Sale 29 Coming January 23rd-24th, 2019

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Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ 29th sale, to be held in our offices in Ottawa on January 23rd & 24th, 2019. The sale is now live on Stamp Auction Network.

Our September 2018 sale was our largest so far, and our January auction promises to continue this great trend. We value the participation of collectors from around the world, and are committed to providing an exceptional bidding experience. To that end, we maintain our very competitive buyer’s premium of only 15%, which remains one of the lowest among philatelic public auction firms. We also continue our commitment to industry-leading transparency, by clearly indicating with a “Rsv.” which items are subject to a minimum reserve bid.

Collectors in every field are sure to find something of interest among our high-quality offerings of Canadian, British Commonwealth, and worldwide stamps and postal history. Highlights include our usual high quality singles and sets, from the classics through to rarely offered modern varieties.

We are also proud to offer the “Azilda” collection of Canadian registration stamps and covers, including gems offered on the philatelic market for the first time in over forty years. These are identified in the catalogue with the letters AC (Azilda collection) accompanying the description.

Our British Commonwealth and Worldwide selections including another installment of desirable SPECIMEN perforated sets, exceptional never hinged Italy and rarely-seen Italian States, a collection of “Number One” stamps of the world offered in several lots, as well as early Great Britain, United States, and more.

Our postal history section abounds with diverse material, including our always-popular postmark lots, featuring a lovely collection of Canadian fancy cancellations, offered in over thirty lots. Also of note are forty-five lots of Graf Zeppelin flown covers and cards from around the world, Western Express covers, and more.

One of the highlights of this sale is a world-class advanced collection of Great Britain squared circle postmarks, consisting of over 16,000 covers and cards as well as thousands of stamps. The collector diligently sought fully legible and quality strikes, including most of the rare ones, and more common hammers are often found on better items, such as unusual usages and exotic destinations. This collection contains most of the great rarities, much of it originating from the renowned collection of Stanley Cohen. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire material from one of the best collections ever formed.

Finally, we are pleased to offer worldwide country lots from the Jack Gray collection. This collection was received in just under 100 large cartons, and is being offered principally by country, with each lot typically including more than one collection. Jack was a topicalist, and purchased country collections to extract the topical material he needed, and what remains is a very diverse offering. These lots are identified with (JG) accompanying the description. We recommend careful viewing of his material as the sheer volume of material may yield finds for the eagle-eyed collector.

As always, we are at your service if we can be of any assistance.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier,
Director of Lotting & Consignments

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.

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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 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