Public Auction #434
- Pre-auction bidding ends November 17, 2017 at 7:00pm (New York time)
- Live auction takes place November 18-19, 2017 at 10:00am (New York time)
- Downloadable PDF File: Public Auction #434 — Session 1
- Downloadable PDF File: Public Auction #434 — Session 2
I would like to take this opportunity to explain some of the details on the running of a public auction. The timeline of an auction is rotated on a quarterly basis starting at around the time of the previous auction with the example of this auction being started around August 15th as a deadline for accepting consignments. For the next four weeks, finalizing the auction descriptions and the scanning process take place resulting in 1,791 lots and over 5,000 images. The next three weeks are taken up building the catalog and data tables for the website. The catalog was mailed out the week of October 9th, five weeks prior to the auction, so if you did not get your catalog before the auction, talk to the Post Office. The number of successful bidders has increased around 50% while the post-auction shipping periods have doubled in man-hours over the last year, and we have concluded that will not change for the foreseeable future. An average auction weighs 15 tons and takes 1.1 miles of strapping tape. Due to cost and quality of service, we use FedEx freight and ground to ship out 98% of the auction.
Please Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, shipping will be delayed with most of the shipments not going out until Monday November 27th.
Pre-Auction Bidding: Bids will be accepted by mail, fax, email and phone until 6:00pm (CST) on Friday, November 17th.
Rasdale Live Auction Bidding: Live bidding takes place at 9:00am (CST) on Saturday, November 18th for Session One and Sunday, November 19th for Session Two. Phone bidding is not available.
Opening Bids: Opening bids will be posted on our website and updated until Friday, November 17th.
Viewing of Lots: Lots will be available for viewing in our auction gallery at 35 Chestnut Ave. as follows: Saturday, November 11th from 9:00am to 4:00pm; Monday-Friday, November 13th-17th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
The office will close from 12:00pm to 12:45pm (CST) every day for lunch.
Questions Concerning Lots: If you have any questions regarding further information on any lot, please contact our office no sooner than November 6th but no later than November 15th and we will be pleased to assist you. Requests for additional scans on any lots are respectfully declined.
Auction Location: Rasdale Auction Gallery, 37 Chestnut Ave., Westmont, IL 60559
Descriptions and Abbreviations
Extremely Fine: highest quality in all respects. Very Fine: significantly better than normal. Fine: Perforations clear of design on 20th Century issues but may cut slightly on 19th Century issues. Fair: off centered or lacking freshness. All defects specifically mentioned. Except where noted otherwise, the values listed are the most recent Scott Catalog values. The “nh” premiums have been used, also the values listed for stamps without gum. Note that accumulations of mixed condition can be expected to contain some items without gum and or faults.
- Up to $50.00 — $2.00 increase
- $50.00 to $100.00 — $5.00 increase
- $100.00 to $300.00 — $10.00 increase
- $300.00 to $500.00 — $25.00 increase
- $500.00 to $1500.00 — $50.00 increase
- $1500.00 to $3000.00 — $100.00 increase
- $3000.00 to $5000.00 — $250.00 increase
- $5000.00 and up — $500.00 increase
2018 Auction Schedule
- February 17-18, 2018
- May 19-20, 2018
- August 18-19, 2018
- November 17-18, 2018