• Address
    Universal Philatelic Auctions
    4 The Old Coalyard
    West End
    Northleach
    Glos
    United Kingdom
    GL54 3HE

    Phone: 01451 861111
    Fax: 01451 861297
    E-Mail: info@upastampauctions.co.uk
    Web: http://www.upastampauctions.co.uk
  • About Universal Philatelic Auctions

    Andrew McGavin, Managing Director: Your 1st 62€ (GBP£55) Winnings FREE when you win stamps worth GBP£75+ (€85+)

    "In all my 47 years full-time in Philately I have never ever seen an International Auction offering you, the collector, a FREE trial to test their auction. Sometimes Philately can be too serious. Certainly we sell serious stamps at up to E.120,000 each … but most lots sell from €15 to €2,000 each. My auctions offer you a unique risk-free philatelic experience with NO buyer’s premium and ALL lots guaranteed.

    The reason why I can offer your 1st €62 (GBP£55) winnings FREE is because, unlike many others, we build long-term relationships – so if you live in Euro Europe, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand OR you can send us proof that you are a serious collector in another Country … here at Philasearch.com – you now have 26.687 different lots to spend your 1st FREE €62 (GBP£55) upon when You Win Stamps Worth €85+ (GBP£75+) … but hurry – the auction closes July 4th 2023 … if you would like free scans … please just ask – start NOW, our system will automatically detect if you’re new to UPA and give you your 1st GBP£55 (€62) FREE when you win stamps worth GBP£75+ (€85+) …I invite you to view / bid NOW …"

SHIPPING COSTS
Standard sized auction lots will be shipped Loyalty POST-FREE if you are a NEW / regular bidder (5 out of 6
auctions), otherwise...


UK CLIENTS: (shipping costs regardless of weight):

  • Invoices up to £50 : Post+Packing = £2
  • Free shipping if you spend £50 or more

OVERSEAS CLIENTS:
  • Invoices up to £50 GBP : Post+Packing = £3.50 GBP*
  • Free shipping if you spend £50 GBP or more*
Insurance against loss in transit is FREE for the majority of countries. Exclusions include : South Africa,
Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine and former Russian republics.

*Lots described as HEAVY LOT (or similar) may be subject to additional shipping charges.
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Terms and Conditions

Universal Philatelic Auctions


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

CONTACT US / SUBMIT BIDS
We are open weekdays from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Bids can be submitted as in one of the following ways…
• Post/Mail - send to UPA (Admin), 4 The Old Coalyard, West End, Northleach, Glos, GL54 3HE, UK
• online at: www.upastampauctions.co.uk
• email: bids@upastampauctions.co.uk
• Telephone: +44(0)1451 861111
• Fax: +44(0)1451 861297

Please Note - for the two weeks immediately post-auction we are open as follows 11am to 1pm and  2pm to 4.30pm

THE UPA REDUCING ESTIMATE SYSTEM
• Each auction is a compilation of both high and lower value material, with some of the high value material owned by vendors and some by UPA. My belief is that if an item is not selling, it is too expensive. This formula permits us to offer the Unique UPA Reducing Estimate System so that if an item does not sell, it will be reoffered in the next catalogue with the estimate reduced by 11%, and the item will be flagged to show that it has been previously unsold.
• Each time that item does not sell, it will be reoffered and the estimate will reduce by 11%, then 12%, 13%, 14% etc. This allows items to find their own market value, e.g…
• A lot is offered for the first time with an estimate of £100, but it does not sell.
• The lot is reoffered in the next auction with an estimate of £89, but it does not sell.
• The lot is reoffered in the next auction with an estimate of £78, but it does not sell.
• Bids below 80% of estimate have no chance of success.
• On the Friday after the closing date, we publish the UNSOLDS list of all lots that may be purchased at 80% of estimate.
• Lots that are previously unsold are denoted US at the end of the description, e.g... US - previously unsold US2 - previously unsold twice US3 - previous unsold three times etc.
• Once a lot has been unsold five times or more and if the estimate has fallen to £15 or less, that lot drops into the BABS category (see below).

BABS: BAG A BARGAIN SYSTEM
• BABS lots are those items which have been unsold 5 times or more (marked US5, US6 etc.) and have estimates of £20 or less.
• BABS lots are denoted by (B) at the end of the description.
• These lots start at 99p and you can bid any amount you wish, at or above this level.
• Standard bid steps (tie-breaks) apply to BABS lots so if you do not wish bid steps to apply to BABS lots, please indicate this clearly on your bid form.

BID AMOUNTS
• We do not accept BUY bids as this is unfair to other bidders.
• If you are prepared to pay a multiple of the estimate price for a particularly rare item please enter your maximum price, but beware that another bidder may also recognise special value in the same item and bid accordingly. We therefore recommend that you only enter the maximum you are prepared to pay
• You can bid any amount you choose, subject to the minimum amounts:
      • Non-BABS lots: min bid 80% of estimate
      • BABS lots: min bid 99p
• Conditional (either/or) bids are accepted - please clearly denote this on your bid form.
• Bids steps (up to 3) can be used to increase your bid in the event that equal bids are received (the early bidder wins a tied bid). Bid step increments are subject to your bid amount
• Please do not state bid an extra X% - please bid in actual GBP amounts, or use bid steps.
• Bids must be placed in GBP.

ESTIMATES
• Estimates are based upon condition and current market value.
• All estimates and catalogue prices are in £ GBP and all catalogue prices are S.G. unless otherwise stated.
• We will state where another catalogue is used and if a foreign currency, we will show the value in Pounds Sterling equivalent.
• All non BABS lots: bids below 80% estimate will be respectfully declined.
BUYER’S PREMIUM - there isn’t one! The only additional charges we apply are shipping for invoices less than £50 GBP, and overseas shipping of HEAVY lots. If you are a new client, you may qualify for our Introductory Offer (£55 GBP discount if you spend/win £75 GBP or more)
NB - Offer valid for NEW Collector clients aged 18+. Offer subject to status and restricted to one per household.

VIEWING / SCAN REQUESTS
• Lots cannot be viewed in person, but we are happy to provide scans, photocopies and verbal condition reports of lots as required.
• There is no charge for this service but please note that we cannot scan/photocopy hundreds of items.
• We cannot guarantee to provide scans/ photocopies for requests made within 2 working days of the closing date.
• We are unable to provide scans of Unsold Lots immediately post-auction..
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
We are now required by law to attach a customs declaration (detailing the contents and associated value) to all parcels, for all destinations, including those countries in the EU; failure to do so can result in either postal services refusing to accept incorrectly declared packages, or a fine and/or prosecution.


LATE SALES
• Unsold Lots are available to purchase at 80% of estimate from the Friday evening following the closing date. Go to: www.upalatesales.co.uk
• A list of Unsold Lots will also be published on our auction website
• Unsold Lot orders can be made by phone from the Monday morning following the auction closing date

SHIPPING COSTS
Shipping costs (UK and overseas) are as follows:
• Invoices up to £80 GBP: P+P = £4 GBP
• Invoices over £80 GBP: P+P = £2 GBP
 
UK CLIENTS: The majority of goods are shipped by Royal Mail 1st Class. More valuable items are shipped by Royal Mail Special Delivery; the threshold for shipping by Special Delivery is generally £500..
 
OVERSEAS CLIENTS: The majority of goods are shipped by Royal Mail Standard airmail. More valuable items are shipped by Royal Mail Special Registered airmail; the threshold for shipping by Registered airmail is country dependent.
 
Clients are welcome to request shipping by a specific method when they submit their bids, but please be aware that a surcharge may apply.
Insurance against loss in transit is provided FREE for the majority of countries. Exclusions include Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Crimea (including Sevastopol) Luhansk and Donetsk.
Lots described in the auction catalogue as HEAVY LOT (or similar) may be subject to additional shipping charges for overseas bidders

SHIPPING
    • Bidders who provide payment details before the closing date are processed first, in bidder number order, and this can take up to a week.
    • We then start shipping goods for bidders who send payment in response to a Request For Payment, so there can sometimes be a slight delay between payment and goods being shipped.
    • Late Sales orders are processed and shipped after completion of the above, so again, there can sometimes be a slight delay between payment and goods being shipped.
    • Late/heavy lots can take longer to ship; please allow extra time.

GUARANTEE & RETURNS POLICY
• All lots are guaranteed such that any lot may be returned for a full refund. No Quibble. 1st class mail (or standard air mail) is ok for most things but we recommend that you get a proof of posting from the post office in case the item were to go missing. If you are returning goods in excess of £250 we request that you return them by Special Delivery (or Registered Airmail). Goods in excess of £250 returned by 1st class mail (or standard air mail) will be deemed to have been returned at your own risk.
• Lots must be returned in the condition they were received (in their entirety in their original stockcards or packaging) within 30 days of purchase. Returned lots may not be accepted by UPA if they have been tampered with, e.g. immersed in water, marked by an expert or expert committee, or treated by any other process, unless UPA’s express permission has first been obtained in writing.
• We request that you state the reason for returning any item. This does not affect our guarantee, but it does help us in processing the returned items.
• We are happy to either refund you for anything returned to us, or if you prefer we can hold the amount as a credit-note which you can use towards your next auction invoice. Please specify.
• Please allow up to 30 days for your return to be processed

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• Please remember that UPA is an auction, not an Approvals Service.
• All bids are confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties.
• The auctioneer reserves the right to refuse bids from clients regularly treating UPA as an Approvals Service.
• The auctioneer’s decision is final.
• Placing a bid is acceptance of these terms. This does not affect your NO QUIBBLE full refund guarantee

EXTENSIONS FOR CERTIFICATES POLICY
• Please note : items described as "as is" are not eligible for certificate/extension requests.
• Requests for extension time to obtain a certificate must be made in writing not less than 48 hours before the auction closing time.
• The name of the proposed expert or expert committee must be provided for our approval.
• The reason for requesting an extension must be stated.
• Requests for extensions are on the basis of authenticity, not condition unless specifically approved by UPA.
• Extensions are for single items/sets only value in excess of £100.
• Requests for extensions for items already bearing a certificate will not be accepted unless specifically approved by UPA.
• UPA will submit the item(s) for expertisation unless specifically agreed otherwise.
• Items will not be submitted until payment has been received, unless specifically approved by UPA.
• The purchaser pays for the certificate. If the item is not authenticated, UPA will pay for the certificate.
• Any item described as having faults may not be returned if other faults are mentioned on the certificate of authenticity.
NB - Your statutory rights and UPA 30 day total guarantee are not affected

DATA PROTECTION POLICY
In line with GDPR, we would like to reassure all our clients of how we use your personal data:
• UPA keeps essential information for auction purposes and for contact, which may include email addresses, postal addresses and telephone numbers.
• UPA keeps essential financial information for HMRC purposes.
• UPA keeps auction expenditure information for a period of time once a client has ceased bidding or has passed away. Often this information assists requests for probate.
• We NEVER share or sell your data to third parties for commercial gain.
• You are always in control of what data UPA holds. If you would like to view this information, you may request it from UPA head office.
• PRIVACY POLICY – Details can be found on our website – www.upastampauctions.co.uk

PAYMENT
• If your invoice says FOR INFORMATION ONLY, we have already received payment instructions from you, your goods will be shipped shortly
• Lots are shipped after payment in full.
• PAYMENT IS DUE WITHIN 14 DAYS OF INVOICES BEING ISSUED.

We accept payment by the following methods:
(no surcharges apply)
• Visa / Mastercard (we do not accept American Express or Diners Club)
• We do not accept card payments for goods that are not shipped under our own transit insurance
• We reserve the right to delay shipping goods for card payments with a high fraud screening score. In such circumstances we reserve the right to request payment by alternative means.
• Cheques (payable to UPA) drawn on a UK Sterling account (please allow 7 days to clear)
• Cheques (payable to UPA) drawn on a $ USD account from mainland banks only (please allow 28 days for cheques to clear)
NB - the minimum value foreign currency cheque we can now accept is $50 USD, we are happy to hold any surplus amount as a credit note for future purchases
Bank transfer (net of bank charges) to account:
Bank: Santander UK plc
         Account Name: N W P J Ltd T/A Omniphil
                                           Andrew S McGavin
         BIC: ABBYGB2LXXX
         IBAN: GB84 ABBY 0901 5004 8968 15
         Sort Code: 090150
         Account Number: 04896815
• PayPal - submit payment in GBP British Pounds to bids@upastampauctions.co.uk
PLEASE REMEMBER TO QUOTE YOUR INVOICE NUMBER WHEN MAKING PAYMENT (TOP RIGHT OF YOUR INVOICE). (Failure to do so may delay despatch of your goods)

INSTALMENTS:
• Payment over two, three or four monthly instalments is available to clients with invoices in excess of £60.
 • There is no extra charge for this service but lots are only despatched upon completion of payment or subject to status (i.e. long established UPA client).
• Please make this request when placing your bids
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Universal Philatelic Auctions


92nd UPA Auction
January 9th, 2024

It’s so easy to test UPA - if you are a New Bidder you may qualify for UPA's Introductory Offer - £55 GBP (€62 EURO) OFF your first invoice if you spend £75 GBP (€85 EURO) or more**

Continuing 23 years tradition of their Unique Reducing Estimate Auctions PLUS No Buyer’s Premium Universal Philatelic Auctions (UPA) presents one of their most valuable ever mail-bid sales closing at 5pm Tuesday 9th January 2024. In keeping with previous auctions ALL lots estimated at £1,000+ GBP will be offered LIVE online at easyliveauction.com 5pm Wednesday 10th January 2024. Live bidders for £1,000+ GBP estimate lots now benefit by no charge for bidding live online. 

The auction offers 31,607 lots to the value of £2,767,947 GBP (€3,137,006 EURO) comprising worldwide Collections, Sets, Singles, Covers, Proofs, High Values, Rarities, Topicals, FEO etc ... from the broadest range of regions including high quality classic Great Britain, British Empire, British Africa, British North America, India, Europe, British Asia, Asia with China, US and much more. Highlights once again include remarkable particularly strong in GB with High Values, British Empire plus exceptional Europe and overseas, with very good USA and many other countries too numerous to mention. 

There are No Buyer’s Premiums plus all lots are covered by their 28-day Total Guarantee. UPA prides itself on offering unique material that Collectors may not be able to source elsewhere and all with their unique reducing estimate system. With No Buyer’s Premium 2,000+ regular bidders stay with UPA saving up to 27% OFF – which is why UPA can offer new winning bidders an amazing Introductory Offer - £55 GBP (€62 EURO) OFF your first invoice if you spend £75 GBP (€85 EURO).

 (** Offer subject to status, restricted to one offer per household)

Bidding Closes : Tuesday 9th January 2024, 5pm 

Live Internet Auction : Wednesday 10th January 2024, 5pm 

LIVE auction of 223 of the most valuable lots from estimate £1,000 GBP upwards – Wednesday 10th January 2024, 5pm via easyliveauction.com - bidders wishing to participate in the LIVE auction must register with easyliveauction.com by 2pm Wednesday 10th January 2024.

Results / Invoices Issued : Friday 12th January 2024, 4pm onwards

Sale of Unsold Lots : 12th January 2024, 6pm onwards until 29th January 2024, 10am

(NB - all times stated above are UK local time)

Please Note : Bids below 80% of the estimate will be respectfully declined. Bidders wishing to purchase such lots for less may have the opportunity to do so in subsequent auction(s).

Short Terms and Conditions

For new customers the first 62€ (£55 GBP FREE) of your winning bid are FREE!
See more details on the Auctioninfos

For this auction no commission is charged!.
The only extra added to your purchases is the delivery charge.

Please note the Terms and Conditions

Lot Start Lot End Starting Time

Tuesday January 9th, 2024

1 31607 17:00 GMT
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