Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
3 December, 2014 - Vance Auctions Ltd.
We like to receive the page of photographs of the members of the Vance team that is sent out each year in December. This is a special year for them as they celebrate their 43rd year of auctions. The leaflet that came with the latest auction catalogue stated “the market for fine stamps and postal history remains strong.” This is encouraging for us collectors.
We start off with
our review of this latest auction with this beautiful 1900 cover from
Kingston Ontario to Chicago Illinois.
This was described
as a very rare 50¢ widow’s weeds single franking cover. It
certainly was special in every way. We noted the careful positioning
of the stamp and the perfectly executed cancellations. When we see a
cover like this, we wonder if those who created it were conscious of
what they were doing and how much we would appreciate their efforts
114 years later!
8¢ Small Queen
of 8¢ Small Queens
This lot consisted
of a collection of 8¢ Small Queens all selected for their nice
CDS and split-ring town cancels. We are pleased to see the continuing
demand for well cancelled stamps like these.
Speaking of well cancelled stamps, here’s another beauty that sold for more than its estimate. There’s nothing “normal” about this stamp. It had enormous margins and an SON Port Sydney 20 July, 1911 split ring cancel. Vance called it the largest example of this stamp they have ever seen. We can only agree!
block was described as very rare VF NH and possibly unique. Its value
was in its uniqueness, because otherwise it was a bit off centre. Therefore,
we were a bit surprised when it sold for a relatively low price. It
underlines the fact that there can be good opportunities in each auction.
Back of the Book
We finish with these two lovely imperforate pairs, both of which were VF NH. They were extra special coming from the edge of the sheet. We so admire the designs in these air mail and special delivery stamps.
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Vance's next sale will take place on January 28, 2015