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By: Sparks Auctions  09-12-2011

One of our earliest consignments came into Sparks Auctions right after our last sale. It was a lifetime accumulation in fifty-nine cartons. Some of the cartons were as small as an “archive” or “banker’s” box, but others were at least twice that size. There was a lovely Commonwealth Collection and an extensive collection of U.S. precancels. Unfortunately for our describers, many of the stockbooks were arranged somewhat haphazardly. We would find several pages of Channel Islands, followed by Falkland Islands, then used Canada blocks, and so on. Some of these were lotted as we received them; others we carefully re-arranged or took out single lots.

As you can see, there were many interesting items in the stockbooks.

We spent time debating how to lot the U.S. precancels. I won’t spoil anyone’s anticipation but the lots deserve interest and inspection. Since then we have received several more lots from another consignor with tens of thousands more U.S. precancels.

Ian Choosing From Among 454 cartons

And as you can also see, we continue working on the 454 carton consignment!

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The extra weeks of work to adequately describe these, as well as the hundreds of scans (available in detail in our Image Gallery, linked at right), should help bidders and viewers assess the interest and value. With the image gallery of additional and detailed scans, the opening bids, and links to bidding at Stamp Auction Network, we believe you will have all you need to bid in a comprehensive and interesting sale.


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Also on May 16th we will post the complete introduction to this, our largest sale yet. We are happy to announce that we have chosen the dates for our eighth public auction. We will feature stamps that we feel deserve extra attention.


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I could tantalize you with dozens of extremely fine single lots but will use this one which is likely not the most valuable stamp from his collection that we will be auctioning. When we first discussed this with him he expressed the concern that it was most important that his stamps go to collectors who would appreciate them as he has.