A Very Special Offer! A Complete Set of 1897 Jubilees For As Little As $540!!
This set has long been regarded by collectors of Canadian stamps as one of the Crown Jewels of a Canadian collection. Although many collectors do manage to complete half or maybe two thirds of this set in their collecting lifetimes, with Unitrade valuing a complete set at anywhere between $3,165 for very good mint, all the way up to $35,000 for very fine NH, completion eludes most collectors. Issue quantities of most values in this set, were very low compared to other stamps of the period:
- 150,000 of the half cent,
- 75,000 of the six cent,
- 150,000 of the ten cent,
- 100,000 of the fifteen cent,
- 100,000 of the twenty cent,
- 100,000 of the fifty cent,
- 24,900 of the one dollar,
- 25,000 of the two dollar,
- 13,500 of the three dollar,
- 14,500 of the four dollar,
- 16,500 of the five dollar.
The only issue that really affects the appeal of this $5 is the cancel, which, as I said, is pretty standard for a stamp of such a high denomination. The centering is quite nice, and the stamp is completely sound with no creases, tears or thins.
Let's take a look at the back:
As you can see, the back is nice and clean, and there are no creases or tears. There is just a hint of a wrinkle in the middle of the stamp and in the middle on the right, but these are really not consequential at all on a used stamp like this.
So, barring the cancel, this would be a VF-75. As it is, I would grade it as F-65. Unitrade for fine is $800. So a fair price, I think, at a minimum for this is $350.
Now, let's look at the $4:
This is the least attractive of the dollar values in the set. The main issues in terms of condition are the worn perforations on the left side, there is a crease along the left side as well, which you can't see from the front, and the smudge cancel. The colour is actually not bad for a $4 - usually, they are quite faded.
Here is the back:
You can just make out a light guarantee handstamp in the bottom right corner, and as you can see, there are no creases, tears or thins.
So again, without the cancel, it would likely be a F-65 example. As it is, I would grade this as VG-60. Unitrade lists fine used at $800, so VG should be $400. I think at a minimum, this is a $250 stamp.
So on these first three dollar values, we are up to a minimum value of $675, and we still have 13 more stamps to go. So already, we are $135 over the minimum bid.
Let's take a look at the $2
This is a pretty standard example of the used $2, except that it has much nicer, more vibrant colour than most examples of the $2, which fade quite easily. The only condition issue other than the cancel is a very small crease affecting the upper left corner perforation. It is not visible on the back, as you can see in the scan:
The diagonal line in the lower right corner near the "137" is a hair that got on the scanner. It is not a crease. So, as you can see from the scan, there are no other defects.
With the roller cancel, this would normally be a F-65 example, but with the corner crease, it is VG-55. Unitrade for fine is $400, so VG should be $200. So I would say a fair value for this is $150.
So now we are up to $825. Let's take a look at the $1
This is very close to a fine mint example, but for a missing lower right corner perf. Let's take a look at the back:
This example is also unused without gum. It is normal vermillion shade and is completely sound, but just off centre.
The scan below shows the back:
As you can see, there are no creases, tears or thins. With the centering being what it is, I would grade this as VG-55 unused. Unitrade for VG with gum is $80, so without gum should be $40 or so. So at a minimum, $25 would seem fair.
So now we are at $1,020. Let's look at the 15c:
There is a small light corner bend affecting the lower right corner, that is not a full crease, and two perforations at the bottom that have split laterally with the front end being creased upwards under the "N" of "fifteen" and in the lower right corner. Without these issues it would be a F-65 mint example, but as it is it is VG-55.
Here is the back:
You can just make out the light bend in the lower left corner, but otherwise, there are no other defects. Unitrade prices VG at $75, so I would think $30 would fair for this stamp.
So now the running total value stands at $1,050. Next is the 10c:
Unitrade prices VG at $30 and this is at the higher end of VG, as it is really almost fine. So A fair price for this would be $15.
So now we are up to $1,065 of value. Now for the 8c:
This is a VF centered example, with full original gum and nice colour. The problem though is the four short perforations at the lower right, and a light tone spot at upper left.
Here is the back. As you can see, there are no other issues. In terms of grade, without the short perforations, it would be a VF-75, but with the perforations and the tone spot it is a VG-55, which lists for $20 in Unitrade. A fair value for this would this be $15.
The running total value, with the dollar values and mid values evaluated and graded now stands at $1,080. Now, let's take a look at the low values, starting with the 6c:
Here is the 5c:
Here we have a perfectly fine mint 3c in the rose shade. Let's take a look at the back:
This is a very fine appearing used example, which unfortunately does have a vertical crease down the left hand side that is not noticeable from the front. You can just barely see it on the back scan of the stamp on the right:
This is a nice, fresh fine mint example in the deep orange shade. Here is the back:
As you can see it would normally be a F-70 mint example, but there are two edge tears, a number of creases and the perfs are very worn. You can see the creases a bit better from the back scan:
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