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Schuyler Rumsey’s WESTPEX Auction 25 April 2010
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2010, 03:15:21 PM »
The annual WESTPEX Exhibition takes place April 23 – 25 at the Marriott Hotel SFO. Schuyler Rumsey Auctions is the official auctioneer for WESTPEX each year. This year the Mexico portion of the sale is comprised of offering from the Estates of two Hall of Fame MEPSI members.

John Heath’s (473L) stampless collection contains more than 1,000 beautiful covers from the early Correos Mayores during the mid 1700’s to Sello Negros used as late as the mid - 1880’s. Many of these covers are ornate and very desirable, not to mention rare. Many are rare or unique, with quality as fine as any known to exist. This is the initial offering of stampless from Heath’s Estate. His collection of this material is comprised of over 1,000 items he accumulated over 40+ years of collecting. The 58 lots listed in the sale represent about 25% of this collection.

Doug Stout’s 1868 collection is certainly one of the greatest ever assembled. His 1868 Gold Medal winning Thin Figure exhibit was auctioned last year. The offering in Rumsey’s 2010 WESTPEX sale comes from Stout’s suboffice collection of ‘68’s. The Stout subs are offered in 140 lots on this sale from districts 1 – 30. The material offered is both Thin and Thick Figures and contains representation of cancellations from many small villages and towns in classic Mexico philately. Much of this material has provenance from the great specialist philatelists and collections of the past – Chapman, Ricoy, Koenig, Josling, Larranaga, Bash, Taylor, Fernando, Groth Marnat, Speaker, etc. This material is all deserving of exhibit.

The Rumsey WESTPEX 2010 catalogue is well illustrated and has been distributed to a large international mailing list. It will be a nice reference for philatelic libraries long after the sale closes. The sale also appears on line and can be accessed via  The Mexico session of this sale is scheduled to begin 10:00AM Sunday, April 25. Those wishing to bid live on line must sign up with the auction firm by Thursday, April 22. Email, snail mail and telephone bids are also accepted. This is an opportunity for those interested in Mexico stampless and the 1868 issue.
John Kordich
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