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Good morning Sir,

 My wife and I have an entire trunk filled with old stamps starting from the 1800's through the 1960's from all over the world. Some canceled, some never used with original gum. The trunk belonged to her great aunt and uncle who were avid/devoted collectors and was given to us when her father died a few years ago. We have absolutely no idea the value of these stamps. Do you know of any reliable collector or buyer in the state of Maine that may be of some help in finding out the value?
I thank you for your time Sir,

SSGT Bruce C Tibbetts USMC RET/DAV
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Bruce,

I suggest getting in touch with the president of your local stamp club and ask if there is a knowledgeable member who would be willing to make a quick assessment of your holdings.  With a brief scan, an experienced philatelist will be able to estimate the value of the collection to the nearest order of magnitude (i.e. its worth hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, etc).  At that point you might ask for a more complete appraisal for a fee, usually $50 to $500 depending on how much material there is, and how much value was figured in the estimate.

Here's where to find a stamp club in your area:
http://www.stamps.org/Local-Clubs

Good luck!

-Mark Leon

I deal in United States Stamps
http://www.forwardedge.com/usmints.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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