Terms of Sale
I. All bids (whether by floor bidders, mail bidders, Internet bidders (Live Auction and Bid Sheet) or telephone bidders) will have a premium of 15% added to the auction
II. All bids are per lot as numbered in the catalog unless otherwise announced by the auctioneer at the time of sale. The right is reserved to withdraw any lot prior to sale, to divide a lot, or to group two or more lots, or to act on behalf of the seller. Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. will execute bidding instructions on behalf of clients, but will not be responsible for any errors in the execution of such bids. Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. is not liable for bidding errors related to live auction Internet bidding and/or the loss of Internet connection during the live auction.
III. The highest bidder shall prevail; lots are sold
at one increment over the second highest bid. Should any dispute arise
between bidders, the decision of the auctioneer as to the successful
bidder and the reoffering or resale of the lot under dispute shall
rest entirely on the judgment of the auctioneer. The auctioneer shall
regulate the bidding and reserve the right to refuse any bid believed
by him not to be made in good faith.
IV. Consignor has and retains the right to bid personally,
or by his duly appointed agent, through the auctioneer, unless the
sale is advertised and announced as one restricting such bidding by
consignors or their agents.
Payments of Purchases
V. FLOOR BIDDERS. Floor bidders shall furnish the auctioneer
their names and addresses prior to bidding on any lot. The name and
address of the buyer of each lot shall be registered with the auction
house following the sale of each lot. Payment of the whole purchase
price shall be made by the floor buyer in such manner as the auctioneer
may determine. Special credit arrangements must be made prior to the
VI. MAIL BIDDERS. A successful mail bidder will be notified
of lots purchased and must remit payment before the lots are sent.
Auction bills are due and payable upon receipt of notification. If
buyer's payment is not received within ten (10) days, Schuyler Rumsey
Philatelic Auctions, Inc. may resell all lots without notice. Any
and all losses incurred as a result of resale will be passed on to
the defaulting buyer. Cost of postage, registration, etc. will be
charged to buyer. Proof by the auctioneer of receipt of sending at
the advised address shall constitute delivery.
VII. DIRECT DRAFTS/TRANSFERS. A successful mail bidder
known to us may contact our office at (415) 781-5127 for the information
necessary to pay directly into the vendor bank account. Any additional
charges resulting from processing payments by this method shall be
borne by the buyer. Method of payment should be noted on the bid sheet.
VIII. Title shall not pass to the buyer until full payment
is received by Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc.
IX. All of our lots are sold as genuine. Lots accompanied
by recent (within 5 years of sale date) expert certificates are sold
"as is" based on the description in the certificate. The
accepted authorities for U.S. stamps are the Philatelic Foundation
and the Professional Stamp Expertizing Committee. Previously expertized
lots may not be returned under any circumstances, including those
instances in which subsequent certificates yield conflicting opinions.
X. All extensions must be paid in full, in advance. There
will be no exceptions.
XI. All lots on extension must be submitted for expertizing by the auctioneer exclusively. Each lot is sold as genuine, except those described “as is”, but when, in the opinion of a competent authority acceptable to Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc., the lot is declared otherwise, the purchase price will be refunded in full. The lot must be received by Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. within a period of 21 days from the date of auction. No lot will be accepted under any circumstances after four calendar months from the auction date. Expenses incurred for purposes of expertizing shall be borne by the purchaser except where the lot is found by said competent authority to be materially not as described, in which case the consignor will be responsible for expertizing costs incurred. Proof of the inability of said competent authority to express a definite opinion is not grounds for return of an item.
XII. Any lot, description of which is incorrect, is returnable
(A) within three (3) days of receipt and (B) if received by Schuyler
J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. within twenty-one (21) days from
the date of the auction. All disputed lots must be returned intact,
in the condition received; no adjustments will be made. The following
lots are not returnable: lots containing ten (10) or more items; lots
from purchasers OR THEIR AGENTS who had the opportunity to examine
them before the auction; items described as having defects or of
a quality standard "Very Good" (V.G.) or below; lots with
disputed centering or margins when the item is photographed; lots
described "as is".
California State Sales Tax
XIII. The California State Sales Tax - or that of another
state as ordered by the laws of such a state (as appropriate) - is
payable by buyers liable to tax. See below.
XIV. JURISDICTION. In the event of any dispute between
the auctioneer and bidders, or between any parties requesting inspection
of any of the lots and the auctioneer, or between persons offering
their lots to be auctioned and the auctioneer, the jurisdiction over
the dispute shall be in the City and County of San Francisco, State
XV. In the event of any dispute, the prevailing party
shall be entitled to court costs and reasonable attorney's fees.
XVI. THE PLACING OF A BID SHALL CONSTITUTE ACCEPTANCE
OF THE FOREGOING TERMS OF SALE.