Announcing Auction #28

Welcome to Sparks Auctions 28th auction, the first to be held in our brand new spacious offices in Ottawa on September 26yh & 27th, 2018. This is another very exciting sale for us, and contains yet again a very wide range of material, with something for every collecting interest and budget.

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Those who seek out high quality Canada will be well treated in this sale. Our Canada section is highlighted by several advanced mint collections, offering high quality singles, blocks and large multiples, from the Classics to modern era, many being extremely fine and accompanied by certificates. A further highlight is a special section dedicated to the Rob Lunn International award-winning exhibit and collection of the Imperial Penny Postage “Map Stamp”, and its postal history.

Worldwide highlights include advanced collections of early Great Britain stamps and postal history, lovely early Australia and States, and an impressive selection of quality singles and sets of the British Commonwealth, including the continuation of our perforated SPECIMEN offerings.

Enthusiasts of Canada & BNA postal history will find fifty lots from an exciting specialized collection of Canadian air mail and first flights, many early stampless covers, New Brunswick postal history, extensive postmark lots including strong squared circle collections, and much more.

We are particularly pleased to offer 250 lots from the John Nalon “Gananoque” collection, which features consistently high quality stamps and postal history of Canada. Detailed photos of his entire collection can be found on our website.

We are also proud to offer the Jack Gray collection of topicals. Jack was proud of the fact that he collected over 200 different topicals, ranging from extensive representations of birds and ships, to less commonly-seen topics like umbrellas or handshakes. Sparks Auctions is pleased to offer them all in our Topicals section, with items offered in other sections being denoted by “JG”.

We are continuously grateful for the support of collectors who turn to us to find new philatelic gems. While many in our industry continue to raise their buyers premiums as high as 23%, we continue to hold to a modest 15%. Bidders will also note that any items offered subject to a reserve price are denoted by a “Rsv.” notation in the description. Unless the reserve has already been exceeded during pre-sale bidding, these lots will open at one increment below the reserve.

Those who can’t view our sale in person are invited to bid on stampauctionnetwork.com. Meanwhile, here on our site you can find sale updates, amendments and other useful information about bidding or consigning.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier,
Director of Lotting & Consignments

Welcome to Sale 27

Once again, we are pleased to offer a varied and interesting sale, with tempting philatelic material for all collecting interests and budgets.

Highlights of Canada and British North America include a lovely mint Newfoundland collection, featuring an exceptional selection of fresh and very fine items, offered as individual lots. New Brunswick is also well represented with many plate proofs, including a rare full sheet of the storied Connell issue.

Small Queen enthusiasts will find well over 50,000 stamps on offer, from accumulations to specialized studies and postmark collections. We also offer a lovely and advanced collection of choice, used OHMS perforated Officials, offered primarily as single lots. High quality single stamps also abound.

Postal History continues to be strong, with over 500 lots on offer. We are pleased to feature the exceptional New Brunswick collection of George MacManus, as well as the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to the Ted Kerzner Canadian squared circle postmarks, a lovely collection of Canadian mail to and from France, over 40 lots of Canadian military postal history, and much more. We also offer a quality selection of postmarks, including many fancy cancels.

Worldwide stamps are presented in both single lots and county collections, with many highlights from seldom-offered countries and an array of specialized material. Of particular note is an advanced collection of Tibet, featuring many rarities and unusual items, as well as a further installment of the popular British Commonwealth perforated SPECIMEN stamps of the 1930s.

Sparks Auctions is always proud to offer a number of clean and useful postage lots. Many of these are “ready to use”, having already been sorted by denomination and are presented with complete inventories, saving the successful bidders many hours of organizing.

We also continue to offer an industry-leading selection of images online, with this sale having more than 4,000 individual high resolution scans. These images, including many of larger lots and collections, can easily be viewed at stampauctionnetwork.com. As always, Sparks Auctions will offer live internet bidding through the Stamp Auction Network platform, allowing collectors from around the world to enjoy the benefits of live-bidding during the sale.

We at Sparks Auctions take pride in our meticulous approach to philately, from our in-depth descriptions and careful lotting to our emphasis on high-resolution, detailed images. I would personally welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how Sparks Auctions can assist in the sale of your philatelic material.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Director of Lotting & Consignments