Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
4 December, 2013 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
I liked the way Vance described our interest in collecting stamps. It takes me back to my youth when I first started to have an interest in the hobby. He writes:
Returning to the
auction, it offered this VF rare strip of three of the ½ pence
rose, issued in 1857:
It had a beautiful deep rich colour and was lightly cancelled. It is ex Carey, Fox and King. It must be very special for the new owner to be able to say that he or she now owns stamps that once graced those well known collections.
Queens - Two Varieties
One can plainly see the "A. Co” of the perfin used by the Sun Life Assurance Company. The full perfin for this company would be ”S.L.A. Co.” What an interesting stamp. It forms part of the Large Queen set first issued in 1869. This gives us an idea of how early perfins began to be used in Canada. The purpose of putting the holes in these stamps was to protect the owners from their theft and resale by employees.
What a lovely copy of this stamp. It is the red lilac shade, beautifully centered, XF and with a light cancel.
Valuable Used Stamps
Here are a few of the early used stamps that attracted the bidders’ attention and sold for good prices:
The last one, ie, the 7¢ Edward VII, was most unusual and, as Vance noted, was the largest copy they have ever seen on this issue. We agree and cannot recall anything like it.
10¢ Mountie - Broken Leg Variety
This bottom margin block of the 10¢ Mountie was VF LH. The lower right stamp had the ‘Broken Leg’. The block sold for a solid price but not a record. Our review of prices for this variety shows that there is substantial demand for it and high prices like this are not unusual.
Airmail Perfin Blocks
Here is something we do not recall seeing previously. Two airmail plate blocks with OHMS perfins. There is evidence of renewed interest in this special area of collecting, but the prices, as evidenced above, are not impressive. We are not sure why this is.
Early Cover from Montreal to New York
Here is how Vance described this rare cover:
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Vance's next sale will take place on January 30, 2014