Sale 38 Coming November 22-24, 2021

Welcome to Sparks Auctions’ Sale 38. This is a very exciting sale for us and holds a wide variety of material from just over 90 consignors. We have never had so many consignments on hand at one time, and recommend that if you would like to consign for one of our future sales to contact us as soon as possible to have your material included in a 2022 auction.

Lot 334 ** #157 1929 20c Dark Carmine Harvesting Wheat, mint never hinged, well centered amid four huge and even margins, extremely fine. Definitely one in a million (7 million were printed), destined for the finest collection, catalogue value irrelevant. Unitrade CV$200

At Sparks Auctions we consider our consignors’ property to be of the utmost importance. Our aim is first and foremost to make sure every consignment, whether it be a single stamp or several cartons, obtain the highest realisations. Our judicious lotting, descriptions, numerous high quality scans and realisations speak for themselves. This is why we are receiving more and more consignments, not only from estates, but also from collectors directly; each consignor considers it very important that their treasures be handled in the most professional and lucrative way.

This is the last of four sales we have planned for 2021, and we are certain there will be something in it for everyone. The many interesting items offered in this sale include:

The first part of an interesting collection of early Canadian mint multiples
Nice collection of South African stamps and postal history from an old estate
Nice collection of mint plus used British West Indies
Our usual great offerings of worldwide country collections
Many topical and thematic offerings, some quite extensive
Another installment of the Jan van der Ven Canadian First Day Cover collection
Another installment of the stock of a retired postal history dealer
Collection of Canadian foreign airmail destination covers from the WWII period in several lots
A superb quality and extensive mint collection of Canada and British Commonwealth broken up in several lots
Material from the personal files of retired Canada Post designer, Bernard J. Reilander
Dealer stock galore.

All of our sales are conducted in Canadian dollars, and our buyer’s premium remains at an industry low of 17%. Please visit to view the sale and place your bids, both before the sale begins and live during the auction. Our online images include many thousands of high quality scans.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Auction Manager

P.S. Would you like to work with the Sparks Auctions team? We are seeking knowledgeable lotters to join us. Contact General Manager Peter MacDonald ( to express your interest, or see this page for more information.

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