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.

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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 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

We have moved!

As of June 19th, 2018, our new address is:

1770 Woodward Drive, Suite 101,
Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K2C 0P8

1770 Woodward DriveAfter months of planning, we have moved to new, custom-designed offices. Although only a few blocks away from our old offices, customers will find the new premises more spacious, brighter and better equipped to handle the large amounts of consignments we continue to receive. The building is easy to find, there is plentiful parking nearby, and we are on the ground floor!

The move was on Monday June 18th, and we are still unpacking. It will take a while to feel like home. The building, unoccupied for several years, is under renovation elsewhere as other tenants move in. We are certain that customers will be impressed.

We are normally open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm. Please contact us by e-mail or telephone (613-567-3336) to make sure someone will be available when you visit. Viewing and Session times for our latest auction are posted on our site. There is ample parking in the lot behind, and more on nearby streets (City of Ottawa parking bylaws apply).

1550 Carling Avenue, our location from September 2014 to June 2018.
Ian Kimmerly Stamps at 62 Sparks Street, our location from 2007 to 2014

A bit of history: from September 2014 until June 2018, we were located at 1550 Carling Avenue, Suite 202, and prior to that at 62 Sparks Street along with Ian Kimmerly Stamps.

Goodbye, Old Auction Room!
The “black & white room.”

Sale 27 Is Over

Auction #27 has now finished. Unaudited Prices Realized from the sale 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 is much to talk about, including what are certain to be a few record prices (like the gorgeous Four Dollar Jubilee 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 (check with us for transit details).

Buyers who wish to pick up their auction winnings at our offices can do so by appointment beginning on Wednesday, June 6th. Our offices are not open to the public before that date. Appointments can be made by e-mail or by telephone starting on Tuesday, June 5th. We encourage local buyers to make arrangements as soon as possible, as our upcoming move to new offices may make it coordinate an appointment after June 15th.

Lot 189, Canada 1897 four dollar purple Jubilee, XF NH with sheet margin, sold for $12,650.Lot 189 Canada #64 1897 $4 purple Jubilee, a mint never hinged sheet margin single, with bright colour, perfectly centered among four even margins and fresh. A lovely stamp in all respects, regarded as one of the finest known examples, extremely fine. For the connoisseur of exceptional quality. Accompanied by a 2018 Greene Foundation certificate. Sold for C$12,650 including buyer’s premium.