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7 July, 2010 - Eastern Auctions Limited

We enjoyed reading the leaflet that accompanied the auction catalogue for the above sale. It summarized as best as possible the contents of the sale and also Gary Lyons’ observations about London 2010, the international stamp show he attended last May. It included a photo of Yohann Tanguay, an employee of the firm who helped us recently.

At the end of the leaflet, there was a list of Eastern’s latest contest winners. We like to look at the list because it gives us an idea of where the firm’s clients are located. Here it is a brief summary:


Canada (13)
USA (10)
North Carolina
New Brunswick
South Carolina


There was a pretty good split between Canada and the United States.

A Remarkable Perfin

Lot 2632
Scott AO302
Estimate $300
Realized $325

There must be an active group of Perfin collectors out there. We see these stamps offered pretty regularly at auctions and are impressed by some of the results, like this one.

The above stamp must have been special. It was shown on the front page of the catalogue and had special mention in Gary’s leaflet. In it, he stated that the stamp came from the Lawrence Kenneth collection. Eastern put an estimated $300 on it and it sold for $325. Not bad!


8¢ Centennial - Variety

Lot 2396
Unitrade 461ii
Catalogue $700
Realized $375

Collectors of varieties of the Centennial Set, in use from 1967 to 1972, will likely be watching the results of this and other recent sales for pricing trends.

We don’t follow the prices for this set because we find it just too complicated. Mind you, we’re not proud of this! But we have the feeling that many of the varieties sell for less than their catalogue values, which is a pity
What was different about the above matched set of blank corner blocks was that the stamps were printed on hibrite paper and came with dextrin gum.

We take our hats off to anyone who specializes in this set. The number of paper, tagging, gum and perforation varieties is mind-boggling.

$2 McAdam – Imperforate


Lot 2488
Scott 1182a
Realized $550

Here is another modern Canadian variety that appears pretty regularly at auction these days. The fact that it sells for less than 50% of its catalogue value is not that unusual for modern Canadian varieties.


45¢ Christmas Angel – Perf. Variety


Lot 2514
Scott 1764b
Catalogue $400
Realized $250

And now we have a 3rd modern Canadian variety, this time a rare perforation variety. The regular perf. 13 x 13 stamp has a catalogue value of $0.90. The price for the above variety with the 13 x 13½ perf. jumps to $400.

In recent years, auction prices for this variety have ranged from $200 to $450.

Year of the Pig


Lot 2530
Scott 2201a
Realized $130

Here is a variety that appears in many sales, so it is fairly common. It’s the 2007 Year of the Pig stamp with the gold colour completely missing. We have recorded prices as low as $24 for this stamp and as high as $475. We have recorded single copies, plate blocks and complete sheets. As mentioned in an earlier review, we get a big kick out of Mr. Pig, who looks so darn happy at whenever he is doing.

We goggled “Year of the Pig” to see what people are like who were born in that year (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007). This is what we came across, compliments of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco:

“People born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and gallant. Whatever they do, they do with all their strength. For these people, there is no left or right and there is no retreat. They have tremendous fortitude and great honesty. They don't make many friends but they make them for life, and anyone having such a friend is fortunate for they are extremely loyal. They don't talk much but have a great thirst for knowledge. They study a great deal and are generally well informed. Pig people are quick tempered, yet they hate arguments and quarrelling. They are kind to their loved ones. No matter how bad problems seem to be, Pig people try to work them out, honestly if sometimes impulsively. “

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Eastern’s next sale will take place on August 14, 2010

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