Auction #31 has finished

Auction #31 has ended! Prices Realized can be seen here, and the list of unsold lots still available for purchase at the reserve price (plus 17% buyer’s premium) is here. We will have featured realizations highlighted on our website beginning next week.

We are now organizing material and preparing invoices, which will take us until Friday, October 4th. The office will be closed to the public until Tuesday, October 1st. Invoices will be sent by e-mail or by postal mail. While we cannot usually interrupt our work to take your phone call, all calls and e-mails will be returned as soon as we can provide the information you are seeking.

Buyers who pick up their auction winnings at our offices at 1770 Woodward Drive in Ottawa can make appointments beginning Friday October 4th. Please call or e-mail to arrange a time.

Sale 31 on September 27th-28th, 2019

Complete Catalogue (74MB)

Sparks Auctions’ 31st sale will take place in our offices in Ottawa over five sessions on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th, 2019.

The sale has been posted to Stamp Auction Network for bidding, with many thousands of detailed scans to illustrate. More supporting material and complete information about the auction is available here on our website.

Print catalogues are in production and will be mailed on September 3rd. Subscribers who are attending BNAPEX 2019 in Ottawa on August 30th-September 1st can pick up their catalogue at our table. Director of Lotting & Consignments Stéphane Cloutier will be glad to discuss your collecting interests, our upcoming sales and especially potential consignments.

We wish you luck in the sale,

Sparks Auctions

Sale 30 has finished

Lot 32 Canada #30c 1880 15c deep violet Large Queen on Thick Carton Paper, used with neat Montreal cancel, deep rich colour and very nicely centered. An extremely fine and fresh stamp, without any of the faults normally seen on this difficult paper. An exquisite example, certainly among the very best known. Unitrade CV$2,000 Sold for C$5,750.00 including buyer’s premium. ex-HillsonSparks Auction #30, our biggest sale ever, is complete. Unaudited Prices Realized from the sale can be seen on Stamp Auction Network or downloaded from our site. In June, will begin highlighting some of the better and more interesting realizations from the sale. There is much to talk about, including what are certain to be a few amazing prices (including the extremely fine 15c Large Queen shown at left, ex-Hillson).

We are now organizing material and preparing invoices which will take us at least the entire 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 (see your invoice for transit details, or check with us).

Buyers who wish to pick up their auction winnings at our offices can do so by appointment beginning on Thursday, June 6th. We are not open to the public before that date. If you haven’t visited our new offices yet, we remind you that we are now at 1770 Woodward Drive in Ottawa. Appointments can be made by e-mail or by telephone starting on Wednesday, May 29th. While our building is locked on Saturdays, we will try to make arrangements for those who must pick up outside of work hours.

As always, we thank you for your bids!

Sparks Auctions

Auction #30, May 22nd-25th

Things are going very well here at Sparks Auctions, with each auction surpassing the last, in realizations, new customers and lovely material consigned. This sale is no exception, and offers our usual very wide variety of material for all collecting interests and budgets, all in an unprecedented four day event.

The John Hillson Collections

Day One starts off strong with the John Hillson collections. These include Small Queens of Canada, Canadian revenues issued in the Small Queen era, British Commonwealth King George VI era stamps and postal history (including Canada), as well as an advanced collection of Great Britain Line Engraved stamps and postal history, including early Scottish postal history. Mr. Hillson only collected the highest quality material, obtained during a period of over 40 years.

Day Two of our sale is devoted to postal history of the world, featuring the Andrew Liptak (Philcovex) collection of Canada, Netherlands, GB King George VI and more.

Day Three is devoted to our usual extensive Canada and BNA offerings, with 750 lots from classic to modern material, featuring the “Windsor Park” comprehensive collection including better modern varieties, the extensive “Ames” collection of Admiral issues in just under 300 lots, advanced Centennial offerings, and more.

Day Four will include our popular lots and collections of the world, including a collection in 220 volumes offered intact by country or region, a massive worldwide collection in 93 Global Master albums offered intact as one lot, many retired dealer lots, part one of the Jerry Olesnyckyj holdings in 75 lots, and more.

Complete Session & Viewing Information can be seen here on our site.

Don’t forget that all our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, with an industry low 15% buyer’s fee. We also proudly note that all lots which have been protected by the owner have the notation “Rsv.” in their descriptions, which denotes a minimum starting bid. All other lots start at $5 and are unreserved. Those who cannot attend our viewing sessions are invited to view the auction online at, where we provide over 10,000 high quality scans. Here on our website you will find even more scans, PDFs of the catalogues, updates, amendments and other useful information. We will begin featuring interesting lots from the sales next week.

Enjoy the sale, and please contact us if we can be of any assistance!

Stéphane Cloutier
Director of Lotting & Consignments