Lot 176 Canada #459ii, 465 6c Orange & 25c Slate Green, Transportation & Solemn Land, 1967-1973 Centennial Issue, Combination Use on March 1969 Domestic Registered Cover
A domestic registered cover, sent March 14, 1969 and franked with a pair of 25c Solemn Land stamps and a 6c fluorescent ink transportation stamp from the 1967-1973 Centennial issue, paying the 50c registration fee, plus the 6c domestic letter rate. This is a scarce franking because of the fluorescent ink stamp, which is scarce on cover, but also because the vast majority of registered covers during this period would be franked with a single 50c, rather than two 25c stamps. Very fine. Est. $30.
The Centennial issue covers have been priced according to the overall scarcity of the rates, the destinations and the frankings, as well as the specific paper types of the stamps used. Although there are many common covers to be found during the life of this issue, many are quite scarce, and the estimates reflect this. The following specific comments can be made:
1. Many of the stamps that are common off-cover, are much scarcer on cover. These would include any hibrite paper printing, as this paper was only in use a few months, the fluorescent orange ink on the 6c, the 7c emerald, as its period of use was just 6 months, most all Winnipeg tagged stamps as they were only available in Winnipeg, and finally some of the scarcer booklet singles.
2. The most common covers will of course be local drop letters or domestic single weight covers. This would be followed by single weight covers to the US and single airmail to Western European countries. It is these covers that are generally $1-$5 if they are VF and have some nice cancel or other marking of note.
3. Registered covers, special delivery and third class or printed matter rates are all somewhat scarce, and at a minimum are generally in the $10 range. If they are to a better destination, or are paid with a combination of definitives and commemoratives, or include a better paper variety they will be $15-$20.
4. The scarcer covers are generally multiple weight steps, or combinations of services, such as special delivery and registered, or registered for higher indemnities. These covers are typically estimated in the $30-$40 range.
5. Advertising, corner cards or special addressees or other markings will add to the value also.
While these prices may seem high it must be emphasized that these are not the kinds of covers you will see in a standard dealer's dollar box or junk box of covers. They are often cherry-picked from large cover accumulations or dealer stocks.