Sale 28 Has Finished

Auction #28 is now over. Unaudited Prices Realized from the sale can be seen on Stamp Auction Network or downloaded from our site. Starting on Monday, sparks-auctions.com 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 record prices (like the extremely fine 12-1/2c Victoria shown below!).

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 (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 Wednesday, October 3rd. We are not open to the public before that date. Most local customers are aware by now, but we should remind you that we are at new premises at 1770 Woodward Drive in Ottawa. Appointments can be made by e-mail or by telephone starting on Tuesday, October 2nd. While our building is locked on Saturdays, we will try to make arrangements for those who must pick up outside of work hours.

We thank you for your bids!

Sparks Auctions

Lot 79 Canada #18ii 1859 12½c green Queen Victoria, Perforated 12, used with an ideal light grid cancel, four very large margins for this notoriously difficult issue, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2018 Greene Foundation certificate. A great stamp to embellish any serious used Canada collection, catalogue value is irrelevant. Estimate $400, Sold for C$661.25 including buyer’s premium.

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.

Download the catalogue from our site

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