Stamps (Philately)/3 cent 1869 train stamp
My father in-law was a collector whose collection we have. I was recently going through his boxes of cataloged stamps, may of which are kept in envelopes with the denomination, year and a # (this is 114) on the outside. I found two 1869 3 cent train stamps, both are cancelled, one with a series a black bars and one appears to have a square grill on the back (this is a term I learned only 10 minutes ago from the internet). What is the best way to move forward to see if this stamp is of value to someone, and what is the best way to reach out to collectors about the collection? Any help is appreciated- this is my first venture into his collection. Thanks, Pat
Scott number 114, the 1869 train pictorial issue, is currently valued at $17.50 in fault-free, eye-appealing, postally used condition. You can look up the value of all 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.
Another option is to bring your collection to the next local stamp club meeting and ask if there is a knowledgeable member who would be willing to make a quick assessment of your holdings. 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). Here's where to find a stamp club in your area:
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