Our Pricing

 

Generally speaking we price our stamps and covers for a percentage of standard catalogue prices for material that is listed, with the percentage depending on the grade of the item. What follows are general guidelines that we follow in setting our prices. Generally in instances where we deviate from these guidelines we will explain in our descriptions what the rationale for our pricing is. 

 

Canada and British North America

  • SUP-95 to Gem-100: Up to quadruple the VF-84 price for pre-1935 material, and 200% for material after 1934.
  • XF-85 to XF-94: Double the VF-84 price for pre-1935 material, and 150% for material after 1934.
  • VF-84: 100% of the Unitrade price for VF.
  • VF-80 to VF-83: 80-90% of the Unitrade price for VF.
  • VF-75 to VF-79: 60-70% of the Unitrade price for VF.
  • F-71 to F-74: 100% of the Unitrade price for F. 50% of the Unitrade price for VF, for material after 1947.
  • F-70: 80% of the Unitrade price for F. 40% of the Unitrade price for VF, for material after 1947.
  • F-66 to F-69: 70% of the Unitrade price for F. 35% of the Unitrade price for VF, for material after 1947.
  • F-65: 60% of the Unitrade price for F. 30% of the Unitrade price for VF, for material after 1947.
  • VG-61 to VG-64: 100% of the Unitrade price for VG, or 50% of the price for F-71 to F-74.
  • VG-60: 80% of the Unitrade price for VG, or 50% of the price for F-70.
  • VG-56 to VG-59: 70% of the Unitrade price for VG, or 50% of the price for F-66 to F-69.
  • VG-55: 60% of the Unitrade price for VG, or 50% of the price for F-65.

Grades lower than VG-55 are priced in a similar, progressive fashion, with G-45 to G-54 being half of the corresponding VG grades, fair being half that, and poor or spacefiller grades being half price again. 

Unitrade mint prices are for Unused up to 1870, or the Small Queens, with premiums of 100 to 200% for OG. Prices for material from 1870 to 1947 are for OG, with various premiums for never hinged (NH). The NH premiums are reduced by a factor of 50% for each grade below VF. Hinged stamps after 1947 are priced at 50% of the price for NH. Unused stamps for the period 1870-1920 are priced at 50% of the OG prices, and thereafter at 25% of the OG price. 

 Multiples prior to 1920 are scarce to rare, especially VF used. A premium of 25% up to 200% will be applied to the corresponding value of the single stamps, depending on how scarce the multiple is.

British Commonwealth

Our pricing of British Commonwealth material is generally as follows. We convert Gibbons prices to U.S dollars at an assumed exchange rate of $1.50 to one British pound:

  •  SUP-95 to Gem-100: Double the Gibbons price.
  • XF-85 to XF-94: 100% of the Gibbons price.
  • VF-84: 80% of the Gibbons price.
  • VF-80 to VF-83: 60% of the Gibbons price.
  • VF-75 to VF-79: 50% of the Gibbons price.
  • F-71 to F-74: 40% of the Gibbons price.
  • F-70: 30% of the Gibbons price.
  • F-66 to F-69: 25% of the Gibbons price.
  • F-65: 20% of the Gibbons price.
  • VG-61 to VG-64: 15% of the Gibbons price.
  • VG-60: 10% of the Gibbons price.
  • VG-56 to VG-59: 8% of the Gibbons price.
  • VG-55: 5% of the Gibbons price.

Grades lower than VG-55 are priced in a similar, progressive fashion, with G-45 to G-54 being half of the corresponding VG grades, fair being half that, and poor or spacefiller grades being half price again. 

Gibbons prices for mint stamps prior to 1938 are for hinged stamps with full original gum (OG). Stamps after 1937 are priced as never hinged (NH). Therefore the following adjustments are applied to our prices for never hinged or unused stamps:

  • NH prior to 1890: +300% for VF or better (150% for F and 75% for VG).
  • NH between 1890 and 1920: +200% for VF or better (100% for F and 50% for VG).
  • NH between 1921 and 1938: +100% for VF or better (50% for F and 25% for VG).
  • Unused prior to 1890: 50% of OG price.
  • Unused between 1890 and 1920: 25% of OG price.
  • Unused after 1920: 10% of OG price.

These adjustments are in addition to any premiums discussed below.

Multiples prior to 1952 are scarce to rare, especially VF used. A premium of 25% up to 200% will be applied to the corresponding value of the single stamps, depending on how scarce the multiple is.

Inscription blocks and multiples are very scarce, and warrant a premium of 100% over the corresponding value of the individual stamps. 

Plate counter singles or multiples as well as singles or multiples bearing the sheet number are very scarce, with the counter markings appearing only 2-4 times per sheet, and the sheet number appearing once in every sheet. For some of the early Queen Victoria to King George V issues, the number of sheets printed could be as low as 50-60 sheets, which means that the number of possible counter or sheet number singles in existence is less than 300, and the actual number of surviving singles, much lower than that. Accordingly, the minimum premium we apply to the price of these items is 100% over the basic Gibbons price. 

So for example, take a VF-84 mint 10/- King Edward VII stamp that catalogues 100 pounds in SG. Our prices for various iterations of this stamp would be as follows:

  • VF-84 og: $120 (80% x 100 pounds x 1.5)
  • VF-84 NH: $360 ($120 +200% of $120)
  • VF-84 unused: $30 (25% of $120)
  • VF-84 og block of 4: $960 ($120 x 4, plus premium of 100%)
  • VF-84 og plate single: $240 ($120 plus premium of 100%)
  • VF-84 NH plate single: $720 ($240 plus premium of 200%)

So, we price sub-grade material at significant discounts from catalogue; par-grade material at reasonable percentages of catalogue, and high-grade and rare pieces at significant premiums that represent the true scarcity of these items.

Worldwide Outside the British Commonwealth

We use the Scott Catalogue for non-Commonwealth material, and price as follows:

  • SUP-95 to Gem-100: 400% of the Scott price for material prior to 1900, and 300% of the Scott price for material after 1899.
  • XF-85 to XF-94: 200% of the Scott price for material prior to 1900, and 150% of the Scott price for material after 1899.
  • VF-84: 100% of the Scott price.
  • VF-80 to VF-83: 80-90% of the Scott price.
  • VF-75 to VF-79: 65-75% of the Scott price.
  • F-71 to F-74: 60% of the Scott price.
  • F-70: 50% of the Scott price.
  • F-66 to F-69: 45% of the Scott price.
  • F-65: 40% of the Scott price.
  • VG-61 to VG-64: 35% of the Scott price.
  • VG-60: 30% of the Scott price.
  • VG-56 to VG-59: 25% of the Scott price.
  • VG-55: 10% of the Scott price.

Grades lower than VG-55 are priced in a similar, progressive fashion, with G-45 to G-54 being half of the corresponding VG grades, fair being half that, and poor or spacefiller grades being half price again. 

Scott assigns a specific cut-off date, usually sometime in the 1940's before which their prices for mint stamps, are for OG and NH thereafter. Therefore, the following adjustments are applied to our prices for never hinged or unused stamps:

  • NH prior to 1890: +300% for VF or better (150% for F and 75% for VG).
  • NH between 1890 and 1920: +200% for VF or better (100% for F and 50% for VG).
  • NH between 1921 and cut-off date: +100% for VF or better (50% for F and 25% for VG).
  • Unused prior to 1890: 50% of OG price.
  • Unused between 1890 and 1920: 25% of OG price.
  • Unused after 1920: 10% of OG price.

These adjustments are in addition to any premiums discussed below.

Multiples prior to 1945 are scarce to rare for many, but not all issues. This is especially so for VF used. A premium of 25% up to 200% will be applied to the corresponding value of the single stamps, depending on how scarce the multiple is.

Inscription blocks and multiples are usually scarcer than the corresponding stamps and will warrant a premium of 25-100% over the corresponding value of the individual stamps.