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

Lot 1893, Northeast China mint collection on album pages, sold for C$4,680

Lot 1893, Northeast China mint collection on album pages, sold for C$4,680Lot 1893 People’s Republic of China (Northeast China), valuable mint collection on album pages, with each stamp in a black mount, we note many complete sets, a souvenir sheet (1L44a, $475), as well as many extras such as paper varieties, blocks of four and pairs, different shades, perforations, watermarks, surcharge varieties, printing varieties (such as some “tall chimney” on 1L125 and 1L130 both in blocks of 20, pairs and blocks of 4). The pages also include a section for reprints, so many of the stamps that were reprinted are present in both original and reprint formats. The varieties listed above which are not listed in Scott were counted as regular stamps only. A lovely, clean and fresh collection, see scans for a small sample. Scott U$5,052, sold for C$4,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 909, People’s Republic of China 1949 two first sets in blocks of four, VF ng, sold for C$438

Ex-Lot 909, People's Republic of China 1949 two first sets in blocks of four, VF ng, sold for C$438Lot 909 People’s Republic of China #1-7 1949 Two First Sets in Blocks of Four, unused (no gum, as issued), very fine and fresh. The first set (Scott 1-4) are in bottom sheet margin blocks of four and the second set (Scott 5-7) are in corner blocks. Scott CV U$444, sold for C$375.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.