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AUCTION RULES - Terms of Use


1. Auction closing: CCA41 closes Thursday, October 28, 2021.
    To bid on a lot after 10 p.m. on October 28, you must place an initial successful bid on that lot by 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time. We consider a bid to be "successful" even if it is topped immediately by a ceiling or limit bid. After 10 p.m., we will close the ENTIRE AUCTION when 10 minutes pass without any bids. WE WILL NOT CLOSE INDIVIDUAL LOTS. After 1 a.m., we may close the auction at any time. If the auction is closed, our website will not accept further bids, and our phone will carry a message saying the auction is closed. Any lot with only one bid by 10 p.m. on closing day will be awarded to the person who placed the single bid. Lots without any bids by 10 p.m. will be open to all bidders until the auction closes.  If the auction is interrupted on the closing day by weather, technical problems or other factors, the auction company will determine the exact manner for closing the auction the next day or as soon as possible.  In making this determination, the auction company will consider what is fair to bidders and consignors alike.  The bidder agrees to abide by the auction company's decision.  In any case, if the auction is interrupted before 1 a.m. on the closing day, the high bidder at that point should not assume that he or she is the winning bidder.   

2. Bidding.
    We will accept bids online at and by telephone. Lots may be viewed online. We will accept e-mail bids until the closing day.  We cannot accept email bids on closing day.  The only way to be sure that we have entered your bid, however, is to use our online bidding system or to telephone us. To reach us by phone, please call 724-446-3079. Before being able to bid, you will need to acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the rules of the auction. 

3. Registration.
    You must have a bidder number to bid in our auction. If you are not registered, please register before the closing day of the auction. If you are already registered, do not register again. Doing so causes unnecessary confusion and could result in your bids being canceled. If you have forgotten your bidder number or password, please call or e-mail us.  In registering, you must provide a phone number and a mailing address.  We will not approve any registration that does not contain both.  Bidders and consignors are responsible for ensuring that the contact information in the registration is current.

4. Bidding Increments/Ceiling Bids.
    Once a lot is opened at the minimum bid, each succeeding bid must be 10 percent higher than the previous bid. Bidding proceeds in 10% increments only. We encourage ceiling or limit bids. A ceiling bid must be at least two 10% increments higher than your existing bid, and ceiling bids must progress in even increments (two 10% increments, four 10% increments, etc.). We will not accept "top all" bids. We will not share the amount of your ceiling bid with other bidders, and we will exercise your bid only if another bidder tops your existing bid. (For lots under $50, bids must be increased in $5 increments.)

5. Bidding Disputes.
    If a dispute over a bid arises during or after the bidding process, such as the simultaneous placement of bids, the auction company will resolve the dispute. The bidder agrees to abide by the auction company's decision.

6. Calls Back.
    If you are the high bidder after 10 p.m. on a lot the day the auction closes, you may request a call back if your bid is $100 or higher. You may request a call back also if you leave a ceiling bid. If requested, we will call you back if your ceiling bid is topped. We will do our best to make sure we call you. Mistakes can happen, however, and if we miss a call back, there will be no recourse for the bidder.

7. Buyer's Premium.
    We will add a 15 percent buyer's premium to all winning bids.

8. Notification.
    Normally, notifications to winning bidders will be put into the mail within 36 hours of the time the auction closes.  In addition, within 48 hours after the auction, each bidder may view his or her invoice online in his or her Profile. Please avoid calling us the day after the auction to see if you have won. Calls simply make it more difficult for us to get notifications mailed to all winning bidders in a timely way. Winning bids are posted on our website.  It is the bidder's responsibility to check the Profile or to call us to determine if he or she has placed a winning bid.  If you don't know how to find your invoice in your Profile, call and we'll walk you through the process.

9. Payment.

     Payment must be received within 14 days of the day we mail the invoice or post it online. If you will not be able to pay for your lots in a timely way, please don't bid. When payment is not received within 14 days, we reserve the right to offer the item to the under-bidder or to any other customer. We will accept personal checks, certified/cashier's checks and money orders for payment. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS.  For payments by cashier's check or money order drawn on institutions known to us, we typically ship lots won within two business days.  For personal checks, we typically will wait until the check clears before shipping the lots won, or for seven to 10 days. It often takes 10 days for our bank to verify that a check has cleared.  Pennsylvania residents must pay the state's 6% sales tax unless they have a tax exemption number on file with us. Shipping costs will include insurance. If you don't want insurance, tell us so in writing and provide a statement saying that you accept full responsibility if your lot or lots are lost or damaged in shipping.  If we receive payment more than 30 days after the close of the auction, shipments may be significantly delayed.  Generally, we will ship through the U.S. Postal Service or UPS. If you want overnight or other express service, please let us know.

10. Authenticity and Returns.
    We guarantee the authenticity of each item offered here.  We will accept returns ONLY if you call us to discuss the return first. Returns must be based on a material error in our ONLINE description. We do our best to grade items fairly and accurately. Nevertheless, because all grading by humans is ultimately subjective, we do not guarantee a particular grade from any given grading service.  We must receive any non-autograph item you are returning within 21 days of the day the auction closes (by Nov. 18, 2021). 


11. Autograph Authenticity

    Autographs come with a Collectible Classics Letter of Authenticity that guarantees authenticity for 30 days.  We are committed to offering autographs that you can bid for with confidence. A large percentage of the autographs in this auction were professionally reviewed in 2015.  Prior to the close of our auction, we encourage you to obtain an opinion from your preferred autograph expert based on the images we provide online.  Any disagreement over the authenticity of an autograph must be communicated to COLLECTIBLE CLASSICS in writing within 30 days of the date the auction closes.  Within five weeks (35 days; Dec. 2, 2021), the autograph must be returned to us with a rejection letter from an expert that is recognized in the field relevant to the autograph.  In cases of a dispute, we reserve the right to consult with a recognized expert of our choice to resolve the matter.  No autograph returns will be accepted more than 35 days after the auction closing date.  

12. Requests for Additional Information.
    Requests for additional information concerning lots, such as scans of backs, need to be made before closing day.   


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