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Posted 10/12/2018   03:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add justme to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
About a month ago, I posted in the inherited forum and showed the box of stamps that my 74 year old neighbor gave to me. His friend was a stamp collector and died and his brother gave my neighbor the stamps.
I went through a bunch and haven't put a dent in it. I became discouraged because one, I couldn't find anything that wasn't common and two, there were too many versions of the same looking stamp.
So I quit for a while. But decided to go through them again but with a lot more knowledge than I had before.
I found some good stamps, some from 1860's etc but one thing I didn't pay attention to was the back of the stamps. His collection of good stamps got mixed with the rest and as a collector, he wrote the Scott number on some of them. Here's just a sample.


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Posted 10/12/2018   08:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Willwood42 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Someone else's Scott number is a good place to start, but I have found them to be mistaken as often as not, especially when perforations and watermarks are concerned.
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Posted 10/12/2018   08:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have acquired collections and find errors. I am moving stamps from a British Commonwealth collection and clear someone did not know watermarks well.
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Posted 10/12/2018   10:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add justme to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, I looked them up last night after I posted. The one in the top right corner says 594 11x11 (Franklin) and another one is 267 (Washington). Especially the 594? I'm not going to get my hopes up but it's worth doing the research. I deal in other collectibles and have hit the jackpot before so there is always a possibility.
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Posted 10/12/2018   11:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
my theory: anybody who is dumb enough to write id numbers on the back of stamps is dumb enough to mis=id them.
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Posted 10/12/2018   11:18 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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anybody who is dumb enough to write id numbers on the back of stamps is dumb enough to mis=id them.


Many old-time collections have catalog numbers written in pencil on the back. I've also seen dealer stocks that have this as well. Obviously it's a bigger deal on mint stamps than used.
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Posted 10/12/2018   11:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And another issue is that over time, catalog numbers often change.
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Posted 10/12/2018   11:31 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As an occasional stamp scribbler, I'd be more concerned that the previous owner has marked some of these with what appears to be ink or indelible pencil.
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Posted 10/12/2018   12:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What is worse: pencil marking or hinging?
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Posted 10/12/2018   12:30 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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What is worse: pencil marking or hinging?

In my opinion, pencil marking
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Posted 10/12/2018   1:18 pm  Show Profile Check KRelyea's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KRelyea to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I often see Cat Values penciled in under stamps in the collections I buy. 9 out of 10 times the Cat Values are wrong (and usually on the high side}.
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Posted 10/12/2018   1:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Do not like pencil marking and often wrong.
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Posted 10/12/2018   2:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't mind light pencil (soft lead) markings.

These look like they were done with a heavy hand...and some look like they were done with indelible pencil.
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Posted 10/12/2018   4:34 pm  Show Profile Check cfrphoto's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add cfrphoto to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hinge remnants should not remain on used stamps. Faults or other problems may lurk.
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Posted 10/12/2018   9:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pennyblackie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I never believed in hinging or marking stamps. Stamp collecting is not just about diligence, caring for the stamps is as important.
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