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QUESTION: Can you tell me if an autographed on signed stamp sheet has any extra value and might be worth collecting. there is a sheet of Bird Stamps signed by Brothers Arther and Allen Singer it is on Ebay for $4,000. is this far too high a price or truly a collector item? Are they important to the stamp or just some one who has signed it. thanks again.

ANSWER: Otto,

The 1982 50 different State Birds and Flowers issue was indeed designed by father and son team Arthur and Alan Singer, but I have no idea if the signatures on the sheet are authentic.  I also have no idea if the designers are still alive, such that they can sign more sheets (there are very many mint sheets still in existence).  In any circumstance, I don't see why such a signed sheet merits the hefty price of $4,000.  But please note that my expertise is stamps, not autographs.

-Mark Leon

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QUESTION: In general, does the signature of the artist or any prominent person add to the value of a stamp sheet or in facts lowers the value as it is not pristine mint; but has been written on?

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Otto,

A signed sheet by the artist who designed it or perhaps some famous person connected with the subject does add value in the minds of some collectors, but exactly how much is pure speculation.  Federal Duck Hunting stamps do have a following with regard to artist signed items in the marketplace.  Outside of duck stamps, I come across very few artist signed philatelic items.

-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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