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

Sale 26 Has Finished

Auction #26 has now finished. Prices Realized can be seen on Stamp Auction Network or downloaded here.

Starting on Monday, we will begin highlighting some of the better and more interesting realizations from the sale. There will be much to talk about, including what are certain to be a few record prices (like the gorgeous 50c Jubilee shown!).

Lot 213 Canada #60ii 1897 50c pale blue Jubilee, mint never hinged, with four large and even margins, extremely fine and fresh. Accompanied by a 2001 Philatelic Foundation certificate. An outstanding stamp in every respect. Unitrade CV$2550. Sold for C$5750 with buyer’s premium.

We are now organizing material and preparing invoices which will take us until next week. Invoices will be sent by e-mail. While we will not usually interrupt our work to take your phone call, all calls and e-mails will be answered as soon as we can provide the information you require. Payment can be made in cash, cheques in CD$ or US$ (we will provide the conversion rate), Mastercard or Visa (2.5% convenience fee applies) or by internet eTransfer or wire (check with us for transit details).

Buyers who wish to pick up their auction winnings  can do so by appointment beginning on Wednesday, February 7th. Our offices are not open to the public before that date. Appointments can be made by e-mail or by telephone starting on February 6th.

Announcing Sale 26

Welcome to our January 2018 sale!

This is an exciting time here at Sparks Auctions, especially since our memorable September 2017 sale, where we once again realized several world record prices, including the highest price ever paid for a Canadian stamp, $327,750 for a lovely mint 12d Queen Victoria. This sale will continue to offer a good variety of quality material, and for all collecting interests and budgets. We are proud to have been entrusted with several high quality collections.

The Canada and BNA section is full of lovely material, with probably the most high quality stamps we have offered yet in a single sale, as well as a very wide range of Unitrade listed items. Readers will also notice that a great number of lots in this section are offered with certificates. Of note are many fresh and mint never hinged stamps in singles, blocks of four, plate blocks as well as complete sheets.

We have the honour of offering a unique collection of Prince Edward Island stamps, which won the Grand Award at the 1957 National Exhibition in Ottawa, the Grand Award at the 1956 BNAPEX and which had been put away since 1964. You will find in it many rare and not often offered or seen material.

Our popular Canada and Worldwide lots and collections section yet again offers a good selection of different country collections, in albums, stockbooks, dealer stock, and more. Of note are some strong Netherlands collections, Nepal collectors will find a specialized selection of early sheets in 12 lots, especially the half anna issues, ex. Ken Kershaw. We also have a strong offering of very useful Canadian postage lots, including many self-adhesives, high values and “P” values.

The print catalogues will be mailed by year’s end, in plenty of time to reach subscribers. Here on our site we will be featuring interesting items from the sale, as well as listing any corrections or clarifications that come to light.