Lot 1106, Canada #35 on printed matter wrapper, Realized $316

Often it is the exotic airmail route or destination, or the registered cover with dozens of markings, which attracts the attention of postal historians. With this lot, it was a printed matter wrapper with advertising. How many have each of us thrown away? This lot opened well over our estimate and sold for $275.

Canada #35 1¢ yellow Small Queen on lovely Topley Studio Illustrated wrapper, mailed from Ottawa to Illinois. Inscribed "Paid Book Post. Printed Matter only." Fine-very fine. Estimate $150, realized $316 including premium.

Lot 966, France #163c var, Realized $546

Specialized worldwide stamps often inspire strong bidding. The Scott catalogue prices a full booklet pane of the 10 centimes Sower at $3200, so one might expect a single to sell at about $320. Not so. This never hinged single had three book bids, but they were outbid on the floor for a hammer of $475.

France #163c var 1924-1926 10c green Sower from Minéraline booklet, mint never hinged single, very fine. (Scott CV for complete hinged booklet pane of 10 is $3,200.) Yvert et Tellier CV€700, realized $546 including premium.