Public Auction #460

Click here for pre-auction bidding, ends August 9, 2024 at 6pm (New York time)
Click here for live auction, takes place August 10-11, 2024 at 10:00 AM (New York time)
Click here for unsold lots, available August 15, 2024 at 2:00pm (New York Time)
Bids updated July 1, 2024 at 3:49pm (New York time)

Welcome to our 3rd sale of the year. As we put COVID in our rearview mirror, we can look back clearer on its effects on the stamp market. From mid-2020 to mid-2022, the market was very strong across the board with the US showing marked higher prices which was best illustrated in the price of postage. From mid-2022 through most of 2023 prices were falling to a varied degree amongst particular areas. The basic Western Europe material showed the biggest drop. Now that we are well into 2024 the market has seemed to be leveled off, if not strengthened. The US again is leading the way, but all areas are better, especially the more advanced collections or hard to find individual items. Quality is always in high demand.

Now to the sale — there are many desirable US collections. Additionally, throughout the entire sale you will find collector-made intact offerings from many different areas. For those of you who like the bulk lots, there are many to choose from including the “Red Bird” estate (Part II). There is very strong China in both the collections and singles. Not to be overlooked is the British and US singles section. Especially notable are the US errors. Lastly, numerous quality topical holdings and the cover section is stronger than recent sales.

Should you like to participate in the live auction, please register on our website. Kindly register at least 72 hours prior to the sale.

Pre-Auction Bidding: Bids will be accepted by mail, fax, website and phone until 5:00pm (CDT) on Friday, August 9, 2024. Bidding will then be closed to mail, fax, website and phone.

Rasdale Live Auction Bidding: Live bidding takes place at 9:00am (CDT) on Saturday, August 10, 2024, for Session One and Sunday, August 11, 2024, for Session Two. Phone bidding is not available.

Opening Bids: Opening bids will be posted on our website and updated until Friday, August 9, 2024. There will be no updates the morning of Saturday, August 10, 2024.

Viewing of Lots: Lots will be available for viewing in our auction gallery at 35 Chestnut Ave.


Viewing schedule:

The office will close from 12:00pm to 12:45pm (CDT) every day for lunch. There will be no lot viewing during this time.

Please call our office at 630-794-9900 to make your reservations or email Pam at

Questions Concerning Lots: If you have any questions regarding further information on any lot, please contact our office no sooner than July 29, 2024, and no later than August 7, 2024, and we will be pleased to assist you. Requests for additional scans of 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.

Bidding Intervals

Auction Agent

Mark Cwiakala
1807 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone/Fax: 464-204-2058

2024 Auction Dates

2025 Auction Dates