Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
May, 2009 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
There were a couple of interesting things we noted in the flyer that accompanied Vance’s catalogue for this auction. First were their comments on today’s stamp market:
The second item
of note was the list of winners of Vance’s Spring Fever Give-Away
contest. What was interesting to us was seeing where the firm’s
clients are located. Here they are the winners’ locations:
Once again, this tells us how broad the world of stamps is and that’s one of the things that make it so interesting.
By way of contrast, we have recorded the sale at auction of 12 copies of the above 15¢ red orange stamp of which 300,000 were issued. Prices have ranged from $516 to $1,525. The above $970 is one of the stronger prices and this is not surprising given its generous borders. It probably would have realized a higher price but for the fact that it was centered a bit low.
The above price of $115 for the 6¢ Pearson stamp, printed on gum, is about average. Most copies we have seen are centered low like this one. Only twice in the past ten years has it reached its catalogue value.
The 32¢ maple leaf stamp is a variety in which the beige background and tagging have been omitted. This stamp has appeared regularly at auction over the past ten years and, interestingly, the best price of $1,200 was realized way back in 2001. The above price of $710 is the best price in the last two years.
Neither Scott nor Unitrade provide a price for this variety so that, in presenting it, Vance had to come up with an estimate which, as it turns out, was a bit on the high side. But they had the right idea as the price turned out to be a strong one.
This stamp was issued in 1997 and we find it quite surprising that the variety only appeared for the first time seven years later in 2004. We always wonder how these things happen and suspect there must be an interesting story. However, in stamp land, we hardly ever hear those stories.
Registered - Imperforate pair
This is one of the nicest copies we have seen of this 5¢ registered stamp in its imperforate form. Vance described it as XF, which we think translates into extremely fine or gem quality. We have to agree, it is a lovely example of this variety. It is not that scarce, with about 24 copies having sold in the past ten years. You might think that the above price is not that strong, but in fact it is. This copy has no gum on the back and amongst the 5 similar NG copies that sold in the past 10 years, it realized the best price.
In 1999, an NH copy sold for $1,350 and created a record price which has not subsequently been beaten. The fact that this copy with no gum came even close to the above record price says something about how strong this price really is.
We like to keep an eye on the sales of these mini-collections. We know that they represent something quite special for the collector who put them together with care and attention. We often see these mini collections sell for better than their estimates which means that the auctioneers tend to underestimate their value. Not that this is a problem, because it’s always nice to see the bidders work their way past the estimate to a higher value. This is something nice for the owners who are disposing of their treasures.
The above image from lot 7401 is part of a group of 50th anniversary covers from 1977-78 honouring the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh.
Here’s how a number of the other mini-collections did in the sale:
This auction had one new record price:
next sale will take place on June 25, 2009.