Lot 190, Canada 1959 five cent St. Lawrence Seaway with inverted centre, VF NH, sold for C$10,530

Lot 190, Canada 1959 five cent St. Lawrence Seaway with inverted centre, VF NH, sold for C$10,530Lot 190 Canada #387a 1959 5c St Lawrence Seaway with Inverted Centre, mint never hinged, fresh and very fine, without any finger print marks sometimes found on these desirable stamps. Accompanied by a 1997 Greene Foundation Certificate. From The Outaouais Collection. Unitrade CV$12,500, sold for C$9,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Introduction to Auction #16

Sparks Auctions is pleased to announce our 16th Public Auction, to be held at our premises at 1550 Carling Avenue, Suite 202/203, Ottawa, Canada, on January 27-29, 2015.

Our January 2015 sale starts with a solid representation of top quality Canada classics, with three very fines among the three penny Beavers and several respectable mint examples included the thirty-one pence lots. The thirty-four lots of the 1859 are notable for eleven used blocks including the largest used multiple of the ten cent Consort, the very rare two cent, and three blocks of the 17 cent Cartier.

Dominion issues of Large and Small Queens offer quality singles, varieties, and even intact collections in sixty-three lots. The Late Victoria through Edward’s reign offers 200 lots with many never hinged, often extremely fine, examples of stamps which are scarce and sought after in this top condition.

The Summerhill Collection of Admiral Issues is one of consistently high quality in the offering of singles and multiples of this popular collecting field. The major re-entries, and the jumbos including MR4a are among the temptations. In addition to new discoveries and rarities the modern issues are anchored by two very fine Seaway Inverts, one never hinged and one used.

Lot 846Back of the Book include a strong selection of Official Plate Blocks with ‘missing periods.’ British North America offers more tantalizing gems especially a Jumbo Newfoundland number two, the equally scarce first issue one shilling and the very rare Balbo Flight Inverted Surcharge.

The Stanstead Collection offers nice, solid and consistent quality British Africa in 154 lots followed by more than one hundred lots of British Commonwealth with strength in Great Britain (five pound Orange), unused New Zealand number two, and especially a collection of Falkland Islands. USA number one kicks off a smaller than usual worldwide section.

Postal History has a wide range of Canadian and worldwide single covers, a thematic grouping of covers and a physically massive quantity of filled banker’s boxes with interesting commercial mail from several consignors. This will require more viewing than usual.

Bidders will find abundance in the Lots and Collections. The overall quality and breadth of these will be a daunting task to view so plan accordingly in order to secure the best of the bargains.

For the first time, our new location at Suite 203, 1550 Carling Avenue (actually accessed via Coldrey Avenue — check our map on the bidsheet and don’t use GPS) will be the venue for the auction. On site daily parking is available and bus service is convenient.

Beginning the week of January 5th, full-colour print catalogues will be mailed to regular customers, and are available by request for C$25. Digital PDF versions of the catalogue are available now for preview at:
The auction will be posted to stampauctionnetwork.com before the New Year.

We look forward to your bids, and want to wish Happy Hannukah to our Jewish customers who are presently celebrating the Festival of Lights. We also wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in health and collecting for the New Year 2015.

-Sparks Auctions
Ottawa, Canada

Auction #16 will take place on January 27-29, 2015

After organizing our new offices and getting comfortable, we are gearing up for an excellent sale in the new year. Most lotting is complete, and catalogue production will start very soon.

Our Canada & BNA offering has many highlights, including two Seaway Inverts (mint NH, and seldom seen used), a collection of plate block Officials including high values with missing periods, an XF unused Newfoundland #2, a 1933 bistre Balbo Flight with Inverted Surcharge.

Canada also features the lovely Summerhill Collection of Admirals. The owner made a point of collecting the very best quality of every Admiral listed in the Unitrade catalogue. All mint never hinged, fresh, very fine centered or better, in singles and often in blocks, including coil multiples. A few major re-entries (used) are also included.

The British Commonwealth is highlighted by the Stanstead Collection, primarily Africa to 1953. With consistently high quality, where used sets were available in nice condition, these were preferred. Overall the offering has very rich, deep colour. In some sets the high values are mint (sometimes never hinged), reflecting the owner’s wish to avoid used high values that may have had suspect cancels.

Commonwealth also includes a very nice Falkland Islands collection.

We continue to offer consistently good Postal History, with both individual and grouped lots, and many wide-ranging collections & accumulations of considerable volume that will reward inspection.

The auction will be held on January 27th, 28th and 29th, 2015 in our new premises at 1550 Carling Avenue, Suite 203, Ottawa. Catalogues will be mailed early in the new year, with posting on sparks-auctions.com and Stamp Auction Network at that time as well.

We have already amassed much material for a spring sale. Please contact us if you have anything you would like included.

-Sparks Auctions
Ottawa, Canada

Auction #13, August 20th-22nd, 2013

We are proud to announce our Public Auction #13, to be held August 20-22nd 2013 at our premises at 62 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Canada.

The sale can be seen now on Stamp Auction Network.

The impact of substantial lifetime collections on this auction sale has been profound.

Two collections were consigned after the premature passing of their owners. One, from western Canada, came in more than 100 cartons, and a second includes the Hamlet collection. Three other consignments highlight an area of special collecting interest and honour their consignors with a named collection. The Hillside collection of Canadian Admirals, the Moseley collection of Great Britain Penny Reds, and the Hamlet collection of British Commonwealth all offer an opportunity to buy scarce items, many not seen in the philatelic marketplace for decades. And the same opportunity to acquire scarce stamps is found throughout the sale.

We start a Canada section with consistent strength from the pence to the modern era. Quality stamps used and mint with covers, multiples, proofs, errors and other varieties are found in every period.

Lot 1118 USA 5¢ black Columbus
Lot 1118 USA 5¢ black Columbus

The 338 lots of British Commonwealth as well as the Worldwide, which has strong USA from several consignors, should prove tempting. Our Postal History features many mini-collections and interesting postmark lots. The literature section has many diverse and scarce books.

Although 488 Lots and Collections have some of the inevitable remainder lots, in this auction we offer a high percentage of very nice quality collections. Please be careful that shipping is allowed on the item you are bidding on if you are not in the Ottawa area.

Print catalogues will be shipped next week to subscribers. PDF files are already here on our site, along with bidding instructions, featured items, and corrections.