LATEST UPDATE: 04 January 2004
often are the most misunderstood and underrated (and sometimes overrated)
tangible personal properties included in ones estate. In many
cases well known to the philatelic community, an important philatelic
estate has been sold far below its actual market value due to the
collections inappropriate sales venue appointment, and/or
as a result of the inefficient philatelic marketing methods employed
for the collections sale.
These types of lost
opportunities occur not so much because parties have taken advantage
of a situation, but quite often because philatelically uninformed
heirs are not aware of the collections value, nor how to market
the material. At times, heirs unknowingly appoint potential buyers
or auctioneers for the estate who are not qualified to market the
collection in a manner conducive to a professional philatelic atmosphere.
We work with you, your
attorney, and your heirs, to assure that your collection is marketed
in the proper manner, once such a disposal decision is made. All
of the mechanics required to properly document your collection take
place on your premises, or at a facility designated by you, your
heirs, or your attorney. We never take physical possession of your
collection. Numerous personal, commercial and attorney references
are available upon request.
We will document and
inventory your collection, preferably in your presence, or together
with your designated representative(s). We will maintain the detailed
inventory records and evaluations, with copies for yourself, your
designated heirs, and your attorney. Whenever deemed appropriate
by you or your heirs, we will manage the marketing and sale of your
collection either by public auction, or through private treaty transactions,
the former choice normally proving to be the most popular and profitable
of the two disposal methods.
A large number of philatelic
estates have been successfully marketed, managed, and sold through
our offices in the past twenty years, recent examples being:
An old-time "Hoosiers"
Collection of the Postage Stamps and Postal History of the Netherlands
and the Dutch
East Indies (1997)
The in-depth Boris
B. Joffe Collection of Worldwide Aerophilately
The incomparable Robert
W. Dickgiesser Collection of Bermuda
The Rev. John
G. Pannek Specialized Canada
The Harry A. Eisenstein
Specialized Collections of Argentina,
The comprehensive Robert
W. Gesell Collection of the United
States, including Specialized
Donald P. Bianchi Specialized Collection of the United
States 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration
Commemorative Issue (2003)
The Wallace R.
Rechel Collections of the United
States and Germany,
The Donald P.
Bianchi Specialized Collection of the United
States 1938 "Eagle"
Air Post Issue (2003)
The Jacob M. Bard
Specialized Collections of Mexico's
1884-1885 "Medallion" and 1886-1894 "Numerals"Issues
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