Introduction to Auction #4

Our fourth public auction is now posted at

This sale offers, especially in the Canada section, an exceptionally strong showing.  The first issues of the province of Canada have nice quality and are comprehensive.  The pence issues on laid paper are represented with singles and a pair of the three pence and six pence as well as a rare Die Proof of the twelve pence.  We can offer a six pence with original gum printed on wove paper, a rarity from the General Gill collection.  The other pence values are offered as single lots, usually in fine or better quality, as well as in lots in the average quality more usually found in many collections.

There are a number of interesting and selected lots in the Large and Small Queen sections. We note in particular a never hinged ten cent value from the Montreal printings.   Many advanced collectors have had this on their want lists for years.

The offering of 1897 Jubilees and other Victorian issues continues the Sparks Auctions trend of offering more quantity and quality with every auction. Edwards, QuÈbecs, especially Admirals and later issues through George VI will help collectors fill in gaps in their collections.

Queen Elizabeth era stamps start in spectacular fashion with a block of the Inverted Seaway.  The later varieties and errors are very very strong indeed.  The lots of back of the book stamps will excite many with the opportunity to buy 5-hole OHMS perfins, and rare revenues including overprint varieties.

British North America offers rarities such as the $1 British Columbia, PEI #2, Newfoundland classics and ending with the spectacular block of the inverted overprint on the Halifax airmail.

British Commonwealth is headlined by the full pane of the Great Britain 1883 6d on 6d overprint.  Interesting and scarce items and a few nice collections are found throughout this section.

The worldwide section offers 50 lots of USA as well as many lovely items, complete sets and unusual varieties not often found.

Postal History offers many lots as well as selected individual items such as a ten penny Cartier with a circular dated postmark and the very scarce Officially Sealed on blue paper.

Lots and collections again fill our 32 bookcases.  This auction the number which are in the higher price ranges is increased; while we still offer budget-priced cartons of fun.  Viewing will allow interested buyers to see the full value.

Our Next Sale

Already, in the one and a half weeks since we finished describing this sale, four new consignments have arrived.  A collection of Large Queens from Australia, a suitcase from an estate, a strong collection of Switzerland including postal history, and miscellaneous items including a previously unknown major Canadian error give us a good start on Auction 5.

We solicit your consignment for our next sale.  All material which is in our hands by August 31 will be included for a sale we hope to be able to schedule for late October.


Saturday June 6th, 2009    10:00 am to 5:30 pm  
Saturday June 13th    10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Monday June 15th    10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday June 16th    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesday June 17th    10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Auction #4, June 16-17 2009

We are pleased to announce that our fourth public auction will be held on June 16th & 17th.  During the lotting process, it is sometimes difficult to see the overall scope and balance of an auction offering, but when we look at the draft of the catalogue are very happy with the range and quality of items in Canada, US and many other areas that we see in the 1300 lots in this sale.

The digital files went to the printer this afternoon, we will have proofs next week, and expect to begin mailing printed catalogues the week of May 26th.  You will also be able to see the auction introduction and PDF files here on our site by the end of next week, and our Stamp Auction Network listing should be in place by then as well.

As always, we will highlight significant and interesting items on a daily basis as the auction day approaches.

Happy Victoria Day weekend to our customers here in Canada and in the UK!

-Sparks Auctions

Lot 1052, 52 volume Scott International Worldwide Collection

Some months back we went to pick up a large and heavy consignment for Sparks.  There was some Canadian mint which was primarily postage (and which was lotted separately) but the bulk by weight and value was an enormous collection in Scott International Albums.

Consignments like this present several alternatives in deciding how to break them into suitable lots, whether to catalogue the stamps, how to blend the very high retail price of the albums with the value of the stamps in the albums, and how to get the best price for the consignor.  There were some items which would have made very decent single lots.

After spending several hours looking through each album the decision was made to offer the collection intact.  It became Lot 1502, described as follows:

Scott Internationals 52 volume Worldwide Collection A lifetime worldwide collection 1840-2002 in 50 Scott Internationals, 2 Minkus Albums, and a stockbook (Russia to 1971 and Colombia, Panama) The collection is intact as received and the quantity of stamps per volume varies widely. The early classics of the 1840-1890 period are often faulty but the period best represented from George VI through earlier QEII is generally fine. Most stamps are used and most of the mint are hinged, although there are mint NH complete sets. Strongest in Canada, followed by U.S.A. and Great Britain. There are pleasant surprises scattered throughout. Inspect at least 6-10 volumes as the strength varies from volume to volume. The albums and pages are arranged by country and would cost more than our estimate if purchased new. Also included with this lot is one carton of duplicates or stamps ready to put in the albums, thousands of used glassines, the 2003 Scott International Supplement and a set of 2003 Scott catalogues. Estimate: $5000

For the background of our Lots & Collections section, we featured a digital photo of just one small part of the collection on our storage shelves.

We were pleasantly surprised with the result of $9200 including commission.