Vance Auctions Schedule


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Vance's Show Schedule

      Here is our upcoming show schedule. Visit our booth to find a wide assortment of stamps and postal history for sale.


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Some News and Views. . .

   Our neverending search for fresh, new material has kept us very busy all winter. We have bought some nice collections, stocks, and several estates. On one trip to western Canada, my son Chris purchased the enormous holding of a long time bidder. It was shipped to our offices in 33 large cartons weighing over 1,500 pounds.

   As we welcome spring, the demand for fine stamps and postal history continues to be strong. Keeping our catalogues filled with interesting lots that will expand your collection is a challenge that we enjoy.

Black Jack   His victory at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 made General Andrew Jackson an American hero. He became the 7th President of the United States in 1829. One of the most iconic stamps ever issued by the United States bears his likeness.

   First issued in 1863 in the middle of the Civil War, the imposing black image of Jackson earned the stamp its nickname, the ‘Black Jack’ (Scott #73).

   Produced in large quantities from 1863 to 1869, the Black Jack was widely used. Its low 2¢ denomination made it perfect to carry local mail, newspapers, magazines, and advertising mail.

   Because reusing stamps was a common practice, the Black Jacks issued in later years were embossed with patterns of tiny triangles called ‘grills’. The grills were intended to rough up the paper so that the ink from cancellations could seep in and make the stamps harder to reuse.

   We are pleased to present an outstanding group of over 100 Black Jack covers with advertising or corner cards in this sale. You will find a wide variety of interesting covers including many scarcer types in Lots 4149 to 4249. Please also see Lots 4083 to 4090 for some prints and engravings of Andrew Jackson portraits that would compliment any Black Jack collection.

Black Jack covers

   The May 15th auction includes a wealth of newly acquired material that will make your mouth water. There are very nice Canadian and United States classics as well as good sections of France, French Colonies, Germany and related areas, Zeppelin covers, Newfoundland and Italy.

   Whether you are looking for specific items to fill spaces in your album, or bulky lots to search through and enjoy, this sale has it all.

   Don’t forget to mark May 15th on your calendar. Good luck!

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