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30 January , 2013 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

The new season for stamp auctions is beginning to warm up. Too bad the weather doesn’t as well, at least not here in cold snowy Montreal, Canada.

This Vance sale had lots of scarce material and as usual, so many of the beautiful imperforates that collectors find so interesting. There were many strong prices, including four new record prices. We start off with these two early pairs:

Early Imperforates

Lot 5262
Scott 19b
Catalogue $4,750
Realized $5,300

This rare pair of Scott 19b sold for the best price that such a pair has realized in the past 10 years. According to Unitrade, only 50 pairs exist and these, without glue. This pair was special in that there was a plate crack on the left stamp which resulted, per Vance, in an "interesting line on the left stamp".


Lot 5267
Scott 20b
Catalogue $3,500
Realized $2,950

This pair also came without gum. Similarly, only 50 pairs exist. However the stamps margins were cut a bit close of the bottom which limited the price it sold for. Nonetheless, the price of $2,950 is the second best price we have on record.

Both of these pairs came with certificates of authenticity.


Rare Large Queens on Laid Paper

Lot 5347
Scott 31
Catalogue $7,500
Realized $1,740

Lot 5350
Scott 33
Catalogue $4,000
Realized $735


The prices realized for these two stamps were unusually low because of their condition. Scott 31 was off-center and had a couple of missing perfs. Scott 33, pairs of which are seldom seen, was centered high, heavily canceled and had a corner crease.

Nonetheless, these two stamps are ones that most collectors would love to own. It must have been quite a struggle for Vance’s bidders when deciding whether or not to buy. Should they go for rarity or condition? They obviously didn’t struggle too hard and the low prices resulted.

These two stamps also came with certificates of authenticity.

5¢ Numeral – Imperforate Block


Lot 5508
Unitrade 79ii
Catalogue $1,800
Realized $750

Unlike many of the above stamps which are quite rare, these imperforate stamps from the Numeral set regularly appear at auction and, if they come without gum like these ones, they seldom sell for anywhere near their catalogue prices. The price paid for the above block was unusually low.

This is the 6th block of 4 we have recorded at auction in the past 10 years with prices ranging from a low of $750 to a high of $1,280. So someone got this one for a very reasonable price. Imperforate pairs with gum have done much better. Such blocks have sold for between $1,540 and $2,300.


2¢ Map – Imperforate Block


Lot 5539
Scott 86a
Catalogue $1,100
Realized $900

This was a choice sheet margin block. Again the price was modest when compared to what similar blocks have sold for in the past 10 years.


8¢ Admiral – Imperforate Pair

Lot 5627
Scott 115a
Catalogue $3,600
Realized $3,400


This pair, although rare and much sought after, had a few problems. Vance noted that it was VF NH, but it had a faint horizontal bend. Despite this, it attracted a strong price, the second best for this pair in the past 10 years.

Stamps of China

We keep an eye on Chinese stamp that appear at our Canadian auctions. What impresses us are the strong prices they attract. Here are 3 interesting examples:

Lot 1753
Scott 954 NH
Catalogue $500
Realized $490

Lot 1755
Scott 955 NH
Catalogue $300
Realized $500


Lot 1756
Scott 956 NH
Catalogue $800
Realized $890


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


This sale had 4 new record prices:

Previous NRP
17¢ Cartier, imperforate pair
43¢ Flag, double print
4¢ Oyster, imperforate pair
51¢ QE II, imperforate pair

Vance's next auction will take place on March 20, 2013.

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