Frequently Asked Questions

Selling at auction

What is the consignment fee?

The auction consignment fee may be different depending upon the type of item, quality of item, or quantity of items you are interested in consigning.

We offer a flat fee with no additional per-item charges or hidden costs.

Please submit a consignment inquiry about the item(s) you would like to consign and if it is a good fit for auction, we’d love to discuss a consignment rate and the next steps!

How quickly will my item be sold at auction?

We are constantly curating items for upcoming auctions. We will discuss with you the timeframe in which your item might appear at auction.

When will I be paid?

We strive to make payments to our consignors within (30) days of the close of an auction.

What kinds of things do you consign?

We specialize in a number of auction categories encompassing historic memorabilia, collectibles and ephemera.

For a comprehensive list of the specific categories featured in our auctions, please click here.

General questions

How much is my item worth?

We receive a large number of inquiries from people interested in learning what their antiques and collectibles might be worth.

While we’d love to help answer these questions, due to the volume of these types of messages we receive, we simply cannot provide estimates for everyone who casually inquires unless they are interested in potentially consigning at auction with us.

If you feel your item or collection might be suitable for auction consignment, we welcome you to submit a consignment inquiry here.

Do you provide legal / insurance appraisals?

At this time, we do not offer insurance appraisals for antiques, books or collectibles.

However, if you are interested in a casual auction valuation range for a book of any kind, see our “What’s My Book Worth?” page. This is an affordable service which will provide you with a current auction valuation for a book that you’re interested in reselling yourself, or one that has sentimental value.

Do you buy books, photographs, or autographs?

We offer an auction consignment service for items determined to be suitable for auction. This is an avenue through which you have the potential to sell such items.

If you’d like to submit an item for consignment, please email us or use our consignment submission page.

Can I make an in-person appointment?

We are based in Phoenix, Arizona and while we do not have a public storefront, we’re happy to make house calls to consignors within the valley.

If you are local to the general Phoenix area and would like to setup an appointment, we are happy to travel to you to review your consignment. For more information, please contact us.

Buying at auction

When is the next online auction?

Visit our auctions page for information on our current and upcoming online auctions.

How do I register to bid on an auction?

Our auctions are hosted on Invaluable.com. In order to bid on an auction, you will need to sign  up for an Invaluable account.

Click here to create an Invaluable account

Once you are logged into your Invaluable account, visit the auction catalog you wish to bid on and click the black “Register to Bid” button.

Your account will be reviewed and upon your bidding approval, you’ll be able to place bids at auction.

What is the buyer's premium?

The buyer’s premium is 24%.

Do you offer in-house shipping?

Yes, we offer in-house shipping for all auction items. We use UPS, USPS and upon request, FedEx and ship to customers all over the world.

Your auction wins will be carefully packed with high quality materials for safe transportation.

As soon as your package goes out, you’ll receive an automated email with the tracking details.

Can I preview lots in person?

No, our auctions are exclusively online. We are based in Phoenix, Arizona and do not have a public storefront. 

Should you require additional information, high resolution photos, scans or even video, you are welcome to inquire about any item offered at auction and we’d be happy to provide as much information as you’d like.

If I win an auction lot, when will I receive an invoice?

Immediately following the auction, all winning bidders are sent an onboarding email with details and answers to common questions.

This email will be sent to the email address on file with your Invaluable account. Occasionally, these emails end up in spam / junk folders, so please check there if you don’t hear from us by the following day.

The credit card on file in your Invaluable account will not be automatically charged. Please wait for an invoice that will be sent directly from us.

Invoices are emailed to all winning bidders within 3 days of the close of the auction.

What types of payments are accepted?

We accept all major credit cards, ACH bank transfers, wire transfers, checks and PayPal.

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