(Part 4) 1987 Toronto shows and the Wellburn book

We became regulars at Dave Bastedo’s PHILEX, and  Mike Madesker’s STAMPEX shows. Our innovations included portable professional displays and hiring models to hand out auction catalogues. Our stamp auction catalogues included more colour photos and expanded descriptions, following the Steve Ivy model. We held well attended auctions in hotel venues and even offered a frequent buyers program.

We eventually moved our Toronto outlet to Bay Street’s Sterling tower, where my duties included auction viewing and C.S.D.A. show planning with Vance Carmichael, Andy Kosztandy, and Erling Van Dam. There were quiet times between auctions when my coworker Cindy Bremner typed my short stories for something to do.

The C.I.A. inverts came to market and I was fortunate to sell some at $20,000 each. Had the t-shirt for years.

CIA Invert

We attended CAPEX and held an off-site auction at Toronto’s First Post Office, with shuttle service from the show. 

Toronto’s first post office

One of Daniel Eaton’s greatest achievements was the 1987 release of the limited edition deluxe colour book of Gerald Wellburn’s award-winning collection of the Stamps and Postal History of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Jack Wallace co-edited it. I still have some available

The Stamps & Postal History of Vancouver Island & British Columbia 1849-1871
The Gerald E. Wellburn 1987 164 page colour, hardcover limited edition (1000) book showcasing his award winning collection.

Part of my job was to find buyers and sellers. I joined the North Toronto Stamp Club, and the Toronto Stamp Collectors Club, and was sometimes a guest at the Philatelic Specialists Society.

I attended our competitors auctions as a buyer for Eaton and Sons. I kept seeing Ron Brigham at these sales and at other CAPEX auctions. Ron Brigham and Ian Betts attending our Toronto sales marked our peak in the Canadian stamp auction market.

Ron Brigham legendary Canadian stamp collector

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