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We at Vance Auctions love the world of postal memorabilia and stamps and there are times when we truly get the thrill of selling something special. At our last auction on August 24th we certainly had some pieces that made us excited to do what we do. They ranged from larger lots to single stamps that will certainly add to their new owner's collections.
In the forty years that the business has been in operation we had never had the pleasure of auctioning off a complete sheet of Canadian Plate Proof two-dollar Jubilee stamps. One 750 sheets were ever made and it is believed that no more than a handful of them still exist in their full sheet condition. This is a lot that was worth more than $40,000 and is definitely something that one does not see every day, even in this sort of business.
Usually when it comes to the world of collectables, the highest value pieces are those that are also some of the oldest. But that is not always the case and there are some stamps that were created just a few years ago that already bring in quite a high price tag. In our last auction we had two large Lighthouse stock books that were from 1998-2002 and are valued at around one thousand dollars. They were in mint condition and contain a number of different interesting pieces. We also had a Canada 2008 IHF Hockey World Championship imperforate pane of ten set that was valued at $1300.
One of the most interesting things about running these auctions is that we get a chance to see stamps and postal pieces from all around the world. In August, we had a rare stamp from South Africa that was never put into circulation. It said 'Word of God' and was made with many different languages but there were religious objections before it could be released in 1987. We also had a Zululand stamp with a black 'SPECIMEN' overprint on it.
This is a Canadian company and we are always wondering what we will see in terms of stamps from our own country. This month, we had a set of imperforate King George V stamps valued at over three thousand dollars. There are only believed to be about fifty sets still existing in the world. We also had a Nova Scotia stamp valued at over eight thousand dollars. It included a Vincent Graves Green Philatelic Research Foundation certificate of authenticity.