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i jave a large collection of 1st day of issue stamps on envelopes. are they of any value

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Randy,

Although not as popular as they once were, First Day Covers do have some value.  Value is determined by the country, the stamp issue, the cachet maker, and whether it is addressed.  Current collecting preference is for NO ADDRESS.  The cachet maker is the person or company or artist that produced the artwork, if any, that embellishes the cover.  Least valuable are covers with no cachet.  There are several major makers and their work has minimal value and there are several smaller makers who command more value.  Typical retail value is U$1.00 for the average cacheted FDC.  Some items with the correct combination of art and stamp have sold in the hundreds.  Typical wholesale, in bulk, for unaddressed cacheted FDCs is still around 25-cents each.  Condition, as for any collectable, goes hand in hand with demand in determining value.

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Almost any question relating to US postal stationery

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Member UPSS 19th century catalog ediorial committee; member UPSS 20-21 century catalog editorial committee; member of APEX examiner committee; published author including regular column on US postal stationery in US Stamp News

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APS, APEX, IFDSA, IPDA, NSDA, UPSS, PSS

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Postal Stationery, journal of the UPSS; Precancel Forum; US Stamp News; EFO Collector; Air Post Journal

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