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June 20, 2018 - StampAuctionNetwork Agent Bidding Update. StampAuctionNetwork Agent Bidding was thoroughly test and performed exceptionally. We had 7 bidders participate in the test, They bid on 40 lots in the Siegel International Sale, they won 8 lots, won all the ties, bought lots totalling $14,500, and saved $1,650 at a cost of $145. SAN Agent fees are waived in June, 2018 to anyone who uses the service. You must join StampAuctionNetwork Basic or Extended features at some level (trial, BASIC, Extended, or PowerUser), but that can be as little as $9.95/year. Fees are 1% of the hammer price.

June 13, 2018 -- StampAuctionNetwork goes over $1.1 Billion! (adjusted for currency)

We are please to announce that StampAuctionNetwork just crossed over $1.1 Billion in prices realized! (adjusted for currency). Yesterday we reposted 12 sales by Christoph Gartner, Corinphila Auctions and Behr, last week we added a number of recent David Feldman SA sales, and Shreves Sales 7-39, 151-157, and 161-162 (31,000 lots with PR's of 45 million). No other stamp auction site has this significant a database of prices realized. Get more info here.


Prices Realized at StampAuctionNetwork by Auction Firm

Firms may be listed more than once if they conduct sales in different currencies

AuctionFirm # Sales Number of Lots Total Currency Total (US$)
Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. 284 149,648 343,032,200 US$ 343,032,200
Spink USA 161 115,647 223,584,085 US$ 223,584,085
Cherrystone Auctions 124 165,535 206,268,334 US$ 206,268,334
Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, LLC 93 99,280 69,698,070 US$ 69,698,070
Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner 11 87,090 54,136,478 EUR 63,881,044
HR Harmer 14 37,794 32,295,240 US$ 32,295,240
Corinphila Auctions AG 7 19,745 31,870,655 CHF 32,189,362
David Feldman SA 6 10,206 17,732,965 EUR 20,924,899
InterAsia Auctions Limited 2 5,018 147,344,288 HK$ 19,154,757
Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann GmbH & Co. KG 9 24,483 13,673,727 EUR 16,134,998
Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions 11 12,530 12,496,630 US$ 12,496,630
Ceres Philatelie 12 25,644 8,246,344 EUR 9,730,686
Sothebys 1 1 9,500,000 US$ 9,500,000
Sam Houston Philatelics, Inc. 104 54,661 8,971,845 US$ 8,971,845
Brigham Auctions Ltd. 11 7,571 10,827,012 C$ 8,336,799
BEHR Philatelie 5 1,146 5,719,278 EUR 6,748,748
Grosvenor 16 11,507 5,362,355 GBP 5,362,355
Auction Galleries Hamburg vormals Schwanke GmbH 8 13,718 4,016,279 EUR 4,739,209
David Feldman SA 4 3,499 3,982,158 GBP 3,982,158
Gert Müller GmbH & Co. KG 3 3,659 2,902,227 EUR 3,424,628
Sparks Auctions 8 12,334 4,383,715 C$ 3,375,461
Modern Stamps, Inc. 150 53,712 3,191,639 US$ 3,191,639
Dr. Reinhard Fischer Auktions 4 8,940 2,106,449 EUR 2,485,610
Soler y Llach 15 7,009 2,100,529 EUR 2,478,624
Universal Philatelic Auctions 4 30,442 2,258,953 GBP 2,258,953
Matthew Bennett International 3 1,057 2,175,570 US$ 2,175,570
Harmer-Schau Auction Galleries, Inc. 3 2,409 1,898,135 US$ 1,898,135
ROUMET Philatélie 2 4,555 1,606,254 EUR 1,895,380
Württembergisches Auktionshaus Joachim Erhardt Gmb 2 3,969 1,489,553 EUR 1,757,673
Dutch Country Auctions/The Stamp Center 5 5,360 1,750,852 US$ 1,750,852
Totals for All Firms (only top 30 listed above) 1329 1,088,498 in US$'s 1,156,841,271

June 8, 2018 -- StampAuctionNetwork Agent Bidding!

During our recent survey many StampAuctionNetwork users suggested StampAuctionNetwork act as an agent during live bidding, so as to not reveal their maximum bid. We have developed this feature and it is ready to use. If you leave book bids in an auction with Live Bidding at StampAuctionNetwork, you will find this very useful. To evaluate this feature, we will waive the 1% agent fee for any lots you win with StampAuctionNetwork Agent bidding in June. SAN Agent bidding is an Extended Features option, so you will need to support SAN at some capacity, a trial, a voluntary amount, or the full extended features subscription. You will be able to evaluate it in June with just the "trial" option.

StampAuctionNetwork Agent Bidding

  • The auction firms will not see SAN Agent bids until the lot is opened.
  • They will look identical to other live bids, except that your maximum bid amount will not be revealed.
  • If your maximum bid is reached and beaten, and you are watching the live bidding, you can take over your bid. You will never have to worry about bidding against yourself.
  • During Live Bidding, you will also be able to place a Live SAN Agent Bid. This will be identical to a Live Bid, except the Auctioneer will not see your max bid. Currently the SAN console operator and the Auctioneer (if watching their monitor) can see everyone's max bids in order to expedite the live bidding.
  • This will be optimal for both current live bidders and current absentee bidders. For absentee bidders this will give you the opportunity to keep the auctioneer from seeing your bid on the book. For live bidders it will keep the auctioneer from seeing your maximum live bid.
  • StampAuctionNetwork will automatically drop your linking OR bids if a bid marked as OR is executed for you.
  • Once your Agent Bids are executed, they will become part of your regular MyBids and will be archived into MyArchivedBids when we take the sale down.
  • We will charge you 1% of the realized amount, with no caps or minimums if your SAN Agent bid is successul. Agent fees will be waived in June.
  • We will send you an invoice after the close of the sale. Payment is due on acceptance of the lot from the auction house.

May 14, 2018 -- StampAuctionNetwork closing in on $1 Billion in Prices Realized!

Announcing 15 days of Duck Stamps! Last week we loaded 101 Sam Houston Sales with over 53,000 lots with total prices realized just shy of 9 million dollars. That brings our total prices realized at StampAuctionNetwork to almost 1 Billion, with $997 million from 816,076 lots. To recognize this, we are featuring 2 Duck stamps each day, one with a high population and one with a top selling price. Find out what today's item is by visiting StampAuctionNetwork.com


StampAuctionNetwork links 5 Awesome Search Tools!

Our latest feature at StampAuctionNetwork now gives you immediate access to 5 great search tools. After you do a Country and Catalog Search at StampAuctionNetwork, you can immediately link to the corresponding pages at The Philatelic Foundation's PF Search (2 tools - Certs and Population), Siegel Auction Galleries POWER SEARCH™, and the Professional Stamp Experts ("PSE") population reports. There really more than 5 resources, but we are counting our own search as 1, and only the searches that are a click away. Once you are at Siegel Auction Galleries or Professional Stamp Experts, they have a number of other valuable resources.

The location of the links are show in the image to the right, highlighted in yellow.

  • The Philatelic Foundation's PF Search (Census/Population). The Philatelic Foundation’s PF Search Program allows you to easily find information about the stamps and covers the PF has examined and their final opinions about each item. At present over 540,000 images of stamps and covers examined by the PF between June 1984 and to date are in our searchable Certificate Archive. You can find both an image of the stamp or cover and the PF’s final opinion for each stamp or cover. The PFSearch program allows you easy access to a variety of information, including grades of stamps we have expertized. http://pfsearch.org/pfsearch/

  • Siegel Auction Galleries POWER SEARCH™. Stamp collecting's most advanced searchable database. Search all of their auctions from 1993 to date, plus their Rarities sales since their inception in 1964, as well as some important older name sales. POWER SEARCH™ allows you to search their data by Sale, Lot, Dates, Area, Sub Area, General, Issue, Country, Grade, Symbol, and price realized. In addition, you will find links to Census information, PDF's of auction catalogs, Vignettes, The Siegel Encyclopedia and much, much more. https://siegelauctions.com/lot_lkp.php

  • Professional Stamp Experts ("PSE"). The Industry Leader in Postage Stamp Grading and Services. In addition to the link to their Population Report, you will find info on getting your stamps graded, SMQ Values, and a Set Registry. http://psestamp.com/


Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers brings StampAuctionNetwork just shy of $1 Billion in Prices Realized!

  1. Announcing a Baker's Dozen Highlights from Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers. Last Sunday we loaded 122 Cherrystone Sales containing 162,000 lots with total prices realized of 203 million dollars. That brings our total prices realized at StampAuctionNetwork to almost 1 Billion, with $979 million from 744,000 lots. To recognize this, we are featuring a stamp or cover that for the most part has only been seen in a Cherrystone auction in the last 20 years. Find out what today's item is by visiting StampAuctionNetwork.com

    Call for Stamp Champions to manage and standardize the StampAuctionNetwork database!

  2. Stamp Auction Network is looking for qualified individuals who will help manage and standardize the data submitted to StampAuctionNetwork so that it will be the most useful possible. For the most part we are looking for individuals who can be responsible for a collecting area (US and North America, German, British Commonwealth, France and Colonies, Africa, Asia, South America, Offices, Occupations, etc...). In return for managing your area (minimum of 200 corrections per month), we will give you full access to the PowerUser features. You also become part of the development team that makes recommendations for future Extended Features. To apply you must have at least signed up for the trial of Extended Features and then fill out this google form. (It is a legitimate Google form) https://goo.gl/forms/FQFaMlphRTHPe6Yu1

Extended Features Update -- 90 days for $30 offer!

StampAuctionNetwork's 30 days of Free Extended Services is coming to a close! Over the next 4 days, you can find out which stamps have the highest population and realizations from our database of almost $1 billion in auction realizations. But here are a couple items we want you to know.

  • 90 days for $30 offer. Knowledge is power, and that knowledge translates into dollar savings for you. The more you know about what you are collecting, its availability, its history, the better you are positioned to save money. One early Extended Features user was able to pick up a stamp in better condition for $800 while he watched two other bidders fight it out for over $2000 for a poor copy. If you are serious, you probably have auctions catalogs in your reference library. As we can, we are going to eliminate your need to manually go through them. The value of this seems obvious, but it seems to be a hard sell, so we are going to make it hard to resist, sign up for 90 days for $30.

  • Money Back Guarantee. For the month of April, we are offering a 100% money back, no questions asked policy to anyone that signs up for Extended Features. To get this option, just email me telling me what you collect and what you hope to get out of Extended Features, and I will do what I can to make that happen. If you are not satisfied, I will refund your money.

  • We are taking requests.... Once the 30 days of Free Extended Features runs out, we are taking requests. Just email me the catalog number of an item you want total access to with the trial version and I will add it to the list.

  • What can we do for you with Extended Features? Drop us a note. What do you want to see?

  • Last week we posted 148 sales, 52,000 lots from Modern Stamps with total prices realized of $3 million. We selected just items with catalog numbers that should be included in the database. We will have another major announcement this week.


30 days of Free Extended Services as we count down the Top 30 Stamps at StampAuctionNetwork.com! Each day we will feature two stamps, one with a high population at StampAuctionNetwork, and one that sold the most in total sales volume. Sign up for the 30 day trial and get full access to the data on those two stamps that day (Normally the trial restricts you to 5 records.)

Announcing StampAuctionNetwork
Extended Features!
(signup here)

StampAuctionNetwork is excited to announce this new level of service available to all collectors, auction firms and dealers that will provide each with the ability to understand the trends in stamp values like never before!

StampAuctionNetwork is an amazing database dating back 17 years that has captured some of the most prestigious sales held over the last two decades. Here are a just a few interesting facts about the data that make it such a powerful resource for Philatelists.
  • 500,000 lots with prices representing $750 Million of sales
  • 220,000 USA lots with $385 Million of Sales
  • 102,000 Postal History Lots representing $120 Million
  • Although most of sales that we have been saving were major US Auction sales, there are still 150 million of prices realized for Great Britain, Germany, France and the rest of the world.
You may be asking in this day of FREE everything, why should I pay for this? First, knowledge is power, is money saved. Access to this information will pay for itself. The problem here is not technology. We have written a number of important databases, Siegel's PowerSearch, the PF Search and Expertizing database, we even scanned all of the Siegel Auction Catalogs and brought them online for Robert A. Siegel. The challenge is getting standardized information from a myriad of data sources. You are paying for us to collect and provide a means to make sense of all the different ways auction firms categorize countries, catalogue numbers, conditions and symbols. The following is just the major sections of data you can search through at StampAuctionNetwork now. We are in discussions with at least a half dozen major contributors to the database. We plan to bring as much on line as possible, and create a database that will give you the best results. If you are a serious collector, you will spend more than our subscription just finding and buying old catalogs to search through manually.


We have come to the point where StampAuctionNetwork now represents almost 100% of the worldwide stamp auction marketplace. This will matter to the future generations of collecting as they will expect this kind of data to be at their fingertips.

What this means....

  • StampAuctionNetwork is committing to save all auctions we post. If the auction firm posts prices realized, we will keep the data on line. This will encourage all of the auction firms to provide prices realized.
  • We are going to keep saving all your bids for you. The basic version will give you access to your bids back to 2014 and moving forward. You will be able to use that information in ways you haven't even thought of yet.
  • We are committing to standardizing the data so it can be searched easily. This means creating intelligence in our software to translate the myriad ways we get the info from the auction firms. It is going to encourage Auction firms to provide catalog numbers, condition and symbols on every lot where it makes a difference, so the trending information is even more helpful.

What this means for you personally....

  • You will be able to track and use StampAuctionNetwork to maintain much of your stamp inventory. You will be able to find out what you paid for an item 15 years ago.
  • You have better information to assess the market and get bidding information. It was always a bad idea to "let the underbidder determine the market price", now you will have real information.
  • You will be able to pull up historically, your bidding patterns for a particular stamp.
We really don't know the potential impact for stamp collecting, but this can be a real game changer. It will have a dramatic impact. This is a strong move for Stamp Collecting. With this initiative, and our unique position of the first and oldest internet auction site, we have the historical resources to offer immediate benefits to the philatelic community and the ability to grow that throughout the years ahead.

Follow this link, Login, and try it out FREE for 7 days!

We hope you sign up to use Extended Features today. Sincerely, Tom Droege


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