January, 2010 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
always a proud moment when an auction house can offer a Scott 3 to the
public. Not only is it Canada’s second most valuable stamp, but
one of its most beautiful. This copy had huge margins and a near face
Vance emphasized the positive by pointing to the stamp’s enormous
margins, and especially the bottom sheet margin. Unfortunately the stamp
had some small holes at the top right due to thinning. In the end, it
received a very respectable price, being the third best for a used Scott
3 in the past 25 years.
& 3¢ Numerals - a bit off centre
We are always fascinated
to watch the bidders struggle over stamps that are near perfect in all
aspects, except that they are just a bit off-center. If we looked at
the stamps in our own collections, especially ones printed in the late
1800s, most of us would have to admit their centering is not always
quite perfect. This is why those few stamps that achieved this status
are so much sought after.
But here we have two that are nice looking, NH and just a “bit
off-center”. The 77 went for almost 80% over catalogue and was
the more off-centered of the two. But, to its credit, it also had the
widest margins. The 78 went for almost 100% over catalogue. Not bad
What impressed us the most was the respect they both received from the
from the 1930s
Here we see strong
bidding for the stamps that were issued by Canada in the 1930s. Prices
for the sets and the commemoratives issued in this period have been
gathering steam in recent years.
The $745 price realized for the Unitrade 216i would have been the best
price in the past 10 years, but for the fact that, 7 days earlier, a
copy sold for $1.050. Both prices show great strength.
The $412 price for the Scott 221a is a new record, a slight increase
over the previous $405. Copies of this stamp are often centered low.
This one is a touch low, but the centering is better than most.
747b – a real beauty!
There’s something about this stamp that we find so attractive.
Whoever designed it did a superb job. This variety usually comes as
a block of four and these go at auction for around $2,500. So this price
is obviously not a strong one. Possibly this is because the catalogue
standard is for a block of 4 and not a pair.
QEII – gold colour double printed
It does seem odd,
but this stamp, which has a catalogue price of $2,000, sold for only
$1,070 and yet its price set a new record. The previous record was $1,039.
We wondered how there could be such a large gap between this record
price and its catalogue price. We are still wondering. We can only pity
the hardworking people who put the catalogues together, trying to make
sense of it all!
For more details on the sale, please click on the highlights button.
sale had two new record prices:
blue - imperf. vertically
QEII – imperf. Double gold
next auction will be held on March 17, 2010
the flyer that accompanied Vance Carmichael’s latest auction catalogue,
Vance stated “The other day one of our bidders asked me how many
auction lots we have offered since we started in business. It was an
interesting question, and we figured out that since Sale #1 we have
offered well over 1.25 million lots!”)