News and Views. . .
As you can see, this sale marks another milestone for us here at Vance Auctions. Our very first auction sale was published 45 years ago in November 1972. Sale #1 offered 348 lots and the catalogue was printed on a single page. It was mailed to our small mailing list in a #10 size envelope, and it was also printed in Linn’s Stamp News. Today our 327th catalogue fills 112 printed pages with over 7,700 lots.
As part of our 45th Anniversary celebrations we are saying ‘Thank you’ to our valued bidders by giving away prizes of auction credit. We hope that you will take part by bidding in our November 29th sale and entering our 45th Anniversary Sweepstakes.
It is always exciting to visit a country that you have never been to.
My wife Pam and I had been to Denmark, Sweden and Finland, but we had never had an opportunity to visit Norway until recently when we spent an enjoyable week in the land of the midnight sun. The scenery was spectacular with deep coastal fjords, mountains and glaciers.
We greatly enjoyed seeing the colourful wooden houses in Bergen, and had a wonderful hiking trip
Norway has a rich philatelic history. When I
got back to Canada I came across a beautiful group of four Polar Expedition cards related to Roald Amundsen from the early 1900’s. I had just seen
the statue of the famous Norwegian explorer
which made them
even more interesting. See
Lots 3352 to 3355 in this sale.
Handling Norwegian material in the future
will bring back some pleasant memories.
Our describers and office staff have worked hard lotting up and organizing all of the material in the enclosed November 29th auction. It is a well-rounded sale with many interesting specialty items, better sets and singles, postal history,
and collections. Some
of the notable areas are Great Britain, Australia, British Columbia, Newfoundland, United States back-of-the-book, Germany, and Canada Revenues. Many scarce items are included, so you will want to look through the auction catalogue carefully. There should be many bargains due to the sheer quantity of lots.
Good luck in the auction and the Sweepstakes!