Notes to assitant bidders.
Conditions of sale
As per Philatelic Auctioneers Standard Tems & Conditions of Sale (1973 revisions) a copy of which may be had upon request.
For most lots will be 75% of the estimated value. No lot will be offered at less than 66% of estimate.
Notice to Vendors
Our rates of sale are as follows:
Up to £500 @ 17.5% £500 to £1000 @ 15% over £1000 @ 12.5% per sale & VAT Minimum commission £3.00 per lot & VAT. Please send for vendors information sheet.
Abbreviations & Definitions of Condition
cto = Cancelled To Order
pmk = Postmark
UM = Unmounted Mint
cds = Circular Date Stamp
SW = Sideways
m = Mint but previously mounted
CW = Commonwealth
Wmk = Watermark
FDC = First Day Cover
fu = Fine Used
vfu = Very Fine Used
o/c = off centre
MS = Miniature Sheets
FFC = First Flight Cover
PS = Postal Stationery
PC = Postcard
PPC = Picture Postcard
M/S = Manuscript
bs = backstamp
og = Mnt but only part of original gum remains
un = Unused stamps without postmark & without gum
Set to £1 = Set complete to the value quoted
Val to £1 = Incomplete set to the value quoted
STC = Stated to catalogue (by vendor & uncheck by Auctioneer)
Cat = catalogue (currently Stanley Gibbons unless otherwise stated)
Suffix after lot number (packaging)
A = Album
E = Envelope
B = Box
S = Stockbook
T = Tin
CB = Carrier Bag
SC = Suitcase
Placing a Bid
Please bid early. Every month we receive several bid forms after the auction, usually due to late posting. Please ensure you allow plenty of time when sending in your postal bids. Why not fax, telephone, or email to make sure: Fax: 01353 664127, Tel: 01253 663919 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On auction day we are unable to receive faxes or emails, but can be contacted by telephone on 070 5000 3919.
Also please ensure you check your bid form - remember you are responsible for your bids - we cannot accept lots back if you have placed a bid on the wrong lot. We are an auction house not an approval company.
Bids do not include Buyers premium at 10% plus VAT.
Due to large demand for viewing by post we have had to limit the facility to single items (stamps or covers) and small easily packaged lots (no collections or accumulations). All lots must be returned within 24 hours with postage, packing and insurance, both ways being borne by the Client. No lots will be sent out the week prior to the auction.
As much information as possible will gladly be given over the phone.
Photocopying and Emailing. Please note we offer a limited service only for small lots, we are unable to photocopy or scan/email collections.
After the auction all the unsold lots will appear on our website www.cpa-ely.co.uk and are available for sale. Should you wish to purchase any of these lots you can contact us by email or fax at anytime. However, should you wish to contact us by telephone we will only be available to take your call on the Tuesday after the sale from 3pm onwards. The time taken to generate invoices to our hundreds of postal bidders is quite considerable and therefore we have to refrain in answering our telephone calls until this process has been completed.
Most lots can be purchased at 75% of the estimated value, however, some vendors do put reserves on their lots and therefore we will have to adhere to their wishes. We will confirm to you the price and availability of the lot as soon as possible.