Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
30 January, 2014 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
We pay careful attention to the comments auction houses make in the material they include with their catalogues for clues as to how the markets are doing. Comments like the following give us an idea of how Vance feels:
This copy was from
the right margin of the sheet and had a very interesting line on the
left stamp, presumably from a plate crack. It is highly undervalued
as only 50 pairs are known. It came with a 1981 Philatelic Foundation
Jubilee - Beautiful Used Copy
As our viewers will have noticed, we have great admiration for early well centered stamps like this that are beautifully cancelled. This one had a neat Toronto CDS cancel and was XF. We have seen many mint well centered copies of this stamp, but not many used copies that are not only well centered but have such a beautiful cancellation.
$1 Admiral Lathework Block
This was a deep orange dry printing block with full Type D lathework. It was VF NH, described by Vance as "an outstanding showpiece". But although it was rare and unusual, it received what we consider to be a modest price. We don't understand why, but for some reason collectors do not fancy this stamp. There are many other stamps from the Admiral set that receive new record prices on a regular basis but the $1 stamp is an exception. It's almost as though there were a conspiracy.
3¢ Scroll - Record Price
Unlike the above $1 Admiral, the 3¢ stamp from the Scroll Set is much sought after by collectors and when it is in XF NH condition like this one, it attracts strong bidding. The previous record price for this stamp was $97, set in 2002. As can be seen above, that record has now doubled. This is impressive.
Imperforates from the Arch Set
These three imperforate
pairs are ones that have appeared a number of times in Vance sales.
All three were VF NH. The prices realized were very strong and that
for the 20¢ pair set a new record. We find these stamps very attractive.
Special Delivery Imperforates
Again all three
above imperforate pairs were VF NH. Two of them sold for new record
prices. You will note that much of the material in our report on this
sale consists of imperforate pairs. This seems to be an area that Vance
is very successful in promoting and the prices reflect this.
Canadian OHMS Perfins
This first one, a vertical pair of the 20¢ Harvesting, is most unusual in that the top stamp is without a perfin. We don't know how the auctioneer managed to come up with an estimate for it, but clearly it was pretty accurate. We do not recall seeing a variety like this before.
The second pair is similarly unusual with no perfin in the top stamp. In this case, the bidders took the price to a level well above the auctioneer’s estimate. This would please both the previous owner who received a good price for the stamps and the auctioneer whose fee would, of course, be better than expected.
For more details
of this sale, we invite you to click on the highlights button.
This sale had 9 new record prices:
Vance's next sale will be on March 19, 2014