By Jesse Robitaille
Classic Canadian stamps, proofs and varieties plus a U.S. rarity with a compound perforation error are expected to lead the next Maresch auction.
The 740-lot general sale will cross the block on Oct. 12 during a single session, which kicks off at 10 a.m. (ET). With a wide range of material from more than 60 consignors, the offering will be available for viewing from Oct. 3-8 and again on Oct. 10-11 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Maresch headquarters in Aurora, Ont.
“Our June auction sales continued the consistently successful trend we have seen here at Maresch regardless of the COVID pandemic in the past couple years,” said auctioneer Peter Maresch, who promoted his upcoming unreserved auction at Trajan Publishing’s National Postage Stamp & Coin Show this September. “We are still seeing many strong and record realizations throughout. The market is still collector driven, and whether it’s stamps, proofs or postal history, the bids are still there for specialized collections and any quality and above-average material.”
Among the early highlights is a black plate proof (Scott #3Piii) produced for the Province of Canada’s 1851-dated 12-pence Queen Victoria issue, also known as the “12-Penny Black.” Offered as Lot 191, the rare proof – printed on india paper – features a vertical green “SPECIMEN” overprint. Maresch describes it as being in Very Fine condition despite a “minute thin.” It carries a catalogue value of $6,500.
Among Canada’s classic stamps, a used 1857-dated 7.5-pence green issue (SC #9) will cross the block as Lot 206. With a light four-ring cancellation and “full to large margins,” according to Maresch, the used stamp is also in Very Fine condition with a catalogue value of $5,000.