Information for Consignors

Letter from John Nalon

Sparks Auctions is committed to offering carefully described material with collectors in mind. We provide exacting descriptions accompanied by full-colour illustrations, promoted both on-line and in our printed catalogues. We do not own the material that is offered in our auctions. Our lotters work with a large base of new and repeat consignors to give their consignments the attention they deserve.

This approach is well-rewarded by our auction realizations. From an active customer list of thousands, we mail hundreds of print catalogues. Many more buyers view the material only in our detailed on-line listings, including PDFs of the print catalogue. We receive site visits from hundreds of registered bidders in the weeks before the sale. To accompany our live auction floor in Ottawa, we feature full interactive live bidding on Stamp Auction Network, including live audio from the auction gallery so you can follow the bidding action from home.

Canada #3 sold in our September 2017 auction for $327,750

When the last lot has been called, we will have seen bidders from across Canada and the United States, with others coming from Great Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, Asia and South & Central America. We typically have in excess of 700 bidders, more than 300 of them successful.

You will receive a payout cheque for your sales 45 business days after the close of auction (to allow us time to collect payment from successful bidders, and for those items which require expertization to be processed).

Contact us if you have material you think might be appropriate for a coming auction. We regularly hold three sales a year, in January, May and September.


  • Our predictable auction schedule (three times a year) allows us to properly source and deal with incoming material, promote it, sell it and collect the proceeds for you. It can sometimes take a year until you see the last residual cheque for your consignment.
  • We do not purchase stamps.
  • Please do not send unsolicited scans to our e-mail address; we will get back to you with instructions for transmitting files.
  • Contact us early and learn why we have earned consignors’ trust!

4 thoughts on “Information for Consignors”

  1. I would like to know your conditions to start selling my stamps. Is your system similar to Ebay auctions system??
    Thanks for your cooperation.

  2. I am considering consigning. I have a nice collection of both mint, never hinged and mint previously hinged as well as loose and used Canada and world stamps. Some large blocks of Canada mint as well (1800- 2016).

    You have a 18% buyers premium? What if any charges are you giving to consign? Other auction houses charge nothing, some a small percentage then some want up to 45% of the sale price (which is crazy).
    Turn around you say may take up to a year ?

    • Hello Hugh,
      We would be glad to talk to you about a potential consignment and you can expect an e-mail from in the next day or two.
      Our standard consignment rate is 20%, and there are no other fees.
      Thank you for your inquiry.
      Sparks Auctions


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