Final Auction Notes

We are pleased to see the level of interest in this auction. As we approach the start time for the first session, we have some final suggestions and advice for potential bidders:

• Check our latest summary of lot corrections and updates (the link is in the sidebar at the right). There are very few significant errors in lot descriptions, but small amendments may still help you change your bidding decisions.

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• Sparks Auctions Sale #2 begins at 10:00am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) in Ottawa on June 6th, 2008. EDT is the same time zone as most of eastern North America (New York City, Toronto, etc.) and is five hours earlier than London England, or four hours earlier than UTC. For help in determining the difference between your local time and ours, see www.timeanddate.com/worldclock. We will do our best to keep to the schedule published in the catalogue and outlined in the Session Information, but you should also watch the live auction (via Stamp Auction Network) to see which lot is currently being called, when we are taking breaks etc.

Good Luck and thank you for your interest in Sparks Auctions!

Lot 2062 — Large Queen Collection of 680 Stamps

Canada #21-30 1868-1875 Large Queen issue collection of 680 stamps, on stocksheets in binder with representation of each value in quantities ranging from 10 to 216. Overall the condition is quite nice and the collector apparently had an eye for stamps with good colour, above average centering and nice perforations. Generally fine with numerous F-VF and very fine stamps included. The collection is semi-sorted and identified but we noted some discrepancies (both good and bad). Very wide range of shades and papers included as well as cancels. We noted some 2-ring numerals, corks, cds and a few squared circle cancels. Includes (basic numbers) #21 (10, 3 are mint or unused), 22 (17), 23 (19), 24 (27), 25 (134), 26 (19 with many very attractive stamps), 27 (63), 28 (175) including an apparent imperf (faults and sold as is) and 29/30 (216) including a large number of early printing in red lilac and purple. A great opportunity for a collector who wants a significant number of stamps as a foundation for a specialized collection, or for the dealer who is looking to add an attractive group of Large Queen to his inventory. Click the scan above to go to our image gallery, which contains 25 page scans numbered 2062-2062x. Scott CV $47,715.

Lot 1379 — Canada 1998 45¢ Christmas Perf 13.1 x 13.6

Canada #1764b 1998 45¢ Christmas Perf 13.1×13.6 , the scarce perforation variety. A fresh matched set of the four corners, 2 stamps in each block have a horizontal gum bend, which is visible on back but is not a crease as it does not show in fluid, very fine, never hinged. Unitrade: “Approximately 500 mint copies known, plate blocks are very rare.” Unitrade C$10,000.