I have a soft spot for John Talman auctions. Any time I’ve visited his offices in the past, John Talman has been a fountain of amazing information. He loves to share his encyclopedic knowledge of stamps and is fun to listen to. An auction is slated for May 20th and there are some interesting finds. You can check on all the items up at his website John H. Talman. Two items of note: For  US collectors, Talman has a beautiful 3¢ Washington and 1¢ Franklin cover. The stamp colours are still sharp.  It’s in very good shape for a cover that’s 160 years old and the cancels are stand outs.

Auction May 20th 2018 John Talman auctions

Image courtesy Talman Auctions, Toronto

Lot 78 – Blue cds “Bardstown Ky./Jul. 23/1858”. Various transit marks on back plus “Madoc Jy 29/1858/U.C.” split two-ring HS. F and very scarce. Est. $500-$1500+

The second cover is the one that revs my stamp motor. I have a preference for Canadian stamps and this one is amazing. A 1906 registered letter from Montreal to Berlin with a nice array of KE VII. The 50c Victoria in Widows weeds + the registration stamp make this cover quite attractive.  The estimate is set at $250.  The cancels would need a close inspection to see how crisp they are. It’s often difficult to judge via a photo.

1906 cover from Canada to Berlin courtesy John Talman Stamps

Image courtesy John Talman Stamps

Not many airmail stamps this time, just a handful.  Still, if you are looking for them, there are a few scattered about the auction. I have picked up some great bargains in the past, so check it out. If you’re in Toronto on the day, you can drop to view the lots the day of the auction. THE EAGLES’ CLUB 17 ELM STREET, DOWNTOWN TORONTO (Two blocks north of Dundas Street west off Yonge Street) SALE No. 325 (MAIL SALE No. 347) IN ONE SESSION STARTING AT 2.15 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

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