We are moving!

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.

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

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!

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.

Welcome to Sale 27

Once again, we are pleased to offer a varied and interesting sale, with tempting philatelic material for all collecting interests and budgets.

Highlights of Canada and British North America include a lovely mint Newfoundland collection, featuring an exceptional selection of fresh and very fine items, offered as individual lots. New Brunswick is also well represented with many plate proofs, including a rare full sheet of the storied Connell issue.

Small Queen enthusiasts will find well over 50,000 stamps on offer, from accumulations to specialized studies and postmark collections. We also offer a lovely and advanced collection of choice, used OHMS perforated Officials, offered primarily as single lots. High quality single stamps also abound.

Postal History continues to be strong, with over 500 lots on offer. We are pleased to feature the exceptional New Brunswick collection of George MacManus, as well as the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to the Ted Kerzner Canadian squared circle postmarks, a lovely collection of Canadian mail to and from France, over 40 lots of Canadian military postal history, and much more. We also offer a quality selection of postmarks, including many fancy cancels.

Worldwide stamps are presented in both single lots and county collections, with many highlights from seldom-offered countries and an array of specialized material. Of particular note is an advanced collection of Tibet, featuring many rarities and unusual items, as well as a further installment of the popular British Commonwealth perforated SPECIMEN stamps of the 1930s.

Sparks Auctions is always proud to offer a number of clean and useful postage lots. Many of these are “ready to use”, having already been sorted by denomination and are presented with complete inventories, saving the successful bidders many hours of organizing.

We also continue to offer an industry-leading selection of images online, with this sale having more than 4,000 individual high resolution scans. These images, including many of larger lots and collections, can easily be viewed at stampauctionnetwork.com. As always, Sparks Auctions will offer live internet bidding through the Stamp Auction Network platform, allowing collectors from around the world to enjoy the benefits of live-bidding during the sale.

We at Sparks Auctions take pride in our meticulous approach to philately, from our in-depth descriptions and careful lotting to our emphasis on high-resolution, detailed images. I would personally welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how Sparks Auctions can assist in the sale of your philatelic material.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Director of Lotting & Consignments