Auction preview: Sparks first sale of 2018 opens today

Sparks Auctions latest sale opens today at its Ottawa headquarters.

Auction #26 offers a “good variety of quality material, and for all collecting interests and budgets,” according to auctioneers, who added they are “proud to have been entrusted with several high quality collections.”

The Canada and British North America section is “full of lovely material,” said auctioneers, “with probably the most high-quality stamps we have offered yet in a single sale, as well as a very wide range of Unitrade listed items.”

Many lots in this section are offered with expertization certificates. Of note are many fresh and mint never hinged stamps in singles, blocks of four, plate blocks as well as complete sheet.

Lot 272 has an opening bid of $525.


Among the highlights is Lot 272, a 1903 five-cent King Edward VII stamp (Scott #91) described by auctioneers as “mint never hinged and fresh, perfectly centred among four large margins, extremely fine.”

Accompanied by a 2016 Philatelic Foundation certificate grading it as “XF-S 95,” this stamp has an opening bid of $525 and a Unitrade catalogue value of $1,400.

“We have the honour of offering a unique collection of Prince Edward Island stamps, which won the Grand Award at the 1957 National Exhibition in Ottawa, the Grand Award at the 1956 BNAPEX and which had been put away since 1964. You will find in it much rare and not often offered or seen material.”


The worldwide lots and collections section offers a “good selection of different country collections, in albums, stockbooks, dealer stock, and more.”

Of note are collections from the Netherlands; Nepal; and Canada, the latter of which includes many self-adhesives, high values and Permanent stamps.

Collection highlights include Lot 1243, a mint and used accumulation of more than 20 countries with an estimate of $1,700. All material is displayed on black stock sheets in a Lighthouse binder in a slip case. Among the countries are:

  • Ceylon ($2,825), including Scott #319-328 (hinged);
  • Hong Kong ($3,268), including Scott #12 (unused no gum), #36b (vibrant colour), #47, #69 and modern definitive sets;
  • North Borneo ($2,915), including Scott #34-43 (hinged imperforate), #44 (hinged), #193-207 (hinged), #280-295 (hinged);
  • Straits Settlements ($1,481), including mainly used stamps;
  • India ($860), including Scott #O12 (used but scuffed), #C1-C6 (hinged) and 254-271 (hinged);
  • Aden ($764), including #11 (used), #10 (hinged);
  • Singapore ($650), including definitive sets and souvenir sheets; and
  • Malaya ($570), including Penang #28-44 (hinged), Kedah #83-93 (hinged) and Selangor #36 (hinged).

The total Scott catalogue value is $14,850.

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