Stamp Community Family of Web Sites
Stamp Community Forum
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some stamps?
Our stamp forum is completely free! Register Now!

Are Duplicates Worth Collecting?  
 

Next Page    
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 2
Valued Member

Ireland
66 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   11:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add FitzjamesHorse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
I was looking thru a large collection of France and Italy recently. I was considering buying it.
I was put off by the large amount of duplication. There seemed little point in buying 2,000 stamps when (say) 1,000 were duplicate and several copies of some stamps.
Maybe I am naive but I always assumed that collecting was about getting one copy of a stamp.
Anything more....well surely that goes into the "duplicate" box to be exchanged or traded at a later date. In 90% of cases a duplicate is worthless (except for trade) so I dont see the point in amassing a collection of duplicates.
For me ....the golden rule is that there are no rules. So everyone is absolutely entitled to do things in their own way. Certainly it can be argued that if a single stamp is worth (say) 25 cents....then ten copies are worth $2.50 and keeping duplicates and putting them in albums IS an investment.
Send note to Staff

Valued Member
United States
169 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   11:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rdavid to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, some collectors do collect multiple copies of a single stamp. I do myself sometimes if it is very attractive and/or has many shades to compare. A page of a nice stamp can look pretty good.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
1540 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   11:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
....the golden rule is that there are no rules.


Quite true. Can't do a color/shade study of any one stamp with out duplicates, but I'm more a specialist than a worldwide collector, so I tend to see a duplicate as more information rather than trading material.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
779 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   11:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with David and Phil. For me, as a collector of classic Portuguese colonies, paper, shade and perf variations make each stamp an individual, not a duplicate.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
United States
290 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   11:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You answered your own question well. Do whatever you want to do. Stamp collecting is a very personal and personalized hobby.

Many people hoard multiples of a particular stamp in order to study it for varieties of - cancellation, plate, printing, color-shade, and so-forth.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United Kingdom
1625 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   12:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add scotzm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
All of these are duplicates and not worth much but have some philatelic worth in that, over the years, I have managed to use duplicates and space-fillers to complete a row of Penny Reds as they would appear on a plate. Different plates make up this row of 12 of course but the check letters are as they would have been laid out... KA to KL

Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United Kingdom
2310 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   12:30 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In terms of buying auction lots, the word "duplicated" tends to deter me. Yes, you can potentially find shade or postmark varieties if that interests you, but, in the main, you'll be left with a large pile of identical, usually common, stamps. Indeed, I have boxes and stock-books full of them!
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
5833 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   12:33 pm  Show Profile Check smauggie's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The question really is, are duplicates worth collecting to you?
Some say no. Some say yes. It is all a matter of personal taste and interest.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page


APS Member #: 222539 AAPE, Maplewood Stamp Club (MN), Northern Philatelic Society, US Philatelic Classics Society, Auxiliary Markings Club, Canal Zone Study Group, Minnesota Postal History Society
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
1572 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   1:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now that you have knowledge about why collecting duplicates can be a very good thing you are ready to begin to collect your way. Keep asking and learning and a very open mind. Have fun.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
2295 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   2:16 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I say YES. I don't think 200 of a common definitive is the best, but often you can have something like 3-4 of the same stamp, same issue, but one has bad centering AND an interesting cancel. One has great centering but a bad cancel. One is a different shade of color for some reason. One still has selvage attached.

It all depends on the focus of your collection.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
1826 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   5:03 pm  Show Profile Check TheArtfulHinger's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TheArtfulHinger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well for any lot, whether it has duplicates or not, I base my buying/bidding on the stamps I actually need for my collection. I do a bit of mental math on how many stamps I could add and what those stamps are worth to me. Duplicates or stamps I don't want don't really enter into the equation, unless they're valuable enough to sell on their own. Long story short, I'll buy heavily duplicated lots if I'm not really paying for the duplicates(at least in my mind). And even though I'm a collect-one-of-each type of collector, I'm not above collecting shades or interesting postmarks, etc, so some duplication doesn't really bother me.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Bedrock Of The Community
Learn More...
Australia
19296 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   5:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Well for any lot, whether it has duplicates or not, I base my buying/bidding on the stamps I actually need for my collection. I do a bit of mental math on how many stamps I could add and what those stamps are worth to me. Duplicates or stamps I don't want don't really enter into the equation, unless they're valuable enough to sell on their own. Long story short, I'll buy heavily duplicated lots if I'm not really paying for the duplicates(at least in my mind). And even though I'm a collect-one-of-each type of collector, I'm not above collecting shades or interesting postmarks, etc, so some duplication doesn't really bother me.


That's exactly my method.

Just recently, I have found 2 stamps from Poland unlisted in Scott from my duplicates, and again East India ½a Die 1A and 1B from duplicates.


Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
821 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   5:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add HungaryForStamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
First be sure that the stamps are actually duplicates. Many advanced collectors specialize in certain countries and even certain issues. Stamps might share the same design, but have different color, perforations, paper, plate varieties, cancels and so on, and these are of interest to specialists (and sometimes world wide collectors if their catalog gives the variety a major number). Sometimes the rarer varieties might be worth far more than the common variety.

On the other hand, plenty of collections have duplication of common stamps that are of no additional value or interest. I recently purchased a collection (sight unseen) that was expensively housed with stamps painstakingly mounted in many many volumes. It became obvious the collector kept and mounted every duplicate - most times with no interesting difference and mostly in the very common stamps. It was odd.

I have plenty of copies based on specialized differences and plenty one could classify as duplicates, but I've kept them for slight differences that are of interest.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
1572 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   5:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From the OP. If a stamp is worth??? $.25 then ten duplicates are worth??? $2.50 and are an investment?????????

Say it ain't so!
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
Canada
446 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   6:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Renden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
First be sure that the stamps are actually duplicates. Many advanced collectors specialize in certain countries and even certain issues. Stamps might share the same design, but have different color, perforations, paper, plate varieties, cancels and so on, and these are of interest to specialists (and sometimes world wide collectors if their catalog gives the variety a major number). Sometimes the rarer varieties might be worth far more than the common variety.


Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
704 Posts
Posted 02/17/2017   6:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JLLebbert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What may be a duplicate stamp to one collector can be something entirely different to another. Case in point. I became a stamp collector when I was a young child. To help me build my collection, my mother's uncle would send me an occasional envelope containing some of his U.S. duplicates. Much to my dismay, it seemed to me that his envelope would always contain a good number of duplicates. While I appreciated the help, I didn't understand why he would routinely send me several copies of the same stamp. It was only after a couple of years that I finally came to understand the truth of the situation. To him, the stamps he would send contained no duplicates at all. Whereas I was simply collecting used U.S. stamps with no regard for the cancellation, Uncle Park was a precancel collector. Each of the used U.S. stamps he sent me would be precanceled and the "identical" Scott numbers which I identified would each sport the name of a different city.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Page: of 2 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Next Page
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!
New Forum Topics Recently Active Forum Topics
  Remove heavy cancels to see what is on the stamp.
  Another One For the Wall of Shame
  Deciding on whether to have 634b graded... opinions please...
  Help Identifying versions of U10
  Mexico - Maximilians - 2 Blocks of 4 Mint
  Are cataloges necessary for beginning stamp collectors?
  Which is the best Michel for a German collection
  Galacian Charity Stamp ?
  Wide-format printers and Steiner pages
  A question about Revenue album pages
  Are these grill points on banknote stamps?
  Brazil stationery wrapper. question.
  Help identifying stamp and value
  Egyptean revenue stamps?Cinderellas?
  Dynamic stamps markets
  "Stamp Beauty Contest":
  Dutch Indies Scott 111 dull blue:
  I have been unable to identify this stamp, could someone please help me?
  SMQ Pricing vs Scott / 634A example
  US Scott #11 double transfer or recutting?
  Stamp Insider for July–August 2017
  The winner of the most non-genuine rouletted stamp of all time is...
  Three Cent Plating aided by adjacent stamp.
  Models of chemical elements and compounds
  please help me what this is, RS 73 colours

  Dynamic stamps markets
  best watermark detection?
  Who made these State Capitol & Seal FDCs for US State Flags issue?
  Remove heavy cancels to see what is on the stamp.
  Another One For the Wall of Shame
  LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL stamps, souvenir sheets, maximum cards, etc.
  Scott 65 with lateral margins, perfs, color from the adjoining stamps. How would I grade this?
  596...what's the big deal
  US Scott #11 double transfer or recutting?
  Russian - more stamps - thanks
  Canada's 150th Anniversary and Canadian Stamp Achievements
  Models of chemical elements and compounds
  Are these grill points on banknote stamps?
  Help Identifying versions of U10
  Deciding on whether to have 634b graded... opinions please...
  Czechoslovakia : ID
  SMQ Pricing vs Scott / 634A example
  US #10/11 - Things you can see on unworn-plate printings with quality ink
  Brazill classic collection
  Mexico - Maximilians - 2 Blocks of 4 Mint
  Type 1a vs Type 1: Characteristics of #500 vs 499
  BRIDGES,BRIDGES,BRIDGES! on stamps
  Stamp Insider for July–August 2017
  The Stamps of Australia : On Steiner Pages.
  Canada : Cinderellas : Various :

Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Stamp Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2017 Stamp Community Family - All rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Stamp Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Privacy Policy / Terms of Use    Advertise Here
Stamp Community Forum © 2007 - 2014 Stamp Community Forums Go To Top Of Page
It took 0.82 seconds to lick this stamp. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05