Back of the book does well in third Brigham sale

A corner block of this 14-cent war tax, with the overprint shifted, vanDam #FX28, sold for $600.

The third sale of the Ron Brigham Collection featured material acquired but never publicly shown by Brigham, who was a prolific and successful exhibitor of Canadian stamps. Unlike the two previous sales, held at the Toronto Airport Hilton Hotel, the third sale was held Nov. 22, at the Brampton Golf Club. At the second sale, held this spring, Brigham had said he would be moving to a different location. “The house was full, and there was lots of Internet bidding,” Charles Verge, chief operating officer of the firm, said. “Part of that too was that it had something for everyone, because it wasn’t just Queens or Admirals,” he said. “Plus a lot of the items hadn’t seen the light of day for some time.” Continue reading →

Lauding homemade covers with a design contest

This edition of Canadian Stamp News contains a report on covers created by Ottawa’s Irv Osterer, a prolific collector with an artistic side. Regular readers will probably have figured out this isn’t the first time Irv’s work has appeared in CSN, not even the first time this year. The reason is that Irv is prolific, and that I like the idea of collectors taking ownership of the hobby by creating their own covers. It is perhaps one of the big advantages of picture postage, and it can be a lot of fun. It also occurs to me that Irv is nowhere near unique. I know of two other collectors who are doing the same, and I am sure there are plenty more, many of them CSN readers. Continue reading →

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