Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
30 November , 2011 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
This was a strong auction from Vance with much excellent Canadian material. The prices were generally strong. While we have come to expect this from this auction house it is always nice to see.
We start off with this unusual Small Queen variety.
Rare re-entry with horizontal lines
dated Small Queens
What beautiful copies. Both are described as extremely fine by Vance. But two things strike us. Neither of them has gum. No problem as they originally came that way. Second, the prices realized were well below catalogue.
This is the fate of the imperforates without gum from the early Maple Leaf and Numeral sets. Offer an “extremely fine” regular stamp from these sets with nice perforations and the prices realized will usually, if not always, exceed the catalogue values by a large margin. But such is not the case with these imperforates without gum. How fickle are our collectors!
This set of 5 stamps was issued in 1927 to celebrate the anniversary of Canada’s confederation. It comes with 3 imperforate varieties, which are fully imperforate, imperforate horizontally, as above, and imperforate vertically. The catalogue values are the same for each variety. The price realized above was just slightly below the record price of $1,158 which was set in 2008.
What a beautiful copy of this scarce stamp with its rare perforations. It is VF NH and has borders that are most generous and has two sheet margins that add to its quality. It’s as nice as they come.
We don’t usually like to use the work spectacular in describing stamps, but if it’s good enough for the people at Vance Auctions, it’s good enough for us. The price realized was the second best we have on record. The best was a copy that sold at a Vance sale last March for $1,710. Vance notes that only 40 pairs of this variety were found.
Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
This is a new variety and quite a beautiful one to look at. It was offered in a Vance sale last August but apparently didn’t sell. The price realized is a strong one for a modern variety.
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next auction will take place on January 25, 2012.