Inherited Great GrandMothers Collection

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by domaintalk, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. domaintalk

    domaintalk Member


    I inherited a stamp collection from my great grandmother who was born in 1903. It belonged to her brother who was in the navy in the 30's-40's. This album is filled with stamps from every country you can think of. I noticed this stamp on ebay. It says it is a scott's #539 issued 1919. What is that. Also, should I get these stamps graded, it was listed for over 4k. Thanks!!

  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    The best way to gauge the value of a stamp collection is to attend a stamp show in your area. Dealers are willing to look over the collection and give a "wholesale" value to it. A wholesale value is at least 10-15% under the retail value.

    As far as grading stamps goes.... I wouldn't do it except for expensive individual stamps where there was a question about Scott number (the number the Scott catalog gives to each and every stamp they catalog) or the condition (regums, repairs or reperfings).
  3. AtanasVelikov

    AtanasVelikov Member

    This stamp business is so confusing. I feel the same. In one directory it says it's worth so much but then when the details come up I haven't a clue what I'm looking for. Is there a dictionary for these terms somewhere?

    Maybe someone could start a thread that explains it a little better.
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