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5 December , 2012 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

This was Vance’s 292nd auction and a special milestone. Their first auction sale took place 40 years ago in November 1972. It offered 348 lots and was printed on 1 page. This sale had over 7200 lots and was printed on 108 pages. Vance thanked its clients so nicely:

"This catalogue is 107 pages longer than our first catalogue, but our goal is the same. We want to help you build your collection and provide you with good old-fashioned service. Thank you for your support over the past 40 years."


Early Varieties

We enjoy coming across any of the early varieties and there were some interesting ones in this sale.

“Lilac rose shade”

Lot 5127
Unitrade 8i
Estimate $1,250
Realized $970



"Extended Frame Line"

Lot 5172
Unitrade 20iii OG
Catalogue $2,750
Realized $1,250



"Perf. 11 3/4 x 12"

Lot 5213
Unitrade 26iv OG
Catalogue $2,800
Realized $1,650

It is interesting to note that the first two of the above stamps sold for new record prices and both of these came with Greene Foundation certificates.


Quebec Tercentenary - Beautiful Imperforate Pairs


Lot 5510
Scott 96a
Catalogue $1,150
Realized $1,350

Lot 5519
Scott 98a
Catalogue $1,150
Realized $1,325

Both pairs were VF NH and as nice as they come. We have to go back to 2007 to see prices this good and these were realized in another Vance sale that year. As well, we only have one other example in the past 10 years of a NH copy of these two imperforates. Whoever the lucky bidder was got good value!


3¢ Admiral Coil

Lot 5641
Scott 134
Catalogue $22
Realized $110

This stamp has a relatively low value. For this reason, we have not kept track of it in our pricing records in the past. But we are paying attention to it now! What a beauty. The centering and the perfs are as good as they get. In 2009, the Philatelic Foundation issued a certificate for this stamp with the grading of ‘S 98’ which is very high.
The stamp has a Scott catalogue value of $22. Recognizing its qualities, Vance put an estimate of $75 on it and it sold for a record price of $110. We envy the new owner.



20¢ Harvester


Lot 5689
Scott 157a
Catalogue $280
Realized $185

We were a bit surprised at the low price realized for this VF NH imperforate. But that's the fun of bidding at auction. You never know what will happen. The new owner got a real beauty at a very reasonable price.


5¢ Parliament Buildings

Lot 5778
Scott 202
Catalogue $950
Realized $1,150


The imperforates from the early 1930s are so beautiful. This pair, which shows the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, is a wonderful example. It's hard to believe that within the walls of one of these buildings, grown men and women who are normally decent and polite, scream and shout at each other in a silly game called "Question Period".

75 pairs of the stamp exist. The above price of $1,150 would have been a new record price, but earlier in 2012, another pair sold for $1,580 in a Vance sale.


Scott C3b - Double Surcharge

Lot 6047
Scott C3b
Catalogue $950
Realized $830


Here we go again! An off center stamp with a messy surcharge, which is graded F-NH with a natural gum skip, sells for near catalogue. This is another good example of scarcity trumping quality. Even better, this stamp sold for a new record price.

We had a look at our record of past sales of this stamp and realized that copies that have sold at auction, in the past, are almost alwaysoff center. This one is no exception. The previous best price was $790 and it was realized in a Vance sale back in 2004.


For more details of this sale, please click on the highlights button.


This sale had 4 new record prices:

Previous NRP
1/2p Victoria, lilac rose
2¢ Victoria extended frame line
3¢ Admiral coil
6¢ Airmail surcharge

Vance's next auction will take place on January 30, 2013.

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