Sale #37 Coming in June 2021

Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ Sale 37. Many thanks to all of our bidders and buyers who helped make our last sale, the Comox Valley Collection, a tremendous success. That sale and other recent sales are proof that the market is strong for good quality material.

At Sparks Auctions we consider the property of our consignors 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, to obtain the highest realization. Our lotting, descriptions and numerous high quality scans 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.

Lot 423 ** People’s Republic of China #628 1962 $3 Scene from “Drunken Beauty” by Mei Langfang Souvenir Sheet, mint never hinged, pristine and fresh, extremely fine and very rare. Scott CV U$18,500

This is the third 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:

A lovely collection of early Canadian registered mail in 69 lots
A good selection of modern Canadian varieties
Over 50 lots of Large Queen singles and groups
Specialized collections of Ireland and Newfoundland in several lots
A nice selection of Newfoundland postal history
16 lots of picture postcards
Over 350 country-specific collections including many from France, Great Britain, Germany (50 lots) and China.

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

Sparks Auctions is doing its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe during the worldwide pandemic, and we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online. Sale 37 will be conducted without a public floor, with bidding available in a variety of ways including in advance by several methods and live via the Internet or telephone.

While we hope to offer in-person viewing before the auction, it will be subject to current pandemic health and safety regulations. We are not in a position at this point to provide potential dates. We will announce pre-sale viewing to all customers on our mailing list, if such viewing becomes possible.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager

Welcome to Sale 36, the Comox Valley Collection

The Comox Valley collection was formed over a period of 40 years, to very high standards. Its owner purchased each stamp or set individually and carefully from reputable dealers and auction houses, and the result is immediately evident. The owner’s priority when purchasing was first to obtain sound stamps; if a never hinged copy could not be located only a lightly hinged one would do. For the used material, clear and light cancels were his preference. Although the collector did not purchase many printing or plate varieties, the collection contains many shade, paper and perforation varieties.

High values of Falkland Islands 1933 Pictorial set, lot 815.

The collection is now being offered in a two day completely unreserved sale: Day One will feature Canada and BNA, followed by the United States; Day Two will feature an alphabetical offering of wide-ranging British Commonwealth countries, followed by strong worldwide.

The Canada collection is quite extensive, and includes strong Provinces, with many desirable, often certified stamps. The United States collection is also fairly complete and includes many rarities, with over 400 certificates of authenticity, many of which are graded.

The British Commonwealth and worldwide collections are also extensive to about 1970 (for many countries) and are made up of mostly fresh mint stamps, with a dusting of used here and there. Some of the better singles and sets are being offered separately, and we have tried not to break up any sets. This part of the collection is strongest in British Commonwealth countries, with a high degree of completion, all collected with the same high standard.

The vast majority of this impressive collection has been scanned online, and can be seen on StampAuctionNetwork.com, where you can participate in advance or live bidding. We gladly welcome requests for more scans. All of our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, with an industry-low buyer’s premium of 17%.

We hope you enjoy this sale and find many items that make you happy.

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager

Sparks Auctions’ Sale #35 Postponed to January 27-29, 2021

NB February 8th, 2021: We are pleased to confirm that this auction will take place February 16-18, 2021.

To all our valued customers,

Today, the Government of Ontario announced a business and social shutdown in the province from December 26 through January 23, to reduce the spread and effects of COVID-19 on our communities. Our offices will therefore be closed during this period and we are moving the dates of Auction #35 to January 27-29, 2021. We are hopeful that the shutdown achieves its goals and that these dates will not change again.

The sale has been available for bidding on Stamp Auction Network since December 11. Bidding has been brisk since then. We will be monitoring email and phone messages during this closure and would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Rest assured that we will keep you informed of any changes. Thank you for your business and for understanding.

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager

Sale 35 Winter 2021

NB February 8th, 2021: We are pleased to confirm that this auction will take place February 16-18, 2021.

Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ Sale 35. For the last several months we have been preparing this sale, and we believe the results shown here showcase our hard work, diverse philatelic knowledge, and passion for the hobby.

At Sparks Auctions the property of our consignors is of the utmost importance. Our aim is first and foremost that every consignment whether a single stamp or several cartons obtains the highest realization. Our lotting decisions, careful descriptions and numerous high-quality scans speak volumes about the care we take in our work. This is why we are receiving more and more consignments not only from estates, but more importantly from collectors, who want their treasures handled in the most professional and lucrative way.

Our auction listing on Stamp Auction Network includes more than 10,000 high quality scans or pictures. A PDF of the auction catalogue can be downloaded here on our site. You can also find posted corrections, additional photos, and full details on pre-auction viewing, the daily auction sessions and details about shipping or picking up your winnings.

This is the first of three sales we are preparing for the first half of 2021. We are confident it will provide you with nice new material for your collections or dealer stock. Some of the interesting items offered in this sale include:
• A worldwide collection in 228 albums, offered by country or area
• Retired postal history dealer worldwide stock including many Graf Zeppelin flights, censor mail, etc.
• A great offering of worldwide first day covers
• Part 2 (post 1959) of the Jan van der Ven Canadian First Day cover collection
• Extensive collection of Large Queen stamps, postmarks and postal history including mixed frankings
• Extensive collection of Karl Lewis hand-painted covers
• One of our best offerings to date of Newfoundland stamps, essays and proofs
• Extensive and rare offering of Newfoundland Cents Issue postal history from a “Western Holding”
• An outstanding offering of early Canadian air mail postal history and stamps with many very rare items.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in many ways: by entering bids directly in SAN; by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax; or by using the services of one of the agents listed in our catalogue. As a reminder, all of our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, and our buyer’s premium remains at an industry low of 17%.

Sparks Auctions is doing its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe during the worldwide pandemic, and we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online. Sale 35 will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding during the auction will be possible in one of two ways, the best being through our usual live internet bidding on Stamp Auction Network. We also offer live bidding by telephone, but this will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

From the Office
The Sparks Auctions team is pleased to welcome Peter MacDonald as its General Manager. He joins Auction Manager Stéphane Cloutier in the overall management of the firm, and takes up his role in mid-December. “Peter brings a background in philately and significant executive experience. Our clients have come to expect the highest integrity and attention to detail in their dealings with us,” said Sparks President Ian Kimmerly. “With Stephane and Peter leading our dedicated and skilled team, navigating the current market and planning for a bright future, we know our consignors, bidders and buyers will benefit greatly.”

Need a Gift Idea?
Are you looking for that perfect, last-minute philatelic gift for a friend or family member? We have the answer – a Sparks Auctions Gift Certificate/Card for any amount on future purchases from Sparks Auctions. Contact Kate by email or telephone to order one or more today, and we will send an easy-to-print PDF to you in time for the holidays.

Enjoy the Sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager,
Sparks Auctions

Sale 34 Will Be September 22nd-23rd, 2020

We are pleased to announce our September 2020 Sale #34.

Our June sale was again a huge success, with a hammer of just under $1Million plus many new buyers and consignors. This sale is a little more subdued, but still contains many interesting items, with our usual wide range of material for every collector or dealer, with something for every budget. The sale will again be conducted without a public floor, which has been proven (as in our last sale) not to be a deterrent to successful sales.

Sale #34 Catalogue

Here are some highlights from this sale:
• Extensive, advanced collection of used People’s Republic of China stamps in six volumes
• Extensive collection of early Great Britain stamps and postal history
• A lovely selection of outstanding Canadian used and mint never hinged, very fine or extremely fine stamps with certificates
• Retired postal history dealer stock, featuring worldwide censored mail and Great Britain postal history
• One of the most important collections of Canadian Pre-1960 First Day covers we have offered, loaded with scarce and rare items
• The Jerry Olesnyckyj worldwide mostly used stamp collection in 100 albums, offered by country or region, including the remainder of his dealer stock, with each lot identified by “J.O.”
• Part three of three of the Leon V. Pont collection of early India first flight postal history

We are confident that you will find something you like in this sale. Don’t forget that all our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, and that our buyer’s premium remains at an industry low of 17%. Please visit Stamp Auction Network to look at all our high quality scans and place your bids, both before it begins or live during the auction. Our online images include nearly 10,000 scans, and we apologize that some are smaller than usual and therefore not up to our usual high standards.

Lastly, our January sale promises to be an important one, with many consignments already on hand. We are always on the lookout for more nice, quality material, with our promise that it will be well grouped and described, with many illustrations; we always have at least one photo or scan per lot, with some lots having hundreds. With Stamp Auction Network live internet bidding we cover the world in terms of potential buyers for your material.

Enjoy the sale!
Stéphane Cloutier