This Collection was Appraised by our Foundation and Sold for Twice the Amount a Local Dealer Offered:
The finest 19th and 20th century collection ever offered is from the estate of a French/German nobleman, Baron Frederick Von Lubcke Spouse: Dora Von Lubcke Birth: about 1853 - Bremen Residence: 1880 - New York City, New York, New York and represents three generations of collectors starting in 1883 and through the 1970’s. This collection consisting of both stamps and postal history was originally appraised through The Stamp & Coin Appraisers. This collection illustrated here is from the collection. The Baron accumulated over 400 19th century albums, including Swanenburger & Maury albums, I will over time break out pages/collections from these albums. I will be putting up selected rarities from the estate. Some have written certification, some have signatures on the back of the stamp including Bloch, Brun, Schlegel, GYPS, etc. You are welcome to have any item certified yourself by notifying me at the time of purchase. Please note most of the signatures are from very well known expertizers such as those described above. The Baron was a very savvy collector and dealt only with reputable dealers and well known auction firms such as Roumet in Paris, David Feldman in Geneva, etc. Please keep in mind that the warantee signatures cost a minimum of $25 today and should be taken into consideration as you view our items.
THE ILLUSTRATIONS YOU SEE HERE REPRESENT A COLLECTION FROM THE BARONS ESTATE CONSIGNED TO A MAJOR AUCTION HOUSE AND SOLD FOR $270,000.00.
HERE AT THE FOUNDATION WE ONLY DO CERTAIN STAMP APPRAISALS. THE FOLLOWING ARE STAMP COLLECTIONS WE APPRAISE:
US COLLECTION MUST HAVE THE AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING; ONE OR TWO OF THE FIRST STAMPS ISSUED IN 1847, (NOT 1851). THE 1893 ISSUE WHEREBY THE SET HAS AT LEAST THE FIRST PART UNUSED ONLY TO THE 50-CENT. IF DOLLAR VALUES ARE PRESENT THIS QUALIFIES FOR APPRAISAL. IF THESE ARE NOT PRESENT THE LAST QUALIFICATION WOULD BE UNUSED STAMPS FROM 1901 TO 1917 WHERE PAGES ARE 90% COMPLETE.
FOREIGN STAMP COLLECTIONS QUALIFICATIONS:
WHERE THE ALBUM CONTAINS A SINGLE COULTRY NOT LARGE ALBUMS LIKE THE SCOTT INTERNATIONAL SERIES WHERE IT STARTS US, THEN A-Z COUNTRIES IN A SERIES OF ALBUMS. EXCEPTION IS WHERE THESE ALBUMS ARE AT LEAST 80% COMPLETE MOSTLY UNUSED.
ANY COLLECTION THAT HAS NUMEROUS CERTICATES OF AUTHENTICITY OR AND STAMP AUCTION PURCHASES ON PUBLIC AUCTION CARDS.
THE FOLLOWING DO NOT QUALIFY:
ALBUMS THAT ARE NAMED: THE MODERN POSTAGE STAMP ALBUM, THE CITATION ALBUM, ALBUMS MADE UP BY THE COLLECTOR, NOT A PRINTED ALBUM, BOXES, LARGE OR SMALL WITH LOOSE STAMPS, ENVELOPES OF LOOSE STAMPS, FIRST DAY COVERS AFTER 1923.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL US FOR INFORMATION IF YOU HAVE THE LAST. INSTEAD; IF YOU STILL BELIEVE YOU MIGHT HAVE A RARE STAMP IN A GENERAL ACCUMULATION OR COLLECTION THERE IS A BOOK ON AMAZON DEPICTING RARE STAMPS ISSUED FOR VERY LITTLE MONEY FIFTY-SIXTY YEARS AGO. THESE ARE PICTURED (HUNDREDS) IN THIS BOOK. GO TO AMAZON BOOKS TYPE IN MICHAEL BASS WHO WROTE “EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT STAMP COLLECTING”. IF YOU CAN MATCH UP FROM YOUR COLLECTION TWO OR THREE STAMPS THAT ARE IDENTICAL TO THOSE PICTURED THEN CALL US.
Why our Foundation and not a major auction house?
As your Director of APF I have now been a professional in this investment hobby for sixty years working with nearly every major auction firm in the World. There was a time when you could negotiate the consignor commission. There was a time it was a very small fee for consignors. Today sellers commission is 20% or more plus extra charges. Buyer’s fees are 20% so when you add the two together the fees are 40% of selling price. Most consignors for the average sale lose money
on their life long investment. Here is a simple example:
Lot# 123, Worldwide general collection with very high catalog value, about $50,000. Collection in mixed condition but ideal for the collector who wants to upgrade their collection.
The above is an example from a recent sale in a very well-known auction house. The investor who complained to me after the auction had invested about $15,000 over his lifetime in the collection. The collection sold for $6200. After deducting the 20% commission the owner received less than $5000 after additional fees
were deducted. Here at our Foundation, there are no fees; my buyer gives us a voluntary donation between 5-10%. The example above should have sold for 30% of catalog minimum, (we reserve all collections), so the collector would have received a net $15,000.00. Please email me if you have further questions.