Volume 40 – #17

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Volume 40#17

December 15 – December 28, 2015

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.

Cantor collection sale ‘far above expectations’

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 →

Canada Post reveals 2016 stamp program
Page 1
Canada Post reports $13M loss
Page 4
BNAPS releases seven new books
Page 11
New book a ‘textual encyclopedia’ of Canadian military postal history
Page 16

CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Canada Post faces changes with its new political masters

I love politics, and I love stamps, so the recent change of government naturally got me thinking about the future of Canada Post. The thought process isn’t really much of a leap, most Canadians still think of Canada Post as a government department rather than as a semi-autonomous Crown corporation. Prior to the days when it was run by a “president and CEO,” the head of postal service was the Postmaster General, consisting of an elected member of parliament appointed by the prime minister.

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By Bret Evans
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Guides for fulfilling New Year’s stamp resolutions
Page 6
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Singapore deserves another look
Page 8

Gary Dickinson
First-Day Covers
Stamps, FDCs mark two Toronto anniversaries
Page 10
Lewis Tauber
Off the beaten track
The season that brings forth many a splendid thing
Page 14

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
A whale of a creature and a whale of a stamp
Page 22

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