April 21, 2015

Archives International Auctions sale 24

The next live auction from Archives International will take place Thursday May 7 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The sale will offer 897 lots, of which almost 600 are stocks and bonds. North American railroads are well-represented with about 244 lots.

Like most auctions from Archives International, this sale offers a substantial number of specimens (150 railroad lots) plus a handful of proofs (4 lots). I also count 14 multi-item lots which is always an excellent way to lower your per-item cost. (Plus, you can always sell extra items you don't want.)

Because there are so many specimens in the sale, it is hard to mention every rarity. As I've said time and time again, all specimens are scarce and some are notably rarer than others. Fortunately, Archives gives numerous indications (e.g. "3 were found in archives") when items are particularly scarce. Among the items that jump out at me are specimens from the Boyer Valley Railway, the Iowa Central Railway, the Michigan Midland & Canada Railroad, the Mexican Northern Railway and a new $10,000 bond from the New York Central  & Hudson River Rail Road.

You can view the auction catalog online by going to the Archives International Auctions site at https://archivesinternational.com/. If you click on "Link to Virtual Catalog," you will reach a "Flipbook" edition. Like all Flipbooks, you will be limited to viewing rather small images. On the other hand, if you click on "Virtual Catalog Downloads," you can download the Flipbook edition to your own computer. This method will allow you to view slightly larger images depending on the size of your monitor.

For a physical edition of the catalog, contact Archives International Auctions at 201-944-4800 or info@archivesinternational.com. Like all Archives International auctions, you can bid by mail, email, fax, phone, internet and phone. To avoid embarrassing bidding mistakes (in this and EVERY auction), be sure to read and understand the "Conditions of Sale" (found on the last page of the catalog) before bidding.

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