News and Views. . .
Many thanks to all of our bidders
who helped to make our January auction such a success. Almost
80% of the bidders in that sale were successful. The market for
fine stamps and covers continues to be very strong and active.
Without a doubt, the most popular winter sport here in Canada
is hockey. There are outdoor and indoor rinks in virtually every
community across the country. Whenever a pond freezes, kids run
to get their skates, sticks, and nets. From those rinks came Canadian
hockey legends like Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Bobby Orr, Wayne
Gretzky, and Sidney Crosby.
played many years of organized hockey as a youth, and grew up
cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even though they were our
rivals, I could not help liking the Montreal Canadiens - one of
the most fabled sports franchises in North America. The Canadiens
have won more Stanley Cup championships than any other club in
hockey history. Montreal has had many great players over the years
including Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, Yvon Cournoyer, Doug Harvey,
and Guy Lafleur. At a stamp
show in Montreal in 1993, I had the honour of meeting the late
Jean Beliveau who played from 1950 to 1971 and was one of their
all time greats.
Canada Post has issued dozens of
hockey stamps over the years honouring hockey teams and famous
players. These stamps and their First Day Covers can make a very
nice topical collection.
exhaustive travel and show schedule
over the past several months has really paid off. One enormous
worldwide accumulation in albums was so large that it took three
trips in the company van to move it all to Smithville. My son
Chris recently acquired the estate of a long time friend and customer
in London Ontario which included a great collection of Canadian
Semi-Official Air Mail covers, some of which are offered in Sale
The sale is brimming with over 7,700
lots for you to choose from. Our staff has been busy assembling
all of these lots, carefully describing them and scanning them.
Just flipping through the pages and looking at all of the illustrations
is bound to whet your appetite. Stamp collecting is a great hobby.
Take some time and enjoy it. Good luck!