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.
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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.
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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
I spotted a couple of interesting covers up for auction. If you’re a Zeppelin collector, Daniel F. Kelleher auction house might be worth a quick look. Hell, even if you aren’t looking to buy, go look anyway.
The first one is a nice US Lakehurst to Lakehurst cover with an excellent US airmail/ Zeppelin cancel and Eckener cachet. The current bid is sitting at $100 with the estimates between $200 and $300. The cover lacks Zeppelin stamps but the cachet and cancel make it worth a bid. If you’re just starting your Zeppelin collection, this would be a great starting point.
The one that floats my boat is Lot 5015 – Zeppelin mail to Canada airmail by way of the US. Ok, a bit convoluted so I’ll let the catalogue do the talking:
Canada, 1930 (May 18-31), Europe-Pan-American Flight, Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst (Michel 66 G), cover franked with 15¢ Canadian postage canceled Vancouver, 15 Apr, flown to New York where U.S. $2.60 Zeppelin was applied and canceled 29 Apr; German & U.S. flight cachets, backstamped green Lakehurst Zeppelin receiver; then returned by Airmail to the sender/addressee in Vancouver; 5¢ Canadian Airmail with corner neatly replaced, otherwise Very Fine. Sieger 64 Ib. Sieger €2,000 ($2,120).
Kelleher puts the the estimate at between $1,000 and $1,500. But look at that beauty – both a US Zeppelin stamp and a Canadian airmail, and absolutely brilliant cancels and cachets. Be still my beating heart. That’s the cover of Canadian airmail collector’s dreams. As of this writing, the opening bid is already $500. I’ll be watching this one.
Kelleher Auctions has a large number of Graf Zeppelin LZ 127 flight covers available. Even if you aren’t looking to bid or these are beyond your stamp budget, check the offerings out anyway. It’s a great way to see what’s out there and learn more about this specialty.
I’d love to be in Danbury, Connecticut to watch this lot go on May 18-19, 2017.