First page of Canada
Note all the large Queens
Happy New Year!
Of interest to Big Blue collectors, an extremely ragged Big Blue album circa 1947 or earlier went for $8700 on E-Bay today. Lots of competition with 21 bidders. The top two bidders, presumably dealers with many transactions, swooped in at the last second and took the lot away from a probable collector (with 12 recent ebay transactions) who topped out at $8000.
Look on Ebay for....
Bulging - VALUABLE - US and Worldwide 1841-1940 Collection in Album
I was curious about the high price, as the album was "stuffed", but by no means full. In addition, the album was "clean" with no clearly additional expensive stamps mounted around the edges of the page. No estimate of numbers were given, but it appears to be in the neighborhood of 14,000-20,000 stamps. Since Bob Skinner of "Filling Spaces" blog fame has managed to collect 18,000 stamps recently for little more than $3000, did Ebay hysteria cause this lot to be sold for way too much? Possibly.
But a close look reveals a loaded U.S. collection ($1800 CV on first page alone with a nice Scott 1), and a look at the first page of the Canada collection ( illustrated above) shows Large Queens etc for >$500 CV. No doubt the reason for the buying frenzy. ;-)
For myself, I don't have the means to be spending funds like this at one go. And doesn't it take a bit of fun away if one obtains everything at once? ;-)
Comments appreciated on this subject.
Note: Pic is from the Ebay auction
(Note: I will be in China this month, so be patient with replies from me. )