The following reports one of
the results of a survey of stamp collectors throughout the
States in response to 25,000 questionnaires sent out in 1939 regarding
suggestions for improvements in the auction catalogs
the following list is in order of importance:
descriptions of the stamps offered.
describing condition of the stamps should
be standardized in all catalogs.
illustrations should be included, especially of the
stamps of higher value.
of the stamps offered should be stated
in place of the catalog price.
at previous auctions should be appear.
be broken down, particularly those that
have stamps of high value.
not use such optimistic terms in describing
provided to allow jotting down bid prices
realized at the auction.
should be omitted in describing condition
of the stamp.
should be inserted on high grade material.
should be given bidders when requested.
be better printed.
be weeded out and better grade stamps
should use Scott numbers for American
stamps should be kept separate from used
from "Philatelic Auction Survey"
Specialist Volume 1 Part I
H. L. Lindquist,
Editor and Publisher
Posted August 8, 1999
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