Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
8 May , 2013 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
Vance Auctions is located in Smithville in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula. The town has only one stop light. As Vance notes “Most people who drive through town are on their way to somewhere else.” It sounds like a nice quiet place to work on stamps!
We have noted recently
the demand that exists for some of the early outstanding used Canadian
stamps and found a few nice ones in this sale. Here are two of them:
This one featured unusually large margins. It is interesting to note that a similar used ½¢ Jubilee sold in an earlier Vance sale for an even higher price of $368.
What an impressive
block this is, so nicely canceled.
Sir Wilfred Laurier
Wilfred Laurier became Canada’s prime minister in 1896. This beautifully centered imperforate block of 16 was issued to honor him and is one of the largest known multiples. Most large blocks like this have been made into smaller blocks and pairs.
Finding the little “Man on the Mast” is not easy. For those with patience or with a magnifying glass, he is found in the top stamp at the top of the forward mast on the right hand side. It isn’t really a man, but a simple very short line.
This was a VF NH
copy that sold for the second highest price in our records in the past
10 years. It is also the first we have recorded in the past 3 years.
They don’t come much nicer than this. Both copies were VF NH and came from the edge of the sheet.
We have recorded only one other sale of this variety. It was a block that sold for $1150 in 2011, or $575 a pair. So this is a new record. Even so, the price is well below catalogue, probably because this copy was described as having a tiny surface mark on the right stamp.
This pair was VF NH and came with a 2012 Gratton Certificate. Like the above, it sold for a low price compared to catalogue, but a record price nonetheless.
What a spectacular block this is. The stamps were issued in 2005. We have recorded three other blocks like this sold between 2011 and 2013. The first one to appear back in 2011, sold for $1,250
This unusually fine U.S. stamp was NH and well centered. It came with a 1986 Philatelic Foundation Certificate and was graded XF 90.
This sale had 5 new record prices: