Volume 45 – #20

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Volume 45#20

January 19 – February 1, 2021

Two similar covers (window envelope right) are each franked with one of two ‘double impression’ errors from a se-tenant pair of 1976 ‘Royal Military College’ stamps. A prime example of modern postal history, it brought $2,600 (including premium) on an estimate of $2,500 at auction in 2020.

Modern Elizabethan hot heading into 2021

Along with some dealer sales – mostly for sellers with a strong online presence – auction results have also held their own during the pandemic. In 2020, the hobby’s natural ebb and flow continued, with certain collecting areas outperforming others in terms of general interest if not outright value. Among the major trends – a continuation from previous years – is the increased interest in the Elizabethan period, including modern errors and varieties. “I think collectors are just starting to notice there are some bargains to be had, and they are picking up some of those things they need in the modern era,” said auctioneer Gary Lyon, the owner of Gary Lyon (Philatelist) Ltd. and its sister company Eastern Auctions, who added prices for modern material were previously “depressed a bit.” Continue reading →

Features
‘Lunar New Year Cycle’ leads 2021 stamp program
Page 1
CSDA launches online marketplace where members can sell for free
Page 1
RPSC offering virtual seminars
Page 10
Known for his knowledge, Vic Potter dies at 90
Page 16
Toronto collector proposes ‘mailer’s postmark’
Page 22

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Columns
Jesse Robitaille
Philatelic Commentary
‘Unaffiliated collectors’ need our encouragement
Page 4
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
War, art, radio, medicine fill 2020 stamp program’s spring,
Page 6

Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
Express mail explored in latest La Posta
Page 8
Mike Smith
Deltiology
Identities of four pesky postcard publishers revealed
Page 11

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Seedsman’s son sold envelopes still treasured by collector
Page 14
Randy Heimpel
StampNet
With more than 60,000 topics, SCF will fill collectors’ soc
Page 17

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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