Auction #3 Results

Despite severe low temperatures that made an ordeal of even a short walk outdoors, and a transit strike that made parking near our premises practically impossible, we completed a very successful auction last night.  The floor was smaller than usual but many local bidders used online bidding to join in the action.

We are now assembling material for 160 successful bidders.  Bidders will be receiving their invoices by e-mail today and tomorrow. In the meantime, the final Prices Realized are available via Stamp Auction Network.

Local Ottawa bidders should e-mail us to arrange pickup of their successful lots. We hope to have small items ready this weekend, and larger lots should be ready next week. Shipping for paid invoices will also begin next week.

In the coming days we will feature some of the better realizations. We thank our customers for their bids and their continued participation in Sparks Auctions.

Tips for Auction Day

We are exceptionally pleased with the bids that have been coming in and the publicity that Auction #3 has generated both in the philatelic world and in mainstream media. We believe that such interest bodes well for our hobby during a time when other businesses are not so fortunate.

If you are planning to bid online today, please make sure you are registered with us, and return to the auction once you are approved for bidding.

Online bidders can help the process by turning off "Show Images" if they are do not need to see the scan while watching the sale, by clicking the PASS button when they are bidding on a lot and the price has gone beyond what they are willing to pay, and by listening to the audio feed on their computers so they can follow the auction as it happens. Audio via Stamp Auction Network is PC-only. We expect to have an audio source that will also work for our Macintosh-dependent customers in place for the next auction. (Please let us know by e-mail if you are among that contingent so we have an idea how many people may be interested.)

Good luck in the auction!

Auction #3 Attracting Attention

Our third public auction begins tomorrow, and we are very pleased to note that we are receiving attention beyond the philatelic press and auction calendars. Today’s edition of the Fredericton Daily Gleaner has an article about New Brunswick’s infamous Charles Connell stamp (lot 864; see also lots 861-863). A comment piece even asks readers whether they think the New Brunswick government should purchase the stamp for the Provincial Archives.

This afternoon we had a visit from local CTV news, who were also interested in hearing about the Connell stamp (we will provide a direct link if the story is posted to their site).

Bidding has been strong, especially in the last 24 hours, so be sure to check Opening Bids via the link at Stamp Auction Network (see Auction #3 in our right sidebar).  Remember, Openings show only the amount that is one increment greater than the second highest bid (ie., the underbid).  Keep in mind when you place your bids that many lots showing $2 openings have top bids that are closer to the estimate or that are worth a substantial part of the catalogue value.

Paddle numbers for Internet live bidders (ie., "I13" etc.) are now being assigned. The number is automatically given the next time you sign in to Stamp Auction Network; your advance bids continue to be cross referenced to your regular customer number with us, as always.

Session One (Commonwealth) begins Tuesday, January 13th at 1pm EST, followed by Worldwide. Session Three (Canada & BNA) will begin immediately after Worldwide, but not earlier than 4pm.

Sessions Four (Postal History) and Five (Lots & Collections) will take place Wednesday, January 14th beginning again at 1pm EST.

Contact us if you need any assistance with bidding.

Good Luck in the auction!