Thursday, January 07, 2010

Most Stamp Collections Worth Under $100

According to the Washington Post, "A stamp expert can usually tell within minutes whether that old album filled with postage stamps has any great value. It often boils down to whether the collection was a childhood hobby, where someone bought packets of assorted stamps, or a lifetime passion reflected in a well-organized, well-cared-for assortment that a lot of time and money went into."

The article quotes Maryland stamp dealer, David Most, as saying most collections he sees are worth under a $100.

Glenn Nozick a Maryland stamp appraiser and collector is also quoted as saying, "... people are often disappointed that first-day covers (envelopes with stamps canceled on their date of issue) and sheets of commemoratives, once touted as investments, usually don't increase in value."

Shown above, 1979 Child Plate - My Stamp Collection made by Royal Cornwall Ltd and designed by artist Charlotte Jackson. Available on the Trojan Horse website for $40.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM