Canadian Stamp Auctions
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26 March, 2014 - R. Maresch & Son
We were impressed by the quality of stamps in this auction and the enthusiasm expressed in the catalogue for the state of the market. Maresch’s last auction realized 10% more than their pre-sale estimates. According to them, demand continues unabated despite the wealth of material coming on the market in recent months.
Usually we show only the very best stamps offered in an auction. But this time we are starting off with two stamps that did not do terribly well. Why do this? Because for early Canadian stamps where the Postmaster saved money by using as little paper as possible, the stamps shown below were amazingly well centered, something we value.
Both stamps were unused, i.e., had no gum. But both couldn’t have been better centered. Maybe the market doesn't respect what is special and rare about these stamps, but we do!
Small Queens with Jumbo Margins
Jubilee – Vertical Used Pair
Numeral – Imperforate Pair
pair came with no gum as issued. In the past 10 years, only 4 other
mint copies have sold at auction with prices ranging from $2,200 to
$3,750, so this is a new record price.
5¢ Registered– Imprint Block
This was an extraordinary imprint block of 8. Unfortunately, it had badly disturbed gum on the back. We recorded the sale of a similar imprint block back in 2003 which, despite having creases, sold for $6,000. Despite its limitations, we recognize this beautiful block as being very rare and special.
Bulk Modern Canadian Mint Stamps
This sale included some lots with large amounts of modern Canadian mint stamps. Normally we expect to see these going for 60% - 75% of face value. Here’s how some of the ones did in this sale:
We will let the results speak for themselves. We suspect the sellers were disappointed. The buyers now have some cheap postage, but we would guess there is only limited use for a sheet of 1¢ stamps
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concerning this sale, please click on the Highlights button.
This sale had 5 new record prices:
Maresch’s next auction will take place in the summer