Welcome to Sparks Auctions' 29th sale.
Our September 2018 sale was our largest so far, and our
January auction promises to continue this great trend. We value the
participation of collectors from around the world, and are committed to
providing an exceptional bidding experience. To that end, we maintain our
very competitive buyer's premium of only 15%, which remains one of the
lowest among philatelic public auction firms. We also continue our
commitment to industry-leading transparency, by clearly indicating with a
“Rsv.” which items are subject to a minimum reserve bid.
Collectors in every field are sure to find something of
interest amongst our high-quality offerings of Canadian, British
Commonwealth, and worldwide stamps and postal history. Highlights include
our usual high quality singles and sets, from the classics through to
rarely offered modern varieties.
We are also proud to offer the “Azilda”
collection of Canadian registration stamps and covers, including gems
offered on the philatelic market for the first time in over forty years.
These are identified in the catalogue with the letters AC (Azilda
collection) accompanying the description.
Our British Commonwealth and Worldwide selections including
another installment of desirable SPECIMEN perforated sets, exceptional
never hinged Italy and rarely-seen Italian States, a collection of
“Number One” stamps of the world offered in several lots, as
well as early Great Britain, United States, and more.
Our postal history section abounds with diverse material,
including our always-popular postmark lots, featuring a lovely collection
of Canadian fancy cancellations, offered in over thirty lots. Also of note
are forty-five lots of Graf Zeppelin flown covers and cards from around the
world, Western Express covers, and more.
One of the highlights of this sale is a world-class
advanced collection of Great Britain squared circle postmarks, consisting
of over 16,000 covers and cards as well as thousands of stamps. The
collector diligently sought fully legible and quality strikes, including
most of the rare ones, and more common hammers are often found on better
items, such as unusual usages and exotic destinations. This collection
contains most of the great rarities, much of it originating from the
renowned collection of Stanley Cohen. This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to acquire material from one of the best collections ever
Finally, we are pleased to offer worldwide country lots
from the Jack Gray collection. This collection was received in just under
100 large cartons, and is being offered principally by country, with each
lot typically including more than one collection. Jack was a topicalist,
and purchased country collections to extract the topical material he
needed, and what remains is a very diverse offering. These lots are
identified with (JG) accompanying the description. We recommend careful
viewing of his material as the sheer volume of material may yield finds for
the eagle-eyed collector.
Those who can’t view our sale in person are invited to
examine the thousands of scans here on stampauctionnetwork.com. We also
encourage you to visit our website at sparks-auctions.com, for sale
rrections and other useful information. As always, we are at your
service if we can be of any assistance.
Session 1, Canada & BNA (Lots 1-545) -- Wednesday, January 23rd,
Session 2, British Commonwealth (Lots 601-644) -- Wednesday, January 23rd,
2019 2:30pm EST
Session 3, Worldwide (Lots 701-775) -- Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
3:00pm EST (immediately following Session 2)
Session 4, Postal History Part One (Canada, Lots 801-963) -- Wednesday,
January 23rd, 2019 3:30pm EST (immediately following Session 3)
Session 4, Postal History Part Two (Commonwealth, Worldwide, Collections;
Lots 964-1231) -- Thursday, January 24th, 2019 9:00am EST
Session 5, Lots & Collections (Lots 1301-1753) -- Thursday, January 24th,
2019 1:00pm EST