The Hurdles of Buying Postage Stamp Collection

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by Nicksstamps, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. Nicksstamps


  2. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Good information. I was struck by the following sentence, "While a medium size collection contains 40 to 70 thousand stamps, some collectors accumulate up to a quarter million stamps and more." A medium collection contains 40-70 thousand stamps? I don't doubt that, I just don't know how someone was appraise that many stamps. Seems like it would take more time than it would be worth, and that's just a medium size collection.
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  3. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Great information Nick, hopefully heirs and family members are given accurate information ahead of time and understand what stamps are of substantial value and which are harder for a dealer to sell.
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  4. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    It's a nice article. :)
    It is also useful especially for those who are first time sellers and first time collectors.
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  5. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Nick. A useful article for heirs.

    I was struck by #2 in your article and reminded of my experiences as a curator for a university special collections. A part of my duties was the solicitation and acceptance of of gift materials for special collections, i.e. photographs, books, personal papers, maps, etc. It was my experience that heirs had the most emotional attachment to 1. photos, 2. book collections, and 3. personal papers. After those three, there was less concern about giving things. I was offered very few stamp or coin collections and never solicited either. The heirs always thought there money to be had there and sold them quickly. Just as well, because giving stamp and coin collections to a university/historical society is not wise. Once given they are rarely shown or used for research and, in most cases, staff don't know how to properly care for either.

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  7. I have no idea how many stamps I have, how does anyone know?
  8. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    I used to count/track the number of stamps I have before. Right now I do not know the exact number but just approximation since there are some additions on my collection that I have not counted yet. :D
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