About Us

Sparks Auctions was founded in 2007 by a group of advanced collectors and experienced philatelic professionals in Ottawa, Canada, who saw a market for regularly-held stamp auctions presented with collectors in mind. We are a true auction house in the traditional sense. Sparks Auctions does not own the material we sell. Working with consignors to present their material in a manner designed to attract attention from bidders and maximize realizations, we have established a reputation for careful, accurate descriptions and wide-ranging auctions.


Board of Directors

Andrew Ellwood, Ian Kimmerly, Doug Lingard, Peter MacDonald, Hank Narbonne

Expert Input

Along with our regular lotters, our auction team draws on the expertise and experience of many individuals, including collectors and exhibitors who have won Gold Medals. Most of us have contributed locally and nationally to organized philately as Editors, Presidents, or Chairmen of Societies, Clubs and Stamp Shows. Also among our number are accredited and respected philatelic Judges. We always welcome and encourage new talent.

We hold sales at the end of January, May and September. At each sale, a local auction floor is complemented by large numbers of on-line and advance bidders. With attractive printed catalogues, a comprehensive website, and live bidding on Stamp Auction Network, we have a track record of successful sales.

We encourage you to see the How To Bid page for detailed instructions on participating in a sale, and check our Consignments page to learn how to make the most of your consignment, whether it’s a stamp collecting area which you no longer pursue, other surplus collections and accumulations, or an inheritance or estate.

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Our offices at 1770 Woodward Drive (full mailing address below) are open from 8:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday. It is always best to call ahead to confirm your appointment.