Announcing Auction #28

Welcome to Sparks Auctions 28th auction, the first to be held in our brand new spacious offices in Ottawa on September 26yh & 27th, 2018. This is another very exciting sale for us, and contains yet again a very wide range of material, with something for every collecting interest and budget.

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Those who seek out high quality Canada will be well treated in this sale. Our Canada section is highlighted by several advanced mint collections, offering high quality singles, blocks and large multiples, from the Classics to modern era, many being extremely fine and accompanied by certificates. A further highlight is a special section dedicated to the Rob Lunn International award-winning exhibit and collection of the Imperial Penny Postage “Map Stamp”, and its postal history.

Worldwide highlights include advanced collections of early Great Britain stamps and postal history, lovely early Australia and States, and an impressive selection of quality singles and sets of the British Commonwealth, including the continuation of our perforated SPECIMEN offerings.

Enthusiasts of Canada & BNA postal history will find fifty lots from an exciting specialized collection of Canadian air mail and first flights, many early stampless covers, New Brunswick postal history, extensive postmark lots including strong squared circle collections, and much more.

We are particularly pleased to offer 250 lots from the John Nalon “Gananoque” collection, which features consistently high quality stamps and postal history of Canada. Detailed photos of his entire collection can be found on our website.

We are also proud to offer the Jack Gray collection of topicals. Jack was proud of the fact that he collected over 200 different topicals, ranging from extensive representations of birds and ships, to less commonly-seen topics like umbrellas or handshakes. Sparks Auctions is pleased to offer them all in our Topicals section, with items offered in other sections being denoted by “JG”.

We are continuously grateful for the support of collectors who turn to us to find new philatelic gems. While many in our industry continue to raise their buyers premiums as high as 23%, we continue to hold to a modest 15%. Bidders will also note that any items offered subject to a reserve price are denoted by a “Rsv.” notation in the description. Unless the reserve has already been exceeded during pre-sale bidding, these lots will open at one increment below the reserve.

Those who can’t view our sale in person are invited to bid on Meanwhile, here on our site you can find sale updates, amendments and other useful information about bidding or consigning.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier,
Director of Lotting & Consignments

Lot 1283, New Brunswick town cancel collection, 1840s to 1930s, sold for C$3,450

Lot 1283, New Brunswick town cancel collection, 1840s to 1930s, sold for C$3,450Lot 1283 Collection of New Brunswick Town Postmarks 1840s to 1930s, on over 600 covers and cards. The collection is sorted alphabetically by post office, and includes a large amount of small office postmarks, early and late dates, many “only known on cover” or one of 2 or 3 known, many Small and Large Queen covers, as well as many covers franked with New Brunswick stamps, stampless, better postmarks such as a lovely 1906 Indiantown squared circle, many registered covers, a good variety of postmarks such as duplex, datestamps of all sorts, fancy corks, etc. Also includes picture postcards (including real photos) depicting town scenes, sometimes showing the post office there. All but one cover are small size and there are faults as the collection caters to postmarks, still generally fine condition. Too many scarce to rare post offices and postmarks to list here, viewing is highly recommended to better appreciate to wealth included, a rare opportunity to acquire some important New Brunswick postal history. This lot includes The Post Offices of New Brunswick 1783-1930 reference by George MacManus. We have scanned only a small portion online. Ex. George MacManus. (Scan a) (Scan b) (Scan c) (Scan d) (Scan e) (Scan f) (Scan g) (Scan h) (Scan i) (Scan j) (Scan k) (Scan l) (Scan m) (Scan n) (Scan o). Estimate $2,000, sold for C$3,000 plus 15% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1424, Great Britain 1846 cover to Saint John New Brunswick

Lot 1424 Great Britain 1846 Cover to New Brunswick, franked with six copies of #4, being a single, a pair and a strip of three (Scott Specialized CV for stamps alone in these configurations is $600, and much more on cover). Mailed from Port Arlington (lovely blue c.d.s. dated MAY.12.1846 on front) to “St John’s” (with receiver dated JU?) and two transit datestamps MY 13 and MY 14. There is also a black straightline “MORE TO PAY” on front, beside a fancy “2” due marking. A very clean and attractive cover. Estimate C$150.

Lot 625, New Brunswick 1859 six pence bisect folded cover Saint John to Edmundston

Lot 625 New Brunswick #2b 1859 6d Bisect on Folded Cover, mailed from St John’s on APR.27.1859 to Edmundston (APR.29 receiver) through Woodstock (APR.28 transit). This folded cover (no letter inside) is franked with a 6d olive yellow, bisected to make up the 3d rate. It is well tied by two #1 oval grid obliterators. A very clean cover, with two vertical file folds (one running through stamp) with two expert signatures including a Pfenninger (Munich) handstamp on front and Jakubek (Hamburg). Unitrade CV$4,500.