Edward VII under the hammer at next Brigham sale

Lot 27 features the Edward VII accepted designs in large record die proofs, in black on thin glazed card approximately 65 by 75 mm (20 cent is slightly smaller), all from the hardened state with American Bank Note Co. Ottawa imprint and appropriate die number. This is one of three known complete sets, with the auction firm noting ‘this being the largest size.’ Lot 27 has an estimated value of $20,000.

Another two-part catalogue of the Brigham Collection of Canada will feature the Edward VII (1903-11) and Queen Elizabeth II (1953-95) collections. “Probably the greatest Edward VII collection ever assembled, it is replete with unique items such as the 1901 Composite Essay Presentation Panel which debunks the long-held belief that the post office had no intention of issuing new stamps until the contract ran out with the printer in 1902,” says Charles Verge, chief executive officer of Brigham Auctions, Ltd. The seventh sale of what is considered one of the finest collections ever assembled, Ron Brigham’s philatelic material has garnered numerous national and international awards and recognitions. The sale will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Brampton Golf Club in Brampton, Ont. The 396-lot auction kicks off at 1 p.m. Continue reading →

Your feedback will help forge a better CSN

By the time you are reading this column, we will have released a comprehensive readership survey to more than 1,500 readers who are on our email list. I am hoping you are one of them. If not, I would urge you to email or call me (my direct line is 905-646-4820) for a copy of the survey. The opinion of every collector on the future direction of Canadian Stamp News matters to me and my entire team. It’s been a while since CSN has reached out to our readers with an in-depth survey, seeking your input on everything from how much time you spend, on average, reading CSN, which columnists you regularly read to what you would like to read more of, or, even less of. Continue reading →

Cantor collection sale ‘far above expectations’

Lot 350 featured an 1877 13-cent pre-UPU registered letter-rate cover to England. It graced the collections of multiple illustrious collectors and was one of the key items from the Cantor collection and is deemed as one of the most important Small Queen covers to England. It sold for $29,900.

r $600,000 in sales was the final tally for the Nov. 24, 2015 auction sale of the Daniel Cantor Small Queen Collection held by Sparks Auctions of Ottawa, Ont. The first, one day single owner sale held by Sparks, saw nearly 300 bids received prior to the auction and over 1,333 internet bids on the day of the sale, with a busy floor of collectors, agents and phone bidders. Bids were received from around the world, but most were from Canada, the United Kingdom, Great Britain and the Pacific Region. “Virtually every important item sold for far above expectations,” says Ian Kimmerly, president of Sparks Auctions. “We had set relatively aggressive estimates... but 100 per cent of the lots sold, with about 16 per cent going over the top estimate for the hammer price.” Continue reading →

The show will go on

Trajan media is getting back into the show business. It’s been more than 11 years since Canadian Stamp News publisher Trajan sold The International Collectors’ Fair, a.k.a. TICF. Since then, our “show” presence has been that of exhibitor at many stamp and coin shows across Canada. This is about to change. We recently acquired the assets of the National Postage Stamp Show, organized for almost 30 years by the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association. The most recent one was held Nov. 6-8 at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON. The CSDA announced after its spring show that the non-profit organization would no longer host the show, which was bleeding money. Continue reading →

Collector classifieds take to the web

As I wrote in a column during the summer months, here at Trajan Media, we have been busy working behind the scenes on a number of new initiatives to launch over the fall and winter months. Our first major initiative this fall is a new website where philatelists and numismatists can meet at our new online marketplace to buy and sell stamps, postcards, first-day covers and all types of numismatic collectibles including coins, medals, tokens and paper money. This new online market place is called coinstampclassifieds.ca. While the venue is new, selling classifieds has been part of our DNA since our beginnings. Continue reading →

A little cash would be a big boost for stamp shows

The Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association certainly has been in a quagmire over what to do about its Toronto National Postage Stamp Show. Well, no longer. Association president Rick Day recently sent an email to members informing them its board had decided that, after almost 30 years in the show business, its November 2015 show “will be our last one.” It’s sad, but not surprising. “The bottom line is that our April 2015 show lost a substantial amount of money primarily because the pool of dealers available and willing to take booths wasn’t sufficient to sustain the break-even requirement for the shows to continue,” Day wrote to members. “For this reason and with sincere regrets, the Board voted to get out of the show business …” There are three key points I want to address. Continue reading →

Initiatives aim to enhance connection to the hobby

As I have written previously, we have been making a concerted effort in recent months to enhance our connection with Canadian stamp clubs and affiliated organizations. As of this column, I have been invited to four club meetings as a guest speaker. This not only provides me with the opportunity to speak about the history and vision of Canadian Stamp News; it also serves as a great venue to receive feedback from collectors on how we can improve our magazine for the enjoyment of all readers. It has also served as a great opportunity to exchange ideas on how we can collectively improve the hobby experience for both the beginner and seasoned collector, and how we can entice the “closet collector” to attend club meetings and shows. Continue reading →

Initiatives aim to fire up the hobby

As I write this column in the midst of a heat wave in Ontario, with humidity making the temperatures feel about 40 degrees C, I cannot help but feel a “heat wave” is in the works as I think about what’s ahead this fall for Trajan Media. While we are trying to enjoy hot summer weather, behind the scenes at Trajan – publisher of Canadian Stamp News and Canadian Coin News – we are also busy working on new initiatives we will be releasing this fall and winter. Here are some of the highlights I want to share with you: Continue reading →

Embarrassment for Canada Post, a dream for collectors

Thanks to Canada Post, the summer of 2015 will be remembered as a hot one for stamp collectors. While the Crown corporation has been raked over the coals by some for its hoodoo design error, this is stuff that dreams are made of for philatelists. This is a significant error, and for some philatelists, this will be about profiting from the mistake. For other collectors, it’s about the hunt to add the image error to their collection. Continue reading →

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