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19 March, 2014 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
We often wonder where all the NH stamps came from that were issued before 1950 and have no hinge marks. Didn't all collectors use hinges back in those days? This sale had many valuable old stamps, some with hinges and some with none. The price differentials are usually quite noticeable, but not always. Usually there are noticeable premiums for regular NH stamps issued before 1935 but few premiums for the imperforate stamps and other varieties before then.
We start off with these two Large Queens:
We liked the centering
on this ½¢ Large Queen. It was XF and very lightly cancelled.
This imperforate pair was VF OG and came with excellent margins. But for some reason, collectors do not get turned on by this particular variety and, unless it is NH or from the sheet margin, it usually sells for less than its catalogue value.
Small Queen - Imperforate Pair
pair was a real beauty and had nice large margins. Unfortunately, there
was no mention in the description of whether it had any gum. This probably
accounts for the modest price.
The normal colour for the $1 Admiral is orange. The above stamp is the deep orange variety and it came with a 1998 Greene Foundation certificate. It was VF NH. The price realized of $875, while well less than catalogue, in the 2nd best price we have recorded in the past 10 years.
50¢ & $1 Arch – Imperforate Pairs
Both these imperforates
were lightly hinged and very nice examples. We don’t usually show
hinged stamps for this period 1930-31, but were interested to see how
they did vs. catalogue. We think the prices were solid.
5¢ George V - Imperforate Between
Here we have a couple of perfins. As can be seen, one of them attracted a strong price, the other a modest one. Perhaps because the first one is VF NH and the other just a bit off centre.
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Vance's next sale will take place on May 7, 2014