Most Improved Auction Houses

Competition inspires rather than worries the best auctioneers, and while dozens of Proxiblog houses have improved substantially in the past several months, three stand out.

A mere six months ago Key Date Coins was charging 18% buyer’s fee and making numismatic errors–sometimes to its own detriment. Its pictures didn’t expand and opening bids were often over retail. It took constructive criticism directly from Proxiblog. It has clear, expandable pictures; a 15% buyer’s fee; precise numismatic lot descriptions (including VAMS); and ships super-fast and inexpensively. Moreover, its terms of service rank among the fairest on the portal.

Last year Matthew Bullock Auctioneers also had an 18% buyer’s fee, substandard photography and occasional imprecise lot descriptions. Now its photography is among the best on Proxibid, numismatic descriptions are accurate, buyer’s fee is 15% and shipping quick and reasonable. Proxiblog doesn’t rank the best timed auctions, but this one is heads and tails better than any competitor on the portal.

Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction was always a top numismatic auction house with an experienced numismatist in Dave Weaver, a confident entrepreneur in Cheryl Weaver, and a reputation for customer service. It not only took Proxiblog advice about business–from lot descriptions to sharp photography; it took all those a step further to rise as No. 1 in our rankings over “super-houses” Silvertowne and Western Auction considered among the best numismatic sellers in the business.

If you’re an auctioneer looking to become more competitive on the portal, visit our “Articles” pages and take tips from there as these auctioneers did to attract better consignments and more bidders for their wares.

Proxiblog is an independent entity with no connection to the auction portal Proxibid. Our intent is to uphold basic numismatic standards as established by the American Numismatic Association and the National Auctioneer Association and to ensure a pleasurable bidding experience not only on Proxibid but also on similar portals such as iCollector and AuctionZip.


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