by John Ineson
No doubt some of our members visited the Rölli Online Auction website to view the first part of the Walter Grob's Gold Medal collection of Scout stamps and covers. This internet auction sale held in February, took place at Lucerne in Switzerland. The second part, being held next spring will be a public auction, when the scarcer material from his collection will be sold. Some of the larger lots in this sale consisted of a number of covers, but unfortunately the late Walter had an unfortunate habit of adding labels to many of these. Not only did he add a label, but sometimes they did not even apply to the cover, or its year of issue. However there were one or two exceptions that were tied to the postcard or cover. The highest results were made on those that I have illustrated with the approximate prices for individual lots shown, but to this must be added the buyer's premium. This 1929 Meter cancel made £740, €857, US$1162. The 1936 registered Maidstone, Kent cachet on cover £365, €423, US$573, and the 1920 postcard with a tied Jamboree label sent to Geneva made £635. €857, US$ 995.
Information has now been received regarding the 10th Euro-Scout International Scout stamp exhibition which will be held at Taastrup, near Copenhagen in Denmark from August 6-10. This bi-annual event is attended by collectors from throughout the world. If you have never taken part in one of these meetings, I can highly recommend you visit this show, and I would be pleased to send you details.
As many of you know, I and many of our collecting friends sell Scout material on eBay. The site has grown considerably over the years, but sometimes they do not always work to the seller's advantage. Recently they also started charging 10% commission on the postal charge as well as on the actual item. Already they charge commission on the postage when buyers pay by PayPal, which they also own, so they are now having "two bites at the cherry".