Sale 42 Coming May 9-12, 2022

Welcome to our sale #42! The listing can be seen on Stamp Auction Network, where you can also sign up for your FREE Stamp Auction network membership (details here). The PDF catalogue is also available here on our website.

It has been a while since our last general sale, and during that time we were proud to offer three name sales, each of which was a huge success. Once you see this sale’s extensive offerings we are sure you will agree it was well worth the wait!

With 2,229 lots offered over a period of four days, this is by far our largest sale in quite a while. The property of 129 owners, it offers a very wide range of material, with something for most collectors, and dealers will be happy to see so many offerings catered to them, which should be perfect timing to stock up for CAPEX ’22 in one month.

Lot 913 Falkland Islands #65-76 1933 ½d to £1 KGV Centenary of British Administration Set, used, all with unobtrusive c.d.s. cancels, fine to very fine and rarely offered. SG 127-138, £6,500. Scott CV U$7,234

Here is just a short list of some of the many exciting offerings from this sale:

  • An extensive collection of Canadian Christmas stamp errors and other Christmas-related material.
  • Extensive dealer stock offerings of Canadian and foreign stamps and postal history, much of which is priced, described and ready to be re-offered.
  • The “Burnside House” collection of early Falkland Islands. This mostly mint collection spans Queen Victoria through the King George VI period, and features singles, sets, many varieties and complete sheets, panes and multiples not often offered.
  • The “Waterford” extensive and valuable collection of New Zealand stamps in 33 volumes, offered mostly by issue.
  • Large assortment of Canadian postal stationery lots.
  • The “Armstrong” find which includes thousands of Canadian and American covers accumulated by an Ottawa resident from the 1920s to 1960. None of these were purchased from dealers and they are offered to the philatelic market for the first time.
  • Over 30 lots of useful philatelic literature.

Please enjoy this sale!

We are also proud to be partner-level sponsors of both ORAPEX (Ottawa, April 23-24, www.orapex.ca) and CAPEX ‘22 (Toronto, June 9-12, www.capex22.org). We invite you to join us at our booths at both shows this spring, where we would be happy to discuss your consignment to future sales and show you catalogues of past and current sales.

Stéphane Cloutier, FRPSC, FPHSC
Auction Manager

Sale 39 Coming In January 2022

Welcome to our first sale of 2022, a very exciting year that begins with this special name sale.

This collection was curated by a father and son team for over 50 years. At first, they purchased items from local (UK) dealers, but soon progressed to buying only from a handful of reputable auction houses, including Sparks Auctions. They started out purchasing mint and used issued stamps of Canada and the BNA provinces, and then expanded into imperforate pairs, as well as essays and proofs, often in multiples.

We are certain there will be something in this collection for everyone: collectors and dealers alike. This sale has no lots with minimum starting prices (“reserve”), which means all items will start at $10 and the market will decide the final selling price. The sale is conducted in Canadian dollars, and successful buyers will be charged an industry low 17% buyer’s fee.

Enjoy the sale, and let us know if you like what you see, as we are always open to discussing the sale of your collection in this custom catalogue name sale format.

 

 

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager

Sale 38 Coming November 22-24, 2021

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 StampAuctionNetwork.com 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 (pmacdonald@sparks-auctions.com) to express your interest, or see this page for more information.

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