Sale 35 Winter 2021

NB February 8th, 2021: We are pleased to confirm that this auction will take place February 16-18, 2021.

Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ Sale 35. For the last several months we have been preparing this sale, and we believe the results shown here showcase our hard work, diverse philatelic knowledge, and passion for the hobby.

At Sparks Auctions the property of our consignors is of the utmost importance. Our aim is first and foremost that every consignment whether a single stamp or several cartons obtains the highest realization. Our lotting decisions, careful descriptions and numerous high-quality scans speak volumes about the care we take in our work. This is why we are receiving more and more consignments not only from estates, but more importantly from collectors, who want their treasures handled in the most professional and lucrative way.

Our auction listing on Stamp Auction Network includes more than 10,000 high quality scans or pictures. A PDF of the auction catalogue can be downloaded here on our site. You can also find posted corrections, additional photos, and full details on pre-auction viewing, the daily auction sessions and details about shipping or picking up your winnings.

This is the first of three sales we are preparing for the first half of 2021. We are confident it will provide you with nice new material for your collections or dealer stock. Some of the interesting items offered in this sale include:
• A worldwide collection in 228 albums, offered by country or area
• Retired postal history dealer worldwide stock including many Graf Zeppelin flights, censor mail, etc.
• A great offering of worldwide first day covers
• Part 2 (post 1959) of the Jan van der Ven Canadian First Day cover collection
• Extensive collection of Large Queen stamps, postmarks and postal history including mixed frankings
• Extensive collection of Karl Lewis hand-painted covers
• One of our best offerings to date of Newfoundland stamps, essays and proofs
• Extensive and rare offering of Newfoundland Cents Issue postal history from a “Western Holding”
• An outstanding offering of early Canadian air mail postal history and stamps with many very rare items.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in many ways: by entering bids directly in SAN; by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax; or by using the services of one of the agents listed in our catalogue. As a reminder, all of our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, and our buyer’s premium remains at an industry low of 17%.

Sparks Auctions is doing its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe during the worldwide pandemic, and we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online. Sale 35 will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding 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 also offer live bidding by telephone, but this will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

From the Office
The Sparks Auctions team is pleased to welcome Peter MacDonald as its General Manager. He joins Auction Manager Stéphane Cloutier in the overall management of the firm, and takes up his role in mid-December. “Peter brings a background in philately and significant executive experience. Our clients have come to expect the highest integrity and attention to detail in their dealings with us,” said Sparks President Ian Kimmerly. “With Stephane and Peter leading our dedicated and skilled team, navigating the current market and planning for a bright future, we know our consignors, bidders and buyers will benefit greatly.”

Need a Gift Idea?
Are you looking for that perfect, last-minute philatelic gift for a friend or family member? We have the answer – a Sparks Auctions Gift Certificate/Card for any amount on future purchases from Sparks Auctions. Contact Kate by email or telephone to order one or more today, and we will send an easy-to-print PDF to you in time for the holidays.

Enjoy the Sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager,
Sparks Auctions

Lot 229, United States 1930 $1.30 brown Graf Zeppelin, XF NH, sold for C$5,382

Lot 229, United States 1930 $1.30 brown Graf Zeppelin, XF NH, sold for C$5,382Lot 229 United States #C14 1930 $1.30 Brown Graf Zeppelin, mint never hinged, fresh and extremely fine. Accompanied by a 1997 Philatelic Foundation certificate and a 2010 PSE certificate grading it at their superlative grade “Gem 100, Mint OGnh” (only nine stamps have been given that grade). SMQ for Gem 100 is $7,500. Rsv. $3,500. From The Outaouais Collection. Scott CV U$550, sold for C$4,600.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lots 229 & 230, USA 1930 $1.30 and $2.60 Graf Zeppelins, each XF NH

Lot 229 United States #C14 1930 $1.30 Brown Graf Zeppelin, XF NH, PSE graded Gem 100, Mint OG nhLot 229 United States #C14 1930 $1.30 Brown Graf Zeppelin, mint never hinged, fresh and extremely fine. Accompanied by a 1997 Philatelic Foundation certificate and a 2010 PSE certificate grading it at their superlative grade “Gem 100, Mint OGnh” (only nine stamps have been given that grade). SMQ for Gem 100 is $7,500. Rsv. $3,500. Scott CV U$550.

Lot 230 United States #C15 1930 $2.60 Blue Graf Zeppelin XF NH, PSE graded Superb 98, Mint OGnhLot 230 United States #C15 1930 $2.60 Blue Graf Zeppelin, mint never hinged, fresh and extremely fine. Accompanied by a 1998 Philatelic Foundation certificate and a 2010 PSE certificate grading it at “Superb 98, Mint OGnh”. SMQ value is $5,000. Rsv. $2,000. Scott CV U$850.

Lot 1531, Group of 47 Graf Zeppelin South American flown covers and cards, sold for C$1,404

Lot 1531, Group of 47 Graf Zeppelin South American flown covers and cards, sold for C$1,404Lot 1531 Group of 47 Graf Zeppelin South America Flown Covers and Cards, includes items from Argentina (x10), Bolivia (x3), Brazil (x19), Chile (x2), Paraguay (x4) and Uruguay (x8), all addressed to Germany, except for one Brazil to Austria and two Brazil flown internally. Most have creases or other faults, still overall fine or better. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $500, sold for C$1,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1521, Germany group of flown covers and cards franked with “Graf Zeppelin Crossing the Ocean” issues, 1928-1933, sold for C$3,159

Ex-Lot 1521, Germany group of flown covers and cards franked with "Graf Zeppelin Crossing the Ocean" issues, 1928-1933, sold for C$3,159Lot 1521 Germany Group of 19 Graf Zeppelin Flown Covers and Cards, 1928-1933, all franked with “Graf Zeppelin Crossing the Ocean” issues, and includes mail with C35 (x5), C36 (x6), C37 (x7), C38 (x2) and C43. Three C37 covers are to New York, as are 2 of the C36 pieces. Another C36 item is to Tokyo. Both the C40 stamps are used on South America flights. The C43 is on a flight to South America cover continued to India. Some minor creasing and tears (one of the C38 covers is stained but stamp is intact), at least one stamp is detached (hinged back on) still overall fine or better, all scanned online. The 2020 Scott catalogue value given is for the air mail stamps used on cover. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Scott CV U$2,665, sold for C$2,700.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.