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15 October, 2009 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

A few years ago, we wrote about the Postmaster in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, who in 1899 took the step of having a number of low value stamps overprinted without proper authorization. These stamps were subsequently identified as Scott 88B & 88C,

In this sale, one of these very rare Port Hood stamps appeared:





Lot 6103
Scott 88B
Catalogue $7,750
Realized $8,450


Our research after the sale made us realize how very rare this unusual stamp is. In the past ten years, we have only recorded the sale of two other copies and both were fakes. Before that, genuine used copies had been sold at auction in 1974 and 1988. Both sold for less than $700. In 1988, a pair consisting of Scott 88B and 88C were sold together and realized $8,960.

So, the fact that a single mint copy of Scott 88B sold for $8,450 is noteworthy. As usual, only light traces of the overprint remain. The stamp had original gum and, most importantly, came with three certificates of authentification.


Admiral Imperforates - not quite perfect

 




Lot 6185
Scott 114a
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $1,220



Lot 6194
Scott 118a
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $1,425

 

We wondered how these two Admiral imperforates would do. If they had only been lightly hinged or not hinged, no doubt the price paid for them would have been solid as these imperforate pairs are in great demand. But the 7¢ stamp had a horizontal crease and the 10¢ stamp a trivial surface scuff. In the end, they went for 60% to 70% of catalogue.

 

3¢ Overprint – Period after “3”

 




Lot 6344
Scott 191iii
Estimate $100
Realized $70

 

We had no record of this variety in our research records, that is until a copy sold last June in a Vance sale. The price paid was $69. The one in this sale sold for $1 more. We note that the variety was recognized for the first time in this year’s 2010 Unitrade catalogue, but no price was given. Unitrade identified its position in the sheet as “UR, psn. 87.”

Isn’t it amazing that it took 77 years from the time the stamp was issued in 1932 until 2009 for this variety to be discovered. There must be an interesting story here!

 


8¢ Telephone – Imperforate pair reaches record price





Lot 6519
Scott 641a
Catalogue $1,600
Realized $1,820



This is such a beautiful stamp. We admire the design and colours. Vance notes that only 25 imperforate pairs exist. In the past few years, the best price for a pair was just over $1,000. Now a pair has sold for $1,820. That’s quite a leap.

 

Rare Inverted Strip

 



Lot 6568
Unitrade 1376b & 1376vi
Catalogue $34,000
Realized $16,000


Vance described this unusual variety as follows:

“ Vertical INVERTED CENTER GUTTER STRIP OF 3 of the $2 Truro School House. Also shows some printing in the top margin. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE OF THESE RARITIES FROM THE HAMILTON FIND. VF NH.”

We were curious about how the catalogue price was determined and found the answer in Unitrade, as follows:

Unitrade 1376b
2 copies with inscriptions inverted ……………. 2 x $12,000
(70 copies known)

Unitrade 1376vi
1 copy with the brown cutting guide “invert”….. 1 x $10,000
(10 copies known)

Total of …… .$34,000

These varieties were discovered in Moncton NB and Hamilton ON.


Air Post Imperforates - Rare corner blocks




Lot 6597
Scott C8a
Catalogue $1,900
Realized $1,850

 



Lot 6598
Scott CE1a
Catalogue $1,900
Realized $1,820

 

Both blocks sold for record prices. We have noted in recent years that Vance has consistently offered a large number of imperforates in its sales. The prices realized for these have generally been strong, indicating that there is a good demand for these varieties. As we have noted in the past, this is not surprising as there is only a limited supply of these stamps and they are usually in very good condition. This, in itself, should not be surprising as they are generally owned by serious collectors who take good care of them.

 

CHINESE SOUVENIR SHEETS

These souvenir sheets from China are certainly doing well in Canadian auctions these days. Here are three from this sale that attracted healthy prices:

 



Lot 1845
Scott 566a VF NH
Catalogue $700
Realized $975

 

 



Lot 1847
Scott 782 VF NH
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $1,390

 

 

 



Lot 1848
Scott 798a Disturbed gum
Estimate $700
Realized $1,680

 

All in all, this was a strong sale with a number of record prices. For more details, please click on the Highlights button.

 

This sale had 5 new record price:

Scott No.
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
88B
1¢ Port Hood
8,450
622
641a
8¢ Telephone imperforate
1,820
1,665
C8a
7¢ Airmail imperforate
925
800
CE1a
16¢ Air post imperforate
910
857
E6a
20¢ Special delivery imperforate
1,250
1,200

 

Vance’s next sale will take place on December 2, 2009.

 


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