About Sandafayre

Sandafayre (Holdings) Ltd are highly respected as the leading expert and a global authority in the field of rare stamps, highly collectable stamps, postal history, collections and entire estates of stamps and other collectables. We have stamps for sale from Great Britain, The Commonwealth and countries worldwide. Sandafayre buys stamp collections and are specialist philatelic public auctioneers. We sell stamps to philatelists and stamp dealers from all over the world. We hold online + printed catalogue Mail Bid Auctions every week, and public auctions of stamps and stamp collections every two months which you can also join via live streamed services from this site or via easyliveauctions.com or the-saleroom.com
Folders of rare and interesting stamp collections

If you are selling stamp collections or are buying stamps for your collection or philatelic investment portfolio then we offer thousands of different stamps and philately related items every week.

We run weekly “Mail Bid Auctions” which appear on our website and also as printed catalogues (we print 52 different Mail Bid catalogues each year!), these sales allow bidders both on and off-line to compete on an equal footing with each other for the lots they want. 

We also hold at 6 public auctions each year under the banner of "Cheshire Stamp Auctions" with a printed catalogue, a room filled with bidders, an auctioneer wielding a gavel and an online platform allowing people from all over the world to bid live!

Our History

Sandafayre was founded way back in 1976 as a small stamp store on the main street of the pretty market town of Knutsford. In those days our small team enjoyed meeting our many customers who would call into the shop – many of those customers became friends and we enjoyed meeting their collecting needs. Our core values of service, satisfaction and integrity were cemented in those early days and have stayed with us ever since. 

In 1980 we produced our first ‘Postal Auction’ catalogue. In the days before the internet it was a novel concept that brought the excitement of stamp auctions directly into people’s homes… such was the popularity of these auctions that we were soon mailing our catalogues to every corner of the globe! We have been running these “Mail Bid Auctions” ever since.

In 2001 we were one of the first stamp auction companies to join the internet revolution! Nowadays, all our auctions are available to view and bid online, although many of our customers still prefer to receive our printed illustrated catalogues and bid by post, telephone or email and we will continue to offer this service for many years to come. Such is the popularity of our stamp auctions that we now have an auction every week of the year! Everything philatelic is offered through our WEEKLY Mail Bid Sales (Sandafayre, Hunters, Express or Kwik-Bid), from Abu Dhabi & Aden to Zimbabwe & Zululand, collections, accumulations, postal history, single stamps and complete sets including rarities and investment grade items (you may also find the odd bank note, post card & map!) and every 2 months we also hold a Public Auction which we print catalogues for and stream live online.

From that small shop we are now one of the largest stamp companies in the world.

Founded in 1976

Our journey began in 1976 as a small stamp store located on the main street in Knutsford. Our core values of service, satisfaction and integrity were cemented in those early days and have stayed with us ever since. 

Postal Auction catalogue launched in 1980

Bringing the excitement of stamp auctions into people's homes! This became incredibly popular and we soon were mailing our catalogues to every corner of the globe. We've been running our 'Mail Bid Sales' ever since.

Joined the online revolution in 2001

We were proud to become one of the first stamp auction companies to join the internet revolution! Whilst all of our auctions are now available to view and bid online, we also offer printed illustrated catalogues and customers can bid by post, telephone and email. 

Our Testimonials

Here you can find what our valued customers have to say about us. Click to the button to see the full list. 
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"Must mention how impressed I was with the lots on offer on Saturday, excellent well done all at Sandafayre."

- Mr B. UK

"Thank you for the thoroughly professional and friendly manner that you and your team have shown during this entire process. I can confirm that your offer for my stamp collection is acceptable."

- Mr M, UK

"Once again thanks for your help and forbearance, it makes a change these days to deal with someone who actually' cares' when doing their job."

- Mr W, UK

"Dear Sandafayre, just want to thank you so much for the stamp hinges that you sent me. Thanks also for your friendliness"

- Mr S. South Africa

"Just want to let you know that your transfer already arrived on my account this morning. Thanks for your efficient handling of the whole process. 😊"

- Mrs K, Germany

"That is why I send my lots to the experts."

- Mr B, UK

"I have recently used the services of Sandafayre to sell a stamp collection. The service from start to finish has been so helpful, honest and I consider the staff and this company honest and trustworthy. I would highly recommend."

- Ms H, UK

"...It was very exciting indeed. Thank you for all your pre-auction work in finding buyers. We could not help but notice how your specialist descriptions of each lot must have played a huge part in the decisions being made..."

- Mrs M, UK

"The money arrived in our account this morning. We would like to say a sincere thank you for the timeous and professional way Sandafayre handled the whole process."

- Mr & Mrs M, UK

Stamp collection folder at Sandafayre

We are managed by the owner Vincent Green, Andrew Morris, Director of Philately and Anthony Oakes our Business Manager

Vincent and Andrew have been full-time philatelists since they were teenagers - now in their 50’s they still love the hobby and both still collect. Both are proud to run a healthy, happy business which employs 18 people, 11 of whom are stamp specialists. Anthony has an accountancy background with previous management experience in the construction and food production industries, a far cry from the world of stamps!

We occupy modern offices on a business park in Knutsford, Cheshire – just to the south west of Manchester and east of Liverpool, a couple of hours north from London. We are easy to find as Knutsford has its own junction on the M6 Motorway and its own railway station - Manchester Airport is just 20 minutes away.

Supported by our experienced and dedicated staff, we make sure that things are run according to our founding principles of service, satisfaction and integrity... how do we know we've stayed true to these values? Because Vincent & Andy were there in the early days and have been with Sandafayre ever since!