2,037
221a
5¢ part imperf. pair
382
372
243a
20¢ imperf. pair
700
-
E4
20¢ special delivery
245
230
2045i-2048i
Write Me, Ring Me sets
80
65
2201i
Year of the Pig - Sheet
1,800
1,690


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