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16 March , 2011 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

One area in which Vance has succeeded noticeably in recent years is in the sale of imperforate stamps. These have featured prominently in the catalogue offerings and many record prices have resulted. We counted six of them in this sale, as shown below.

Imperforate pairs - New Record Prices

Lot 5556
Scott 82a
Catalogue $1,900
Realized $2,230

As Vance points out, only 100 imperforate pairs of this stamp exist and very few are NH. We have recorded only two others in the past 10 years. Little wonder then that the bidding would be especially strong, resulting in this first record price.

Lot 5575
Scott 85a
Catalogue $1,010
Realized $1,480


Vance notes that very few blocks exist as most have been cut into pairs. The above block was very desirable with large even borders. We have recorded the sale of three others at auction, but two of them had a “center cross” which is a separate variety in itself. So that leaves us with only one other regular Imperforate block compared to the one above and it sold for $600 in 2009. So the above price, being more than double the previous one, is new record and quite a leap.

Lot 5646
Scott 101i
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $635

This pair of the 10¢ Quebec Tercentenary comes from the paler colour imperforates of the set which have no gum. It’s a bit surprising that it sold for a record price in view of the fact it had a minute margin thin. But then, it’s been five years since a similar copy was offered for sale at auction.

Lot 5653
Scott 102i
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $790

To our surprise, we have no previous record of the sale of this variety in very fine condition. Perhaps that is why it received a stronger price than the preceding pair.

New variety

Lot 5978
Scott 556var
Estimate $150
Realized $220


We have noticed this variety, which is missing everything but the red background, on a few occasions recently. We don’t recall seeing copies in the past which is a bit odd as the stamp was issued over 40 years ago. The above copy was NH, came with a Gratton certificate, and is unlisted.


QE II - Imperforate Plate Block

Lot 6068
Scott 1932a
Catalogue $4,000
Realized $1,710


The above UL plate block of the QE Jubilee is the eightth plate block like this we have recorded with prices ranging from $250 to $1,270. It attracted the highest price on record. It was NH and, according to Vance, only 40 pairs were found.

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This sale had six new record prices:

Previous NRP
8¢ Numeral imperforate pair
2¢ Map, imperforate block of four
7¢ Quebec Tercentenary imperforate pair
10¢ Quebec Tercentenary imperforate pair
15¢ Quebec Tercentenary imperforate pair
48¢ QE II imperf. plate block

Vance's next auction will take place on May 4, 2011

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