Auction preview: 1897 Jubilee sets expected to highlight tomorrow’s Rasdale sale

Tomorrow, Chicago’s Rasdale Stamp Company will open public auction No. 433 at its headquarters in the city’s western suburbs.

The first session, to be held tomorrow, will include four extensive Canada collections, two of which have complete 1897 Diamond Jubilee sets, as well as an extensive offering of worldwide collections, large lots and accumulations; topical collections and cover collections; and individual lots of worldwide postal history.

The second and final session, to be held Aug. 20, will include about 600 lots of worldwide stamps with a focus on the U.S.; Britain, Germany and area; Italy and area; and the Netherlands.

“This auction is by far the largest, physically, we have ever offered,” reads the Rasdale website.

Lot 403 is also expected to bring $4,000.


Among the top Canadian highlights are Lot 402, a “phenomenal” Canada collection in two Lighthouse hingeless albums and a slipcase from 1851-96, and Lot 403, an “outstanding” Canada collection in two Schaubek hingeless albums and a slipcase from 1851-95.

For the former lot, the second album is described as “mostly filled” to the end. Together, the albums and slipcase contain hundreds and hundreds of mint and used stamps in full, partial, sets and singles. Highlights include mint examples of Scott #4, #14, #15, #18, #19, #24, #25, #28, #40 as well as “awesome” examples of SC #50-65, which are the aforementioned 1897 Jubilee stamps. Used examples of Lot 402 include SC #1, #2, #5, and #7. The lot’s suggested bid is $4,000.

For Lot 403, the second album has stamps to 1988 and pages to the end. The lot includes “hundreds and hundreds” of mixed mint and used stamps in full, partial, sets, and singles. Highlights include mint examples of the 1897 Jubilee stamps (excluding SC #62, which is offered in used condition). This lot also has a suggested bid of $4,000.

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