Volume 47 – #19

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Volume 47#19

January 3 – January 16, 2023

From left to right: Vance Carmichael, president of Vance Auctions, stands with his grandson Mason and son Chris, the vice president of the Smithville, Ont.-based auction house, in 2018.

Vance marks 50 years

Vance Auctions, a family-run firm based in Southern Ontario, celebrated 50 years in business with its 359th sale this November. After working in his father’s Toronto-area stamp store, Vance Carmichael launched the namesake firm in November 1972 and ran his first mail auction with 348 lots. His 359th sale, held on Nov. 23, marked the half-century milestone with more than 6,800 worldwide lots of singles, sets and postal history. A total of 250 bidders also won a collectible Vance Auctions mug. “It is very gratifying to have reached the 50th anniversary milestone,” said Carmichael, the firm’s president. “I have been lucky to have had a great staff over the years and appreciate all our bidders over the years, some who have been regularly bidding with us for 30 or 40 years. We are working hard to celebrate more anniversaries in the future.” Continue reading →

Auctions remain popular venue as shows, dealers re-open
Page 1

Pick Our Brain
Do you have a collecting question?
Page 4
CSN marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 16
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 19
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Canada issued 93 different stamps in various formats in 202
Page 6
David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Gibbons’ Commonwealth catalogue maintains gold-standard stat
Page 8

Mike Smith
Valentine & Sons provides delightful surprises
Page 10
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Questions still surround 20th-century assassinations
Page 12

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Jesse Robitaille
People & Philately
North Korea nation-building stamp program
Page 19

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