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35 Chestnut Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
Phone (630) 794-9900
Fax (630) 794-9958
Welcome to the 425th Public Auction
We have been extremely busy this Spring building the auction that is scheduled the weekend prior to the APS Stamp Show being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you plan on viewing the lots we advise you to plan on spending extra time as many of the lots are quite large and reserving a spot is strongly suggested. To reserve your spot call Kristin at (630) 794-9900. The sale features the properties of over 85 owners anchored by the Jim Linker (see below) stock that arrived in a 26 foot U-haul truck. Jim's consignment plus the others resulted in the largest Public Auction ever assembled in the Midwest. The two-day sale contains over 575 lots of meaningful United States and Worldwide collections, accumulations and stocks, and 700 lots of singles and sets. It also includes many desirable cover lots as well as some interesting collectibles.
This will be the first time that we will be offering Rasdale Live Auctions for both days of the sale. Rasdale Live Auctions allows you to view and bid in our Public Auction in real-time as the auction is taking place in our gallery. You, other Rasdale Live customers from around the world, and on our gallery floor, will be able to compete at the same time to buy the items you have been looking for.
Sign up today at www.rasdalestamps.com/live-auction-account.asp.
Jim Linker began collecting stamps at the age of ten when he took care of George Linn's (founder of Linn's Stamp News) yard in Sidney, OH. As a business, Jim started the Link Stamp Company in Waco, TX on January 1, 1965, when he was serving in the Air Force as a navigator instructor. In 1967, Jim retired from the military and moved to Columbus, OH to become the Alumni Director at Capital University. In the 1970's he became Assistant Director of Development at Ohio Dominican University and a few years later became a full-time stamp dealer. In 1988, Link Stamp Company would open its doors as a standalone store in Columbus. In 1997, Jim was chosen by Scott in their "Annual Round Up" publication as: "The friendliest and most helpful dealer at a stamp show". He would maintain office hours on weekdays, 10am-6pm, until 2010 when he shortened his hours after suffering a stroke. Jim's business was three fold: mail order, retail store and about a dozen stamp shows a year, carrying the famous toilet seat neatly decoupaged. The seat has been donated by the family to the APS with a plaque that will read, "James Linker, 1938-2015, Fun in Philately Surpassed only by Faith and Family". Jim was diagnosed with cancer in July, 2014 and passed away March 21, 2015. I had known Jim personally for over 30 years and will always remember a warm smile, a firm handshake and, "Mr. Kellermann, did you hear the one about the...?"
Bidding: Pre-auction bidding takes place by mail, fax, e-mail, phone, or from our website until 6:00 p.m., (CDT) Friday, August 14th. Floor and Rasdale Live Online bidding starts per the schedule below at the auction location. Phone bidding is not available. However you can bid live online by registering on our website at www.rasdalestamps.com/live-auction.asp.
Opening Bids: Opening bids will be posted on our website and updated through August 14th. There will be no updates the days of the auction.
Viewing of Lots: Lots will be available for viewing in our auction gallery at 35 Chestnut Ave. as follows: Saturday August 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday August 10th-12th; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday-Friday August 13th-14th; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you plan on viewing the lots we advise you to plan spending extra time as many of the lots are quite large and reserving a spot is strongly suggested. To reserve your spot call Kristin at (630) 794-9900. The office is closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. every day.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: There is no lot viewing on Saturday, August 15th, the day of the auction.
Questions Concerning Lots: If you have any questions regarding further information about any lot, please contact our office no earlier than August 5th and no later than August 12th exclusively. Requests for additional scans of lots are respectfully declined.
Auction Location: The Rasdale Stamp Company Auction Gallery, 35 Chestnut Ave., Westmont, IL 60559-1127.
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