Sale 37 Has Finished

Lot 209
Lot 209 Canada #158 1929 50c Dark Blue Bluenose, mint never hinged, quite fresh and perfectly centered, extremely fine. A beautiful example of this lovely and popular engraved stamp. Accompanied by a 2020 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $400. Unitrade $ 700, sold for C$725.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Auction #37 has concluded. Prices Realized can be seen on our Stamp Auction Network listing or downloaded from our site. Unsold lots are be available to purchase at the reserve price plus 17% and applicable taxes.

We are now organizing material and preparing invoices, which will take us until the week of June 28th. Invoices will be sent by e-mail or Canada Post. While we cannot usually interrupt our work to answer phones, all calls and e-mails will be returned as soon as we can provide the information you are seeking. We ask for your patience as we continue to work within the health and safety protocols necessary to keep our staff and customers safe during the ongoing pandemic.

Local bidders please note that pickup at our offices will be by appointment only. If you want to have your lots shipped to you, please contact us.

Our Mailing List is the best way to find out the schedule of future auctions, ongoing updates, and other information about Sparks Auctions.

 

Sparks Auctions Joins CAPEX 22 as Partner-Level Sponsor

David McLaughlin, President of CAPEX 22 and Peter MacDonald, General Manager of Sparks Auctions, are pleased to announce that Sparks Auctions has joined CAPEX 22 as a Partner Level sponsor. “Sparks Auctions exists to support consignors, collectors, exhibitors and dealers with our auctions, so it is natural that we would play a major role in supporting Canada’s next international exhibition. We are proud to join the entire philatelic community in next year’s celebration of philately,” said MacDonald recently. “We are especially happy to sponsor the CAPEX 22 website, since online platforms and social media become even more essential for the philatelic community to interact and share its stories.”

McLaughlin added, “The participation of the philatelic trade is vital to the success of CAPEX 22 and we are thrilled that Sparks Auctions is among those leading the public and financial support of the show, early and substantially. In addition to sponsorship of the CAPEX 22 website, Sparks Auctions will sponsor other opportunities for our community to gather, which will be announced as plans roll out in the coming months.”

For more about CAPEX 22, you can read the entire press release at this link. La version française se trouve sur cette page-ci.

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

Sale #36 Is Over

Lot 30 Canada #26i 1875 5c Deep Olive Green Large Queen, mint with hinged original gum. A lovely stamp with fresh, rich colour and a crisp impression, nicely centered between large even margins, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2000 Greene Foundation certificate. Ex Jansen, Brigham. Unitrade CV$5,000, sold for C$6,800 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Auction #36 , the Comox Valley Collection, has concluded. Prices Realized can be seen on our Stamp Auction Network listing or downloaded from our site.

We are now organizing material and preparing invoices, which will take us until the week of April 26th. Invoices will be sent by e-mail or Canada Post. While we cannot usually interrupt our work to answer phones, all calls and e-mails will be returned as soon as we can provide the information you are seeking. We ask for your patience as we continue to work within the health and safety protocols necessary to keep our staff and customers safe during the ongoing pandemic.

Local bidders please note that there will be no pickup at our offices until after May 21 if the Ontario Stay At Home order has been lifted by then. If you normally pick up from our office, we will hold your material. If you want to have your lots shipped to you, please contact us.

Our Mailing List is the best way to find out the schedule of future auctions, ongoing updates, and other information about Sparks Auctions.

 

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