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Chris Beard 414/05/2017 11:08:26
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Hi guys.

I am not a stamp collector. However, my dad has collected stamps all his life.

Sadly yesterday he passed, and my family are now left with the task of sorting out his quite large collection for sale. About 10 years ago he insured his collection, so we have a very vague idea of value. We estimate he has about 100 albums spread around the house in numerous cabinets. I know he started years ago on Commonwealth but Im pretty sure he started on World too.

The advice I would like, is what is the BEST option for getting a fair sale here?

I thought an auction, and to get a valuer out. My dad devoted his life to his stamps, and the thought of being ripped off, and him wasting so much time scares me.

Im guessing you guys would know the better options.

I would REALLY appreciate some genuine help and advice here.

For your information my dads collection is in Fareham, Hants.

Thanks in advance


Paul Davey 114/05/2017 11:31:45
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Hi Chris

sorry to hear of the loss of your father.

If you search postings on this forum you will find others who have asked the same, or a similar question. There are a number of things to consider, one of which is you need somebody to come and visit with 100+ albums. I think for that quantity, many of the auction house valuers would happily visit. How quickly do you need to tie things up?

Did he have a favorite dealer he used? This guy would know the type of collection and any specific high value items to look for. Do you need a valuation for probate in which case you will likely pay for it?

A call to the local stamp club secretary should get you some relatively local contacts. He may even have been a member.

You could always get a copy of Stamp Magazine which hosts this forum and call a couple of the advertisers!

I hope it works out well


Chris Beard 414/05/2017 11:39:21
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Hi Paul.

Thanks for a prompt reply. I cant honestly answer your questions, as this has all been pretty sudden. I will speak to mum, but dont think he was a member of any club. I know he attended stamp auctions, fairs etc, but at present know little else. I guess really at present I wanted to know if auction houses was the best way to go, considering the size of his collection. We could arrange a visit from them, but Im guessing the time to value would be pretty large. There is the option of us transporting the stamps to an auction house if this would work out any cheaper.

I suppose I need to find out more from mum!

Thank you.

Alex14/05/2017 13:03:26
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I think the best advice, as already mentioned, is for your late father's collection to go into an auction. however, it should probably be an philatelic auction rather than your general auction. The folk will be able to value it properly and they will be selling to collectors in proper lots.

You shouldn't have a problem finding several philatelic auctions based in your part of the world.

Chris Beard 414/05/2017 15:06:11
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Thanks for the tip Alex. Invaluable advice Im sure. Not quite sure how often such specialised auctions would run locally, but I see your point. Many thanks.

Julian16/05/2017 00:06:49
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Hi Chris sorry to hear of your dad passing over.

Sounds like one huge amount of a collection! It is a shame no one in the family would take it on?

I know this may sound cruel but insurance value means little as regard selling value!! Just the same as there maybe 1 stamp in amongst it which will prove to be worth more than them all.

But it is the sheer size of yours that is mind boggling, a 100 albums I cannot even begin to start to give advice but both the guys above had said enough and just because of sheer size I think Alex advice is well sound.

Geez to inherit 4 or 5 is hard enough to advise upon but I do have to laugh because I have 20 + albums of FDC's and already 6 of stamps, which are not full but getting that way.

I really do feel for you on your task and I wish you good fortune, however you sell them and I hope it makes your dad proud whatever you get, the fact is your dad enjoyed collecting it all.

Take care.


Paul Davey 116/05/2017 06:35:45
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as mentioned by Alex, I meant a philatelic auction house. A google search for "philatelic auctions UK" will give a number of options, some fairly local. If you PM me (message member) I might suggest a few specific ones. I would rather not annoy the others by doing so in an open forum!


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