RASDALE STAMP COMPANY Family Owned & Operated Since 1932

Current Auction

Public Auction #431

PLEASE NOTE THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE TO THE ORDER OF THE AUCTION. See the index below. The first session is highlighted by a November acquisition of a 140-carton mountain of stamps (see our Facebook page for a photo of our trailer), and the Empire estate, an astounding accumulation of collections, stock books, binders, auction and sales pages going back to the 1940’s and ending in the early 1970’s with strength in United States and Canada. Over 200 man hours were needed to meticulously sift through every box, book, page, glassine, non-descript bag and envelope to unearth scarce and/or valuable items. The owner was a K. Bileski and New York auction houses customer extraordinaire. We found receipts showing him spending hundreds of dollars a week in the 1940’s to thousands in the 1970’s. The collector would buy advance collections extracting the better examples to build a core collection resulting in a powerful 19th and 20th century front- and back-of-the-book items, while the remaining secondary collections are quite advanced. Auction and sales pages from the 1940’s filled dozens of boxes that ended up as the major portion of the United States and Canadian singles section, while still leaving hundreds of medium to high cataloging items to be offered in our famous pizza size boxes. In closing, the Empire estate was donated to a non-profit organization that helps health and human care initiatives get off the ground by providing the initial funding and support they need to thrive. We are proud and honored to be chosen to help with their cause. Rounding out the first session is a wonderful selection of Civil War Patriotic single cover lots and more from the Peninsula estate of Chinese covers.

The second session also contains the properties of the Empire estate in addition to the Buddy Sokolick estate (more on Buddy later). The first thing we unearthed was a complete imperf sheet of 100 of the Canadian Bluenose, only two have been reported. Also found were both mint and used Seaway Inverts. In addition to the two previously mentioned articles there are numerous better Canada, Newfoundland and United States individual pieces including a fantastic selection of plate blocks. The second highlight is the fascinating selection of Rock and Roll and Indy Car collectibles of Buddy Sokolick, longtime head of the production department for Jam Productions in Chicago, where he supported artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Amy Grant, among others. Buddy began his career as a stagehand at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and quickly rose through the ranks to become a production manager for Jam Productions. In 1987, he became head of the production department at Jam, where he stayed for most of his career. He was an avid race car owner and fan, ever since his father first took him to his first Indianapolis 500 race, noting that Sokolick was “a fixture at the race every year.” For more information, click here: Buddy Sokolick.

Bidding: Bids will be accepted by mail, fax, email and phone until 6:00p.m. (CST) on Friday, February 17th. Bidding then will be closed to mail, fax, email and phone.

Opening Bids: Opening bids will be posted on our website and updated until Friday, February 17th.

Viewing of Lots: Lots will be available for viewing in our auction gallery at 35 Chestnut Ave. as follows: Saturday, February 11th from 9:00a.m to 4:00p.m.; Monday-Friday, February 13th-17th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please note that the office is closed from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm 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 February 6th but no later than February 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

Lot Descriptions

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.

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