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25 January , 2012 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

The results of this auction were strong enough to make us wonder if they were representative of the current market. We spoke to Chris Carmichael at the Vance office and he confirmed that they were. The market is positive these days. What made us think of this was the fact that not only were 14 new record prices set in this sale, but another 4 or 5 other prices almost beat the existing records. That’s impressive.

 

Unusually Well Centered Early Cents



Lot 5463
Scott 14
Catalogue $425
Realized $1,080

 


What an outstanding copy of this stamp. It was well centered, had good perforations, was lightly hinged and had original gum. It sold for the first of the new record prices in this sale.



Lot 5502
Scott 18a
Catalogue $1,050
Realized $3,725

 

Another beauty with exceptional centering, full original gum and a tiny corner crease. What else was special? It’s the only mint copy we have ever recorded, ever!



Lot 5504
Scott 19
Catalogue $1,250
Realized $3,660

 

This is the third nicely centered copy from the cents issue of 1859. Like the others, it had original gum and sold for a strong price.

 

Beautifully Cancelled Stamps



Lot 5689
Scott 51 & 53
Estimate $50
Realized $73

 

We can only sit back and admire cancels as beautiful as this.



Lot 5744
Scott 62
Estimate $275
Realized $585

 

This $2 Jubilee had a Halifax, NS 23 April 1900 SON cancel, F-VF and a trivial thin. It received a surprisingly strong bid.



Lot 6080
Scott 158
Estimate $100
Realized $112

 

Seeing this lovely Bluenose so clearly cancelled 17 May 1930, reminded us of a recent news report that a new Bluenose is being built in the Canadian Maritimes. We are particularly happy to see this tradition continued.

Rare 1¢ on thick paper



Lot 5809
Scott 75v
Catalogue $600
Realized $385

 

This variety on thick paper sold for a new record price. Unlike modern stamps that, on occasion have a variety or two, this early numeral has 12 varieties, of which this one on thick paper is only one. It’s been 5 years since an earlier copy sold. In the past 12 years, we have only recorded 3 copies and they sold for prices ranging from $120 to $240. So it is a rare and most desirable variety. Congratulations to the new owner.

 

1¢ Quebec Tercentenary



Lot 5897
Scott 97a
Catalogue $1,150
Realized $1,690

 

What a spectacular example of this 1¢ imperforate pair from the Quebec Tercentenary set. It was a margin copy with generous borders and VF NH. There was a tiny natural gum inclusion. Its positive attributes won over the bidders and resulted in another new record price.

 

Admiral Coil – Great Price!



Lot 6006
Scott 133
Catalogue $150
Realized $100

 

Well! The bidders were really sleeping on this one. It is one of the most sought after of the Admiral coils. It was VF NH and, at least in our eyes, perfectly centered. It should have sold for well over catalogue. What happened? The winning bidder must be smiling all the way to the bank. This should encourage bidders to keep trying to get even the best stamps at a reasonable price...you never know!

13¢ Imperforate Pair – A Real Beauty!



Lot 6153
Scott 201a
Catalogue $1,200
Realized $1,465


Whew... back to the normal bidding levels for another top quality example. This imperforate pair, of which only 100 pairs exist, was VF NH and came from the top margin of the sheet, a feature that always adds value. It received a strong bid and certainly deserved it.

Two Beautiful Covers

When we received the images for this report from Vance, they suggested showing the following two covers and now that we have looked at them we can see why.



Lot 5032
Estimate $2,000
Realized $1,690

 

Described as a Soldier’s Concessionary rate cover from Montreal to Ireland, it was sent on the Allan Line on December 19, 1862. The address is quite messy because once it arrived in Bray, Ireland, it was redirected to Dublin. It is Ex V. Greene and Cantor.

 



Lot 5034
Estimate $1,500
Realized $1,320

 

This cover was sent within Canada from London to Windsor in 1863. What is noteworthy about it, according to Vance, is the very scarce franking. It is Ex Cantor.

For more details of this sale, please click on the Highlights button.

Highlights

 

This sale had 14 new record prices:

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
14
1¢ rose
1,018
952
18a
12 1/2 ¢ blue green
2,725
-
24
2¢ Large Queen
1,490
1,350
74iv
1/2¢ Numeral imperforate pair

320

300
75v
1¢ Numeral on thick paper
385
240
97a
1¢ Que. Ter. imperforate pair
1,690
1,625
141b-145b
1¢-12¢ Confed. imperf. pair
890
728
146a-148a
5¢-20¢ Historical imperf. pair
585
525
201a
13¢ Citadel imperforate pair
1,465

1,220

208a
3¢ Cartier imperforate pair
1,365
1,017
1181i
$1 Runnymede vertical strip
1,285
921
1182ii
$2 McAdam vertical strip
1,470
750
1292ii
39¢ Folklore imperforate pair
645
370
C8a
7¢ Airmail imperforate pair
935
925

 

 

Vance's next auction will take place on March 21, 2012.


©2012, Canadian Stamp Auctions Ltd., Montréal, Québec, Canada