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Kirsty Frampton15/09/2021 17:43:35
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I have recently been given several of my late fathers/great uncles collections, I have looked online a little and spoken to a couple of collectors, particularly regarding a couple of interesting items. I’m unsure of the best place to go to check if anything is particularly interesting. I don’t want to sell, I’m just interested!

Paul Davey 116/09/2021 10:05:45
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Greetings Kirsty.

since you are not selling, there's no rush! I think your approach of finding collectors to consult seems good. Perhaps the local stamp club could help? Many dealers may have less interest unless it looks like you want to buy items to add to the collection. If there are specialised area (small Commonwealth Island, Queen Victoria GB, Switzerland for example) there is likely a specialised society for that area who would be happy to help. Many of these have their own Facebook page &/or website.

For specific items, posting a picture here is a good start!

Paul

Carmen16/09/2021 11:13:17
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Hey Kirsty! Welcome to the fora! I think you'll find we're a decent (small) bunch who are more than willing to help as you delve into your family's collections. Enjoy!

Kirsty Frampton21/09/2021 20:07:47
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Brilliant, thank you! I have been looking online and trying to tidy through the collection, I'm beginning to enjoy it! A friend told me to check this one, but I don't want to take it anywhere and look daft!

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Paul Davey 122/09/2021 11:04:49
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Hi Kirsty

a couple of problems with this one! Firstly it is badly torn and secondly the perforations are trimmed off at top left, This reduces its value to virtually nothing I'm afraid. There are a couple of varieties of the stamp which are worth more but not this one.

Keep posting!

Paul

Carmen22/09/2021 12:11:05
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HI again Kirsty... this is what I love about stamp collecting... that sudden find where you think, "Oh my goodness... could this possibly be...?!"

I once was sorting through some old Russian stamps... and off to the side of my table I had a stamp magazine with an ad on the back of it showing a company's upcoming auction catalogue, and there, on the catalogue's front cover, up for sale, was a stamp just like the one I had just found.

So I walked into my office to get my catalogue. Checking the entry, I found out that indeed there were two types of this stamp, one VERY valuable (in the thousands of dollars, hence its appearance on the cover of this auction catalogue), the other, which I had... worth about 40 cents.

Sigh....

But WHAT FUN! During those 25 feet from my TV room to my office, THE WORLD WAS MY STAMP COLLECTING OYSTER, FULL OF POSSIBILITIES! What would I do with my newfound stamp if it was one of those?! Keep it?! Sell it and buy a yacht?! laugh

This is why I'm a stamp collector. Keep going... you never know what you'll find (although in fairness, don't get your hopes up TOO high, LOL!)

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