Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
23 June , 2010 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
It always impresses us to see the huge number of Canadian stamps offered in a typical Vance sale. This one had over 2000 Canadian lots. We appreciate the fact that most of them are so nicely illustrated. This is also done in a way which allows the viewer to see both the commentary and the image of the stamp at the same time.
As we go over the
results, we pick out those that we think will be of most interest to
our viewers. Unfortunately, this usually centers on the best and most
valuable stamps and it skips over the ordinary and less valuable. And
sometimes, we miss some real gems, like the little used 8¢ Small
Queen (lot 5539) buried on page 79 amongst the images of more than 160
other stamps on that page. It has a catalogue value of $4.50, but sold
for $106. Not bad at 23 times catalogue.
The 5¢ Beaver – Stitch Watermark
Another rare stamp,
but far more valuable was this one:
Believe it or not, the price realized for this stamp was a real bargain. The stamp itself was only in “fine” condition, it was off-center and it had a small corner crease. The value however was not in the front of the stamp, but the back where there was a stitch watermark. Vance stated “We have never seen a stitch watermark on this stamp.” We checked our research files and agree. Unitrade lists the variety in used condition and puts a price of $1500 on it.
If we were the lucky new owner, we would take steps to get this stamp certified right way to support its value and exceptional rarity.
Jubilee – Nicely Centered
Quebec Tercentenary – An Outstanding Copy!
What can one say
about a stamp of this quality except that it is clearly exceptional.
We have never seen one with borders as large and well balanced as this.
Thank goodness a collector back around 1908 noticed it and tucked it
away in his or her collection!
Is it a coincidence, or did the same buyer acquire each stamp for $130? We recognized these two single imperforates and, after some searching, found they had previously been sold in another recent auction for $55 and $85 respectively. The price in this sale is clearly more interesting. Both stamps were lovely copies and lightly hinged.
Canadian stamps celebrating the Chinese New Year are popular with collectors and our printers have made sure we will have lots of errors to collect. Lot 6212 is a plate block with missing red and tagging. Lot 6213 is the souvenir sheet with the same errors.
Each year, we receive a Chinese New Year card from some close friends who have adopted two Chinese children . It makes us very happy to see this celebration which joins our two countries, China and Canada.
The day we wrote this commentary, we noticed we had a visit on our site from a collector in China who lives in the city of Tianjin. He spent 35 minutes on the site and viewed 30 pages. To get to our site, he goggled “valuable stamps”. We hope he will visit us again.
Delivery – Imperforate pair
We end our review of the sale with this imperforate pair of special delivery stamps. As Vance notes, only 75 pairs exist. This pair was VF NH. While the price may look low when compared to catalogue, it is still the best price we have recorded at auction since 2004.
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Vance's next auction will take place on August 25, 2010