Welcome to Sparks Sale #25

We are thrilled to announce our Public Auction #25, to take place on September 26th-27th, 2017 at our premises in Ottawa.

The highly anticipated offering of gems from the Outaouais Collection of Canada is of course the showpiece section of the sale, featuring a very fine mint #1 (three penny beaver), #2 (six pence Consort), and an exceptional mint #3 (twelve penny black Queen Victoria, the classic rarity). Sparks Auctions is honoured to have the privilege of offering these three stamps.

There is much else to highlight, including a rare block of eight of the 12d with vertical specimen overprint, a pair of 12d with diagonal specimen overprint as well as mint #4, #5 and many others. The strong Canada section continues through to a choice of modern errors and varieties. Canadian Revenue collectors will enjoy our several lots of rare Canadian Pacific Railways Telegraph and Bell Telephone Company booklets.

Our worldwide section is highlighted by a lovely mint collection of Great Britain, with many outstanding items, many British Commonwealth never hinged SPECIMEN perforated sets, and more. The popular worldwide lots and collections section is, as usual, chock full of single country collections, a lovely collection of used British Commonwealth, part one of an extensive worldwide collection formed by Dr. Dubé, plus several more worldwide collections, including the O’Meara old time collection in Scott Specialty albums.

There are just under 400 lots of Postal History, with several lots of quality dealer stock, some early US covers plus many Canadian postmark lots including:

  • a collection of New Brunswick town cancels
  • the Jim Miller collection of Orb cancellations
  • the Murray Marchant collection of 2-ring numeral cancellations
  • many lots of fancy cancellations.

Sale 25 is now live on Stamp Auction Network. Printed catalogues are in production and will be going out in the first week of September. PDF versions of the catalogue can be downloaded here on our site.

We will publish corrections, highlights of featured items, and more here on our site in the coming weeks.

We look forward to your participation in yet another great sale!

Sale #25 will take place on September 26th & 27th

We are in the process of catalogue preparation for Sale #25, which will be held on September 26th and 27th, 2017 at our offices in Ottawa, Canada. Mark the dates on your calendar for this important auction!

Lot 3 Canada #3 1851 12d black Queen Victoria Imperforate on Laid Paper Deep colour and a clear distinct impression, four large margins, full original gum lightly hinged, easily visible laid lines, fresh in all respects and a full sheet margin at right. From The Outaouais Collection. Unitrade CV C$300,000.

The highlight by far of Sale #25 is a selection of gems from the Outaouais Collection—very fine mint #1, #2, and an exceptional mint #3. We have other choice early and classic stamps, and the Canada continues through to modern errors, with CPR Telegraph and Bell booklets offered in the revenues. A lovely mint collection of Great Britain can be seen in the Worldwide & Commonwealth section, and several worldwide collections as well. Postal History includes New Brunswick town cancels, as well as Orb, 2-ring and Fancy cancellations.

We expect online posting to Stamp Auction Network by the end of next week, with the PDF catalogues appearing on sparks-auctions.com at the same time. Print catalogues should be mailed in the first week of September to regular subscribers. We will send a detailed auction announcement at the time, so watch for it in your e-mail.

The auction will feature a huge Canada & BNA section of 850 lots, and thorough offerings of British Commonwealth, Worldwide and Postal History. Yet again, our shelves are loaded with large lots, collections and accumulations.

We wish you a safe and happy remainder of your summer!

Sale #24 Has Ended

Auction #24 has now finished. Unaudited Prices Realized from the sale can be seen on Stamp Auction Network or downloaded from our site. Starting on Monday, we will begin highlighting some of the better and more interesting realizations from the sale. There is much to talk about after a successful sale.

We are now organizing material and preparing invoices, which will take us until next week. Invoices will be sent by e-mail or in the post to those who require it. 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 are seeking.

Buyers who pick up their auction winnings at our offices can do so beginning on Wednesday, May 31st, by appointment. Appointments can be made by e-mail or telephone starting on May 29th.

Lot 64 Canada #42a 1891 5c grey Small Queen Imperforate, horizontal pair, unused (no gum as issued), with large margins all around, showing part of next stamp at left, very fine. Accompanied by a 2016 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate. Unitrade CV $900, sold for C$1,380 including buyer’s premium.