Sessions & Viewing Hours

The auction sessions and viewing will take place at our offices at 1770 Woodward Drive, Suite 101, Ottawa. This will be a CLOSED auction with only Sparks staff on the bidding floor. Bidders may place advance bids via email, telephone, fax, or use an Agent (see list below). The preferred method for real-time bidding is to participate and follow along LIVE via Stamp Auction Network. If on-line bidding is new to you, we have detailed instructions on our How To Bid page. Contact us if you need further help and we will talk you through the process.

During viewing, there is guest parking in the lot behind the building and more on nearby streets (subject to City of Ottawa parking regulations).


At our offices, 1770 Woodward Drive, Suite 101, Ottawa BY APPOINTMENT ONLY beginning Monday June 1st. You must contact us in advance to schedule a time. We can only accommodate three customers at once, and will allow one hour between scheduled viewings for cleaning and to minimize contact. Please book a time as soon as possible so we can provide the best possible viewing experience. We can be reached by e-mail or telephone at 613-567-3336.

It is important to note that print catalogues are unlikely to be available during the first two weeks of June. Please arrange to bring your tablet or laptop with the catalogue PDFs. We will provide Wifi connectivity during viewing.

Mondays through Fridays, June 1st-June 24th
By Appointment Only, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT
Thursday, June 25th No viewing: Auction Session 1 (Outaouais Collection and Canada & B.N.A.)
Friday, June 26th No viewing: Auction Sessions 2 & 3
Saturday, June 27th No viewing: Auction Session 4


In the interests of protecting our customers and our staff, this will be an entirely remote auction, with only staff on the floor. You may place your bids in advance by phone, fax, email. We will conduct the sale on Stamp Auction Network in the usual fashion. Telephone bidding can also be coordinated with advance notice. Bidders with complicated instructions may wish to use an agent (see list below for those who represent buyers at our sales).
The sale will be take place at our offices, 1770 Woodward Drive, Suite 101, Ottawa on the following dates and times. Placing of a bid indicates your agreement to the Terms & Conditions of Sale.
Session #1 The Outaouais Collection of Canada & Selected United States
Lots 1-233
Thursday, June 25th, 2020 9:00am EDT
Session #1 Part Two
Canada & British North America
Lots 301-894
Thursday, June 25th, 2020 11:30am EDT*
Session #2 British Commonwealth & Worldwide
Lots 901-961
Friday, June 26th, 9:00am EDT
Session #3 Postal History & Literature
Lots 1001-1566
Friday, June 26th, 9:30am EDT*
Session #4 Lots and Collections & Remainders
Lots 1601-1965
Saturday, June 27th, 9:00am EDT
There will be a brief lunch break each day from approximately 12:30-1:00pm. *Session 1 Part Two and Session 3 will begin immediately following the conclusion of the previous session.

There will be no checkout at the conclusion of the sale. Buyers will be notified when their material is ready. Pickup will be by appointment only, one customer at a time, and drop-ins cannot be accommodated.


Auction Agents An agent on the floor is a good way to make sure your bidding intentions are well-represented if you cannot participate in person. Auction agents can view material, execute OR bids and limit bids, and maintain your anonymity if desired. We recommend the following agents.
Please contact an agent directly. All of the names below are knowledgeable, experienced auction buyers.
**Can execute live floor bids at the sale.
**Hugo Deshaye
Hugo Deshaye (Philatelist) Inc.
Doug Lingard
Peter Rennie
Gerald Tucker, Lighthouse Stamp Collecting
Nick Martin, LoveAuctions UK
(44) 0120546 0968
Claude Michaud
902-443-5912, 902-456-0950 (cell)
Frank Mandel