Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
28 August , 2013 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
A recent visit to a local stamp dealer made us think of how hard it might be to be a dealer these days because so many collectors are now buying and selling on the internet. We regret this as collectors will miss the pleasure of visiting their dealers where they can talk about their stamps and the market in general. It was my dealer who stressed the importance of always buying quality. It was an important lesson. Getting this type of advice doesn’t come readily on the internet where your fingers to all the walking.
On the other hand, when you buy on the internet, you are dealing with many dealers and auction houses, so there is greater scope and greater choice. More importantly, when it comes time to sell, the auctioneers can put your stamps in front of hundreds if not thousands of potential buyers. This is a real plus.
In this Vance sale, we spotted these two little beauties from Canada’s first Cents Issue of 1859:
The second was in the blue green shade with four huge jumbo margins and it was lightly canceled. It sold for almost 2x catalogue. We think most people would be quite happy with these results.
Large Queen – Valuable Cancels
A used 3¢ Large Queen is one of the more common stamps in this set and has a catalogue value of $35. Our guess is that few 3¢s would attract this price. But here are two that are off centre and they have heavy cancels right in the middle of the Queen’s image. But, those cancels are what make those stamps valuable and probably only Large Queen specialists and cancellation specialists know this. Even Vance’s estimates were on the low side...how interesting !
The first copy has
a “cogwheel” cancel. The second has a nice 2-Ring ‘22’
(Galt RF9). We have no idea what these terms mean, although we can guess
at the first one.
15¢ Large Queen - Large Margins
This Large Queen
is a more conventional stamp with large margins and beautiful centering.
It is VF, OG and LH and it attracted a very solid price. Earlier this
year, a NH copy sold for $473.
Jubilee with Immense Margins
These are the largest margins we can remember for a 10¢ Jubilee. They are truly remarkable. The stamp has a hinge remnant.
Quebec Tercentenary - Imperforate Pairs
Both or these imperforates came without gum. This is normal for this set whose imperforates come both with and without gum.
What a gorgeous
stamp this is. It was XF NH and, as is obvious, it came with large margins.
Only 150 pairs exist and, as Vance notes, it is one of the finest.
Block with Missing Surcharge
This variety must be very rare as we have only recorded one pair so far and no blocks. As is usual for varieties like this, it really doesn’t matter whether they are centered or not. In this block, the upper left stamp was LH, the others were NH. The block came with a 1982 Certificate.
This completes our
review of this sale. For more details, please click on the highlights
Vance is next sale will take place on October 17, 2013