Stamps (Philately)/Stamp Collection

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Greetings Terry,

I received my father's stamp collection a couple of years ago.  I'd like to have it appraised.  Are you able to help me out?

Thank you!
Darren


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Hi Darren,

Thanks for your question.   Here in this forum, we don't recommend specific dealers or people.  However, I think I can direct you favorably.    At your local library, check out Scotts catalogue.   It is considered the "holy bible" of stamp collectors.  In these user friendly books, you can find almost every postage stamp ever issued.   There are pictures to help with identification as well as values for each item in both mint and used conditions.  

A word about values in  the book----they are a rough guideline as to what you could expect to pay for an item if you were to buy it from a stamp dealer.   Selling that same item to a stamp dealer will generally net you 20% to 30% of the list value depending on condition and demand.

Thanks again for your question and let me know if I can be of any more help.

Terry

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Terry Tipton

Expertise

I have been involved in philately for most of my 56 years. I specialize in United States Issues and Postmarks. I have numerous reference sources to research if I do not know the answer. I am organized and promise swift courteous answers. I am a member of the American Philatelic Society. I also have my own philatelic mail order business.

Experience

As I mentioned, I have been collecting philatelic items for most of my 56 years. I have several albums of United States issues (most of them are pages I designed myself) and I also have numerous albums of postmarks sorted and researchhed by state.

Organizations
American Philatelic Society, All Nations Stamp Club and Harford County Stamp Club

Publications
Linn's, All Nations Stamp Club Website, and local Newspaper

Awards and Honors
Board of Directors for Christmas in April 1990-1996

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