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29 August , 2012 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

Once again, we marvel at the breadth of this Vance auction. Of approximately 7,000 lots, only 2,000 or so were Canadian. The other 5,000 were from other countries. You might ask what the biggest issue is with many of the stamps in this and so many other auctions. The answer is quality. Stamp after stamp is a bit or fully off centre, particularly with the older stamps.

One of the exceptions that we noticed is the quality of the Canadian imperforate stamps that Vance has managed to attract to its sales on a regular basis. In this sale, there were many of them and most were well centered. Amongst the imperforate pairs from the Quebec Tercentenary set, there were 5 new record prices and that’s impressive!

We start off with a favorite of ours, mini-collections of stamps with interesting cancellations. Here are two examples:

 

Mini Collections



Lot 28
Scott F1
Estimate $250
Realized $152



Lot 118
Scott 4
Estimate $800
Realized $685

 

 

Here's how some of the others did:

Lot
Scott
Estimate
Realized
130
27 - mini collection
1,000
695
168
40/45a - mini-collection
500
345
339
F2 - mini - collection
300
315
356
37/37a - mini collection
200
216

 

 

Large Queens - Large Borders

 



Lot 5151
Scott 29
Catalogue $50
Realized $122



Lot 5166
Scott 30c
Catalogue $1,350
Realized $1,320

 

We liked the large borders on the above stamps. Their centering wasn’t quite perfect, but the borders were unusually wide and collectors like this. Judging from the prices realized, the bidders clearly appreciated their qualities.


A beautiful showpiece



Lot 5227
Scott 45c
Estimate $1,250
Realized $1,270

 

Vance called this a showpiece that has not been seen on the market in years. As can be seen, it is a strip of three of the brown red 10¢ Small Queen. It has brownish yellow gum and a nice “10” plate inscription. It is VF with a minor bend in the top selvedge.

 

Nice looking Jubilees



Lot 5265
Scott 52
Catalogue $62
Realized $65



Lot 5275
Scott 55
Catalogue $575
Realized $585

 



Lot 5308
Scott 60
Catalogue $775
Realized $960

 

Each of these was NH and had better than average centering.

 


Quebec Tercentenary Imperforates – 5 New Record Prices



Lot 5470
Scott 96ii
Catalogue $1,000
Realized $760


We counted 5 new record prices among the imperforates offered in this set. Pretty impressive! The ones offered in the sale were those without gum like the above. In reviewing our pricing records, it surprised us how few of the imperforates in the set, whether with or without gum, have come to market in recent years.


Arch Issue – Imperforate Blocks



Lot 5705
Scott 174a
Catalogue $1,450
Realized $1,350

 



Lot 5706
Scott 175a
Catalogue $1,450
Realized $1,520

 



Lot 5711
Scott 176a
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $1,520


Each of these very attractive imperforate blocks came from the edge of the sheet. Their one fault was that each had disturbed gum. But the rarity of such blocks gave them special attraction that resulted in the above strong prices.


5¢ Royal William – with Prime Minister’s autograph



Lot 5762
Scott 204
Estimate $200
Realized $240

The above stamp was signed by R. B. Bennett, the Prime Minister of Canada. He was Canada’s eleventh Prime Minister from 1930-1935 during the Great Depression. He is the only Canadian PM who was not buried in Canada.

 


An Interesting Early Cover



Lot 4629
Scott 34/F2
Estimate $100
Realized $230

 

This unusual cover was described as follows:

“34(Block), F2. Tied by London, Canada 8 Feb 1892 duplex cancels on QV 1¢ postal stationery envelope (U5)Reg’d to USA. Has Hamilton 9 Feb CDS & 3-line magenta Buffalo NY/9 Feb 1892 /Reg Div b/s’s.” .......(We sincerely hope our readers will understand all of this better than us!)

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

Highlights

 

This sale had 6 new record prices:

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous NRP
96ii
1/2¢ Quebec Tercentenary - imperf. pair
760
720
97ii
1¢ Quebec Tercentenary - imperf. pair
1,050
735
98ii
2¢ Quebec Tercentenary - imperf. pair
785
720
99ii
5¢ Quebec Tercentenary - imperf. pair
760
720
103i
20¢ Quebec Tercentenary - imperf. pair
870
550
135a
3¢ Confederation - imperf. pair
655
635



Vance's next auction will take place on October 17, 2012.


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