Lot 1105, Montréal Dead Letter Office postmarks collection, sold for C$2,457

Lot 1105, Montréal Dead Letter Office postmarks collection, sold for C$2,457Lot 1105 Montréal D.L.O. Postmarks Collection, well mounted and described on album / exhibit pages (with Plain Catalogue #s) with a total of 80 covers or cards covering the period 1903-1950s (a few later). We note many Oval types used in different colors (including a scarce 1920 BRANCH DEAD LETTER OFFICE G. #MON2b-b7a); some RETURNED FOR WAR TAX Postcards; some unusual association of types; Ambulance covers; various DLO c.d.s., auxiliary markings, etc. A fabulous collection and viewing is strongly recommended to better appreciate the quality and interest of this collection. A few faults but overall both strikes and covers are in fine condition. From the Brian Plain Collection. Estimate $800, sold for C$2,100.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1098, Edmonton Dead Letter Office postmarks collection, 1911-1945, sold for C$585

Lot 1098, Edmonton Dead Letter Office postmarks collection, 1911-1945, sold for C$585Lot 1098 Edmonton D.L.O. Postmarks Collection described on eighteen pages with a total of nineteen covers/cards and one piece, all dated between 1911 to 1945. We note a 1945 cover with scarce EDMONTON BRANCH cds without indicia (the only known example according to owner); a 1914 ambulance cover with 2c Postage due stamp; various cds, oval and other auxiliary markings. Few faults, but overall both strikes and covers in fine condition. From the Brian Plain Collection of Canadian Dead Letter Offices. Estimate $200, sold for C$500.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Sale 33 Coming in June 2020

We are pleased to announce our long-awaited next auction, to be held on June 25-27, 2020. Normally this sale would have been scheduled for the end of May, but the global COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting restrictions required us to reschedule the sale.

The first part of this sale will feature Part 2 of the “Outaouais” collection of high quality Canada and United States, with many certificates and great provenance.

Sale 33 highlights also include:

• The Brian Plain collection of Canadian Dead Letter Office postal history
• Part 2 of the extensive Leon Victor Pont collection of early India First Flight postal history in 159 lots
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide postal history and postcards
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide stamps and collections
• Two worldwide lifetime collections, one in 42 Scott International albums and one in 38 Minkus Albums, both offered intact.

This sale will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding live during the auction will be possible in one of two ways, the best being through our usual live internet bidding on Stamp Auction Network. We will also offer live bidding by telephone, but this method will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in several ways, either by entering bids directly in SAN, by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax, or by sending them to one of the agents we list in our catalogue and online.

Sparks Auctions will do its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe, therefore we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online.

Because mailing out catalogues on time will be a challenge, we will only be doing so for our Canadian subscribers. Those outside Canada, or those who for some reason have not received their catalogues in time for the sale are recommended to see the sale online here, which includes over 7,800 high quality scans or pictures. A PDF of this, and all our catalogues can always be downloaded from our website, where you can also see our posted corrections, additional photos, and full details on auction sessions as well as information on viewing, mailing and picking up of your winnings.

A reminder that all our lots are offered in Canadian dollars at a competitive 17% commission rate. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional scans or would like to consign to one of our future sales.

Stéphane Cloutier
Sparks Auctions