Stamps or coins?
Do you need help with selling?
We would like to help you! Some collectors sell their collection at the end of an active collecting life. Others leave behind a collection. In that case you are probably looking for help in properly presenting a collector’s life’s work to the market. You can continue to collect until old age. Very often it concerns legacies that the auction house has to deal with. The first step is always an advice, any sale or auction will follow later.
Everything in the field of stamps and coins
We are looking for extensive collections and lots in the field of philately (collecting stamps) and numismatics (collecting coins) and everything related to that. Also think of old tokens, banknotes, picture postcards, jewellery, old letters and the like. It cannot be big or extensive enough for us.
As a specialized auction company in stamps and coins, we can help you very well with this. Each year we auction a collection for about 600 customers. That can be 1 or a few pieces or rooms or even a house full. The latter is more common than you think. Quite often a collection covers a large number of moving boxes. About 20 moving boxes fit in our standard transport. If necessary, we will of course arrange larger transport.
Review of your collection
It is quite a process to organize things properly, we guide you through the process from start to finish. The first step is always an assessment of what you have. This can take place at our office or at any desired location. If you take the trouble to submit a few things to our office, an assessment is without obligation.
At (your) location
We are well aware that a collection is sometimes very extensive or that you are not well able to travel with the material to our office. That is why we also value on location. In contrast to appraisals at the office, appraisals carried out by us on location are not without obligation. If you are actually going to auction, we will bear the costs of this valuation. Sometimes you need to consult with other interested parties before making the decision to auction. In that case, we will gladly give you that time. If you later decide to have the collection auctioned by Rietdijk, we will of course refund the valuation costs. We live off the auctions, not the appraisals. If you put the collection at our office for valuation, there are no valuation costs. If we come to you and you are going to auction, there are no valuation costs. Only in the event that we come to your location and you are not going to auction with us will we receive an invoice for a valuation on location.
What can you tell us about the collection?
Before we travel, we would like to know a few things about the collection. This is to exclude possible mutual disappointment about the possibilities on both sides as much as possible. Valuation appointments or at our office or on location can be made in the short term. You can of course send us a description by e-mail but also by telephone so that further agreements can be made.
Duration of a valuation
An average appointment lasts about 1 to 2 hours, but it is of course very dependent on the size and content of the collection. The vast majority of appraisals are completed within 2 hours. You can find everything about valuations that we can do at the office or on location here.
Submit for auction
When returning the collection, we record the agreements on the receipt. This will contain the details of the contributor, the auction commission, the lot fee, a description of the whole and an insured value. We will always set this insured value slightly higher than our valuation. The valuation is an estimate as accurate as possible of the possible auction proceeds, but not a guarantee. We leave the proceeds of the stamps to the market. Of course, allotment plays a major role in this. The moment at which you apply also determines when the collection can be auctioned. We will always want to get the most out of it. After all, your interest is also our interest. The more the collection scores at the auction, the better for the net result and our commission. We organize 4 auctions per year, so the moment you visit us and bring in material also determines when an auction can take place.
After you have applied material, our team will get to work to present things in the best possible way. Allocating this (if necessary) is important for a correct presentation to the market. Globally, entries can be placed in 4 lot types. We know boxes, albums, folders and individual songs. Each group has a specific treatment within the auction procedure. Almost every entry has a few boxes and albums, a smaller part also contains folders and individual numbers. The better the material, the more detailed the allotment can be. That depends very much on the content and quality of the collection. But sometimes also your wishes. For example, separate catalogs and auctions can be created for very special collections.
Communication before and after the auction
Before the auction you will receive an overview of the lots made from your entry and the paper auction catalog. This generally appears about a month before the auction. You will receive the statement from us six to eight weeks after the auction and the final result is transferred to the specified bank account number upon submission. This can of course be several account numbers if there are several interested parties. If you have any questions, you can reach us continuously. We are happy to help you!