I am copying this from the Baseball side. This is Brian's Dwyer's new venture. He would LOVE to add a greater presence in Non-Sports cards. Many of us us know Brian from his years at SGC. Those who don't know him, he is as solid as they come. If you are looking for a new avenue to move some cards, I will recommend Brian.
I wanted to share with the board the details of my new auction company, Sterling Sports Auctions. The site, available at www.sterlingsportsauctions.com, is now live and will host the inaugural auction in a little over one month. I've partnered with Simple Auction Site to use their platform which is in place in several other auctions and provides a very user-friendly method of bidding and otherwise navigating the auction. I'm also pleased to join Net54 as a banner advertiser and thank Leon for letting me introduce my company on the board.
It's no secret that there are several auction options available to choose from within this hobby, several of which advertise on this board and some of which are run by board members. It is my goal to provide a reliable venue for buyers and sellers while shortening the overall process and focusing on the cards and customer service. There aren't many things that collectors ask for when it comes to buying or selling cards, and the goal of Sterling Sports Auctions is to simplify the process and take care of the little things that ensure dealing with an auction house is easy and enjoyable while offering quality items and achieving excellent results.
Some specifics regarding Sterling Sports Auctions:
A 15% buyer's premium
Competitive consignment terms for sellers
Paypal as a payment method--allowing flexibility for buyers and encouraging quicker payment
Consignor payments starting immediately following the auction based on when the buyer pays for the item you've consigned
Users can net auction wins against consignment proceeds for easy processing and minimum cash outlay
Reasonable shipping and insurance on every order
A consignment process that can take three to four weeks compared to several months
Monthly auctions meaning you're never more than a few weeks away from the next sale
An extensive mailing list, targeted advertising, and established relationships with collectors and dealers all resulting in a highly visible venue for your items
The first auction will be available for preview on April 21 with bidding to begin May 5. I encourage you to visit the site beforehand to look around, register as a new user and stay up to date as the auction approaches. Anyone from this board can use Net54 as a reference. If you've never bid with an auction house before, don't worry. Additionally, I'd ask you to consider trying the auction as a consigner with even just one item.
I am in the process of gathering consignments for the May auction and welcome anyone interested in discussing a possible consignment to please call or e-mail me through the contact info below. I am actively seeking single cards, group lots, entire sets, or whole collections from the 19th century onward and already have a nice mix of sports and non-sports items catering to a wide array of tastes and budgets.
I've worked with a great number of board members during my time at SGC and afterwards on my own, and I look forward to continuing those relationships, as well as establishing new ones, in this latest capacity.
Brian is now an advertiser here on the nonsports side as well. Just waiting to get his banner up. I, too, have dealt with Brian over the years when with SGC and I'll also agree he's top notch. I like having more opportunities to view cards at auction, so I welcome any additions to the auction space. It's a tough business that requires working the phones, tables at shows, etc. So.....good luck to Brian and hopefully he fills all his nonsports slots up so we can buy from him down the road. Hopefully, if you have consignments to auction, you take advantage of contacting all the auctioneers, including Brian, before deciding what's the best avenue........
Thanks, Jim and Tom, for the kind words! I'm pleased to be able to share this site with the hobby and the Net54 members who I know are some of the most knowledgeable and passionate collectors around.
As the original post says, preparations for the first auction are in full swing, and I'd love to be able to work with some members who might be in need of an avenue to sell their cards. If selling isn't on your mind right now, I hope that I'm able to offer some cards that you can add to your collections.
I encourage everyone to visit the site and register as a new user so that you can receive updates as they become available and ensure that you're set up for the first auction should there be an item you're interested in bidding on.
Please feel free to drop me an email or give me a phone with any questions or to discuss the auction.