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20 June , 2013 - Vance Auctions Ltd.

We enjoyed reading Vance’s reference in his latest auction catalogue to some of Canada’s well known dealers of the past, including J. N. Sissons, Jim Webb, Fred Jarrett, Bill Maresch, Art Leggett, Harry Martin Jr. and George Webb.

Vance also wrote “In 1959, Bileski was instrumental in promoting the discovery of Canada’s most famous error – The Inverted Seaway. He appeared on the popular CBC television show “Front Page Challenge” and stumped the panel with news of this error. In the early 1960s, I remember Bileski coming to my father’s Toronto stamp and coin store and offering the Seaway Inverts for $1000 each. The Seaway Invert now catalogues $16,000 for a VF mint single!”

It is always special to us when a few older nicely cancelled stamps come up for auction and receive a good reception. Here is a good example from the Jubilee set. Included were groups of Scott 51 (4) and Scott 53 (39). These were F–VF and came with fully dated strikes.


Lot 5327
Scott 51 & 53
Estimate $165
Realized $325


Apart from admiring these old stamps, we were encouraged by the fact that they sold for double Vance’s estimate!




Lot 5428
Scott 78
Catalogue $130
Realized $255

Lot 5436
Scott 81
Catalogue $300
Realized $300

Both of these were VF NH. The fact that they were not perfectly centered, and yet sold for catalogue or more, impressed us on the strength of the market.



50¢ Edward VII – Rare Showpiece


Lot 5484
Scott 95
Catalogue $6,750
Realized $7,264


This lot was very special. It was a top margin pair with a PO 72 imprint. The left stamp shows the retouched “5” of “50” at right. It has the barest trace of a hinge mark. The stamp on the right is XF NH. Vance called it “an extremely rare showpiece.”



George VI - Imperforates

Lot 5812
Scott 235a
Catalogue $450
Realized $545


There were a number of imperforate pairs from this set in the sale, but their attributes were mixed. This particular one was VF NH and sold for a strong price.

This set, issued in 1937, honoured the then King George and his wife Queen Elizabeth. We note this particularly in view of the fact that a new baby, born this month to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was also named George after his great grandfather, whose picture appears on the stamp above.


14¢ Christmas – Missing Black Colour


Lot 5953
Scott 774a
Catalogue $1,100
Realized $900


This stamp was issued to celebrate Christmas in 1978. It features “the Madonna of the Flowering Pea”. The image comes from one of the Renaissance paintings in the National Gallery of Canada. The regular stamp has a catalogue value of 25¢. This variety however, is missing the black colour and, as indicated above, has a catalogue value of $1,100.

Prices in the past for this stamp have ranged from $560 to $1012, so this is a relatively strong price for this copy.


Unlisted Modern Imperforate Varieties

50¢ Japan Expo, issued in 2005

Lot 6018
Scott 2090 var
Estimate $600
Realized $630


51¢ Labour Congress, issued in 2006

Lot 6019
Scott 2149 var
Estimate $800
Realized $680


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Vance’s next sale will be held on August 28, 2013

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