One of the best benefits of AUSPS membership is our auctions held twice a year. Here is an excellent opportunity for members to acquire scarce philatelic material from Austria and related areas such as Bosnia/Herzegovina, and to dispose of your duplicates. Only current members are permitted to participate in the auctions.
The Austria Philatelic Society auctions are held at least once a year, usually twice year as a means for members to expand their collections. One auction is held in the spring and the other is in the fall. All members in good standing may participate in the auctions. Following are some guidelines and information concerning the consignment of auction lots:
- All consignments are assessed a 5% fee on the seller and a 5% fee on the winning bidders’ completed auction sale. These fees are levied as stated in the by-laws and are placed in the general fund for the day to day operation of the Society.
- All lots will be held until payment is received, and consignors will be paid after all lots received from the consignors are settled.
- All lots are covered by a ten day return policy from the date of mailing. If the lot is not as described or otherwise unsatisfactory, arrangements for their return are to be made with the auctioneer.
- After ten days, all sales are final.
- All lots should be be placed in a glassine or other similar protective envelope.
- All lots must be clearly identified with the name and member number of the submitter.
- In addition to the name of the submitter, the mailing address, email address if applicable, and telephone number should be provided.
- All items must be identified by a standard catalog number, e.g., MI, SC, or ANK.
- Each item or lot should be described with an accurate grade and condition description.
- Each item or lot is to be marked as MNH or (**) for mint never hinged, MH or (*) for mint hinged, and U for used stamps. You may also use any standard symbol in current use to indicate any gum disturbance or hinge remnant, as well as any other condition to appropriately describe the item. The auction listing has the acceptable symbols to be used as a guide.
- A reserve price or starting bid should be stated. If no reserve or minimum price is stated, the auctioneer will list the lot what he feels fair. The starting bid will be the minimum or reserve price.
For more information about our auctions or “rules of the game” please contact Ralph Schneider at RSchneiderStamps@gmail.com Please put “AUCTION” in the subject line.