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Terms and Conditions

Rumsey Auktionen


I. All bids (whether by floor bidders, mail bidders, or telephone bidders) will have a premium of 15% added to the auction sale price

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 sale.

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 aforementioned expertized lots may not be returned under any circumstances including those instances in which subsequent certificates yield conflicting opinions. The accepted authorities for U.S. stamps are the Philatelic Foundation (P.F.), the Philatelic Stamp Authentication and Grading, Inc. (P.S.A.G.) and the Professional Stamp Expertizing Committee (P.S.E.), however we do not accept “graded certificates”, nor do we accept “encased” certified items.

X. All extensions must be paid in full, in advance. Lots with more than one item may not be placed on extension. 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. 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: collection 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”.

Sales Tax

XIII. The State Sales Tax will be collected as ordered by the laws of such a state (as appropriate) - is payable by buyers liable to tax. See below.

This sale will be held in California and the buyer will be liable for any applicable sales tax for this auction. Any lots purchased by buyers in California are subject to State Sales Tax unless:

1.) You have a verifiable California resale license number, which must be on file with us prior to the Auction.


2.) You are not a California resident or a resident of a state for which sales taxes are required to be collected by Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. and your lots are being shipped to your out-of-state or out-of country mailing address.

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 of California.

XV. In the event of any dispute, the prevailing party shall be entitled to court costs and reasonable attorney's fees.


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Rumsey Auktionen

Current Auctions
October 4th - 6th, 2019
Schuyler Rumsey - 88th Auction
United States, Worldwide stamps and postal history including extensive collections and balances. Stamp boxes, Mexico, Civil war, Union ...
October 5th, 2019
Schuyler Rumsey - 89th Auction
John Barwis Collection of Philadelphia postal history. Early transatlantics, London Inland, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Benjamin ...
Auction Results
April 27th, 2019
Schuyler Rumsey - 87th Auction - New Zealand Chalon Heads
This grand award winning collection was formed over the last 30 years, comprehensively covering all aspects of the ...
April 27th, 2019
Schuyler Rumsey - 86th Auction - Postal History of Ecuador
One of the finest collections of Ecuador to come to market in recent memory. Formed over many years, the collection ...
December 11th - 12th, 2018
Schuyler Rumsey - 84th Auction
Foreign Stamps and Covers, International offer with strong British Commonwealth sections
December 10th, 2018
Schuyler Rumsey - 83rd Auction
Gems of Philately, International offer with strong US
April 28th, 2018
Schuyler Rumsey - Bradley Horton Collection of U.S. Postal Cards
Collection including extensive essays, proofs, trial color proofs, mint and used, rare items!
April 27th, 2018
Schuyler Rumsey - George J. Kramer Collection of Western Trails and Routes
417 lots with an outstanding collection of western and territorial postal history, express mail and local usages including many unique ...
April 26th - 29th, 2018
Schuyler Rumsey - Westpex Sale
2,674 lots United States and Worldwide stamps, postal history, collections, literature and more!
October 13rd - 15th, 2017
Schuyler Rumsey 75th Auction
International offer with strong US and British Commonwealth sections.
April 28th - 1st May, 2016
Schuyler Rumsey 67th Auction - Westpex Sale
3600 lots, featuring the Rob Lund 3c 1851-57 Collection, specialized United States Revenue stamps, Telegraph Stamps, U.S. Possessions ...
December 13th, 2014
Schuyler Rumsey 59th Auction
The Robert J. Karrer Collection of Charleston SC from Colonial to Post-Civil War including Carriers, C.S.A. Postmaster Provisionals, etc. ...
December 8th - 12th, 2014
Schuyler Rumsey 58th Auction
The Winter Sale with a focus on United States Postal History, Postage Stamps, Possessions, Naval Covers, British Commonwealth, Panama ...
April 26th, 2014
Schuyler Rumsey 57th Auction
The Hugh V. Feldman Collection of United States Waterways
April 24th - 27th, 2014
Schuyler Rumsey 56th Auction
The Westpex Sale including single lots and collections from the United States and Worldwide
March 10th - 12th, 2014
Schuyler Rumsey 55th Auction
Over 2500 lots of United States and Confederate States Postal History
December 9th - 11th, 2013
Schuyler Rumsey 54th Auction
The sale features United States, U.S. Possessions, British Commonwealth and General Foreign stamps and postal history. Some highlights ...
April 27, 2013
53. Schuyler Rumsey Auction
“The Richard Warren Collection of Confederate States” is one of the finest collections of Confederate States to appear on the ...
April 25-28, 2013
52. Schuyler Rumsey Auction
Worldwide sale with specialized groups of France, Mexico, Trans-Atlantic Covers, United States and Worldwide Collections.
February 5-6, 2013
51. Schuyler Rumsey Auction
February 4, 2013
50. Schuyler Rumsey Auction
The Richard F. Winter Collection of Trans-Atlatic Mails with 787 lots with rare usages and rates.
April 26-29, 2012
47. Schuyler Rumsey Auction
January 24-27, 2012
45. Schuyler Rumsey Auction - The Winter Sale
The 45th. sale with more than 3400 lots featuring the collections of Warren Albright Advertising covers and the Frederick Langford Machine ...