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28 February, 2012 - R. Maresch & Son
We knew this would be a strong sale when we opened the catalogue and saw the quality of the offerings. Included in this sale were rare covers, bulk lots, strong early classics and modern varieties. We start off with this lovely cover:
Canada’s first stamp was issued in 1851. The above cover, sent from Guelph to Toronto, was posted only a year later in 1852. It is ex Lea, Cravieri and Wilkinson. Unfortunately, it had a file crease across one of the 6d stamps.
$1 Jubilee – VF NH
It is not often the average collector gets to see a $1 Jubilee that is both VF and NH. Not often, that is, in our experience. What a lovely copy this is.
Back in 2008, a VF NH copy sold for a record price of $5,197. The above price is the best since then.
Maple Leafs and Numerals
We were impressed by the quality of the above stamps. Clearly the bidders agreed. The successful bids were all strong. The price for Scott 68a of $1,400 was a new record price, an amazing jump from the previous record of $475 set in 2009. Why the jump? Most likely it was because, according to our records, this was the first time this stamp has been offered in NH condition in many years. To confirm the NH status, the previous owner wisely provided a 2011 Greene certificate.
What beauties! The stamps had exceptional centering and perforations. The bidders flocked to them and not surprisingly, the prices that resulted were at the highest level.
In particular, the price for the Unitrade 124i, the paste-up coil pair shown above, was exceptional. We have only recorded three other such pairs in the past 12 years with the best price being $450 set in 2010.
Here are two unlisted
varieties that appeared in this sale:
This is the second inscription block of this stamp Maresch has offered. A similar one from the lower right corner of the sheet appeared in its October 26, 2011 sale where it sold for $1,250.
This is the first time we have seen this variety and a first for Maresch as well. The variety, which is very unusual, consists of the four horizontal dots in the margin between the stamps.
Stamps of China
We present below 3interesting stamps from China
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This sale had
3 new record prices: