Lot 341, Canada ten pence blue Cartier on thin crisp paper, XF used

Lot 341, Canada ten pence blue Cartier on thin crisp paper, XF usedLot 341 Canada #7 1857 10d Blue Cartier Imperforate on Thin Crisp Paper, used with light grid cancel, four large to very large margins, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 1970 Alberto Diena certificate (with his initials in pencil on back of stamp) and a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $1,400. Unitrade CV$2,400.

Lot 63 — British American Bank Note Company advertising sheet showing Victoria Widow Weed, realized $3910

BNA Bank Note Company Advertising sheet with vignettesLot 63, British American Bank Note Company Advertising sheet, in black and green on India measuring 208 x 130mm and showing Victoria Widow Weed, Jacques Cartier (Scott #208) and other vignettes, engine-turned scrolls, value tablets and more. Sheet is hinged onto black cardboard, vertical crease and minor edge tears, otherwise a lovely exhibition showpiece, which is possibly unique. Estimate $3,500, SOLD for $3,400 plus premium.

Varieties Noted

Two years ago Sparks Auctions was pleased to offer the discovery example of the 1946 Hydro Electric Station imperforate at right margin. It was a lower right plate block which is now listed and illustrated in the Unitrade Catalogue. In this auction we offer the second known example almost certainly from the same sheet. The example in this auction is a used single with a small fault which will sell as Lot 388.

Canada #270var
Lot 388 -- Canada #270var

Canada #270 1946 14c black brown hydroelectric Station imperforate at right margin, used, with part cds cancel. One pulled perf at top, fine. Catalogue value is for fine mint and was based on the sale of the unique plate block we discovered in 2009, and likely this is the unique used example, ex. “Trillium” Collection. Unitrade CV$2500.

This means there are likely to be seven more either mint or used examples awaiting discovery.

Many other varieties are harder to spot. I was looking at some lots for the future auction #9 this morning. In one lot there are dozens of used Bluenoses. One of the popular varieties of this stamp inspired the central storyline for a Tommy Tricker movie about twenty years ago. Did I look for the “Man on the Mast?”  No, and I sometimes wonder how many varieties are not noticed during the lotting process because of laziness or time pressure or lack of knowledge. It certainly gives anyone a bit of a thrill to find a celebrated variety. Here are three that we offer in this auction:

Canada #158iii
Lot 340 -- Canada #158iii

Canada #158iii 1929 50¢ Bluenose Man on the Mast, used with postmark well clear of the variety, very fine. A key used stamp for the variety collector. Unitrade CV$1500

Canada #208i
Lot 361 -- Canada #208i

Canada #208i 1934 3¢ Cartier with “burr on shoulder” variety, used, fine. Unitrade CV$60

Canada #208ii
Lot 362 -- Canada #208ii

Canada #208ii 1934 3¢ Cartier with “scarface” variety, used, fine-very fine. Unitrade CV$75