Auction #38

Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ Sale 38. This is a very exciting sale for us and holds a wide variety of material from just over 90 consignors. We have never had so many consignments on hand at one time, and recommend that if you would like to consign for one of our future sales to contact us as soon as possible to have your material included in a 2022 auction.

Lot 334 ** #157 1929 20c Dark Carmine Harvesting Wheat, mint never hinged, well centered amid four huge and even margins, extremely fine. Definitely one in a million (7 million were printed), destined for the finest collection, catalogue value irrelevant. Unitrade CV$200

At Sparks Auctions we consider our consignors’ property to be of the utmost importance. Our aim is first and foremost to make sure every consignment, whether it be a single stamp or several cartons, obtain the highest realisations. Our judicious lotting, descriptions, numerous high quality scans and realisations speak for themselves. This is why we are receiving more and more consignments, not only from estates, but also from collectors directly; each consignor considers it very important that their treasures be handled in the most professional and lucrative way.

This is the last of four sales we have planned for 2021, and we are certain there will be something in it for everyone. The many interesting items offered in this sale include:

The first part of an interesting collection of early Canadian mint multiples
Nice collection of South African stamps and postal history from an old estate
Nice collection of mint plus used British West Indies
Our usual great offerings of worldwide country collections
Many topical and thematic offerings, some quite extensive
Another installment of the Jan van der Ven Canadian First Day Cover collection
Another installment of the stock of a retired postal history dealer
Collection of Canadian foreign airmail destination covers from the WWII period in several lots
A superb quality and extensive mint collection of Canada and British Commonwealth broken up in several lots
Material from the personal files of retired Canada Post designer, Bernard J. Reilander
Dealer stock galore.

All of our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, and our buyer’s premium remains at an industry low of 17%. Please visit to view the sale and place your bids, both before the sale begins and live during the auction. Our online images include many thousands of high quality scans.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager

P.S. Would you like to work with the Sparks Auctions team? We are seeking knowledgeable lotters to join us. Contact General Manager Peter MacDonald ( to express your interest, or see this page for more information.