Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
29 August, 2012 - Eastern Auctions Limited
In the United States, the recent Republican and Democrat conventions have caught everyone’s attention. The speeches have, for the most part, been positive with lots of promises. All of a sudden, politicians are smiling and audiences on TV are full of enthusiasm. Good news is coming out of Europe and just this past week, the stock market turned unusually positive.
All of this could change tomorrow, as it has time to time again in the past four years. But for the moment, the extreme worries have diminished and people are in a hopeful mood.
Of course this hasn’t translated into better prices for stamps. This never happens quickly if it happens at all. But at least, this could be the start of a change in a positive direction.
We start off our
review with this interesting 6p Albert. It is the greenish gray shade
as opposed to the regular slate gray. Both shades have the same catalogue
value. We liked its full margins and the interesting cancel which consisted
of a four ring numeral “27”. It surprised us that it attracted
such a relatively low winning bid
6¢ Small Queen
We found this little treasure so beautiful. It was centered to the right and lightly hinged. We envy the new owner.
These two interesting Jubilees were included in the sale. The first, the 8¢ Jubilee, was the usual type of VF NH stamp that collectors are so keen to bid on. The second was a $5 Jubilee in NH condition. How often does a sale contain such a high value stamp in this condition? Unfortunately it was centered to the upper right and had a fingerprint on the gum.
Just imagine if the above $5 stamp had been NH and centered. In 2010, such a copy did appear at auction and sold for $10,000. We’re pleased to see this $5 stamp attracted a price as high as it did. The new owner can proudly boast of having a $5 NH Jubilee. How many of us can say that!
Valuable Stamps a Bit Off Centre
We now look at a few stamps that are NH, rare and that come from two sets that are popular with collectors. We wondered how they would do at this auction even though they were a bit off centre. Here are the results:
The results surprised
us. The prices realized were stronger than we were expecting and we’re
glad to see this. What it says is that the rarity factor prevailed in
the bidder’s mind. It prevailed over the perfect centering we
all look for.
Bluenose - Imperforate pair
Unlike the above Admirals that were a bit off centre, this Imperforate pair was perfectly centered and VF NH. What more could you ask for. Someone quietly entered into this sale and ran away with quite a bargain. Imagine buying a 50¢ Bluenose Imperforate pair for only 72% of catalogue!
This is what we
find so interesting about auctions. You never know when you’re
going to get an amazing stamp at a great (i.e. low) price. This is part
of what keeps the bidders bidding.
48¢ Year of the Ram
We finish our review
with these two beautiful stamps from the United States:
The prices weren’t much, but that doesn’t take away from the attractiveness of the stamps.
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Eastern’s next sale will be a public auction to be held in Halifax in October.