Sunday, December 14, 2008

Stamp Values Continue to Rise

Peter Rexford writes in the Sacramento Bee,"Even as the stock market roller coaster continues and gold fluctuates, the value of collectible postage stamps continues to steadily rise."

The 2009 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers lists more than 12,000 value changes over last year – virtually all of them higher according to Peter.

He points out, "For instance, in 2007, the value of a particular 1 cent stamp of 1851 featuring Ben Franklin was an impressive $55,000. This year, the value for that same stamp is $80,000. Even more astonishing is a 5 cent stamp printed in 1858. The value for it last year was $35,000. Today, the price for that same stamp has more than doubled. It, too, is now worth $80,000."

The catalog can be found at many local libraries or purchased at a local stamp dealer or directly from the publisher.

Peter says, "The cost of the 'Scott U.S. Specialized Catalog' is $69.99. It's not cheap, but it could be money well spent if you have been meaning to look through an old stamp collection but just never got around to it."

To read the entire article, click here.

Shown above the 2009 spiral bound Scott U.S. Stamp Pocket Catalague which is available from Amos Press for $15.95 ($12.99 if you're an Amos Advantage member). This condensed version of the more expensive catalogue is also designed to be an checklist. Click here to order.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM