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I found one 1981 Easter Seals Postage stamp amongst some Easter Seals stickers my Mom had.  I was wondering about its value if I were to use it now or is it considered a collectors item?  
Should I use it or should I save it?

Hi Mary,
  While the SCOTT Specialized catalog for US Postage stamps does carry information about Christmas Seals from their earliest issue (1907) until 1979 (though Christmas Seals continue today), there is only a slight reference to Easter Seals in the catalog.  So as a point of reference for value of the stamp, Easter Seals are not listed.

However, a quick check of eBay would suggest that a 1981 Easter Seal would have little monetary value.  Maybe $1 - $2.  I found this set:

On the site, which is a combination of 1952 and 1961 Easter Seals, totaling about 20 Seals all together for around $5.

Officially Easter and Christmas seals are not "postage stamps", as they do not carry any postal value (i.e. they can't be used for postage, you still need stamps on the envelope to get the letter there).  Their value is in raising awareness for the cause (and money for the programs).  Christmas seals and Easter seals aren't officially "sold" they are given to participants as a gift based on their donation to the cause as a means of acknowledging contribution to the cause.  Christmas seals focus more on Lung Disease (as was started in 1907) and child issues, while Easter Seals are associated with Autism and similar disabilities.

It might be a nice way to remember your mom, or using it will not be a great monetary loss.  Maybe you can decide based on what you think she would like most for it.
Hope that helps,

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