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FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SPENDING YOUR PRECIOUS TIME FROM YOUR LIFE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT COLLECTING STAMPS.MY QUESTION IS ABOUT CANCELED STAMPS I HAVE ABOUT 20 SHEETS OF DIFFERENT STAMPS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN ATTACHED OR USED BUT ALL ON THE STAMPS ON THE SHEETS HAVE BEEN CANCELED THEY HAVE BEEN STAMPED IN CORNERS WHERE THEY ARE HINGED.I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY AND ARE THEY WORTH MORE BECAUSE OF BEING UNUSED AND CANCELED.THANK YOU VERY MUCH

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Hi Max,
  I was wondering if you can attach a photo of at least one of the sheets, and also can you give me a list of the countries and denominations of each of the stamps?  Also, if you have any idea or feel for how old they might be, I'm flying blind without any description of them.  So the answer to your question will lay all in where they are from, how old they are, and what exactly this "Unused but canceled".  It sounds like they may be "precancels", or if the "cancel" is a diagonal line in the upper left corner of each stamp it more likely means they are "reproductions" meant as commemorative, but are not actual valid for postage.  In the latter case, they are probably worth very little.
  Please send a photo or a scan if you can, and it will give me better insight to what you have.
Thanks,
Scott

P.S.  I'm originally from Indiana as well, but live in Singapore now.  So hello, my fellow Hoosier.

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Scott Payton

Expertise

My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.

Experience

30+ years of learning the hard way. A lot of passion for collecting and dealing (as I do both). I don't consider it a hobby... I consider it a serious pursuit that I'm able to do in the hours I'm not occupied by annoying things like sleep. I work closely with some of the global leaders in the expertizing and identification field. Have co-authored several papers (with Mr. William Weiss Jr.) related to identification, as well as tool set to help with quickly identifying the more challenging areas of Washington Franklin. Strong experience in paper types and coil validation.

Organizations
Member of APS #222356.

Publications
1870 - 1879 Large Banknote Issues - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr). Washington-Franklin - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr.) Detecting Fakes, Alterations and Counterfeits (APS Summer Session Expertizing Session materials with William Weiss Jr.)

Education/Credentials
Thousands and thousands of hours of pouring over hundreds of collections. 30+ years as a collector-to-dealer, avid student of philatelic study. Pre-1900 variation is fascinating, and it seems even after all these years, that I make some discovery every time I look at a new example. APS Summer Session - Fundamentals of Expertizing 2014

Past/Present Clients
100's too numerous to mention.

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