Whenever the Calgary Philatelic Society meets, an auction is usually held, as it’s a popular and effective way to buy and sell philatelic material at local market prices.
Anyone is welcome to buy at a club auction, but only paid-up members are permitted to sell (other than through an estate sale). Each member may put in up to 10 lots. The seller is able to place a reserve price on each lot. The minimum reserve on a lot is $3.00. All lots with a single bid are considered sold. Lots with multiple bids go to live auction. Any unsold lots must be picked up by the seller before the auction is called. The club retains a 10 per cent commission on all lots sold. Non-members must pay by cash, while members have the option of paying by cheque. Any lot is returnable for a full refund on the day of the sale if the merchandise is not found as described.
General Meetings: Each general meeting begins with an auction. General Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month (except July, August and December) at the Kerby Centre. The placing and viewing of auction lots begins when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The auction is called between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. Payment is due at the end of the meeting. Once all the money is collected, sellers are paid out minus the 10 per cent commission.
Monthly Auction Nights: These are held at the Kerby Centre on the third Wednesday of every month (except June, July, August and September). The times and procedures are identical to a general meeting. In June, the auction night is replaced by a member bourse where members can purchase a table for $5.00 and sell material directly to collectors.
Shows & Bourses: Auctions are also held in conjunction with the annual Spring Bourse and Caltapex fall show. Check EVENTS for more details.
Auction Forms: A completed auction form must be firmly attached to each lot. Blank auction forms are available for free download.
Estate Sales/Questions: Non-members may approach the club to sell off large and small collections by contacting Doug Kollar at 403-547-3838. Questions about auctions may also be directed to Jim Senecal at 403-547-7681.