Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
20 March , 2013 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
Although we concentrate our efforts on the Canadian section of each auction, we also look for interesting items in other countries. In this sale, we spotted an unusual U.S. stamp that sold for an impressive price. Here it is:
The detailed description was as follows “extremely rare genuine example of the 1846 Millbury U.S. Postmaster Provisional. The Millbury is one of the most sought after provisionals and is seldom offered anywhere. This is a fine used copy with slight red circular cancel. A light crease and some thin spots do not detract from this world class rarity. Has 1985 Philatelic Foundation Certificate.”
Here are two early beaver stamps of very good quality. The first one is “brown red” rather than the regular “red”. It had excellent margins and a neat SON target cancel.
The second one had even better margins, which Vance called boardwalk margins. You might think this is what is so special about this stamp and clearly it is. But what we found equally significance was the fact that we had no previous record of this variety. So for us, it is quite rare. The variety is called the “three pence beaver on hard wove ribbed paper”. It must have attracted some serious bidding judging from the price realized.
2¢ Small Queen - Double Impression
These early stamps
with double impressions are very valuable. It little matters if they
are off centre like this one. Vance notes that there are only three
examples recorded, including just one used. This variety receives high
prices at auction. In 2007, a copy sold for $6,720, and in 2012, another
one sold for $5,500.
Very Nice Used Copies
What beauties these are. We seldom see used copies this nice. We look with admiration at the large borders and also the cancellations so carefully placed.
Quebec Tercentenary Imperforates
This block is from the set issued in 1908 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by Champlain in 1608. It was VF OG and had nice borders.
The above block was VF OG. Normally we don’t list these imperforates unless they are NH, but the price in this case was very strong and worthy of note.
Vance described this as “Imperforate between pair of the 84¢ Christmas. Has the accent over ‘0’ of ‘Noel’ instead of ‘E’. Only one other creased pair of this variety is known. The Pair is from a recent discovery and is pristine fresh VF NH.
Our records show that in 1996, a complete imperforate sheet of 50 was sold at a Sissons auction for $15,500 or $620 a pair. In 2011, a block of 4 sold for $1,150 at a Maresch auction, or $575 a pair and later that year, another pair was offered by The Saskatoon Stamp Centre for $1,250.
This completes our
summary of the sale. For more details, please click on the highlights
This sale had 3 new record prices:
Vance's next auction will take place on June 26, 2013.