Bidding Info

If you wish to participate in our floor auctions, but cannot be there in person, we recommend bidding live via the internet through CherrystoneLIVE. If you cannot be present in person or online, Cherrystone will represent you by executing your written, absentee bids (see Ways to Bid). There are also a number of Auction Agents who can act on your behalf.

Everything you need to know about participating in our auctions is described on this page. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your interest in Cherrystone Auctions!

Ways to Bid

Your bids are strictly confidential, and the placing of a bid shall constitute acceptance of our terms of sale. Please note that bids significantly lower than our estimates will not be considered.


All payments at Cherrystone Auctions are in U.S. Dollars. Cherrystone accepts Visa and Mastercard. Credit card payments are subject to a 3% surcharge. You may submit your credit card information securely at

Payments may also be made in cash, by money order or by checks drawn on U.S. banks. Please do not send double-endorsed or third-party checks.


We ship all lots by FedEx. Please provide a street address and phone number for FedEx delivery. Additional charges may apply for bulky lots and/or additional insurance.

Bidding Increments

Current Bid Advance
Up to $100 $5.00
$100 - $290 $10.00
$300 - $675 $25.00
$700 - $950 $50.00
$1,000 - $2,900 $100.00
$3,000 - $6,750 $250.00
$7,000 - $19,500 $500.00
$20,000 - $29,000 $1,000.00
$30,000 - $72,500 $2,500.00
$75,000 - $95,000 $5,000.00
$100,000 - $290,000 $10,000.00
$300,000+ $25,000.00

Symbol Key


Superb — A state of absolute perfection. Thus, this term is rarely applied.

Fine (F) — Somewhat off centered, but perfs clear design. Fairly light postmark when used.

Very Fine (V.F.) — Well centered, lightly cancelled when used.

Very Good (V.G.) — Off centered, perforations cut into design. Nevertheless, sound and free from any defects unless otherwise noted.


u — used
* — unused, with original gum, hinged
** — unused, with original hum, never hinged, post office condition
(*) — unused, without gum, or that gum is not original
— a block of four, or a large multiple
— cover, card, or entire
— booklet or booklet pane
FL — folded letter
ppc — picture post card
pc — post card
hs — handstamp
£ — price in Pounds Sterling
¥ — price in Japanese Yen
— price in Euros


T, B, L, R — top, bottom, left, right
P — proof
E — essay
R — reprint
S — specimen
n.h. — never hinged
l.h. — lightly hinged
h.r. — hinged remnant
var. — variety
o.g. — original gum
Mi — Michel catalogue
Zu — Zumstein catalogue
S.G. — Stanley Gibbons catalogue
ANK — Austrian Netto catalogue
NVPH — Dutch Specialized catalogue
SASS — Sassone Italian catalogue

Auction Agents

Charles E. Cwiakala
1527 South Fairview Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone/Fax: (847) 823-8747

Jochen Heddergott
Bauerstrasse 9
D-8000 Munchen 40
Phone: (069) 272-1685

Frank Mandel
PO Box 157
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 675-0819
Fax: (212) 366-6462

Nick Martin
Phone: +44 (0)1205 460968
Mobile: +44 (0)7703 766477

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