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April 17th  Public Auction in Westchester, NY

     Harmers International, Inc. of  New York will hold their next Public Auction on Saturday, April 17th 2021, at our offices in Yorktown Heights NY.

 The auction will begin at 1pm. 

An fantastic auction of over 500 lots - Highlights include:

·          Many lots of Harmer's famous "Collections & Various"

·         The William Gross Fancy Cancels.

·         Richard Maisel British Guiana .

 ·          The Smith Collection of Foreign

·            Much more.

 

 Viewing is available at our offices:

 • By Appointment any time observing COVID protocals. 

   Travel from the Croton-Harmon Train Station can be arranged.  

 • By Appointment (call 914.962.6900)

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

   

Current News

Harmers on the Move

     Keith Harmer is vaccinated and able to travel or meet you on-line.

 - call 914.962.6900 to arrange a date.

  

Often to the West Coast Florida - By Appointment

Call 212.532.3700

We are always willing to make arrangements to view your collection at your home or work location

  

 

We have several other trips penciled in, so feel free to call – we would love to see you.

     
   

 

   

Recent Events

Consignments are arriving for our Next Auction - call now

                    Mr. Keith Harmer has begun accepting consignments for his next Auction.  Early consignments are particularly encouraged for large or complex collections.  Please contact our offices at 212.532.3700  for more information or to schedule an appointment.   If you are in Europe - contact our London Office at (01144) 020 79893700 we will be happy to assist.  Please note that meetings at our London Office are by appointment only.

Harmer Family News

  Generations of collectors put their trust in the Harmer Family. 

Brandon Harmer is now an admitted attorney in New York State.

Mauritius Rediscovered by Robert Beech, the Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collections describes the key role the Harmer family played in the famous Post Office Mauritius issue.

Harmers is happy to support Joan Harmer and the British Empire Study Group in their monthly webinars. Visit BEstudygroup.org for a schedule.

Are you a club looking to conduct on line meetings? - Contact us for free assistance.

 

     

   

 

 

   

 

       The identification and valuation of philatelic items can be difficult for even an expert in philately. The vast numbers of stamps alone, listed in multiple values from every country in the world is daunting; now combine this with “stampless” covers, special use stamps, used and unused varieties, cancellations, paper and color variations. All these variables makes identification difficult, now combine this with judging condition and determining the authenticity of an item (yes, rare stamps and covers are forged and “doctored”).

 

     For clients unfamiliar with stamps, the process becomes overwhelming. Often those new to philately confuse the quantity of their new collection with a higher value or assume that some where among the vast number of stamps, a diamond in the rough exists.

 

     Our firm is known for our honesty and at the risk of loosing a potential client; we must dispel any great expectations.

 

      Most collectors pursue the hobby for historic, sentimental, or personal reasons, but financial gain is often not a primary consideration. Other collectors have been provided overly optimistic appreciation expectations by sellers of “collectable stamps and first day covers”. Many people would purchase multiple of stamps in sheets from their local post office expecting that after a decade, two three, or certainly within five score, the value of the stamps would far exceed the price paid. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most bulk collector series stamps. Many of these “collector stamps” have more value when used as postage than they have being sold on the open market.

 

      An educated client is our best client. We advise all new collectors to research their collection in catalogues, such as Scott or Gibbons and then investigate their market value in places like Ebay. Generally, this exercise will reveal that most stamps sell for a fraction of their “catalog value”.

 

      We will perform a preliminary evaluation of your material. We will discuss the collection, provide an idea of the market value, and discuss your options. This is a free service to help a client understand their collection and our industry. For a more in depth analysis of a collection or for insurance of legal purposes, please see our information on Appraisals.

 

     Why are we sharing this “insider” information with you? At Harmer’s we sell stamps, not “steal” them. If you have any doubts about the value of your collection, we recommend you select an auction option. Your collection will be viewed by hundreds of collectors and dealers who will establish the market price for your collection. With so many eyes viewing your collection seldom will any potential treasure remain uncovered.

 

 

The first step to discovery is to call us for a free consultation.