People started to collect stamps almost immediately. Philatelists have observed the development of mail transport by air from its beginning, and all aspects of airmail services have been extensively studied and documented by specialists. Who appeared on the first stamp issued? Back to the catalog - the best thing you can do is spend 15 minutes reading the introductory material in the front of the catalog where the pricing method and prices are described in detail. Federal duck stamps, free franks, settlement of the west, the Olympics. Important technological advances in stamp production and printing marked the post-1940 or 'Modern' period. Herpin stated that stamps had been collected and studied for the previous six or seven years and a better name was required for the new hobby than timbromanie, which was disliked.
The importance of condition cannot be emphasized. Consignment to an Auction House Auction offers the greatest potential for the highest sale price. Definitives seem mundane but, considering their variety of colours, , differences, perforations and printing errors, they can fill many pages in a collection. Stamp clubs and philatelic societies can add a social aspect to stamp collecting and provide a forum where novices can meet experienced collectors. I use old stamps back into the 1930s as postage to mail envelopes. This Stamp Collecting Blog keeps you up to date on additions to the stamp-collecting-resource. Of course Hill's proposal was heavily debated for a few years, but after serious discussion the change was enacted and instituted in 1840.
It is one which can be shared with children and grandchildren. How is the collection stored? Many stamps are rare but not valuable because there is not enough demand to drive the price up. This is why people routinely sell stamps at far below face value many offer 50-70% depending on their customer base, how much postage they already have in inventory, and what denominations are included. Throughout the years stamps have increased in value. Stamp collecting values also depend on the type of collection. But that shouldn't dissuade you from checking for similar listed stamps - being armed with multiple pricing sources of information will help you better estimate the value.
It is important to note that many U. In 1841, a women even placed an advertisement in the London Times in which she requested help in collecting stamps so that she could paper a bedroom wall. How to store your stamps… …until you decide to dispose of them The condition of your stamp collection affects the final sale price because buyers all seek stamps in sound condition. Since rates at that time were very high, many people refused to accept letters. The seller receives an agreed amount of money immediately and there is no fee.
Now online is the legendary Benjamin K. Mainly for this reason, postal services turned to a means of prepaying postage. Other common tools include , and. The sale price of a stamp varies depending on who buys it — retail shop owner, auction mail sale bidder, dealer at a stamp show, or another collector. Stamp collectors are an important source of income for some countries who create limited runs of elaborate stamps designed mainly to be bought by stamp collectors.
A handful of the crown jewels of philately have sold over the past few decade for multi-million dollar sums. There you can show it to several potential buyers at one time and obtain the highest price offered. Fees vary and the seller should inquire about all charges. Leave them stuck together until a professional stamp dealer can look at them and determine whether they can be separated safely. As people began to collect these interesting pieces of paper, no one realized how valuable stamps could become.
While visiting Arago, take time to view one or more of its online Exhibits, which offer fascinating pictorial lessons on specific stamp-related subjects. When storing stamp albums, place them in an upright position. A time limit, in writing, should be placed on the sale and on the payout. Interesting aspects of topical philately include design mistakes and alterations, for instance, the recent editing out of cigarettes from the pictures used for United States stamps, and the stories of how particular images came to be used. You will find online Exhibits organized thematically for your convenience. Queen Victoria's profile was a staple on 19th century stamps of the ; here on a half-penny of the Falkland Islands, 1891. The market fluctuates in varying degree and at unpredictable rates.
On a consignment of sufficient value, most auction houses will, at the time of consignment, give a cash advance against the estimated sale price. When the market is good, a collection will bring a higher price. Selling Stamp Collection Selling a Stamp Collection What You Need To Know! So too do local posts, express companies, and even forgers. They are the same questions that a dealer asks himself before making any determination about the potential value of your collection If the answer is yes, did the owner buy single items, packets, lots or collections? Use the catalogs as a general tool and it won't steer you wrong. This can have dramatic implications as a small collection of perfect stamps can be worth many, many times that of the same stamps in poor condition. Many consider that Count 's collection at the beginning of the 20th century was the most complete ever formed. Stamps should be stored with care in a dry place away from extreme temperatures, preferably in a bank vault or safe.
Catalog Value Versus Market Value Prices listed in a stamp catalog are revised yearly. Direct Sale to a Dealer Selling to a dealer has two advantages. Wholesale value what the dealer will pay on that day Make your own Inventory Recommended only for those with stamp knowledge If you have some knowledge and experience in stamp collecting, you have an edge when selling a stamp collection. There may be a wait of a few months, between the time of consignment and the date of the next auction. Organizations such as the retain hundreds of members interested in a specific aspect of collecting. Estimating the value of a stamp collection Obtain a Professional Appraisal A professional appraisal by a member of the American Stamp Dealers Association is recommended.
Postage stamps are often collected for their historical value and geographical aspects and also for the many subjects depicted on them, ranging from ships, horses, and birds to kings, queens and presidents. I, 15 November 1864, p. Examples include , , propaganda labels, and so forth. The advent of special commemorative stamps greatly increased the popularity of the hobby. When selling stamps you must remember that unless you sell to another collector or through auction, you will only obtain a wholesale price from a stamp dealer, since he must resell the collection at a profit or keep it in inventory until it is sold.