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QUESTION: I recently was given a stamp collection and some of the stamps are from the 1950s there was one from the 1700s I believe there are hitler ones and just so many that I am sure they are collectible.butvi don't know the first thing about them and would like to try and sell them but have no idea where to even start. Could you please help me out thankyou foe your time.

ANSWER: Tresa Loveless,

I suggest attending the next meeting of your local stamp club and ask if there is a member who would be willing to make a quick assessment of your holdings.  You can also look up your stamps at your local library.  Ask at the reference desk for the Scott Catalogs.  There you will find photographs and current values for every stamp ever issued worldwide, sorted by country and date of issue.  

Here's where to find a stamp club in your area:
http://www.stamps.org/Local-Clubs

Good luck!

-Mark Leon

I deal in United States Stamps
http://www.forwardedge.com/usmints.html
American Art Glass
http://www.forwardedge.com/accent.html
and Halloween Costumes!
http://www.forwardedge.com/costumes.html

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QUESTION: Thankyou I will be doing that. I wanted to know if they turn out t I be of any value how do I go about selling them? There's not a big market for yhem. Would you possibly be interested or maybe point me in the right direction of who would be. Thanks again f I r your time

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Tresa Loveless,

With a brief scan, an experienced philatelist will be able to estimate the value of the collection to the nearest order of magnitude (i.e. its worth hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, etc).  At that point you might ask for a more complete appraisal for a fee, usually $50 to $500 depending on how much material there is, and how much value was figured in the estimate.

Following the estimate or appraisal, you can decide the disposition.  Your choices are 1) Keep the collection, 2) Sell the collection privately to a stamp dealer or collector, 3) Donate the collection to the stamp club, or 4) Consign the collection to a stamp auctioneer (or post onto an on-line auction like ebay.com) for public sale.

You also can find dealers interested in buying your stamps in a stamp publication like Linn's Stamp News.  You could sell the collection to such a dealer for little effort, but it would yield equally little value.  There's usually a copy floating around the stamp club, otherwise you can find a copy at a stamp shop or find them online at:
http://www.linns.com

-Mark Leon

I deal in United States Stamps
http://www.forwardedge.com/usmints.html
American Art Glass
http://www.forwardedge.com/accent.html
and Halloween Costumes!
http://www.forwardedge.com/costumes.html

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I am a collector of United States postage stamps, and also a stamp dealer. I`m a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS). My principle area of interest and expertise is in United States Stamps.

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I've been selling stamps on the internet since early 1996. I maintain a stamp web page that concentrates on mint US stamps issued generally between 1890 and 2009. I'm an active seller on ebay.com since 1996, under the user id "mleon". You can find my web page at http://www.forwardedge.com/usmints.html

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I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 1984.

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