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    Bought someoneís collection - I know nothing about stamps

    I bought a collection of stamps from a local auction. I know nothing about stamps. These are individually sealed in holders with some identification numbers at the top and prices. I donít know how accurate the prices are, how to grade them, etc.

    Iíll post a bunch of pictures soon and if someone can help me out with pricing, grading, etc. Iíd appreciate it. Or guide me to a source, at least. Also, theyíre all for sale so if you want to buy them, drop me a message! Iíll take pics and post them shortly.

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    I think I can only do two at a time so here we go:
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    Anyone? Are these good or what?
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    I don't know. From past experience the unused mint condition stamps, especially blocks of 4 command the best prices, but there's mint, and then there's everything else. Unless its a rare stamp, cancelled stamps don't bring much.

    The block of 4 green ones you have I saw sold on Ebay for $9.99 recently, some are now available higher, some lower. Stamp collecting isn't what it used to be. I would find completed items on Ebay and get your price comparisons that way.
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    Tough to sell stamps ….not many collectors anymore and dealers pay about 10% of retail if they even buy them at all.

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    That’s a bummer to hear. Maybe I’ll just hold onto them and hope for an interest resurgence at some point to boost the value/demand.

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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    To educate yourself, go to your local library's Reference Desk and ask for Scott's Catalogue of US stamps. There may be values listed but they are not the market value of the stamp. In most cases, as the other members have stated above, the current value of most stamps today is only a fraction of what they were worth--say back in the 50s and 60s.

    That said, 'sleepers' are constantly being found (misidentified by non-professional sellers) For instance, the first stamps you posted (the two blue stamps) came in many varieties--all with the same basic appearance--but with subtle differences. When you open Scott's US catalogue, note your blue stamp was first printed in 1870 and listed at #134 in Scott's. Note also that the exact same image also appears on Scott's 145, 156, 182 and 206. The catalogue I am looking at shows the highest value of that stamp (of one variety) is 54 times greater than the stated value of the lowest valued stamp with that same image.

    You can also go on Ebay and check out sold, not current, listings of these same stamps. Compare and adjust the condition of your stamp to the sold one and that will give you an initial value of yours.

    Don......
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    Itís true that stamps have lost their value over the last decades but there are still collectors all over the world. Especially if you donít know what your looking at Iíd do a little research on the internet to learn how stamps are IDíd (you can start with Wikipedia searches of definitive stamps, perforations, watermarks, grills, markings and cancellations, and how stamps are valued and what conditions devalue a stamp). I think you can download a Scottís stamp catalog from the internet if you donít want to make a trip to the library. Postage was only 3c from 1863-1883, 2c from 1883- WWI, so lower denominations are more common and worth less but if you have higher denominations you may have some value. I think all but maybe one of the stamps you showed are pre-WWI. Hope you have good luck.
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