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I have about 100 unused 6 cent US envelops, pristine condition. My research shows they were first sold in 1968
Any value?

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Hi George,
  Well, probably not what you had hoped.  These are not considered "old" in the world of stamps, and literally 100's of millions were printed.  While catalogs may place their "value" around 75 cents to $1 depending on the item, that is unlikely to be realized in the philatelic world.  Your best usage for them is as actual postage.  Add a 43c stamp to this envelope, and you get the full 6cents of postage "face value" out of it.  Collectors don't want this as an individual item, as they will likely have picked it up already in a broader collection, and if you can find someone who does want one, you will be hard pressed to get much more than a quarter for one, and you may wait 2 years to find a buyer.
  Sorry, I wish I had better news for you, but postal stationary collectors are a very small niche, and they are highly unpopular at the moment.  They just aren't in favor, partly because an "entire" envelope takes up a lot of room as well.
Best regards,
Scott

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.

Experience

30+ years of learning the hard way. A lot of passion for collecting and dealing (as I do both). I don't consider it a hobby... I consider it a serious pursuit that I'm able to do in the hours I'm not occupied by annoying things like sleep. I work closely with some of the global leaders in the expertizing and identification field. Have co-authored several papers (with Mr. William Weiss Jr.) related to identification, as well as tool set to help with quickly identifying the more challenging areas of Washington Franklin. Strong experience in paper types and coil validation.

Organizations
Member of APS #222356.

Publications
1870 - 1879 Large Banknote Issues - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr). Washington-Franklin - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr.) Detecting Fakes, Alterations and Counterfeits (APS Summer Session Expertizing Session materials with William Weiss Jr.)

Education/Credentials
Thousands and thousands of hours of pouring over hundreds of collections. 30+ years as a collector-to-dealer, avid student of philatelic study. Pre-1900 variation is fascinating, and it seems even after all these years, that I make some discovery every time I look at a new example. APS Summer Session - Fundamentals of Expertizing 2014

Past/Present Clients
100's too numerous to mention.

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