Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
22 June , 2011 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
It's always exciting to see stamps selling for high prices. In this auction, we spotted 5 of them and they were from countries other than Canada. This shows once again, how international stamp collecting is. Here they are:
We received an interesting comment from Vance, who observed that India is very hot right now. So, keep an eye out not only for the stamps of China, but India as well.
A Real Beauty
What a lovely looking stamp this appears to be. It sold for 2 x catalogue. We were a bit surprised that it did not go for more and decided to review it more closely. We turned it upside down to check the centering but that was just fine. We checked the perforations, top and bottom, then left side and right side, using the techniques we learned from a dealer when we first started buying quality stamps. This inspection revealed a few "rounded perfs” midway down the right side.
This imperforate pair comes without gum. It is quite rare with only 100 pairs in existence. The above copy has lovely margins and comes from the top of the sheet.
This sale had a large number of very fine blocks, including plate blocks like this one. This one was issued at a time when it took six stamps to make a plate block, not four as is common today. We liked the quality of this block. It was VF NH and unusually well centered.
“HHH“ imperforate Pair - what does “HHH” mean?
In 1973, J. N. Sissons held an auction in Toronto featuring the stamps from the estate of Dr. Harris H. Hopkins, late of Kalamazoo Michigan. Dr. Hopkins, a long time client of Mr. Sissons, used a neat rubber stamp with the initials “HHH” on the back of many of his rarer stamps. This Sissons sale was our first time participating in a public stamp auction and we found the experience very exciting.
For those of you who specialize in “perfins”, there was a good selection offered in the sale, including the two above. Nice prices !
We found it particularly interesting to see these two postcards in the sale featuring Canada's Dionne quintuplets. These five children were born in the early 1930s just outside Callander, Ontario. They became world-famous because it was obviously unusual for a mother to give birth to five children all at one time and for all of them to be girls.
next auction will take place on August 24, 2011.