> In UK was brought up on a well known stamp collectors book - I have even
> forgotten the name !
> Found some of my old stamps - up to about 130 years old.
> e.g. HongKong Queen Victorias and later
> India likewise
> Australian Victoria stamp with Queen Victoria on it, issued when VICTORIA
> was still issuing own stamps.
> Chines Imperial Stamps
> Chines later stamps
> Cheefoo stamps
> USA old stamps (one postmarked 1875)
> Old German, Belgique, Austrin stamps about 90 to 110 years old.
> Old UK and Canada stamps (some 100 years old).
> Odds and ends including some revenue stamps.
> How does one value them.??
Sounds like an interesting mix. How does one value them? Well, head
down with your prize to the biggest stamp shop in town and see their
reaction. Don't sell. Just do it to hear what they have to say.
Stamps as you have described could have a value of thousands of dollars
or perhaps only about $5 or less. I could assemble a lot such as you
have described for about that amount. It all depends on what stamps you
have and their condition. I suggest that you pull out your address book
and contact a friend who is a stamp collector. If that fails (maybe you
address book is filled with the unhinged singles in your life... I
digress to a more popular thread), then I suggest you contact a local
stamp club and with their permission bring this accumulation to one of
their meetings during coffee hour. Also, if you have some time on your
hands, you could start learning about stamps at your local library.
Your could research each stamp using a standard catalogue (such as
Gibbons or Scotts) - just ask at the reference desk. People at
libraries' reference desks are amazing in that they know about arcane
stuff. These catalogues also have important information regarding
condition, identification, etc. I hope that in researching your stamps
that you will be bitten with the bug... that is, that stamp collecting
bug that is going around.......
(sometimes you can get it from kissing a stamp collector so beware).
Symptoms often reported are as follows:
(I am being pulled away from my keybord by my physician).
MEDICAL WARNING FOLLOWS:
(all who read please forward appropriate medical insurance #)
Symptoms of Neuro Philatelistamata:
1. An increased love for life and a strange interest in others people's
mail... often demands for the entire envelopes are encountered from
2. Unusual habits such as spending sunny days at the beach reading stuff
about perforation, hinging, condition, varieties and other perverse
subjects while the preferred sex is romping on the beach in skimpy
3. While others are attending games, rock concerts, and shopping at the
mall, symptomatic stamp collectors are at philatelic exhibitions and
dealers shops even if they have to drive many miles to get there.
4. There is clear evidence that this blight is incurable when
individuals begin exhibiting their carefully designed displays a local
stamp shows. At this point there is no cure.
5. Extreme examples are documented when these individuals actually begin
becoming mentors to those who are only slightly bitten. Your can
document this by listening for words like perforation, wove paper,
watermark, surcharge, overprint, semi-postal, cover, etc. Extreme
suffers have often been heard to utter such foreign words as tete-beche,
se-tenant, and even Gemusterter Hintergrund.
6. Please beware, this is an incurable condition. I have been treating
this patient for many years. I have seen some progress but his postal
history,,, er medical history has been the most perforating,,,, er
perplexing in my career.