MAARC Auctions

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About MAARC Auctions

Each of our monthly meetings offers a free flea market and a small auction. The auctions provide the opportunity to buy and sell old radios, TVs, hi-fi components, tubes, parts, service equipment, electric instruments, and literature at good prices. There is a small seller's commission for auction sales. Of course, there is no guarantee that items will sell, though most do. The monthly auctions tend to be more informal and have no minimums on opening bids. Because of the prices typically realized, the monthly auctions tend to be good opportunities to buy and sell lesser quality items and parts.

Twice a year we offer larger meets with bigger flea markets and auctions. These larger auctions have higher quality offerings and are more likely to garner better prices. They may have minimum opening bids, consignment limits, and other policy requirements to help manage the auction. The two events, RadioActivity and RadioFallFest, are normally in June and October respectively. Check the Calendar Page for dates and details of the larger meets, as well as the monthly meetings.

We recommend one of these venues if you have a few items to sell. And, of course, we welcome those looking to buy. Many consider it one of the most fun aspects of the hobby. Reserves are allowed at MAARC auctions and shill bidding is not authorized. For full policy details read MAARC's auction policies in the file 1_MAARC Auction Policies below (requires Adobe® reader software).

Also for your convenience, below is the MAARC Auction Consignment Form in the file 2_Auction Consign Sheet (requires Excel compatible software). They can be downloaded or printed out and filled out prior to the auction. On the consignment form it is easiest to just number your items consecutively. Try to describe the items with model numbers or some other unique info rather than just as "radio" or the like. It helps when tracking down items in the rare case of a problem. Since they change from auction to auction, the Bidder/Consignment Numbers are not normally available until the event. Leave that box blank until then.

All lots need to be tagged with a MAARC Auction tag form (3_MAARC_Large_Tag_For_LOTs.pdf). On the tags, be sure to note condition and any other useful information that the auctioneer can pass on to the bidders about the item. This may help the item sell for more. Lots are identified by "Bidder/Consignment Number - Item Number". The "Item Number" is the one you gave it on the consignment form. As mentioned above, the Bidder/Consignment Numbers are not normally available until the event. Lots being donated to MAARC do not need an identification number, just write "Donation" on the tag. It may be easiest for you to just pick up auction tags at the event, then fill them out and tag your lots there.

A new combination Auction Consignment Sheet and Large Tag Excel spreadsheet is also available for download. This spreadsheet is in the Beta testing stage. It works, but may be subject to failure if manipulated. Only enter data in the assigned areas of the Auction Consignment Sheet. It will populate the tags on the follow-on tabs of the spreadsheet.

Radio Estates

If you have a large number of items we may set up a special auction or try to feature them as a special emphasis at one of our big RadioActivity or RadioFallFest auctions. Perhaps you had a relative or friend who was a fellow collector or who was a radio or television repairman "back in the day" and you have their estate to dispose of. Maybe that describes yourself and you are looking to down-size your holdings. MAARC is honored to assist in such efforts. We recognize that as collectors we are merely stewards of items of historic value and want to help pass them along to those who will continue to preserve them. By arrangement with you, we can handle pick-up, hauling, and advertising for such events. For this effort we typically ask a 15% sellers commission on the auction sales, which we feel is very reasonable for our time and trouble which can be considerable.

Virtual Auctions

Due to COVID-19, MAARC started conducting virtual auctions using Zoom in January 2021. All virtual auction buyers must be pre-registered. Paid-up MAARC members will be automatically pre-registered and will get a bidder number when they sign in to the auction on Zoom. Non-members can register by sending an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; include name, mailing address, phone, and email; include "[Current Month] Registration" in subject line.

Please sign into these virtual auctions early so we can give the numbers and start on time. Members have been submitting some really nice items for these auctions.

Follow the most current Consignment information detailed on the website to get your items submitted for the auction. There will be an auction catalog with digital pictures of the auction items, along with a written description of what is being sold. 

The auctions have been staged from the National Electronics Museum near BWI. Do NOT bring any item for the auction until it has been cleared by the MAARC auction crew as described below.

Since we all have a backlog of things we want to sell at an auction, here’s the policy for virtual auctions. This may change over time:

1. No more than three items per seller. You may combine items into a single lot.

2. All items or lots must have expected final bid of at least $15. This is not the auction to sell your unneeded stuff or junk. Please bring better stuff so we can get a good reputation for our online auctions.

3. To consign an item, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please put “[Current Month] Auction” in the subject line of your email. Include the following with your email: 

• Digital pictures of your item, maximum four. These pictures will be used in the auction catalog, which will be posted online at MAARC.org. We suggest something like: front, back, bottom, three-quarter view. Use these pictures to show off your consignment.

• A written description of what you are selling. This also will go in the catalog. We suggest you include: maker, year, model, condition of cabinet (for example, needs touch up; no cracks, slight crack, big crack; veneer in perfect shape, top veneer stained; etc.), condition of electronics (for example, needs new electrolytics, all tubes good, restored in 2006, not working, not tested, etc.), history of repairs, presence of extra parts, etc.

• Please describe it so it will sell; also be fair and honest. Remember, there is no on-site physical inspection. Potential buyers will judge your consignment based on your pictures and description.

• Sellers whose items have expected value of at least $15 will be consigned on a first come, first served basis. Maximum of two or three items/lots per seller. If your item does not make it into this auction, your name will go to the top of the list for the next auction. If your item does go into this auction, your name will go to the bottom of the list for the next auction.

• The auction crew will review the photos and descriptions, mostly for expected sale value. If your item is accepted, the crew will send you a consignment sheet and your seller/bidder number.

• Please fill in the consignment sheet that will be sent to you, then call NEM at 410-765-3803 and make an appointment to drop off the sheet and your items. IMPORTANT: The museum in NOT open to the public, so do not come without an appointment. When cleared, bring the sheet with the items to NEM, 745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

Other notes:

1. To help buyers evaluate an item, we will make a video showing all the items consigned to the auction; we will try to give several views of each item. The video will be posted on the MAARC website with the catalog, probably the weekend before the auction. The video will also be shown during the Zoom meeting before the 1:00 pm auction start time. This will help the auction move more quickly; during the auction, we will simply show the front of item and announce the lot number. Obviously, your photos and description will help sell your item.

2. Please sign into Zoom by 12:00 pm so we have time for the auction crew to attach your bidder/seller number to your Zoom name. You must have this number in your Zoom name to bid on any item. If you join the auction late, the auction crew will be busy with the auction and may not be free to attach your number.

3. Sign in early to see the video of the consigned items.

4. Shipping: In order to encourage more widespread participation a volunteer has offered to arrange a limited shipping service for buyers outside the Baltimore/Washington DC area.  This is limited to table radio size items.  Sorry, but cannot handle large, bulky, or very heavy items such as floor consoles, TV sets, or “boat anchor” military gear.  The buyer is responsible for shipping charges that will be separate from the purchase price.  Obviously, because we don't know the buyer's location, we will not be able to assess shipping charges until after the auction. 

If you desire an item to be shipped:

1. Pay for the item as directed by the auction team

2. Send an email with your name, shipping address, phone, email, lot number, and item description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. You will be contacted with total shipping costs.  Payment will be same way as for the auction sale.

Keep In mind this may take two weeks or so to get the item as the volunteer may not be able to retrieve the items from NEM until the following weekend.

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Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact a volunteer to assist you regarding potential auction items.