What Stamps to Collect and Where Do I Find Them?

Perhaps you've inherited or been given a stamp collection or you have an album from your Boy Scout merit badge days. What do you do now? Want a fun and possibly rewarding hobby? Enjoy reading and history? Come and meet fellow collectors with a myriad of other interests. Learn the in's and out's of collecting, using the Internet to find bargains and evaluate your treasures as well as finding philatelic research and info. Free stamp collecting publications, magazines and books. Pick through a box of free stamps. Door prizes too! Looking forward to meeting you!

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  • wen

    is there an accurate stamp valuation directory online? what is it -or are there many? or does one buy a book? how much do these resources run?

    May 30, 2013

    • Edward L.

      Another factor is that these guides are prepared a year or so in advance so supply and demand can and will change. The valuations listed are "retail" and actual prices charged, And depending on the stamp's scarcity and condition, can vary by the seller, from a large discount to multiples of the "catalog price." If you sell to a dealer be prepared to receive a "wholesale" price as the buyer will want to mark up the item for resale to a collector. The best prices to be had is by in-person auction if you have rare and specialized material. This takes time and the auction house's commission is 10-20% of the price realized with the lots a minimum of $100 or so. Remember average material, if wanted by the auction firm, will be collated into "large lots and misc" generally to be bid on by bottom fishers. Most material, regardless of field is sold to dealers who see auctions as their wholesale suppliers!

      May 30, 2013

    • Edward L.

      I hope this reply is helpful. Next meeting is being setup. Stay tuned!

      May 30, 2013

  • Gary P.

    It was Fine as Edward Lee was a Nice and Friendly Host. It was a Good Thing I brought a Friend Who Collects Stamps as well. But Nobody Showed. But the 3 of Us had a Good Time.

    March 9, 2013

  • Edward L.

    Great conversations!

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this meeting. Good philatelic discussion for all. See you then.

    February 25, 2013

  • Rae B.

    Wish I could -- day two of the bar exam is that day :(

    February 23, 2013

  • Donna R.

    Hi Ed
    If I don't get there until 7 will it be too late?
    Thanks
    Donna

    February 20, 2013

    • Edward L.

      Hi Donna! It will be OK! See ya!

      February 20, 2013

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