Cancel hound alert: Canadian town cancels did very well at Sparks

Cancel hound alert: Canadian town cancels did very well at Sparks

Sparks Auctions has released realised prices for their May event. Just before the auction, I wrote about a couple of lots that were intriguing, but before I get to them, there were two lots I missed that are wowing me.

Lot 1202, 2000 stamps with early Ontario town cancels, sold nicely over expectations. This was a smorgasbord of 38 stock sheets valued at $2,000 and sold for $2,500 (with the buyer’s premium $2,850).  Included were higher value small Queens,  Jubilee issues,  QV Maple Leafs and Numerals with cancels from all over the province.  It looks like a fascinating grouping to enjoy.  Someone is going to have a lot of fun with it.

It was a good auction for cancel hounds.  Lot 1283, another town cancel collection, this time from New Brunswick  (1840s to 1930s) offered more than 600 covers and postcards including some rare and one of a kind marks. 1283 included fancy corks which are my favourite type of cancels, especially if they are on small Queens. My own collection defines the word modest, but that doesn’t stop me from pouring over them again and again. There’s always something new to pick out.  I can’t tell you how often I’ve rearranged them – first by cancel, then by town and sometimes by colour variation. What can I say, it whiles away cold Canadian winter nights. The collection was pegged at $2,000 as well, but sold for $3,000 ($3,450 with buyer’s premium).  After looking through the list of rare or scare cancels, I can see how someone would pay that. I have a reoccurring fantasy of walking into an auction with $20,000 to play with.  Somehow I think I’d come away with mostly pioneer airmail, but there would always be a few dollars to spare for a lot or two of fancy cancels.

Back in May, I positively oozed over the early beaver stamps, including a couple that were within budget collectors range and one that ended up being sold for a budget price.  Starting with lot 2, an imperf pair 3d beavers,  with a Unitrade catalogue value of $1,600 sold for just $525. The cancels are outstanding on this pair.   Just goes to show, you can never really anticipate what’s going to happen on auction day. 

1851 3d red Beaver Imperforate, on Laid Paper - courtesy Sparks Auctions

Lot 17, a lovely little stamp with a strong #8 Chatham cancel sold for $10 under estimate at $40.  For early Canadian collectors,  #4ii 1852 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate ended up as a solid buy. 

8 #4ii 1852 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate, used with ideal strike of 4-ring #8 (Chatham), with four clear to large margins but with two tiny pinholes. image courtesy Sparks Auctions

Lot 119 was the one that captured me. Over 2,000 small Queens and 13 covers, a cancel hounds delight, was listed at $300. This bargain for the right collector, sold for way under the estimate at $170.

So there were some real winners in the auction and if you want to see the results for Auction 27 the pdf is available at Sparks’ website now. You can still download the catalogues for the auction – https://sparks-auctions.com/ They haven’t posted information on Auction 28, but it’s slated for sometime in Sept.  I did pull one tidbit from their page that I’ll be watching for –  “specialized collections of Canadian air mail and first flights”. I can’t wait to see what is included. I’ll keep you posted.

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Update on WW1 poster #FWS1-4 at Sparks auction

Update on WW1 poster #FWS1-4 at Sparks auction

The realised price sheet is up for the May 29th-30th, 2018 Sparks Auction #27 so I checked out the WW1 poster I wrote about a few weeks back. #FWS1-4  1918 War Saving poster sold for $625, $125 below the listed estimate. Someone picked up a bit of a bargain. The poster was touted to be nearly as sharp and clean as the day it was produced after being stored  in a “non-smoking and archival environment for the past 100 years”.  Lucky bidder!  I hope they enjoy the poster and take great care of it. 

Read the original article here:

Sparks Auction gem – WW1 war saving poster up for grabs

Good value lots at Sparks early Canadian pence issue auction

Good value lots at Sparks early Canadian pence issue auction

Sparks Auctions in Ottawa, Ontario has 41 lots of early Canadian pence issues up for auction at the end of May. There are the usual “out of my league” offerings I enjoy mooning over, like lot 40 showcasing a  #10 6d Consort Imperforate on cover, dating to 1858. Sent from Montreal to Boston, the cover has a crisp stamp and two clear cancels and considered Very Fine.  The catalogue price is $10,000, so yea, just a bit out of my price range but enjoyable to look at even from afar.

About half the pence issues are the early beaver stamps #1 & 4 including this imperf pair:

1851 3d red Beaver Imperforate, on Laid Paper - courtesy Sparks Auctions

Any cancel hound will appreciate the centering and clearness of the target cancels.  Combined with the strong, visible margins, this a real score. (see page six of Part 1 — Canada & British North America catalogue). It’s listed for $1,600, and will be interesting to see what it actually goes for.

There are some value lots in this listing. Lot 17 offers a #4ii 1852 3d orange/red Beaver imperforate with a great 4-ring #8 (Chatham, Ontario) cancel and large margins. As with the others, the cancel is well centred but not so heavy as to obliterate the beaver offering a nice balance. The 8 is still sharp and attractive. The stamp has some flaws, two pinholes, so that hurts the price a bit. Doubtful the pin holes will even be noticeable and offers a real chance for new or budget collectors to snag a true Canadian classic. It’s valued at $50.  See page 7 in the same catalogue.

8 #4ii 1852 3d orange red Beaver Imperforate, used with ideal strike of 4-ring #8 . image courtesy Sparks Auctions
For small Queen collectors, there are quite a few lots, each containing hundreds of stamps ranging from $100 to the thousands. For me, the standout is 119:

“#37, 41 1870s to 1890s 3c Small Queen Lot, in a thick stock book, with well over 2,000 used stamps plus about 13 (mostly faulty) covers. We note more than usual early 1870-72 shades than is usually seen in this type of lot, with pages full. We also note several carmine rose shades from 1888-89, many 11½x12 perfs, 15 copies with imprints, many town cancels, and more. ”

Listed at $300, and over 2000 stamps, this could supply hours of investigating fun.

Check out all the lots at https://sparks-auctions.com/ sale 27 on May 29th-30th, 2018.

** all images courtesy Sparks Auctions