Welcome to Auction 133 our fourth auction for 2015, and sorry for the long gap between auctions. Most of you will realise that I also run Phoenix
Auctions and this has been taking up a lot of time.
This auction offers our usual wide choice of lots, with 100s of stamp and variety lots, plenty of numeral and datestamp cancels, a wide range of postal history and postal stationery and even some postcards and ephemera lots. With over 4200 lots there is plenty to choose from.
Quite a number of postmark collectors use our Post Office Reference Database on our website and a number of you pay an annual subscription of $55 to access our detailed Victorian Postmark Database. This section is now been completed through to the Zs including the Melbournes, Reliefs and TPOs have already been done. While it will obviously take quite a while to get all of the 36,000+ postmarks scanned and updated. For those who collect Victorian postmarks this is a wonderful resource.
To subscribe simply go to the website www.premierpostal.com, select Reference Tools from the top left menus and then select Victorian Datestamps. There is a Subscribe link in the welcome line, click on this and just fill iin your details. Alternatively, simply enter https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/weProd.sh/viewfrrwrapper.w? In your search engine address field.
Our on-line bidders will be pleased to know that our new live-bidding screen seems to be working well. If you haven't used it yet then give it a try. To bid live online go to the website and log in with your Client Code and Password. Ten minutes before the auction starts an Open Auction Live Bidding window link will appear below the image of the catalogue front page. Simply click on this and you will be ready to go.
The pop-up window displays the last lot sold, the current lot and the next two lots. If you have already placed bids then these lots will be displayed in a bold font. A bid button will be displayed below the current lot number to bid at the next bid step. This button disappears when you have the top bid or when the auctioneer has stopped accepting bids.
Use the View Bidsheet menu on the top right of the home page to review or place bids for later lots. This screen will also show you the total value of your successful bids to help you manage your budget.
Remember that we only sell lots that have bids already placed on them and therefore the pop-up window will only show and allow bidding on those lots. To ensure a lot appears you will need to place some sort of initial bid on the lot, even if it is a below reserve bid.
Our clients who have access to the internet should also take time to review our retail lots. There are over 20,000 items which can be accessed and searched for in the same way the auctions can. If you have your collecting interests set up these will also work on the retail list ensuring you can access them as efficiently as possible. Please ensure that you confirm your order once you have finalised the items you wish to purchase.
Our website provides many different ways of viewing those items or areas in the auction that interest you the most. We provide a standard selection in lot order, searching by topic (over 250 of them) or by country and searching by your collecting interests or a description search. Our Image Gallery enables you to just browse through the pictures and likewise you can also use the Image Gallery to just view the items that match your collecting interests.
To help with your specific collecting interests and to find the lots that interest you, we provide an extract service. This service saves you time and helps to keep our costs down. Simply provide us with your collecting interests. You can specify whether you just collect stamps, postal history or postal stationery, whether you collect mint or used, what periods you collect, what countries you collect etc. You can be quite detailed. In nearly all cases we can provide an extract which is well matched to your collecting needs.
The most effective way of bidding is to use our secure website www.premierpostal.com. However you can also phone your bids through if you prefer. We take bids any way they come.
David, Cathy & Keith.
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