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December, 2009 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
was one of the last sales of 2009. As usual, Vance's auction catalogue
was packed with goodies, beautifully laid out with the stamps easy to
see and the descriptions clear and to the point. We admired this 1/2
pence stamp from 1857:
It may be our imagination, but it seems that the 7¢ stamp in many of the early sets is consistently better centered than the other denominations. Of course, only a careful study would support this.
Although not perfect,
the centering of the above stamp was definitely good enough to attract
our eyes and those of a number of serious bidders. It was VF NH.
Early Canadian stamps that are perfectly centered will usually sell for well more than their catalogue values. But if their centering is less than perfect and the stamps are VF NH like the above, they will often sell for around their catalogue values. That is, unless there are any imperfections in which case they will go for less than catalogue, sometimes a lot less.
We thought that
the two stamps shown above were good examples of early stamps that are
VF NH and just a bit off center. We noted that the Scott 98 stamp sold
for $98. It’s kind of interesting to think that this might have
been in the bidder's mind when he sent in his bid. Years from now, it
should be easy for him to remember how much he paid for the stamp.
Damaged Imperforate Pairs
The 14¢ Captain Cook pair, issued in 1978, has been offered at auction 16 times in the past 10 years and in 13 of those cases, wrinkles and creases were mentioned. The highest price paid was $1,111 back in 1999 and that was for a pair with wrinkles.
The 30¢ Christmas pair, issued the same year, has been offered at auction 13 times in the same period. In 12 of those cases, creases were mentioned. The highest price paid was $1,197 back in 1999 and that was for a pair with creases.
One might guess that someone at the printers found these two crumpled sheets that had not yet been perforated and sneaked them out the back door. But if this is so, we wonder where the stamps were stored between 1978 when they were issued, and 1999, when they appeared at auction.
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Vance's next auction will be held on January 27, 2010
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