Canadian Stamp Auctions
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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:
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
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”
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!
Rare Inverted Strip
“ 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:
Total of …… .$34,000
were discovered in Moncton NB and Hamilton ON.
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:
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:
next sale will take place on December 2, 2009.