|Fred Sellars||05/11/2019 10:56:50|
|205 forum posts|
A question that has been asked by many collectors over the years is " how much is this stamp worth " or " what's my collection worth " .
There is no simple answer as there are such a lot of possible variables to take into consideration.
When looking at a catalogue,the prices can be deceptive,as the values stated do not relate to the stamps market value .
Another aspect is to its condition : used/mint and is it genuine .
With mint stamps one needs to take into consideration the following :-
Is the stamp mounted or unmounted as the trend was prior to the 1950s for a collector to use a stamp hinge to display it in the album , are the perforations intact, as missing perforations can have an effect on the price, also with trimmed perforations you can get from booklets , a tear in a stamp can be disastrous to its price , check for discolorations on either side of the stamp (foxing) or blemishes .
With a used stamp, again condition is the main factor and needs to be checked for some of the above faults that also relate to mint stamps already mentioned including thinning of the paper, one of the more important facts is the type of postmark used to cancel the stamp along with its colour, cancellations can range from very fine used to heavier parcel ones and this can have a large bearing on its value .
Another factor to note is, is the stamp genuine regarding its classification, taking into consideration watermarks, perforations, die and plate numbers, colour and with imperforated stamps the amount of margins .
"How much is this stamp worth" is an easy question to ask,but not always easy to answer .
And don't forget, the first rule of thought is , a stamp is only worth what someone else is prepared to pay to obtain it and will also be looking at the condition of the item in question prior to any purchase being made .
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