Stamps (Philately)/MULTI FRANKING


I believe that that is the correct term. multi franking. when one or more stamps of similar relationships are held on the same first day cover. Do they have any added value or do they actually decrease the value of the original subject that the stamps and cover was issued for? Also does it decrease or add to the value of a cover to send one already postmarked back in to be re stamped  on an anniversary or add another stamp at a later date? For example. to have a post marked first day cover with James Dean, then to send it in when the Marilyn Monroe stamp came out (which ever came first). Does that hurt the cover or add to the uniqueness and thus higher resale value. I am thinking of creating some unique items of my home and would  like to know which would have the best interest of future collectors and provide a much higher resale value. Yes. shameless capitalism, but honest and legitimate concerns, besides it gives stamp  colectors something  more interesting to collect


I don't collect or sell First Day Covers myself, but my understanding is that most FDC collectors tend toward solo use on tidy, uncluttered covers.  But cover collecting is diverse, so I can't say for sure that the multiple franking you describe would add or subtract value.  But I suppose that in order for it to add value, you would need to find someone to buy your cover that thinks your addition is as cool or cooler that you do.

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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.


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 since 1996, under the user id "mleon". You can find my web page at

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 1984.

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