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Hi Terry!  I have a stamp collection I inherited from my grandfather and would like to get it appraised.  Is this something you could do for me or do you know someone local who could?  Thanks!

Hello Mary,

Thanks for your question.

In this forum, we usually do not recommend specific locations for appraisals.  However, at your local library, check out a periodical called Linn's.  It is loaded with advertisements from companies that will (for a nominal fee) appraise your collection and possibly buy if you  are inclined to see.  

You can also check the web site of the American Philatelic Society for some advice.   You might also want top look in the yellow pages for stamp clubs or stamp collectors in your local area that might help out.   Just make sure that any dealer you contact is associated with ASDA (American Stamp Dealers Association). It is there for your protection as they hold dealers to strict guidelines in order to remain in good standing.

A word of advice about values--List values are what you can expect to pay for an item if you went to buy it at 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.

Good luck and let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Thanks again for your question.


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Terry Tipton


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.


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.

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

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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