News At Maresch
“Anyone with exceptional material to sell, please take note.”
Our September 2013 auction, held before our usual fall date in order to accommodate such a large amount of rare stamp collection, was well received as collectors from around the globe attended in droves to acquire top-quality stamps for their collections. The sale totaled an astounding 123% of our pre-sale estimates, and realized an amount approaching two million dollars, amply demonstrating the strength of the stamp market here in Toronto. According to some experts, who regularly document such things, 18 new record prices for individual Canadian classic stamps were achieved, from the First Cents issue right through to the Admirals. One remarkable item was the rare 3¢ Small Queen copper red perf 12½ which sold for $26,000 plus buyers premium, eclipsing the previous high price of $8000 by a factor of three. Anyone with exceptional material to sell, please take note.
It is a pleasure for us to present to you the ‘Bedlington’ collection, in this our second fall auction. This sale is earlier than our usual post-fall sale, and it is accompanied by a two session general auction to be held the following day.
Our first session represents this one owner sale, representing a lifetime of patient acquisition by a serious and knowledgeable collector of better Canada and Provinces issues, from Pence Issues to Admirals. The many pages of listings and photographs of rare and unique items contained in the collection amply demonstrates this collector's love for exceptional and desirable stamps of all types, including the many shades, papers, imperforates and varieties not commonly found in even the best specialized collections.
It was a pleasure to lot and describe such an attractive and in-depth holding of important Canada and Provinces philatelic material. If you can make it in to view the sale, we are sure you will find the effort rewarding. We are certain that the winning bidders will be proud to further improve their collections with so many wonderful items offered in this sale.
In sales 501 and 502, we offer our customers one entire session with a diverse selection of Canada from larger lots and postal history, through Pence and other early issues, right up to modern varieties and ‘back-of-the-book’ issues. The final session contains Canadian Provinces, Great Britain, British Commonwealth and Foreign with good Germany, USA, etc, with something for every collecting taste from large lots to individual rarities. Please come in person and look at the lots if possible. We have a large, comfortable and well-lit viewing area, and Toronto is a great city to visit, if you’re from out of town. We will do our utmost to make your visit productive and pleasant. There is just no substitute for viewing stamps and covers in person. Despite achieving record prices regularly, everything you see on our website is consigned for sale in a public, unreserved venue, there are always bargains to be had.Our next auction will take place in the winter, as we are already busy lotting several extensive and in-depth consignments of Postal History, including the John Robertson collection and the Richard Blackburn Huron County collections. In our vaults are also a valuable collection of centered never hinged singles, an in-depth Small Queen collection including stamps, proofs and covers, and a wonderful Newfoundland collection. If you have been musing about selling all or part of your collection, we would be delighted to assist. Please contact us on our toll-free consignment hotline at 1-888-363-0777 (or email us) to find out how we take the ‘hassle’ out of selling at auction. We guarantee you will be pleased with what you hear. As always, liberal cash advances are available for exceptional and more valuable properties, and we can arrange safe and insured transportation for your treasures if you live outside the area. We look forward to hearing from you.
We would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays. May you find time to spend with loved ones, as well as a little time for your stamps and covers.
The Staff at R. Maresch & Son Auctions - A Family Run Stamp Company Since 1924September 2013
“Overall freshness and scarcity of the material pleasantly surprised even us, the most jaded of lotters.”
Our June auction continued the consistently successful trend we have seen here at Maresch over the past several years, with many strong and record realizations throughout. The market right now is very ‘collector-driven’ and whether it’s stamps, proofs or postal history, the bids are still there for specialized collections as well as quality and above-average material. This seems to be true for Canada, Provinces, and most British Commonwealth, plus Asia and better Britain and Foreign material in general. The entire sale still brought 108% of our pre-sale estimate, so demand overall is still quite strong.
We are excited to offer so much exemplary material in this current auction. It is our privilege to offer, in the first session, an extensive section of better Pence and Cents issues, as well as the valuable ‘Champagne’ collection of the Large Queen issue, formed by a local collector for over half a century, with its many Die Proofs, Plate Proofs, mint multiples, shades, varieties and on-cover usages, many of which have not been on the market for decades. There is also a nice section of Small Queen issues to round out the first session.
The second session, while containing some better imperforates and mint never hinged centered 19th century issues, is mostly the Pearl collection of the Admiral issue in approximately 500 lots. The overall freshness and scarcity of the material pleasantly surprised even us, the most jaded of lotters. This collection was formed over two entire lifetimes by knowledgeable collectors, starting in the 1920’s and continuing until fairly recently. If you are a collector of these issues, please read the catalogue carefully, as we have tried to include comments regarding rarity, printing, varieties, shades, etc where warranted, and some of the information is not contained in Marler’s book, as he was unaware of this collection. If you’ve ever wanted to begin a specialized collection of Admirals including centered stamps, multiples, Lathework and Imprint pieces, Marginal markings, Coils, Booklet Panes, etc, this is the time.
We are happy to announce that Mr. Art Halpert a well known local Toronto collector and dealer, has begun assisting us in cataloguing and descriptions of lots. Our permanent lotting staff including Tony Maresch, Peter Maresch and Richard Sheryer (who has been with the company for over 30 years), remains intact and we are all looking forward to assisting you with your collecting interests in the future.
We are holding this auction just before the CSDA Stamp Show in Toronto. If you are coming to the show, please try to come a little early and attend this auction. This auction has so many SHOWPIECES, RARE and diversified items, all to be sold at UNRESERVED PUBLIC AUCTION. There is plenty of viewing room for out-of-town collectors and dealers. Come see us, viewing is as much fun as bidding in our sales.May 2013
“There is no substitute for our experienced and professional approach to marketing your collection.”
Our February auction, while exceeding our overall estimate, was surprisingly strong in many areas of Canada including Postal History, Proofs, centered mint singles, shades, imperforates, multiples and varieties. The British Commonwealth material also outperformed our expectations on several occasions, many items bringing several times our estimate, making for well over a hundred very happy owners.
Our current auction, as usual, offers something for everyone. Beginning on Wednesday evening, this sale starts with two full sessions of Canada and Provinces. It contains the usual shelves full of large and estate lots, a better than normal section of Canadian Postal History and specialized covers, Pence issues to modern including many imperforates and varieties as well as the ‘much-sought-after’ perfect (or almost perfect) never hinged gems everyone seems to want these days. The contains several better/more elusive items including early British Guiana rarities such as the Ship and Motto issues and the 4c MAGENTA. There is also a fairly comprehensive collection of CHALON HEADS distributed throughout the various countries and for those interested who also have internet access we suggest performing an on-line search of our catalogue. As well, there are many ‘bite-sized’ collector grade sets and singles, which we know you will want to add to your collections. The last session contains Foreign material with many larger lots, and is especially strong in the area of TOPICALS. It also has a good showing of People’s Republic of China as well as Europe including France, Germany and Switzerland.
Please note that, while we are happy to accept (and discuss) your bids over the telephone, by fax, by mail, in person or even by carrier pigeon, dog sled or any other method convenient for you, we actually prefer emailed bids, if possible. We seldom have a problem reading or understanding your emails, as we sometimes do with handwritten numbers, they are not at risk of not being received late (as long as you send them to us before the auction starts), and you will receive an email confirmation when we have received them.
Our public unreserved auctions are a trusted and successful method for philatelists and estates alike to sell their collections when the time comes, and we consistently achieve these types of results for our consignors. There is no substitute for our experienced and professional approach to marketing your collection, and we will lot all of your treasures to your best advantage, targeting the sale of your stamps to the appropriate buyer, whether one of the thousands of collectors on our worldwide mailing list, or our clientele of many hundreds of active and ‘ready-to-buy’ dealers.
Whether buying or selling, please feel free to call us at and discuss your plans, or even just stamps in general. We are always happy to discuss almost anything with fellow philatelists, and we have been doing so for almost 90 years now, as a family firm. Enjoy the auction catalogue, it is one of our greatest pleasures and passions to present these to you three times a year, and we wish to thank our many thousands of customers around the world for their loyalty and support for these many years.January 2013
“Many items realizing several times our estimate”
Our last auction was very successful, realizing over a million dollars, and 105% of pre-sale valuations, with many items realizing several times our estimate. The continued strength of the stamp market here at Maresch, in light of the volatility in global markets is both re-assuring and gratifying, and we see no signs of any slowdown.
This larger-than-usual winter auction sale contains over 2500 lots, and our shelves are overflowing once again, with many huge properties and estates. Please allow yourself enough time to view this extensive selection of larger lots as well as the many better individual stamps, sets and covers.
In the first two sessions we have a more comprehensive than usual section of Canadian Pence issues, including Proofs, Laid Papers, etc and many 3d Beavers. As well, there are better sections of the First Cents Issues, Large Queens, Jubilees and later, with many nice centered never-hinged gems in the Leaf, Numeral and Admiral era, plus better 1930’s and 40’s imperforate pairs and more modern varieties. The third session boasts an exceptional offering of Canadian Provinces including Newfoundland, as well as a wide-ranging offering of British Commonwealth material, with many better Victorian-era individual rarities and sets (many with certificates), as well as later-era sets, singles and collections. The last session abounds with Foreign material from large collections to individual items and country collections, many with huge catalogue values.
As we have mentioned before, all material in our auctions is consigned, and is sold on an unreserved basis. While we don’t give out or post our ‘opening bids’ as some other auction houses do, we are always happy to assist anyone who needs help regarding how much to bid on a lot, whether it’s the right one for you to buy, limit bids, either/or bids, etc. Please feel free to call us at any time for advice.
Whether buying or selling, please contact us to discuss your plans. We are sure we can help you, either with selling your entire collection, or finding another area to specialize in, and how to focus on that. Enjoy.September 2012
“Public unreserved auctions are the most profitable way to sell”
Once again, our last auction was a great success, with many lots both large and small significantly exceeding our pre-sale expectations, and the entire sale bringing 106% of estimate. This proves once again our contention that public unreserved auctions are the most profitable way for collectors to sell their collections when the time comes, as we consistently achieve these types of results for our owners. There is no substitute for experienced and professional lotting, presentation, advertising, promotion and marketing of your collection, and all of that is what you will receive when you entrust your treasures to us for sale.
Our fall auction sale is well-rounded and somewhat larger than usual at over 2500 lots, and it truly has ‘something for everyone’. Whatever country or area you are interested in and whether you collect mint, used, proofs, covers, multiples, varieties or almost anything else philatelic, you will likely find something of interest. The shelves are full once again, with many large and/or intact properties and estates, and we have almost double the usual number of country collections in envelopes, most of which contain several better individual items or sets, with catalogue values into the many thousands of dollars. We hope you will allow ample time to view this large volume of collections, as you will be astounded by the wealth of material.
The two sessions of Canada in this auction are exceptional, with many large collections, better Postal History, and rare and valuable items from Pence issues right through the modern issues, including large multiples, varieties, on-cover usages, booklets, etc, as well as Airmails, Officials, Revenues and other ‘back-of-the-book’. The Provinces section contains many better Pence period items as well as a rare Newfoundland Airmail cover, etc. The British Commonwealth session is larger than usual with many higher catalogue sets and singles including £1 values, as well as country collections by the hundreds. The Foreign section in over 800 lots is huge, with the best offering of China we have ever presented in one sale, from several different consignors, with rare singles, sets, multiples and souvenir sheets, often with two or three of each item. Spread throughout this section is also the first portion of the Murray Heifetz worldwide Airmail collection, a good showing of Zeppelin covers and another portion of the Firby worldwide cover stock.
Whether buying or selling, please feel free to contact us and discuss your plans. We are always happy to speak with fellow philatelists, both collectors and dealers alike. Enjoy the auction!May 2012
“Now would seem to be an opportune time to buy”
With Munch's "The Scream" just having fetched $119.9 Million, it is clear that there is still much strength in the collectibles market (which may be due to a lack of confidence in traditional investments). If you are buying stamps and/or covers for the pleasure of collecting, however, rather than merely investing, it is hard to go wrong.
Our June Sale contains many better or specialized material, including in-depth Ben Cohen Large Queen collection with many varieties of shades, cancels and papers, and more stitch watermarks than we have ever handled in one sale, plus a specialized collection of Newspaper advertising covers, an exceptional group of Newfoundland airmail stamps and covers, with some difficult rarities, as well as the properties of over 100 other consignors.
One of the questions potential consignors ask us frequently is about the possibility of placing 'reserves' on their consignments, and our answer is always the same - NO. We do not accept reserves from our owners, as we feel they are counter-productive, and we believe that it is this practice, the running of 100% consigned public unreserved auction sales, helps us to regularly attain record prices, by giving our buyers the confidence of knowing their winning bid was a fair one.January 2012
“26 New Record High Prices Realised”
Our October auction was very well received, with the Canadian portion achieving 26 new record prices. The stamp market here is still very strong, which is encouraging, especially when one reads in the papers about the ongoing Euro and international debt problems. Despite much doom and gloom about this and other financial current events, we expect the stamp market to remain resilient. Perhaps some of those taking their money out of the erratic markets are putting it into stamps, which we believe to be much more stable these days. The next few years promise to be interesting, and although this volatility may help bring a few collections up for sale, we feel the demographic of the more advanced collectors will keep the market active and strong.
This auction contains many wonderful and diverse properties, with better Canadian material such as Dick Staecker’s Postal Stationery, Ken Mitchell’s Semi-Official Airmails, better early issues including Pence, another portion of the Duckworth Large Queens, an exceptional collection of P.E.I. covers, and still more Bileski material. There is also a wonderful collection of Germania, and an A to Z collection of British Commonwealth and Foreign mint 1900 to 1950 collection broken down into many country collections, many of which we can’t remember making lots for in some time. We are also pleased to offer the first portion of the Charles Firby cover stock, which contains many wonderful and desirable items, and will continue to be sold over the next few sales as well. The sale is possibly the bulkiest we have ever offered, which forced us to hold back some consignments until the June auction. We were simply out of shelf space!
We have become aware of mail delivery problems with Canada Post, which seem to have started during the last brief strike, and do not know how long it will take to have those problems resolved. Therefore, we encourage as many of our customers as possible to make sure they do not miss a sale by signing up for email auction notifications You can opt in or out anytime from that link, we will only send you three emails a year, each time to announce a new sale, and you will find the photos online larger than in our catalogue.
Viewing has become much busier during the last days before the sale, and due to the increased size of our sales, we are forced to revive an old protocol: Local viewers will not be allowed to view on the last day before the sale (Tuesday), to accommodate our many out of town viewers.
As always, we are looking for rare and valuable consignments for our next auction sale, to be held in June. Please contact us to discuss your plans, and we will do our best to turn you into another satisfied Maresch consignor. We can never get enough nice material for our local and international customers, and selling through us is your guarantee of success.September 2011
“Sale Contains So Many Rare and Elusive Items”
We are pleased to have such a wonderful variety of Canadian material to offer in the current sale. Much of it comes from a local collector, Mr. George Freidman, a customer of ours for over 40 years, having dealt with all three generations of the firm. He spent much time and effort collecting shades, imperforates and listed VARIETIES, from Pence and other classic issues including re-entries and stitch watermarks, right up to modern missing colours. The ‘lions share’ of the extensive LARGE QUEEN section, with emphasis on the varieties and Fancy cancels, comes from the Duckworth collections. In the last session, we also have some better Provinces, Great Britain, British Commonwealth and the Foreign section features the award winning Warren Dickson collection of Estonia, as well as a better than usual section of Romania. As the sale contains so many rare and elusive items, we are confident you will find something you have been seeking for some time.May 2011
“One Of The Bulkiest Sales We Have Ever Had”
The stamp market continues to be strong here at Maresch, as demonstrated by our last auction, which realized 110% of pre-sale estimate. The China in particular was a wonderful example of how serious international buyers, both new and old, show up to participate when the material they want is offered. All-in-all, the strength of the stamp market seems to be continuing here in Toronto, despite the troubled world-wide economy.
This sale is one of the bulkiest sales we have ever had, with cartons and albums filling all our available shelves. We have even had to put some larger lots in cartons on the floor! Please make sure you allocate enough time to view all of the lots you are interested in, as it will take time to look through everything. The sale also contains many choice individual items and smaller collections, beginning with two extensive sessions of Canada. The Postal History sections, in particular, are well represented with good solid specialized sections of Ship and Steamboat Letters, Boer War covers, Huron County covers, Postal Stationery and the best collection of FLAG CANCELS (formed by Larry Paige) we have ever offered. There are also many choice classic single stamps and covers, multiples, proofs (including Jubilee die proofs), modern imperforates and varieties plus extensive semi-Official Airs, and Revenues. The third session begins with Canadian Provinces, continues with one of the nicest sections of GB we have had for some time, with many Penny Blacks and Victorian high values and finishes with British Commonwealth, with many larger lots and collections. The sale ends with one huge session of foreign material, including better Argentina, Austria, China, USA, etc.
- Due to the LOOMING POSTAL STRIKE, our preferred methods of receiving bids are as follows (and in this order):
1. By direct email to email@example.com with your contact information (include customer # located on your mailing flysheet, address and daytime phone number). We will send a confirmation of receipt email. If you do not get this email, please call us.
2. By fax. We have a new permanent toll free fax number: 1-855-363-6511 for Canada and the United States
3. By phone at 416-363-7777, or our toll free bidding number: 1-800-363-0777
4. By mail. Please use any of the above methods instead of mail, especially for this auction sale, to ensure your bids arrive on time.
If you have stamps or other philatelic material to sell, we would be delighted to assist you. We are already busily lotting the fall auction, with many interesting properties already on hand or promised, but we still want to hear from you about your collection. We would especially urge our international customers to take advantage of the strong market here in Toronto, as well as the high Canadian dollar, and consign their material to us. Just call or email us to take advantage of our professional service and many years of experience and expertise in the sale of stamps and covers at public auction. You will be pleased with the result.January 2011
Solid Prices Being Achieved Throughout
The market for philatelic material here at Maresch continues to hum along nicely, with solid prices being achieved throughout all aspects of the collector market. Postal History in particular was a star performer in our last action in October, with many covers and larger lots bringing ten times our estimate and more. Canadian stamps and proofs also did well, with several surprisingly strong realizations in all eras. British Commonwealth and Foreign material also continues to sell well, whether individual rarities or huge collections, and the entire sale brought 114% of our pre-sale estimate.
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In Sale 465 we begin, as usual, with two extensive sessions of Canada and Provinces, with a good solid selection of larger lots and collections. The comprehensive Postal History section comes next with many in-depth specialized sections (containing the Murdoch MacDonald collection and portions of the Bill Robinson collections) including Military and related covers, with several Japanese Internment Camps, Boer War, etc, plus RPO cancels and covers (including Steamers), 4-ring cancels and Registered and Money Letters. There are also many choice classic single stamps, multiples ($1 Parliament sheet of 45) and proofs (including four complete Jubilee dollar value proof sheets), with better post-Admiral imperforates and varieties and Airmails including a good section of Semi-Official Airmails and flight covers. The second session finishes with Officials, Revenues and Provinces. The next session begins with Great Britain and finishes with British Commonwealth, with many larger lots and collections. The sale ends on Friday with one huge session of foreign material with shelves packed full of large consignments.
Please note we always include the viewing times on the front cover of our catalogues. For this auction, we will also be open on Family Day Monday February 21st, so come look at some stamps (bring your family with you, and turn your kids into stamp collectors). If you won’t be attending the auction in person, you may leave us a bid sheet as well, as we like to get these early so we have time to enter them all before the last day of the auction. We will exercise your bids for you, and buy the items as cheaply as we can (at one advance over the under bidder, and mail bids get entered first). Our sales are UNRESERVED and you will not be bidding against the owner’s idea of what something is worth, only other stamp collectors and dealers.September 2010
Viewers will need plenty of time to view everything!
When we constantly hear about the economic volatility worldwide, it's nice to know that we are involved in a hobby that continues to remain resilient here in Toronto. Our June auction once again realized over our pre-sale estimate at 103%, and showed consistent strength throughout, whether for large lots or individual rarities. Viewing participation was also very strong, and bid-sheets by mail, fax, telephone and internet also showed no signs of slowing down.
Our current auction (sale 461) starts with two extensive sessions of Canada and Provinces, and begins with a good solid selection of larger lots and collections, and continues with comprehensive Postal History, including several better Military related covers and the finest collection of Western related material we have ever offered, with several very rare or unique items, formed for over 40 years by Ed Harris of Calgary. There are also many choice classic single stamps, multiples and proofs, with better post-Admiral imperforates, a wealth of modern varieties, booklets and Airmails including a good section of Semi-Official Airmails and flight covers. The second session finishes with Officials, Revenues and a valuable section of Provinces with better British Columbia & Vancouver Is and many other better Pence Issues, etc. The third session boasts an outstanding section of Great Britain in over 230 lots with the usual section of large collections and covers as well as better Victorian and Edwards and several very rare Official issues, including a mint Penny Black VR Official. British Commonwealth rounds out this session with many larger lots and collections, country collections and many better individual rarities such as a Cyprus £5, Falkland Is Centenary sets, St Helena Tristan Relief set, etc. The sale ends in one huge session of foreign material with shelves packed full of cartons and binders, and good sections of France, Germany, Israel, Poland and USA. There is sure to be something of interest for most collectors and dealers alike in this huge auction.
Please contact us to find out the many advantages of including your collection in one of our thrice-yearly auctions. Many hundreds of consignors do this every year, and all are pleased with our professional and ‘results-oriented’ approach to selling their treasured collections. When the time comes to sell, thinking of “Maresch” is your best opportunity to maximize your realizations. We are only a phone call (or email) away, and we will do our best to make your consigning experience both an enjoyable and profitable one.May 2010
Marketplace for stamps and covers remains firm.
Our February auction sale confirmed that the stamp market is alive and well here in Toronto, and we achieved strong realizations for all specialized Canadian material starting with early classics right through to the scarce London-to-London semi-Official Airmail. Our bid sheets numbers were up once again, as was viewer participation before the auction, and the marketplace for stamps and covers remains firm.
This auction sale contains even more large lots than our previous sale, as we have recently received several huge properties and estates as well as another 140 large cartons from the Bileski estate. Many of the large lots still contain better items scattered throughout, so we encourage careful viewing, and if you wish to view everything, leave yourself plenty of time. The first two sessions contain Canada from large lots, postal history, and Pence to back of the book, with several wholesale lots and good showings of Jubilees, Admiral Lathework, imperforates and modern varieties, etc. The third session contains Provinces, Great Britain and British Commonwealth and the fourth session contains good Foreign material with variety throughout and something for both collector and dealer alike. We are starting this sale on Wednesday evening, through to Friday afternoon, as we did last sale, so everyone will have an extra day of viewing earlier in the week.
The economy here in Canada is currently doing very well, in contrast to the economic difficulties occurring in some other countries. How long this situation will last is the topic of much debate, with opinions on both sides of the issue. We are fortunate to still be in a strong stamp market, which so far has not showed any signs of softening. As we have said before, the fact that the stamp market is mostly collector driven, gives it the stability to avoid being affected as greatly by drastic fluctuations in other parts of the economy. Nevertheless, the collector population seems to be ageing, which makes us wonder what the market will be like 10 or 20 years from now. In all honesty, we have heard concerns about where the next generation of collectors will come from, for over the past 20 to 30 years, and I am sure you will also see the same concerns raised in even older philatelic publications, but the idea of passing down a collection to one’s children is something that should be considered carefully. If they are collectors, then it is certainly a wonderful legacy to pass on, but if they are not, we urge you to consider the best way to pass on the most value to them, and perhaps if you have not been that active with your collection, selling in this strong market may be a good idea for you. On the other side of the coin, buyers will be able to fill in those elusive holes in their collection, as the demand for better philatelic material continues unabated.December 2009
London to London was a “find” in a large world-wide collection
It is wonderful to see the stamp market continuing to defy general economic trends and maintain a steady slightly upward price trend. Our October auction once again realized over 110% of our pre-sale estimate, and showed consistent strength throughout, setting several record prices. Viewing participation was also dramatically up from our previous sales, and we were sorely tested to allow everyone to view everything they wanted. Please note that, as a result of the increased demand, we will open our offices for extra viewing on Family Day, Monday, February 15th, to allow everyone ample time to view.
This auction starts with two extensive sessions of Canada and Provinces, and contains a good solid selection of larger lots and collections, plenty of choice 19th century material with stamps, proofs and covers, better imperforates (complete Quebec issue), modern varieties, booklets, Airmails including a RARE semi-official London to London mint stamp, plus Scadta Airs, flight covers, Officials, Revenues, Newfoundland, etc. The third session is entirely Great Britain with several Penny Blacks, and larger collections, plus British Commonwealth with many larger lots and collections, country collections and many better individual rarities such as a St. Helena Tristan Relief set, Solomon Is. imperforate pair, etc. The sale ends with a huge section of foreign with shelves packed full of estates and intact consignments and better-than-usual sections of Austria, Germany and USA as well as individual rarities such as a Russian Offices in China inverted overprint, a rare US Coil line pair, etc. All in all, a well-rounded auction, with something for everyone.
Some of the above-mentioned rare stamps are examples of why selling at auction is always advantageous for the vendor. The London to London stamp was a “find” in a large world-wide collection, as were a couple of others. Availing yourself of our decades of philatelic experience, and the experts on our lotting staff, is your guarantee of success when selling your collection, whether it’s one you built up painstakingly over many years, or an inheritance. Please contact us to find out the advantages of including your collection in one of our auctions. We are only a phone call or email away, and we will do our best to make your consigning experience both an enjoyable and profitable one.September 2009
Prices Realised and Bidder Participation Continue to Exceed
We were very pleased with the June auction sale results. Both the bidder participation numbers and prices realized total of 109% of pre-sale estimate, continue to demonstrate that the stamp market in Canada has been unaffected by the past couple of years’ economic turmoil.
The current sale does not have as much classic Canada as we usually have, although there is a good showing of later 19th Century material including imperforates, etc. This is just how it works sometimes when you run unreserved public auction sales and rely solely on consignments for material. The positive side of this, as we have been saying in previous auction forewords, is that it shows there is no panicked ‘sell-off’ in the stamp market, as there has been in some other venues. It also makes a strong case for buying classic stamps when they do show up, as they are rarer than some might think, and are not always available when you are ready to buy. This brings to mind the request several years ago from a dealer just starting out, wanting to know where to get collectors names and a good wholesale stock of early stamps to sell them. He used to be in the grocery business, and was used to stocking-up on cases of soup, etc, whenever he needed them. The other side of this topic is that this sale does have a strong section of more modern varieties, which came in from a few different consignors, (some in duplication), as well as a good section of Booklets and Panes, Revenues, Provinces, etc. We will not be able to repeat these items every sale either, and items that have eluded you for years now showing up in duplication gives you the opportunity to place “either/or” bids to make sure you do win one of them.
This sale also contains good sections of Great Britain with several better Penny Blacks, early imperforates, high values, etc, British Commonwealth with several large collections and better individual sets plus in-depth Foreign material including a much better-than-usual section of USA.
We would also like to point out to our buyers that when we catalogue collections of Canada and Provinces, we do not include quality or never hinged premiums unless specifically so-stated. Our catalogue values for BNA sets, individual stamps, multiples, etc, do include such premiums. For British Commonwealth and Foreign collections, we do not use Scott never hinged prices, or premiums from the British or European catalogues.
We already have many nice collections and estates on hand for the winter auction, but we can always use many more, in order to make the auctions as wide and diverse as possible. We have thousands of eager buyers just waiting to purchase your stamps and covers. May we hear from you?
We are pleased to announce Charles William Maresch, born August 20, 2009 to Melanie and Peter Maresch. Our father hoped that some day we would enjoy the fruits of this great hobby, the same goes for Charles, the latest in a long line of Maresch’s, that will hopefully enjoy the many aspects that the world of philately have to offer.May 2009
Stamp Collecting - An Enticing Respite
Our February auction sale confirmed the continued strength of the stamp market, realizing 108.5% of pre-sale estimate. Bidding and viewing participation was up from our previous sales. It is worth repeating that the strength of the stamp market comes from collectors who take a lifetime (or at least many years) to build a collection, and that they do this because they enjoy the hobby. Hobbies are where many of us go to escape the pressures or stress of day-to-day life, and in these times, to many of us, working on our stamp collections has become an even more enticing temporary respite.
This upcoming June sale, once again, contains plenty of large lots and intact estates and collections for sale, as well as yet another portion of the Bileski estate, which we have been slowly dispersing for over a year now. While we have our usual in-depth offering of classic to modern Canada, the strength of the first half of this sale is in the many wonderfully well-centered Canadian and Newfoundland MINT BLOCKS OF FOUR, from the Small Queens to the 1930’s, a collection painstakingly built over many years. This section also contains many VARIETIES and ERRORS from early to modern, with many visually striking blocks. There are also exceptional SEMI-OFFICIAL AIRMAILS including some very specialized and seldom-seen items, as well as better REVENUES, and an extensive section of NEWFOUNDLAND. The end of the sale contains better Great Britain including 1d blacks and £ values, many fine individual sets of British Commonwealth as well as Jamaica stampless covers, and a large section of Foreign including some huge properties, rare Airmail issues, Zeppelin and Airship covers, better Germany, etc.
Throughout the sale are many choice showpiece items, sure to enhance your collection. Please take some time to examine our auction and if possible, make the effort to come in for public viewing. There is nothing more frustrating than only discovering such lots after the sale is over.