Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
14 October , 2010 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
As most collectors know, the 15¢ Large Queen comes in an interesting variety of shades. This sale offered five different ones. We have noted that, of all the Large Queens, the ½¢ and 15¢ are the ones that can be found most frequently centered and with no hinge marks. That is, of course, compared to all the other stamps in this set for which these attributes are extremely rare.
We liked the beauty of this 15¢ example in the rare deep blue shade:
It was centered to the right and had a slight gum disturbance.
small Queens – all NH
Moving from the Large to the Small Queens, we can say that it is not all that rare to find the Small Queens in NH condition. These are highly sought after by collectors of course, especially when well centered. None of the above were perfectly centered and the prices reflected this. But they were close to being centered and, for this reason sold for well above catalogue.
All of this makes us think about how hard it is to find the perfect stamp in this early period. Funnily enough, things haven’t changed that much. A review of the centering of modern perforated stamps shows that many of these are not perfectly centered either. One only has to look at a few auction catalogues to see this. So it appears that our printers’ problems with centering haven’t been completely solved in the past 120 years.
– Well Centered
What a lovely used copy of the $3 Jubilee. It was described as a “gorgeous example with deep colour and jumbo margins and neat Toronto CDS cancels, XF, rarely seen this nice.”
Did you ever wonder what “CDS” means? Auctioneers like to use this description and, according to Vance, it means circular dated cancel.
Unitrade gives a $1,200 catalogue value to this rare pair of stamps. We call them rare because our records show only one other pair being sold and that was back in 1997. They were issued to acknowledge the development of Canada’s National Resources. The top stamp shows a scene from a Cobalt Silver Mine and the bottom one, the Athabasca Tar Sands.
The variety in each of these stamps is as follows. In the top stamp, the silver inscription has been double printed, while in the lower one, it is the brown inscription that has been double printed. Each of the above stamps has creases.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what happened to this pair subsequent to being purchased in 1978? Did the buyer identify the variety right away at the Post Office or did that only happened a few years later?
This is the third
pair that Vance has sold in the past two years, with the price advancing
This sale had two new record prices:
Vance's next auction will take place on January 26, 2011