Cancel hound alert: Canadian town cancels did very well at Sparks

Cancel hound alert: Canadian town cancels did very well at Sparks

Sparks Auctions has released realised prices for their May event. Just before the auction, I wrote about a couple of lots that were intriguing, but before I get to them, there were two lots I missed that are wowing me.

Lot 1202, 2000 stamps with early Ontario town cancels, sold nicely over expectations. This was a smorgasbord of 38 stock sheets valued at $2,000 and sold for $2,500 (with the buyer’s premium $2,850).  Included were higher value small Queens,  Jubilee issues,  QV Maple Leafs and Numerals with cancels from all over the province.  It looks like a fascinating grouping to enjoy.  Someone is going to have a lot of fun with it.

It was a good auction for cancel hounds.  Lot 1283, another town cancel collection, this time from New Brunswick  (1840s to 1930s) offered more than 600 covers and postcards including some rare and one of a kind marks. 1283 included fancy corks which are my favourite type of cancels, especially if they are on small Queens. My own collection defines the word modest, but that doesn’t stop me from pouring over them again and again. There’s always something new to pick out.  I can’t tell you how often I’ve rearranged them – first by cancel, then by town and sometimes by colour variation. What can I say, it whiles away cold Canadian winter nights. The collection was pegged at $2,000 as well, but sold for $3,000 ($3,450 with buyer’s premium).  After looking through the list of rare or scare cancels, I can see how someone would pay that. I have a reoccurring fantasy of walking into an auction with $20,000 to play with.  Somehow I think I’d come away with mostly pioneer airmail, but there would always be a few dollars to spare for a lot or two of fancy cancels.

Back in May, I positively oozed over the early beaver stamps, including a couple that were within budget collectors range and one that ended up being sold for a budget price.  Starting with lot 2, an imperf pair 3d beavers,  with a Unitrade catalogue value of $1,600 sold for just $525. The cancels are outstanding on this pair.   Just goes to show, you can never really anticipate what’s going to happen on auction day. 

1851 3d red Beaver Imperforate, on Laid Paper - courtesy Sparks Auctions

Lot 17, a lovely little stamp with a strong #8 Chatham cancel sold for $10 under estimate at $40.  For early Canadian collectors,  #4ii 1852 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate ended up as a solid buy. 

8 #4ii 1852 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate, used with ideal strike of 4-ring #8 (Chatham), with four clear to large margins but with two tiny pinholes. image courtesy Sparks Auctions

Lot 119 was the one that captured me. Over 2,000 small Queens and 13 covers, a cancel hounds delight, was listed at $300. This bargain for the right collector, sold for way under the estimate at $170.

So there were some real winners in the auction and if you want to see the results for Auction 27 the pdf is available at Sparks’ website now. You can still download the catalogues for the auction – They haven’t posted information on Auction 28, but it’s slated for sometime in Sept.  I did pull one tidbit from their page that I’ll be watching for –  “specialized collections of Canadian air mail and first flights”. I can’t wait to see what is included. I’ll keep you posted.

** all images courtesy Sparks Auctions