Lot 1153, China (PRC) specialized used collection in six albums 1949-1982, sold for C$14,040

Lot 102, Canada one cent brown red Large Queen on laid paper, Fine unused, sold for C$12,285Lot 1153 China (PRC) Extensive Specialized Collection of Used in Six Albums, 1949 to 1982, left intact as received (a few duplicated items were lotted separately) and essentially complete from 1949 to 1970. The period from 1971 to 1982 is probably about 60 to 80% complete and there are pages for up to 1987. The collection includes both original and reprint issues up to, and including the 1952 Gymnastics set, and it is important to note that there are a number of additional copies for most of the stamps, sometimes up to 3 or 4 copies, usually with postmark interest, indicated by owner as “PU” for postally used and/or CTO, and each additional copy is tucked underneath in the mounts, so not immediately noticeable if not closely inspected, although owner usually notes how many copies there are in the margins (this often includes the expensive sets of the late 1960s). The collection is also enhanced by many blocks, pairs, on piece, first day of issue postmarks (usually on piece but sometimes on cover), paper and perforation varieties, printing varieties, postmark studies, souvenir sheets (many cataloguing several hundred dollars each), and much more. A notable collection with almost every stamp being presented with a postally used cancel (usually more than one copy), which according to Scott footnote “postally used stamps generally sell for ½ the unused price” which in this case represents a huge dollar amount. Our many scans only show a small portion, so we highly recommend viewing this one in person, to better appreciate the high level of completeness, quality, quantity and scarcity of many of the items. Estimate $15,000, sold for C$12,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 460, People’s Republic of China 1978 $5 Galloping Horses souvenir sheet, VF used

Lot 460, People's Republic of China 1978 $5 Galloping Horses souvenir sheet, VF usedLot 460 People’s Republic of China #1399 1978 $5 Galloping Horses Souvenir Sheet, used with special cancel from the Riccione International Stamp Fair in Italy. This was the first time that China participated in an international stamp fair. Very fine. Scott CV U$300.

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