Stamps (Philately)/entire trunk filled with old stamps.
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
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:
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