Canadian Stamp Auctions
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30 January , 2013 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
The new season for stamp auctions is beginning to warm up. Too bad the weather doesn’t as well, at least not here in cold snowy Montreal, Canada.
This Vance sale had lots of scarce material and as usual, so many of the beautiful imperforates that collectors find so interesting. There were many strong prices, including four new record prices. We start off with these two early pairs:
This rare pair of Scott 19b sold for the best price that such a pair has realized in the past 10 years. According to Unitrade, only 50 pairs exist and these, without glue. This pair was special in that there was a plate crack on the left stamp which resulted, per Vance, in an "interesting line on the left stamp".
This pair also came without gum. Similarly, only 50 pairs exist. However the stamps margins were cut a bit close of the bottom which limited the price it sold for. Nonetheless, the price of $2,950 is the second best price we have on record.
Large Queens on Laid Paper
The prices realized for these two stamps were unusually low because of their condition. Scott 31 was off-center and had a couple of missing perfs. Scott 33, pairs of which are seldom seen, was centered high, heavily canceled and had a corner crease.
Numeral – Imperforate Block
Unlike many of the
above stamps which are quite rare, these imperforate stamps from the
Numeral set regularly appear at auction and, if they come without gum
like these ones, they seldom sell for anywhere near their catalogue
prices. The price paid for the above block was unusually low.
This is the 6th
block of 4 we have recorded at auction in the past 10 years with prices
ranging from a low of $750 to a high of $1,280. So someone got this
one for a very reasonable price. Imperforate pairs with gum have done
much better. Such blocks have sold for between $1,540 and $2,300.
2¢ Map – Imperforate Block
This was a choice sheet margin block. Again the price was modest when compared to what similar blocks have sold for in the past 10 years.
This pair, although rare and much sought after, had a few problems. Vance noted that it was VF NH, but it had a faint horizontal bend. Despite this, it attracted a strong price, the second best for this pair in the past 10 years.
Stamps of China
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sale had 4 new record prices:
Vance's next auction will take place on March 20, 2013.