Spink Shreves Galleries, Inc
Spink Shreves Galleries, Inc is a United States auction house specialising in stamps based in Dallas, Texas.
According to the firm’s website, it is “America's Leading Philatelic Auction House … committed to meeting the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry.”
In 2007, Shreves was acquired by Spink and Son Ltd. of London.
Since the company’s founding, Spink Shreves Galleries has recorded over $150 million in sales.
The ‘Black ‘Empress’
On January 27, 2011, Spink Shreves auctioned the Canadian 1851 12d Black on laid paper – aka the Black Empress – of which Spink Shreve said: "There is no question that this stamp is the finest mint example in existence.”
Bill Gross's British North American postage stamps collection
Spink Shreves auctioned billionaire bond investor Bill Gross’ British North American collection in November, 2009. The collection brought $1.9m.
Highlights from the collection included:
- 1851 12d Black on laid paper, sold for $260,000, and an 1851 12d Black on a double-rate 1852 cover addressed to New York City, sold for $250,000
- 1851 6p Slate violet and laid paper, acquired by Gross when he bought the John Chapin’s collection of US and Canadian stamps in 2003
- 1857 One Shilling Scarlet vermilion|1857 1/- Scarlet vermillion with “outstanding colour” and “deeply-etched expression”. One of the few completely sound original gum examples of the 1857 One Shilling Scarlet vermilion in existence, it sold for $50,000.
Gross donated the entire proceeds of the sale to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Spink Shreves’ experts
Charles Shreve, President
Charles F. Shreve (President of Spink Shreves Galleries, Inc.) has been in the rare stamp business for over 40 years. Mr. Shreve started collecting stamps at age 12 and soon after started his first job in the industry for Roger Koerber Stamps in Michigan.
Mr Shreve later took a position with Sotheby’s New York and, 1980, was hired by Heritage Rare Coin Galleries to start-up and head a rare stamp auction company that would rival the largest auction houses nationwide.
This company was named Steve Ivy Philatelic Auctions, Inc and, in 1990, expanded its Dallas based headquarters to mid-town Manhattan and changed its named to Ivy, Shreve and Mader Philatelic Auctions, Inc.
In 1994, Mr Shreve left his position at I.S.M.P.A. to start a new philatelic consulting company: Shreves Philatelic Galleries, Inc.
Tracy Shreve, Chief Financial Officer
Tracy L. Shreve was first introduced to the stamp auction industry when she went to work for Steve Ivy Philatelic Auctions, Inc. in 1988. She was promoted Vice President of Operations for what became known as Ivy, Shreve and Mader Philatelic Auctions in 1990.
In 1994 Tracy and her husband, Charles Shreve left I.S.M.P.A.I. to start a philatelic consulting firm which became Shreves Philatelic Galleries, Inc. For the firm, Tracy Shreve presided over all of the auctions herself as the auctioneer.
Ms Shreve was asked to oversee all of the operations of the new company upon the acquisition of Shreves by Spink and Son in 2007. Well-known as one of the few female auctioneers, Tracy Shreve has encouraged the purchase of many multi-thousand dollar items by her clients.
George Eveleth, Senior Vice President
George Eveleth (Senior Vice President of Spink Shreves Galleries) has been in the rare stamp business since 1969 and in the stamp auction business since 1977. Mr. Eveleth started collecting stamps at age 7, and while attending high school in London started dealing in rare stamps for his own account.
In 1978, Mr. Eveleth was hired by Greg Manning as an auction describer, rising to the position of Senior Vice President of Greg Manning Auction, Inc., which went public on the NASDAQ exchange in 1993.
In 1995, Mr. Eveleth left his position with GMAI to join Charles and Tracy Shreve at their new auction house, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, Inc., where he remained for four years. In 2009 Mr. Eveleth rejoined Charles and Tracy, being again hired as Senior Vice President of Spink Shreves Galleries.
Chris Anderson, Philatelist
Chris was raised in San Diego, CA and started collecting stamps at the age of eight. His collection included Australia, Australian States, Scandinavia and worldwide stamps. After attending the University of California in San Diego, Chris began his career in 1984 as the owner of his own stamp wholesale and retail business.
Over the years, Chris has worked for several stamp auction firms and is now a highly regarded professional philatelist. Chris joined Shreves Galleries in 1996 as a philatelist and is an expert consultant to The Philatelic Foundation in New York.
Chris is also a member of the American Philatelic Society.
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