The catalogues have been mailed, along with a small number of custom CDs for those customers who requested them.

After the holiday weekend here in Canada, we will actively update and post bids via Stamp Auction Network beginning next Tuesday. As well, we will begin our series of in-depth features for selected lots in this auction at that time.

Sparks customers who are attending Royale 2008 Québec in Québec City will have the opportunity to discuss Sale #2 with auctioneer Ian Kimmerly, who will be in attendance and have catalogues available.

Introduction to Auction 2

The overwhelming first impression of this sale is its sheer physical size; hundreds of albums in rows on shelves; many storage units filled with cartons which are in turn filled with collections, postcards, envelopes, stamps in bundles, stamps organized in glassines, "102" cards, stockbooks, Post Office new issues, postal artifacts, and more stamps. We have spent hundreds of hours describing these lots – and we have described them fairly and in a consistent manner. The overall quality is quite high for this great mass of philatelic collectibles that are the property of several dozen estates and collections.

Some of the bulk lots have a retail value well in excess of $10,000, others are estimated to be worth less than the cost of shipping. Most fall somewhere in between. We do know that thorough viewing will be rewarded because there will be hidden treasures.

While the body of the auction occupies hundreds of square feet, its heart is in the vaults – interesting postal history, superb stamps, items that are scarce, rare or even unique, valuable stamps and covers are found throughout the catalogue.

We make special note of some exceptional items in each session:

The exceptional collection of South West Africa has many rarities. A personal favourite is the used 10/- block from the first setting with two WESi errors. The Sparks catalogue will serve as a reference for the scarce items for decades to come. The rest of British Africa is of interest with Mafia Island and East Africa among the features.

The Second session has a number of lots with essays, proofs and other artwork for stamp issues which are both fascinating and very rare, often unique.

The Canada and BNA sessions have numerous exceptional lots. Lovely Pence issues are complemented by the interesting group of half-pennys which include a pair and two lots with an imperforate and perforated half-penny with the same major re-entry. The Large Queen section of 61 lots is strong with mints, blocks and re-entries and includes what is believed to be the largest mint multiple of the watermarked Three cent value. The Small Queens through to the Quebecs offer many stamps of exceptional quality as well as interesting items for the specialist. The 68 lots of the Admiral Issue will fill many holes for discriminating collectors who have been searching for just the right stamp for their collection.

Large Die Proofs and great rarities are featured in the later KGV and QEII Issues. We note a missing hologram full sheet, a very rare imperforate between booklet, the Missing Moose, and the 1998 Christmas perf change matched set of plate blocks. The Registration issues include lovely re-entries and a strong Precancel section is high-lighted by an Amherst on the 4¢ Admiral.

Nova Scotia features a mint #1 and a superb three penny. One of the most exceptional items in the sale is a mint Newfoundland two penny scarlet vermilion, very fine with huge margins.

Session Five has wonderful postal history, much of it from collector/dealer Roger Greer’s collections of Nova Scotia. Several lovely pence and 1859 covers are highlighted by a ten penny cover; a ten cent rate to Sweden and a gorgeous six penny cover are highlights of the Large Queens. British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all have at least one cover waiting for a Gold Medal Exhibit.

Newfoundland has a magnificent De Pinedo cover, a Columbia cover and a diagonally bisect eight penny cover. Over 350 lots of foreign covers, cover lots and postcards have numerous items awaiting a place in your collection.

We have referred elsewhere to the Sixth Session of lots and collections. One collection of Large Queens has a catalogue over $47,000. We invite you to view this and to note how few stamps have short perfs. A similar story can be told many, many times for the 486 lots in this session.

Sparks Auction #2 — June 6th & 7th, 2008

We are pleased to announce the dates for our second auction. It will be held on Friday June 6th and Saturday June 7th, 2008.

The auction offers nearly 2000 lots in Commonwealth, WorldWide, Canada, Postal History and Lots & Collections. Highlights include SouthWest Africa, Mafia Island and East Africa, lovely pence issues of Canada and B.N.A., Large and Small Queens, rarities and die proofs from King George VII and Queen Elizabeth II, back of the book and provinces, postal history (especially Nova Scotia), and featuring a magnificent De Pinedo cover of Newfoundland and a very large volume of lots and collections that despite the sheer size does not sacrifice quality.

We will use this space in the coming weeks to detail specific lots and tell more stories about the terrific items in this sale.

The catalogue is now at the printer and is expected to arrive back in our offices for mailing during the week of May 12th. We will have the catalogue PDF files on our site by that date as well, with the complete supplementary image galleries later in the same week. The auction will also appear on Stamp Auction Network for bidding soon after.

Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy of the printed catalogue, if you want to register to bid, or with any other questions.

Last Call for Consignments

Our successful inaugural auction took place in November of last year. Here on our website you can view a pdf copy of the catalogue for the November 2007 sale in addition to the “enhanced content” – namely the hundreds of scans available online to provide additional exposure to the material.

We are in the process of lotting for our next sale, scheduled for May 2008. As such, we are seeking consignments. They can range from single rare stamps, essays, covers, full collections and dealer inventories.

Benefits of consignments to Sparks Auctions:
• Consignments broken down in a way to maximize returns to consignors
• Material insured while in our possession
• Lavishly illustrated colour catalogues sent worldwide to eager buyers
• Auction listed at StampAuctionNetwork with Live bidding during the auction – results in “international prices” rather than local prices for material sold

Should you have any material that you would like to dispose of, please contact us at 613.567.3336 or at We still have time to include your material in our May sale!

Looking Ahead

We would like to thank all of the bidders and consignors to our inaugural auction of November 8-10th, 2007. Please call our office at the number above with any ongoing concerns about auction winnings and payments.

We are continuing to accept material for our next sale, tentatively planned for April or May of 2008. There have been many lessons to learn from our first sale, and we anticipate an even better auction for our second.

Contact us if you are interested in consigning, if you would like to receive the auction CD and/or mailing list notifications as the date approaches, or if there is anything else you would like to discuss.

We wish all of our customers the best of the upcoming holidays and in 2008!