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CONDITIONS OF SALE H H
1. All lots will be sold to the highest bidder, at one increment over the second highest
bid. When sending bids, state the highest price you are prepared to pay; your limit will
not be used unless absolutely necessary.
2. Bids are to be as per lots numbered in the catalogue and in full dollar amounts.
SHP reserves the right to withdraw any lot prior to the sale closing, and/or reject
unreasonable or questionable bids. Some lots may have a “Minimum Bid” (MB); bids
less than the “MB” are respectfully declined. Opening bids and Prices Realized are
available on our website shpauctions.com.
3. All lots are guaranteed genuine. Should a competent authority, such as the
Philatelic Foundation, PSE, PSAG, or APS, prove any lot otherwise, SHP will reimburse purchaser for the cost of the item and certificate. SHP must be notified within
10 days of receipt of item of intent to obtain certificate. Stamps with existing certificates dated within five years of sale date are not eligible for returns if a different opinion is rendered. We do not guarantee our centering will concur with the
PSAG/PSE/PF’s system of grading. SHP is liable for certificate cost up to $100 only;
lots must be paid for in advance.
4. Lots are Not Returnable for the following reasons:
A. .....Lot contains ten or more items.
B.Lots were viewed by Purchaser or Agent.
C.Lots described as having defects, faults or ‘as is’.
D.Lots photographed are not returnable for reason of
...centering, perforations, or cancels.
E.Lots bid on incorrectly, due to bidder error.
F.Lots returned after 10 days of receipt for any reason.
5. Bids should be placed according to the following increments. Bids which do not
conform to the above will automatically be reduced to the appropriate level.
Up to $50 .....................................$2. $400 to $750 ................................$25.
$50 to $200 ..................................$5. $750 to $1500 ..............................$50.
$200 to $400 ..............................$10. Over $1500.................................$100.
H Over $1500 also by Auctioneer’s option
6. All Lots Payable Prior to Shipment, unless party is known to us, (in which case
material will be shipped), and payment is expected within 10 days of receipt.
Payment by cash, check, money order, drawn from a United States bank in U.S.
dollars. Credit cards accepted are VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER & PAY PAL
only. Invoice will include charge for postage & handling, and/or insurance, registration if required, plus 15% buyers commission. Texas state sales tax will be added
where appropriate. Successful bidders must pay for lots within 10 days of receipt
unless prior arrangements have been made. Unpaid for lots remain the property of
SHP and in event of default by purchaser, will be resold with any loss arising being
the responsibility of defaulter. Any account more than 30 days in arrears will be subject to 1½% per month late fee. Should legal action be required, defaulting purchaser is responsible for all such charges incurred.
7. Telephone Bids are acceptable, but must be confirmed in writing. Due to time
constraints in taking lengthy bids over the phone, we prefer bids to be mailed,
faxed, or e-mailed, reserving last minute bids and changes by phone. However,
should a phone bid be necessary, we will be happy to cooperate.
8. Catalogue Values and Numbers are from the latest edition of Scott Catalogue.
Estimates of the actual value may be more or less than catalog, and are located in
the far right hand column. Scott provides a Supplemental Value Catalogue listing
values for grades above and below very fine. In cases of PSE, PF, or PSAG graded
stamps with certificates, the appropriate Scott SCV or PSE SMQ value for that
grade is listed. “cv” at the end of each lot description indicates the catalog value.
Sam Houston Duck Company’s list has been used for catalog numbers and estimates of duck stamps, except for those with graded certificates as covered above.
Other specialty catalogs used for otherwise unlisted issues are J.R.Wooton, H.
Richoux and D. Torre. Values provided are for bidder guidance, and actual realizations may vary.
9. Mint Stamps have Original Gum (OG) unless stated otherwise. Stamps listed as
Unused will be without gum. See symbols and abbreviations (next page) for additional information. Never hinged (NH) stamps will be listed as such.
10. Cover Lots – When described, postal markings are graded by comparison to the
illustrations in the American Stampless Cover Catalogue. Evidence of aging is to be
expected on older material, especially stampless covers. Light toning, file folds and
edge foxing are the rule rather than the exception, and lots are not returnable for
these minor reasons. We do try to mention these characteristics in any event. More
serious faults, such as major tears, missing flaps, or stains will be described within.
11. Placing of a bid constitutes acceptance of the conditions of sale. Bidding is a
privilege … and a contract. Review your bids carefully to avoid error. Lots are not
returnable due to bidder error.
SHIPPING INFORMATION
For items under $200, we ship via First Class Mail. Over $200-$2,000 we ship via Certified Mail, unless it is a large lot. Small packages over $2,000 will ship via Express Mail. Large lots are generally shipped via UPS, unless otherwise specified by the winner. Foreign customers are shipped via Registered Mail, Express Mail or First Class Mail depending on the value. Items shipped in a mailer
are generally shipped via Certified Mail. If you would like your items shipped by different method, please specify.
ABBREVIATIONS
addr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . addressed
DG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . disturbed gum
mgn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . margin
saabv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . same as above
adv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . advertising
dlc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . double line circle
MS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mint stamp
SB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starting Bid
adhr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . adherence
ALS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . autograph ltr sgnd
appr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . appearance
APS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amer. Phil. Soc
AS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . artist signed
attr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . attractive
avg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . average
B/Btm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bottom
BC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Photo
bklt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . booklet
blk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . block/black
b/s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . backstamped
ccl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . cancel
ccr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . corner crease
c/c . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . corner card
cds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . circular date stamp
cert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . certificate
cnr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . corner
cntr'd/'g . . . . . . . . . . . . . centered/centering
cond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . condition
CPH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Color Photo
cr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . crease
cv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . catalog value
cvr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . cover
dbl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . double
dc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . double circle
defin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . definitive
diag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . diagonal
dlo/do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . double line oval/oval
doc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . document
DS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . document signed
ECV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . estimated cat. value
env . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . envelope
ex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . example
FC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Front Cover Photo
ff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . file fold
FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . folded letter
flt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fault
fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fingerprint on gum
HHR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . heavy hinge remnant
horz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . horizontal
HR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hinge remnant
H/hvy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . heavy
HS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hand stamped
IBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover PH
IFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover PH
impt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . imprint
incl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . including
L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . left
LH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lightly hinged
LL/LR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lower left/lower right
LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . line pair/guide line pr
lrg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . large
lt/lgt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . light
ms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . manuscript cancel
nat’l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . natural
nfai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . no folio as issued
NG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . no gum
ngai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . no gum as issued
ngb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . natural gum bend
ngc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . natural gum crease
ngs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . natural gum skip
npi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . natural paper inclusion
NH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . never hinged
omob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . owner’s mark on back
OG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . original gum/hinged
PB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plate Block
PFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil. Foundation Cert.
PG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . partial gum
PH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . photograph
ph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . previously hinged
Pl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plate
pnb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pencil note on back
PNS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . plate number single
pos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . position
ppc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . picture postcard
pr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pair
PSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Professional Stp. Exp.
R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . right
RG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . regummed
rpf, reperf . . . . . . . . . . . reperforated
sba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . signed by artist
SCV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Catalog Value
SE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . straight edge
selv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . selvage
sep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . separation
SFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . stampless folded letter
sgl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . single
sgnd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . signed
sig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . signature
SL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . straight line
sm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . small
sp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . short perforation
SP/SPI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . sgnd photo / inscrb’d
S/S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . souvenir sheet
stn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . stain
T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . top
th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . thin/thinned
tn'd/'g. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . toned/toning
TLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . typed letter signed
tr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tear/torn
UL/UR . . . . . . . . . . . . . upper left/upper right
var . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . variety
vert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vert
VLH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . very lightly hinged
w/; w/o . . . . . . . . . . . . . with; without
wmk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . watermark
WPH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Web Photo only





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