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13 January, 2009 - Sparks Auctions Ltd.

We were most impressed by this latest sale by Sparks Auctions in Ottawa. All areas of Canada’s stamps were covered with a wide selection. Our viewers will see some of the finer stamps displayed below. But, what they will not see is the amazing amount of sheet material that was offered from Canada’s sets issued between 1912 and 1935. This includes the Admiral, Scroll and Arch sets. Also offered were large quantities of coils. We haven’t seen anything like it in some time.

We found the Spark’s Auction catalogue to be very used friendly and we appreciated the fact they had the prices realized up by the end of the day of the auction. Their website is easy to navigate. This is their 3rd sale since they entered the auction market just over a year ago and we see continuous improvements.

Here is some of the material that stood out:

 

Corner margin
Left sheet margin


Lot 404
Unitrade 1a
Catalogue $2,500
Realized $1,600



Lot 407
Scott 2
Catalogue $1,850
Realized $2,500


"Stitch watermark"
Rare laid paper


Lot 430
Unitrade 17vii
Catalogue $1,750
Realized $1,350



Lot 451
Scott 33
Catalogue $2,000
Realized $2,000

 


"Dated Jubilees"

 



Lot 484
Scott 54
Catalogue $45
Realized $140



Lot 493
Scott 61
Catalogue $750
Realized $1,150

 

 



Lot 515
Unitrade 90iii Type 1
Catalogue $2,200
Realized $950


 

 



Lot 735
Unitrade 2083ii
Catalogue $1,750
Realized $1,000

 

 

Newly discovered variety

 



Lot 664
Scott 270 var
Catalogue $2,500
Realized $1,800

 

Sparks offered the following comments:

“1946 14c Hydro Electric imperforate at right margin, lower right Plate No. 1 block, an unlisted major error, never hinged but has minor gum disturbance. Newly discovered by one of our lotters. Previously unrecorded and an important major error which is likely unique and the most important single item from the 1946 Peace issue. Comparable errors include #257i ($4,000) and 294i ($5,750) of which only one plate block of each exists. “

We can just imagine the look on the lotter’s face when he looked at this block for the first time and realized he was looking at something very unusual!

 

FIRST NEW RECORD PRICES OF 2009

 

This sale had 3 new record prices:

Scott
Description
NRP
Previous
NRP
17vii
10¢ Albert - stitch watermark
1,350
900
90iii
2¢ Ed VII - imperf block, type I
950
925
2083ii
50¢ Rooster - missing red
1,000
700



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