The Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain on eBay offer regular auctions of Postal History and Philately from the Arctic and Antarctic covering many of the popular polar collecting areas featured. Items are submitted by members of the society but all collectors can bid. The PPHSGB receives 10% of the net proceeds!
July PPHSGB Auction Results 6th July 2021
Nine of the items sold with the number of bids received showing a strong decline from earlier auctions. This was particularly noticeable with few bids from outside the UK. The recent introduction of the new EU rules for e-commerce meant that VAT would have been added to purchases. This potentially made bidding on the auction less interesting for many members. The total sales achieved in the auction was £104 with 10% proceeds going to the Polar Postal History Society.
July PPHSGB Auction 23th June 2021
This auction presents covers postcards from the period of the discovery of the North Pole in 1909 as well as interesting commemorative covers.
June PPHSGB Auction Results 6th June 2021
Georgia proved to be a popular subject matter with
one item attracting 23 bids. The two whaling covers reached £160 and
£170 and a
French postcard featuring Sir Ernest Shackleton made £156. A Shackleton
Typhoo Tea advertising card sold for £32. The total sales achieved in
the auction was £666 with 10% proceeds going to the Polar Postal History
June PPHSGB Auction 27th May 2021
This auction presents covers from the whaling period of South Georgia as well as some interesting Sir Ernest Shackleton items.
The latest Polar Postal History Society featuring material from the British Antarctic Territory finished on Sunday 23rd May. All 29 items in the auction sold and the auction raised £260.
The two top items were a cover from 1963 featuring the Definitive issue on a First Day Cover that made £60 and a cover with letter and photographs from Signty Base in 1965 that reached £47.
A new auction is planned for later in the week featuring South Georgia items. Watch this space for more information!
December PPHSGB Auction Cancelled 9th December 2020
Observant members might have noticed that the auction listings on eBay suddenly disappeared during the day.
The reason for this is without warning eBay blocked the Polar Postal History Account and sent a message that due to the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union all eBay accounts registered outside the UK need to be registered for VAT in order to continue.
This is despite the fact that no items are imported into the UK and none have VAT on them!
As a result the current auction of British Antarctic Survey covers has been cancelled. We apologise for this inconvenience.
Further details will be sent out when available.
December PPHSGB Auction 3rd December 2020
After the two previous auctions of Antarctic and Arctic Postcards we switch to covers from the British Antarctic Territory for the December auction. We start the new Polar Postal History Society auction on Thursday 3rd December at 19.00 - 20.00 UK time and finish on Sunday 13th December.
This auction presents interesting covers from several members both in single lots and in groups and at various price points for all pockets.
October PPHSGB Auction Results 12th November 2020
The latest Polar Postal History Society featuring Postcards of Antarctic Expeditions finished on Sunday 10th November. The auction proved popular with members:
22 items listed, 21 items sold, 128 bids
Winning bidders 14, of which 11 were members and 3 were non-members
Total sales = £779 (Arctic auction was £694!)
Contribution to PPHSGB funds was £60
The auction received very good prices across the board with a Canterbury Times card of Emperor Penguins achieving £86.75 and a cartoon card showing the South Pole reaching £84. Ernest Shackleton was in demand with two cards making £62 and £53 and all the Captain Scott cards sold. This auction exceeded last month’s auction by £84 even though there were 8 fewer cards listed. A win for the Antarctic!
October PPHSGB Auction 29th October 2020
After the success of the previous auction of Arctic Postcards we now head South to the Antarctic. We start the new Polar Postal History Society auction on Thursday 29th October at 19.00 UK time with an auction featuring Postcards of Antarctic Expeditions.
This auction presents postcards from the classic era of Antarctic exploration and includes cards commemorating the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897-99, the Scottish National Antarctic expedition of 1902-04, Captain Scott's expeditions with the Terra Nova and Discovery as well as cards featuring Ernest Shackleton and Richard Byrd.
The auction will finish on Sunday 8th November between 19.00 and 20.00 UK time.
Click on the eBay logo above to go directly to the auction.
September PPHSGB Auction Results 10th October 2020
The latest Polar Postal History Society featuring Postcards of Arctic Expeditions finished on Sunday 4th October. There was a lot of interest with this auction with 122 bids received. Keeping up his record of finishing first, the card with the highest price featured Roald Amundsen and a real photo image of the ship Gjøa from the North West Passage expedition. This postcard fetched £206. The majority of cards achieved good totals which can be seen below.
An auction on Postcards of Antarctic Postcards is planned for later this month. It will be interesting to see if the Antarctic auction beats the Arctic auction total!
June PPHSGB Auction Results 29th June 2020
The final society auction before the Summer started on the 18th June and finished on 28th June. This small auction featured polar philatelic books to provide summer reading for our members. Ten out of eleven items sold with the Postal History of Svalbard from 1896 book producing fierce bidding and a final price of £67 and Fred Goldberg's book on Roald Amundsen Expedition Mail selling for £33.
All final auction selling prices can be seen below.
Thank you to all the bidders for taking part!
The next PPHSGB auction will take place in September. If any members have items that they wish to submit for this or later auctions, the society would be pleased to hear from you.
May PPHSGB Auction Results 4th June 2020
The online PPHSGB auction for May on eBay finished on Sunday 31st May. The auction featured postcards, covers and ephemera from Antarctica. Antarctic postcards performed very well with a card from the Captain Scott Terra Nova expedition selling for £87, a Keens Mustard Farthest South card selling for £133.75, a Roald Amundsen Fram card selling for £106 and a card from the Shackleton-Rowett expedition selling for £139.87. The rare incoming postcard to a member of the Swedish Magellan Expedition of 1908 expedition sold for £87.
Thank you to all the bidders for taking part!
The final society auction before the Summer will start on the 18th June and will feature something different - polar philatelic books to provide summer reading for our members!
April PPHSGB Online Auction 6th May 2020
The latest online PPHSGB auction finished on Sunday 3rd May. The theme of this small auction was Whaling - from both the North and South polar regions. Highlights of the auction included real photo postcards from Leith Harbour and Stromness in South Georgia that sold for £81.09 and £116 respectively. Two covers sent to the whaling pioneer Svend Foyn in 1863 reached £113 and £330 while a cover sent to a Dundee whaling ship in 1871 sold for £107.
Thanks to all the bidders for making this such a successful auction!
The next auction will have an Antarctic theme and is planned to start on May 21st.
The latest online PPHSGB auction focused on postcards from the Arctic Island of Spitsbergen and finished on the 5th April. One highlight of this auction was a postcard sent from the Captain Bade tourist expedition to Spitzbergen and Franz Josef Land in 1900 - this achieved £84. Other highlights of the sale included three cards showing early mining that reached £68, £52 and £63.10 and a real photo card showing the Norwegian explorer Hjalmar Johansen during an overwintering expedition to Spitsbergen in 1908 - this achieved the excellent price of £171.
Thanks to all the bidders!
All final prices can be seen below!
The second online auction of the society finished on October
27th. The stationery from Scott's Discovery expedition sold for £260, a
signed postcard from Fridtjof Nansen sold for £155 and several better
Falkland Islands and British Antarctic Expedition covers found new homes!
There were seventy six bids and eight winning bidders. The total value of the auction was £507.
of the society are invited to submit polar material for selling in
future PPHSGB auctions. Please read more on the Members Section here!
Remember that the Polar Postal History Society receives 10% of the proceeds.