Scripophily Trader’s Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

Scripophily Trader is committed to your total satisfaction. I strive to provide friendly, personal service to all collectors. Scripophily Trader’s goal is to offer interesting certificates at reasonable prices to our many customers especially those who do not live in areas served by local scripophily dealers.

Scripophily Trader provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If any item you order does not meet your expectations, simply return it (please email first to let me know about problem). Scripophily Trader will either replace the item with another of equal value or refund the purchase price.

I am a member (and officer) in the Professional Scripophily Trade Association. Take a look at this organization's website: There is a lot of useful information there.

Placing an Order

The most convenient way to order is to use the shopping cart on this site, and pay using PayPal during the checkout process. PayPal provides two payment options: payment from balance in PayPal account, and payment using a credit card (Visa, MC, Discover, and Amer Express).

Scripophily Trader Also Accepts Checks & Money Orders

I accept checks or money orders as payment for your order. However, the shopping cart used on this site is designed to process credit card and/or PayPal transactions only. Thus, to place an order that will be paid with a check or money order requires that you email me your list of desired purchases (include certificate title and item number such as RR-567). I will reply to your email with an invoice and payment instructions. You also can call me at (703) 978-9631 to place an order, or mail your order to Tom Lareau, P.O. Box 2895, Merrifield, VA 22116.


The shipping charge for first class USPS domestic orders (including Canada) for stock and bond certificates is $3.50. Priority shipping is available for $6.00. The international shipping charge (countries other than U.S. and Canada) is $6.00 per order. The shipping charge is the same for one certificate or for several certificates. Shipping on domestic orders is free on purchase amounts over $100; on international orders, shipping is reduced to $2.50 on purchase amounts over $100. All domestic packages are insured by third party insurance (not USPS insurance which is absurdly expensive). International orders are not insured. All packages are shipped with a heavy cardboard backing, carefully sealed, and plainly marked “Do Not Bend.” These shipping charges reflect my actual average costs -- shipping is not a profit center at Scripophily Trader.

Need to Contact Me?

If you have any general questions or questions about scripophily or about anything on this site, you can email me.

Or, you can call me (Tom) at (703) 978-9631

Or, you can correspond the old fashion way. My address is:

Tom Lareau
P.O. Box 2895
Merrifield, VA 22116

Scripophily Trader is Interested in Purchasing Stock & Bond Certificates

I am interesting in purchasing old stock and bond certificates, especially railroads. If you have an item or collection that you would like to sell, start by contacting me with some basic information about your collection. If you have a list that includes company name, date of issue, description of vignette (eagle, locomotive, factory, etc.), and general condition, you can email that to me. If you have scan or pictures that is even better. Some people have sent me photocopies, and that also works well. While not everything is valuable (in fact, most certificates are not all that valuable), Scripophily Trader pays fair prices for the material he purchases.