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|* Unused||** Never hinged||O Used|
|* On cover||∆ On piece||S Specimen|
|+ Block of Four||B Block larger than four||E Essay|
|TC Trial Colour||DP Die Proof||PP Plate Proof|
c.d.s. = Circular Date Stamp; C.T.O = Canceled to Order;
F.D.C. = First Day Cover ; ms. = Manuscript; var. = Variety
The various gradings of stamps are, in order; superb, extremely fine, very fine, fine. In the case of sets, large blocks, sheets, etc., the condition quoted represents the average, and quality above and below this standard can be expected.
In large lots, the condition is generally expected to range from fair to at best fine. Serious defects can be expected.
Handstamp on reverse:
Denotes either a dealer, collector or indecipherable expert’s mark.
Denotes either the actual signature or mark of the expertise. The absence of mentioning a signature does not reflect on the ability or knowledge of the party involved.
Shaded portion can represent an actual hinge or the area disturbed by a hinge.
n.h. = Never Hinged
unused with original gum in Post Office state
l.h. = Lightly Hinged
unused with full original gum showing some evidence of a previous hinge which may be present in part or entirely removed.
o.g. = Original Gum – unused with original gum somewhat disturbed by previous hinging which may still be present.
part o.g. = Part Original Gum – unused with original gum, large hinge remnants may or may not be present.
o.g. = Disturbed Original Gum – unused with original gum affected by sweating, glazing or mount disturbance; may not resemble the original gum.
unused = Unused without gum.
Ungummed = Unused without gum, as issued
BLOCKS OR SHEETS AND THEIR GUM:
Minor separations are the rule rather than the exception, in the case of blocks or sheets of any size. A few separations, around four perfs. per row, do not affect the value of a block or sheet and are not grounds for the return of a lot.
The final column shows the catalogue value of the lot.
If the estimated cash value is given, it is shown in the description and always indicated by the abbreviation “Est. Cash Value”. It is used where the lot is large or where the actual value has little relation to the catalogue price. It represents the auctioneer’s appraisal of the true MARKET value of a lot.
PLEASE NOTE – CREDIT CARDS :
A 3.5% fee will be charged to credit card and PayPal users and a bidding deposit may be requested.
We require that payment be made by credit card, bank draft, wire, or cheques in U.S. dollars made payable on a U.S. bank.
Up to $ 150 $5
$150 – $300 $10
$300 – $600 $25
$600 – $1,500 $50
Over $1,500 approx. 5%
Bids that do not conform to the above will be automatically reduced to the correct level.
BIDS BY TELEPHONE:
A) Reservations must be made at least 2 days prior to the sale. B) Any errors are the responsibility of the bidder.
BIDS BY FAX or E-MAIL:
Must be received no later than 2 hours before the session commences.
And MUST be confirmed by a reply from a Harmers International representative.
VALUATION OF LOTS:
Valuations of all lots are available the week prior to the auction upon request.
Recognizing that there are occasional differences of opinion concerning gum nomenclature by various expert committees, for example, a stamp described as o.g. being certified as large part o.g. or even part o.g., this minor classification discrepancy alone is not sufficient grounds for return.
Minor faults, including but not limited to file folds, not affecting stamps, small tears and some back flap damage have not been noted in the descriptions and are not grounds for return.
REGISTERING TO BID IN OUR SALE:
Bidders must be registered to participate in Harmers International Auctions. Bidder registration forms are included with catalogues, are available on our web site, www.HarmersInternational.com or by request. Trade references are required (no societies or clubs). Dealers must provide a copy of their Resale Certificate to avoid NYS sales tax.
Live online bidding is available. We are not responsible for technology issues that may impact communication of bids.
EXTENSIONS AND EXPERTISING:
Any lots placed on extension for expertising MUST be submitted by Harmers International, Inc.. Submission by the purchaser will nullify any extension request. Therefore, upon notification of purchase, please contact us with the lot numbers you wish submitted and the expert.