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, 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 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 stampauctionnetwork.com, 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

Sale 29 has finished

Auction #29 is over. Prices Realized from the sale can be downloaded from this link. For a limited time, we have a listing of unsold lots which are still available for the opening bid, plus 15% buyer’s premium.

Starting next week 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 amazing prices (such as the extremely fine 10c Prince Albert Consort 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 Thursday, January 31st. 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, January 30th. 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

Lot 53 Canada #17 1859 10c red lilac Consort, unused (no gum), fresh and very well centered for issue, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2018 Greene Foundation certificate. A lovely stamp in all respects. Sold for C$1,840.00 including buyer’s premium.

Sale 29 Coming January 23rd-24th, 2019

Download the PDF catalogue

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