Welcome to Sparks Auctions Sale 27. Once again, we are pleased to offer a varied and interesting sale, with tempting philatelic material for all collecting interests and budgets. The sale can be seen in the online catalogue here at SparksAuctions.com, on StampAuctionNetwork.com, or in the print catalogue if are a subscriber.
Highlights of Canada and British North America include a lovely mint Newfoundland collection, featuring an exceptional selection of fresh and very fine items, offered as individual lots. New Brunswick is also well represented with many plate proofs, including a rare full sheet of the storied Connell issue.
Small Queen enthusiasts will find well over 50,000 stamps on offer, from accumulations to specialized studies and postmark collections. We also offer a lovely and advanced collection of choice, used OHMS perforated Officials, offered primarily as single lots. High quality single stamps also abound.
Postal History continues to be strong, with over 500 lots on offer. We are pleased to feature the exceptional New Brunswick collection of George MacManus, as well as the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to the Ted Kerzner Canadian squared circle postmarks, a lovely collection of Canadian mail to and from France, over 40 lots of Canadian military postal history, and much more. We also offer a quality selection of postmarks, including many fancy cancels.
Worldwide stamps are presented in both single lots and county collections, with many highlights from seldom-offered countries and an array of specialized material. Of particular note is an advanced collection of Tibet, featuring many rarities and unusual items, as well as a further installment of the popular British Commonwealth perforated SPECIMEN stamps of the 1930s.
Sparks Auctions is always proud to offer a number of clean and useful postage lots. Many of these are “ready to use,” having already been sorted by denomination and are presented with complete inventories, saving the successful bidders many hours of organizing.
We also continue to offer an industry-leading selection of images online, with this sale having over 4,000 individual high resolution scans. These images—including many of larger lots and collections—can easily be viewed at our listing on stampauctionnetwork.com. Live internet bidding allows collectors from around the world to enjoy the benefits of joining the bidding during the sale.
We at Sparks Auctions take pride in our meticulous approach to philately, from our in-depth descriptions and careful lotting to our emphasis on high-resolution, detailed images. I would personally welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how Sparks Auctions can assist in the sale of your philatelic material.
Enjoy the sale!
Director of Lotting & Consignments