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i found two postcards one with ray berry sighned it has a one and a half cent stamp on it brown in color with a lady on it in a bonit the other one has stanley hurst sighned with a 1947 postage date green one cent stamp can you tell me are they worth anything

Hi Billy,
  I can't really speak to the value of the football signatures nor can I find anything historically significant about Stanley Hurst.  The stamps on cover (on a post card or envelope) are "modern" (meaning they are after 1940, though in reality little after 1920 is of any real value).  The 1 and 1/2 cent stamp is Martha Washington issued in 1938, "On Cover" it has a catalog value of 50 cents.
  The 1947 1c Green is a little more difficult.  It's most likely one of the famous American series, all of the 1c varieties are green, most likely from the "Famous American's" series.  They were printed in 1940, and have a catalog value "On Cover" of around 50 cents as well.  If it is an older stamp that received use at a later date (though it is very confusing because by 1947 the standard rate for postage was 3 cents, so a single 1c stamp doesn't make much sense, as it would not have been adequate postage.)  If it has a image of George Washington or Benjamin Franklin and the words 1 Cent 1 or One Cent across the bottom, it may be from an earlier period of issue, and could be of some value, but I'd need to know more about the stamp than just its color to determine that, however the 1947 post mark doesn't suggest it will be worth much.
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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.


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