Sparks Auction #2 — June 6th & 7th, 2008

We are pleased to announce the dates for our second auction. It will be held on Friday June 6th and Saturday June 7th, 2008.

The auction offers nearly 2000 lots in Commonwealth, WorldWide, Canada, Postal History and Lots & Collections. Highlights include SouthWest Africa, Mafia Island and East Africa, lovely pence issues of Canada and B.N.A., Large and Small Queens, rarities and die proofs from King George VII and Queen Elizabeth II, back of the book and provinces, postal history (especially Nova Scotia), and featuring a magnificent De Pinedo cover of Newfoundland and a very large volume of lots and collections that despite the sheer size does not sacrifice quality.

We will use this space in the coming weeks to detail specific lots and tell more stories about the terrific items in this sale.

The catalogue is now at the printer and is expected to arrive back in our offices for mailing during the week of May 12th. We will have the catalogue PDF files on our site by that date as well, with the complete supplementary image galleries later in the same week. The auction will also appear on Stamp Auction Network for bidding soon after.

Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy of the printed catalogue, if you want to register to bid, or with any other questions.

Featured Item #16

Lot #139 Canada #45a – Queen Victoria – 10¢ Dull Rose. Extremely well centered strip of four with tidy "Toronto MR5/94" cds cancels and wonderful colour. Top quality item. Unitrade:$240

Ian says: "Because the Small Queens were perforated using line perforation machines it is unusual to find a multiple with consistently very fine centering. This strip of four with its deep colour, attractive circular date stamp postmarks and overall quality made an immediate ‘wow’ impression. This visually spectacular strip is made up of two pairs which have been expertly rejoined."

Featured Item #12

Lot #98 Canada #34iii – Queen Victoria – 1/2¢ Black – Gutter Pair.

Scarce, top margin gutter block of eight. The yellowish paper is typical of the 1890’s printing and there is a strong offset on the back. Original, never hinged gum with light bends at upper right. Unitrade $2000

Ian comments: "The half cent Small Queen is Canada’s smallest ever postage stamp. It was printed on sheets of 200 with two panes of 100 stamps separated by a gutter. Virtually all sheets were guillotined into two panes of 100 for distribution to Post Offices. In philatelic jargon, this item is described as an inter-panneau block. I expect to see it in an exhibit in the future."