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Commentary No. 185 - 17 December, 2014

The 2015 Unitrade Catalogue

The latest Unitrade catalogue arrived in Montreal in November this year as usual. The cost increased slightly to $45.95, plus tax.

Price Changes

For the 7th year in a row, the price increases were few and modest. Again, most were for the varieties, not the regular stamps and there were only a few declines. We counted over 28 new varieties. In the Early Classics and Large Queens, a surprising number of increases for covers were found. This seems to be an area of collecting that is attracting new interest. In modern Canada, there were many increases, especially in the 2006 – 2013 period, but the amounts were not significant. A nice surprise was the substantial increase in the price of many of the OHMS perforated official stamps at the back of the book.

We now turn to some examples from the various sets.


Classics (Scott 1-20)

Increases for Scott 4c, 9a and 15a.



4c
2015 $6,000
2014 $5,000


9a
2015 $14,000
2014 $12,500


15a
2015 $20,000
2014 $17,500

 

 

Large Queens (Scott 21 - 33)

Increases for Scott 22b, 26i, 26iv and 30e

 



22b
2015 $1,200
2014 $1,100


26iv
2015 $2,500
2014 $2,000

 

Small Queens (Scott 34 – 47)

Incr
eases for Scott 34b, 35iv, 35v, 35xi, 36vii, 37d, 41i, 43a, 43i, 44ii,and 47i.



35v
2015 $500
2014 $300


36vii
2015 $2,000
2014 $1,250

 

 

Jubilees (Scott 50 – 65)

Increases for 52, 53, 56, 57 and 60ii.



53
2015 $40
2014 $30


57
2015 $225
2014 $200

 

Maple Leafs ( Scott 66 - 73)

Increases only for 69, 69ii, and 71
.



69
2015 $120
2014 $100


71
2015 $225
2014 $200

 

 

Numerals (Scott 74 – 84)

Increases only for 77, 77a, 78 and 84a.

 



77a
2015 $120
2014 $100


84a
2015 $7,000
2014 $6,000

 

 

Edward VII (Scott 89-95)

Increases for 89 and varietes, 90 and varieties and 94i



89iii
2015 $90
2014 $70


90vii
2015 $200
2014 $150


Quebec Tercentenary (Scott 96 – 103)

Increase for 98 only.

 



98
2015 $70
2014 $65

 

 

Admirals ( Scott 104 – 122)

Increases for 104ii, 113a, 113b, 114iv, 114v, 120a, 131 iv and 132ii.



113a
2015 $120
2014 $100


132iii
2015 $75
2014 $65

 

Modern

Increases for 158iv, 169 FDC, 223iv, 257i, 343i, 541pi and 650ii.

"Man on the Mast Variety"
Imperforate Pair



158iv
2015 $10,000
2014 $9,000

 

 

Back of the Book

Increase for E1, E1b, OX1, OX2 and most of the perforated offical stamps (shown at page 572).



E1
2015 $250
2014 $150

 



OX2a
2015 $6,500
2014 $6,000

 


We note also the substantial increases in the values for the “computer vended postage” stamps issued in 2012. These are shown at page 562.


Conclusion

We are pleased to see that Unitrade has so well reflected what is happening in the market with respect to Canada’s postal history and its perforated official stamps. We were not expecting this. But a look at any of the current catalogues shows that these two areas of collecting are receiving greater coverage. We offer our congratulations and best wishes to Robin Harris who has been Unitrade’s editor for the past 10 years. He has done an excellent job.

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