In 1985 on a honeymoon with my first wife to Calgary and Banf, we walked into an art gallery and found this. Canada was inaugurating it's first "Duck Stamp" to preserve wildlife habitat that year. It seemed like a neat souvenier and in the back of my mind, I was thinking how valuable a first year of issue U.S. duck stamp had become. I think our program started around 1934, thanks to Ding Darling and others. Duck hunters are required to purchase it before hunting migratory birds and the program has been an incredible success. The American duck stamp program has funded the purchase of vast tracts of duck habitat (thank you duck hunters) and along the way the stamps and prints have become hot collectibles.
I missed out on that train of course, although I did buy a few duck stamps when I hunted ducks in Guana.
So I was sure that if we bought this first Canadian issue combo, we'd make a mint as time went by ...
Okay, so apparently Canadian Duck stamps don't appreciate as rapidly as I'd hoped, but it's a beautiful print of my favorite ducks and I've always liked Robert Bateman's work.