U.S. auctioneers open the year with Canadian lots

Both pilots were shown on stamps made for the ill-fated London to London flight.

Canadian collectors will be keeping an eye south of the border this month, as three U.S. auction houses are offering Canadian stamps. On Jan 21-22 Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, of Danbury, Conn., will be offering the first part of the Boca collection, including Canadian and British North American stamps and postal history. Spink USA also has a nice selection of Canadian and British North American in its sale, also Jan. 21-22, being held in New York City. A scarce missing moose (Unitrade #1693a) variety appears in Regency-Superior’s Orcoexpo auction, being held Jan. 9-11 in Anaheim, CA. Continue reading →

Keep the crown in Crown corporation

Here in Canada we hear a lot about postal transformation, but we’ve also been largely sheltered from the sort of changes that are taking place around the world. Take Europe, for example. Today’s Europe is a confusing place, with a European Union that seems able to make the most incredible economic decisions that are binding on its members. If you had asked me, I would have thought that mail is an essential service, and so it is a national responsibility to manage it in any way the elected officials deem correct. Continue reading →

2014 saw big rate hike, sports stamps aplenty

Canada Post marked the return of the CFL to Ottawa with stamps depicting a Redblacks player and the new team’s logo.

The big news in 2014, for collectors and mail users alike, was a whopping increase in postage rates. As announced late in the previous year, money-losing Canada Post intended to increase the price of mailing a 30-gram domestic first-class letter from 63 cents to 85 cents, a 35 per cent hike only if customers bought stamps in bulk, such as in booklets or in rolls. There was a sly little first-time addendum, however. Beginning March 31, the price of buying a single letter stamp was $1, with a small-format definitive printed for that purpose. Other rates, of course, also went up: A U.S.-bound letter now costs $1.20 to send, up a mere 10 cents; while the overseas letter or postcard rate, gasp, flew up by 65 cents, to $2.50. A $1.80 rate was introduced for heavier, 100-gram domestic letters. Costing $2.50 each to mail, I can’t help wondering how many visitors to Canada were posting piles of pretty postcards to pals and relatives back home! Parcel postage and costs for other services also climbed the mailing ladder. Continue reading →

Personalized postage creates new hurdles

Publishing deadlines being what they are, this issue has a Dec. 30 cover date, is being prepared the first week in December, and will go in the mail the middle of the month, making this the last issue you will receive before Christmas. I couldn’t quite bring myself to do my Seasons Greetings thing in November, but this way it works out fine, because I can cover both Christmas and New Year’s in one message. Continue reading →

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