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Terms Of Sale

1. Any item that proves to be not as described may be returned for a full refund of the purchase price, including postage and handling costs, within 30 days of the date of the shipment of the item, except as described below in items 5, 6, and 7.  The item must be returned in the same condition as sent, and in the original holder.  No refunds will be made for any item after 30 days from date of shipment, unless agreed to either in writing or by email by C & G Stamps.  An extension of this 30 day limit may be granted if an item is to be submitted for expertization, as described in item 4 below.

2. An individual item which has a purchase price of $100.00 or more may be submitted for an expert opinion with either the American Philatelic Expertizing Service (APEX), the Philatelic Foundation (PF), or Professional Stamp Expertizers (PSE).  Should the submitted item be returned with an opinion that the item is other than as originally described (except as noted in paragraphs 5, 6, and 7 below), we will reimburse up to one-half (1/2) of the certification costs (not including postage costs), up to a maximum of $50.00 per item.  Certification costs for an item returned with "NO OPINION" will not be reimbursed.  This does not apply to items which are accompanied by a certificate that is less than 3 years old, which will receive no reimbursement under any circumstances.  The new owner is free to submit such an item for a new certificate at his/her own cost, however.

3. Certification costs for an individual item which has a purchase price of less than $100.00 will not be reimbursed under any circumstances.  The new owner is, of course, free to submit such a stamp for a certificate at his/her own cost.

4. An extension of the 30 day return period may be granted for items that are sent for certification, provided that the buyer informs C & G Stamps of the intention to submit the item for certification within 30 days from the original date of shipment.  Under no circumstances will this extension period exceed 90 days from the original date of shipment.  This extension period must be approved by C & G Stamps via either written correspondence or email, otherwise no extension has been granted.

5. Any item which is accompanied by a photograph or scan that shows perforation condition, centering, or faults is not returnable for reasons of those perforation conditions, centering, or faults as described or shown in the photograph or scan.

6. Items sold "AS IS" are not returnable for any reason.

7. Lots containing 15 or more stamps are not returnable for any reason.

Payment

1.  Payment must be received prior to shipment of items.

2.  Payment may be made via cashiers check, personal check, or money order. Sorry, but we no longer accept PayPal payments due to the high fees imposed.

2.  Payment must be made in US Dollars.  Check or money order must be drawn on a US financial institution. 
The check must be encoded at the bottom to allow automated processing.  Manually created checks without encoding cost $25 just to process them and will not be accepted.  A $25.00 service charge will be assessed for each check that is returned by our bank as having insufficient funds.

3.  Shipment may be held pending clearance of personal checks, or for money orders from institutions other than the USPS.  For immediate shipment, please send cashiers check or USPS money order.  Cash is acceptable, but not recommended due to the possibility of theft.  We will not be held responsible
for cash sent through the mail system.

4.  Mint postage stamps are NOT acceptable for any portion of your payment.

5.  Due to recent losses in the mail, insurance will be required on shipments of $25 or more. Insurance costs will be charged at the USPS rates. On shipments less than $25, insurance is optional, at a cost of $1.30. Unless insurance is requested, shipment will be made via USPS first class mail AT THE BUYER'S RISK  Insurance costs will be paid by the buyer.  Shipments outside the United States cannot be insured through the USPS. If you wish to insure these shipments, please inquire about our private insurance coverage and costs for this service. Uninsured foreign shipments are made AT THE BUYER'S RISK.

6.  Postage and handling charges for single stamp lots are as follows:
        1st Stamp                          $1.50
        Each Additional Stamp        $0.75
        Maximum charge                $4.50

7.   Postage and handling charges for full panes of stamps are as follows:
        1st Pane                            $2.00
        Each Additional Pane          $1.00
        Maximum charge                $6.00

Postage and handling charges for larger items or collections will vary, depending on the weight and shipping method.

Abbreviations Used In Description of Lots

We use descriptive terms and abbreviations common to the stamp trade.  However, for those not familiar with these terms, we list them below for your convenience.

Centering

XF

Extremely well centered.  Margins almost equal on opposite sides.

VF

Slightly off center one direction.  Margins almost equal in other direction Imperf stamps have 3 adequate margins.

F

Noticeably off-center both directions.  Perfs clear design.  On imperforate stamps, design just clears the edge of the stamp.

AVE

Average centering with edges or perfs cutting into the design.

NOTE:On earlier issues, stamps were printed with very little distance between stamps.Margins on these issues will naturally be tighter than on later issues.

Gum Condition

 NH

Full Original Gum with no hinge marks.  Any gum disturbances are noted

 LH

Full Original Gum with a light disturbance from previous hinging.  No hinge remnants are present

 OG

Full Original Gum with heavy disturbance from hinging.  May have hinge remnants.

 RG

Regummed

 

 

 NG

No Gum

 

 

 

 Legend

**

Mint, Never Hinged

LT

Light

*

Unused

MGN

Margin

@

Used

NPI

Natural Paper Inclusion

APEX

American Philatelic Expertizing Service Cert.

NYFM

New York Foreign Mail

BLK

Block

PB

Plate Block

BP

Booklet Pane

PERF

Perforation

CCL

Cancel

PFC

Philatelic Foundation Certificate

CDS

Circular Date Stamp Cancellation

PH

Pinhole

CLR

Color

PLT

Plate

COR

Corner

PMB

Pencil Mark on Back

CR

Crease

PNC

Plate Number Coil

DG

Disturbed Gum

PR

Pair

DP

Deep

RP

Reperforated

FLT

Fault

SE

Straight Edge

GG

Glazed Gum

SEP

Separation

GS

Gum Skip

SGL

Single

H

Hinged

SHT

Sheet

HG

Horizontal Gutter

SM

Small

HH

Heavily Hinged

SP

Short Perforation(s)

HR

Hinge Remnant

ST

Stain

HVY

Heavy

S/S

Souvenir Sheet

INCL

Inclusion

TH

Thin

LG

Large

TR

Tear

LP

Line Pair

VG

Vertical Gutter

 

 

 

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