Welcome to Huggins and Scott Auctions, the Nation's fastest growing Sports & Americana Auction House. With this catalog, we are presenting another extensive listing of sports cards and memorabilia, plus a unique array of historically significant Americana items as well. We hope you enjoy it.
VERY IMPORTANT: Due to size constraints and the cost factor in the print version of most catalogs, we are unable to include all pictures and elaborate descriptions on every single lot in the auction. However, our website has no limitations, so we have added many more photos and a much more elaborate description on virtually every item on our website. Well worth checking out if you are serious about a lot!
Here's how we are running our April 2 & 3, 2008 auction:
BIDDING BEGINS ON MONDAY MARCH 17th AT 10:00am EST
Our auction was designed years ago and still remains geared toward affordable vintage items for the serious collector. We describe and photograph each item in the most clear and easy to understand way possible. However, WE LOVE QUESTIONS! Call us anytime locally at 301-608-0355 or toll free at 1-866-462-2273. Always leave a message if you get our machine. It's always the first thing we check everyday.
You must pre-register to bid. You can do this over the phone on our toll free number (1-866-462-2273) or online at www.hugginsandscott.com. Our local phone number is 301-608-0355. Should you choose the online method and have any problems, please call us for assistance. Our normal business hours are Monday-Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5 Eastern Standard Time.
Once registered you are eligible to bid. At the time of registration, you will create a User ID and Password, that you are responsible for; you will use that same User ID and Password everytime you log into our site for this and all future auctions. Bidding is done online or by telephone.
3-STEP BIDDING PROCESS:
STEP 1) Initial Bids
You must place an acceptable, initial bid on an item by 9:00pm on the night the item ends, in order to proceed to STEP 2. A way to check if your bid was accepted is to go to "My Bid List". If the item you bid on is listed there, you are in. You can now sort your bid list by which lots you hold the current high bid for, and which lots you have been outbid on. IF YOU HAVE NOT PLACED A BID ON AN ITEM BEFORE 9:00pm EST (on the night the item ends), YOU CANNOT BID ON THAT ITEM AFTER 9:00pm EST, in the extended bidding session (STEP 2). However, at 9:00pm on April 2nd, if you are the only bidder on an item that ends on April 2nd, that item will close and you will be declared the winner. We cannot stress enough, you will want to get your bids in early. For example, once you get your catalog, if you were to place a bid (even if you get outbid by another bidder) on every item that you are interested in, you are good to go and will be allowed to bid in the last 2 hours of the auction on both nights, without the possibility of being shutout.
STEP 2) Extended Bidding Session
Between 9:00pm and 11:00pm is our "extended bidding session". This period of bidding is getting you ready for the end. You are welcome to continue placing bids on any item that you have previously bid on, but you may not jump in on a new item during this time.
STEP 3) Unique Auction Ending Style
Now adopted by most major auction houses; You're Welcome!
Years ago, for some unknown reason, most other auction houses adopted the procedure to end entire auctions all at one time. Our way is much more bidder friendly. Here's how it works: Bidders have our catalog for roughly two weeks prior to the auction's end, giving them ample opportunity to place an initial bid before 9:00 pm on the item's end date. Lots will then begin closing at 11:00pm on their respective end dates. If only one bid has been received prior to 9:00 pm, the lot will officially close at 11:30pm EST (See "Step 1" above). If there have been two or more bids on a particular item, that item will remain open until 30 minutes have passed without any additional bids on that item. A 30-minute timer is provided for each lot and will be automatically reset every time a new bid is made on that lot. If you up your own high bid in the last 30-minutes, the 30-minute clock will NOT reset. Bids on items will continue to be accepted between 9:00pm and 11:00pm from any bidder that has bid on the item prior to 9:00pm (Extended Bidding Session). Based on these rules, no lot with two or more bids prior to 9:00pm can close prior to 11:30pm EST.
Here are some examples:
a) Two bidders named A & B are the only two who have bid on Lot 420 prior to 9:00pm on the day that the lot ends. Only Bidders A & B can bid on Lot 420 after 9:00pm At 11:00pm, Bidder A was the high bidder on Lot 420. If no one else bids before 11:30pm, Bidder A will win the auction. If, however, Bidder B bids again at 11:27pm, the new end time for Lot 420 is 11:57pm, giving Bidder A another 30 minutes to raise his bid. No other auction lots are affected by A & B's bidding on Lot 420.
b) If Bidder A was the only bidder on Lot 420 at 9:00pm, he automatically wins the lot at 11:30pm.
This format accomplishes two very bidder-friendly things: it prevents snipers, as once you bid the clock resets for 30 minutes even if you bid with 1 second left. Also, it allows people to know they have won an item without having to wait for every item in the auction to close.
We are sure that once you read and use this bidder-friendly Auction Ending style, you'll appreciate, as we do, that it is just "a better mousetrap." However should you have any questions about this procedure, PLEASE call us on our local or toll free number.
A few examples for those of you that may not understand:
We accept personal checks, business checks, money orders, bank checks, wire transfers and cash. We WILL NOT accept credit cards or Paypal for auction items (unless pre-authorized before the auction ends. Call for details).
FOLLOWING THE AUCTION
We will send winning bidders an email as well as written invoices the week following the auction. Payment is requested within 15 business days from the end of the auction. Extremely late or non-payments may result in the revocation of bidding privileges for future auctions. Please note: when you bid on an item, you are entering a legally binding contract, indicating that you will pay for your items, plus the buyers' premium and any additional associated fees (sales tax, shipping, insurance, etc...). You are responsible for any and all bids placed with your User ID and password.
MORE ABOUT OUR AUCTION
All autographs sold thru Huggins & Scott Auctions come with either a JSA- James Spence Authentication (our most used), PSA/DNA, Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA) or Steiner COA's. Some even have more than one. At Huggins & Scott, we take great pride in only offering "IRONCLAD", "LEAD PIPE", "NO QUESTIONS ASKED" autographs. In today's world of autopens, secretarial, clubhouse and ghost signers, you can rest assured that your autographed items from H&S have passed the most stringent examination.
About Our Grading:
Many lots, throughout the auction have been Professionally graded and encapsulated by independent grading companies. Many other lots have been graded by our highly educated writers. For the most part, these are conservative grades, but we are human and sometimes we may miss something. We strongly recommend that you come look at any items that you are bidding on, and make your own determination about it's grade.
Becoming one of Our Field Representatives:
Huggins and Scott Auctions is a constantly growing company. Since our last auction (October 2007), we have added more staff as well as field representatives in four additional states. Should you have an interest in joining our staff, we are always looking for part-time field representatives in new areas. Call our main office toll free 1-866-462-2273 and ask for Bill Huggins; itís a no lose situation for you, as well as a chance to make some serious money.
Consignments For Our Next Auction:
We have already begun taking consignments for our next June/July 2008 auction. By consigning your items early, you allow us the opportunity to advertise your items on our website, in trade publications and press releases, as well as at major shows across the country. This is an invaluable way to expose your items to our thousands of current bidders and possible new bidders, who can then plan ahead to bid on your items. Believe me, it happens!