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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.
Rose – Imperforate pair
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:
Small Queens - Nicely Cancelled
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 !
75vi – A surprising new record price
175a – 20¢ Harvester
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!
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.
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.
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This sale had 9 new record prices: