1. Auction closing.
CCA33 closes Thursday, June 27, 2013
To bid on a lot after 10 p.m. on June 27, you must place an initial successful bid on that lot by 10 p.m. eastern 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 we go for 10 minutes without any bids. We will not close individual lots. After 12 a.m. midnight, 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.
We will accept bids by telephone and online at www.auctionscc.com. Lots may be viewed online. We will accept e-mail bids until the closing day of the auction. On the closing day, we will check e-mail bids and enter them if time permits. The only way to be sure that we have entered your bid, however, is to telephone us or to use our online bidding system. To reach us by phone, please call 724-446-3079 or 724-446-0267. The latter number should be used only on the closing day. Before being able to bid, you will need to acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the rules of the auction.
You must have a bidder number to bid in our auction. If you received a catalog by mail, you are already registered. If you are not registered, please register before the closing day of the auction. We accept registrations on the closing day at our discretion. 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 us or e-mail us.
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 it 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.
Normally, notifications to winning bidders will be put into the mail within 36 hours of the time the auction closes. If you would like to be notified by fax, please let us know. In addition, within 48 hours after the auction, each bidder may view his or her invoice online. 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.
9. Payment. (THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY OBSERVED!)
Payment must be received within 14 days of the day we mail the invoice. If you will not be able to pay for your lots in a timely way, don't bid. When payment is not received within 14 days, we reserve the right to offer the item to the under-bidder. We will accept personal checks, certified/cashier checks and money orders for payment. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. For personal checks, we typically will wait until the check clears before shipping the lots won. It often takes 7-10 days for our bank to verify that a checi 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. Generally, we will ship through the U.S. Postal Service or UPS. If you want overnight or other express service, please let us know. Because of lost merchandise and indifferent customer service, we no longer ship through FedEx.
We guarantee the authenticity of each item offered here, consistent with our written description, for 30 days from the day the auction closes. Autographs come with a Letter of Authenticity from Collectible Classics. Because we are committed to offering autographs that you can bid for with confidence, we have had autograph expert Kevin Keating examine for authenticity the sports autographs and selected non-sport autographs in the auction. We selected Mr. Keating, who is a member of UACC and IADA, for his expertise and integrity. He also serves as a consultant to PSA/DNA. Over the years, we have found him to be conservative and fair in his evaluations, consistent in his judgments, and honest. Selected lots may come with a Letter of Authenticity from Mr. Keating as well. Any disagreement over the authenticity of an autograph must be communicated to COLLECTIBLE CLASSICS in writing within 14 days of the date we mail the item to you, or within 30 days of the date the auction closes, whichever is earlier. Do not contact Mr. Keating; doing so will only delay resolution of your issue. No autograph or other item may be returned for any reason after 30 days from the date of the auction/ unless otherwise specifically stated.
We will accept returns ONLY if you call us to discuss the return first. Returns must be based on a material error in our 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 item you are returning within 14 days of the day we mail it to you or within 30 days of the date the auction closes, whichever is earlier. In cases where we receive payment more than 14 days after we mail the invoice, returns are totally at our discretion. In any case, no returns will be accepted for any reason after 30 days from the auction closing date.