Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
January, 2009 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
In this sale, a
presentable used copy of the stamp was offered for sale. It was just
cut into the margins in a couple of places and had a minute sealed tear
at the top. Here’s the stamp, together with a proof copy, also
from the sale, that shows clearly what a new mint copy would look like:
What beauties these are! We find it wonderful that collectors in our hobby give such recognition to well dated stamps such as these. Whenever stamps like these appear at a sale, they really stand out and bidders usually chase them. Well they should because, if properly dated at the correct year or years of use, they are far more desirable than a regular cancelled stamp.
Imperforates - bottom sheet copies
The previous owners will probably regret parting with these beauties. The new owners will be delighted to acquire them, especially at such good prices.
These prices may
look low when compared to the catalogue values, but are strong when
compared to many of the prices realized for these stamps in recent years.
Admiral Imperforates - not quite perfect
The above pair is an unusual presentation for one of these Admiral imperforates. They almost always come as a horizontal pair and indeed there were three other Admiral imperforate in the sale and each one was horizontal.
As Vance noted, this 8¢ pair had huge margins. This is what drew our eyes to the image. But unfortunately, although the pair was NH, it had two light diagonal creases and this is what depressed the price.
Here’s how the four Admiral imperforates did in this sale:
Scott 115a was given a higher catalogue value because it was the only one that was NH. We can only guess how the “thins” on the other stamps might have occurred. It was probably because someone who was not knowledgeable about stamps tried to pull the hinges off. What a shame.
selling at new record prices
With all the bad economic news coming at us every day like a steam roller, we were nicely surprised that new record prices are still being realized at our auctions. In the auctions to date in 2009, we have recorded 37 new records, and now with this sale, we have a total of 39. Not a bad start for the year
Canada Post’s printers create printing errors quite regularly. These include missing colours, missing tagging, missing inscriptions, stamps printed on gum, the list is lengthy. But we’re not alone in this as the following U.S. examples in this Vance sale will show:
We note that all the prices realized for these U.S. errors are less than catalogue. This is similar to the Canadian experience.
This sale had two new record prices: