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7 May, 2014 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

Back in January, the Canadian Stamp News reported that a new imperforate booklet had been discovered. It was the Superman booklet, issued in 2013. A Canadian collector in the Niagara Peninsula picked up 3 of these booklets at the Post Office and sent one of them to The Vincent Greene Foundation, subsequently receiving a certificate describing it as genuine. One of those three booklets, shown here, appeared in this Vance sale.

 



Lot 6571
Scott 2683a
Estimate $2,500
Realized $1,820

 

Other stamps of note are described hereunder.

 

6p Albert

 



Lot 5429
Scott 13
Catalogue $22,500
Realized $12,800

Vance described this stamp as “one of the finest original gum examples that exists.” If this is so, it gives us an idea of how rare a really well centered copy must be. Unitrade would give such a stamp a value of $30,000. Back in 2004, a copy sold for $23,580 and that is the best price we have recorded. It makes you wonder if there really is a VF well centered fully gummed copy in existence!

 

1¢ Large Queen

 



Lot 5520
Scott 22
Estimate $200
Realized $140

What a special copy this is. It was nicely centered. The postmark is dated April 21, 1868, just one month from the date of issue. The perfs at the bottom are a bit short.

 

1¢ Small Queen - "WEC" Cancel

 



Lot 5601
Scott 35
Estimate $85
Realized $92

 

Not a bad price for a stamp with a Scott value of $1.25. As Vance explained, the “WEC” cancel represents the initials of Mr. W.E. Cronkite, Postmaster of Wisawawa, Ont in 1889. We find the cancel most unusual and are grateful for Vance’s explanation of its origin.

 

3¢ Small Queen – “Rochelle Cancel”

 



Lot 5619
Scott 37
Estimate $200
Realized $235


What a spectacular cancel, it just grabs you attention. Vance called it a “ROCHELLE intaglio Crown & Town Cancel.” We have never seen anything like it. There were many other stamps with unusual cancels in this sale.


20¢ Numeral Perfins

 



Lot 5851
Scott 84
Estimate $150
Realized $100

 

This lot included the above two stamps with private perfins from the Sun Life Assurance Company. The one on the left has the normal perfin while that on the left has the inverted perfin. This lot represents a very interesting item for the specialist.


20¢ Numeral – Imperforate Pair

 



Lot 5855
Scott 84a
Catalogue $4,500
Realized $1,320


This may be the only imperforate pair of the 20¢ Numeral that was cut short in this manner. What a shame, and the price reflected this. We wonder what the collector could have been thinking as he separated the pairs in the original sheet. Was he drinking, or was his wife yelling at him as he used the scissors? Who knows, but we imagine he let out a 4 letter word as he realized what he had done to such a rare and valuable stamp.

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Vance's next sale will take place on June 25, 2014


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