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A Poll: Who Else Enjoys Your Collection?

 
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Posted 08/13/2019   09:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Amazed that this thread was picked up again. Profgreeley: I am sure that many of the forum members share your regrets. I have always felt that collecting, no matter what object, is always better when shared. The items themselves are often beautiful, but the collecting stories that differ in some way for all of us are what makes the hobby interesting to me.
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Posted 08/13/2019   8:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gr1956stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am glad that the thread survived because I'm new and have a little bit of an interesting story to share. My wife is not much interested but tolerates what I do. My daughter went to a few shows with me,as a child,
when they were regular in our neck of the woods, but she now lives out of town. In 1999 I had the good fortune to do a presentation for our SCV camp on Confederate States Postal history. A lot of effort went into my talk and it was fun. I had help from one of our local dealers who graciously loaned me some material to use. Confederate States collecting was not then ,or now ,a concentration area for me. To a group of 25 -30 people my presentation was suprisingly well received. For several weeks and months afterward I had continuing questions and discussions. So,voting in this poll,I would say that I have had some interest in past years in parts of my collection. I look forward to sharing different items on this forum and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it.
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Posted 08/14/2019   01:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cobie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting to read about some of your experiences. I collect stamps with non-human primates - apes and monkeys, in other words, and you will therefore see some of my items on the "Going Ape" thread. It all started when my parents, who knoew I collected monkey items, gave me a sheetlet of monkey stamps. That was many years ago, when it was still difficult to get more, ie, well before the internet and eBay! But I only ever found two other people who collected these stamps, or rather, had collected them - they were not longer active. Then one day, I got the magazine of the IPPL, the International Primate Protection League,and there, on the back cover, were some monkey stamps, provided by a reader.Finally! I contacted IPPL and asked them to pass my details on to the collector, which they did. For many years, D. and I exchanged e-mails; each year, I would send an update of my catalog (he was not in a position to easily compile one, being overseas). Stamp dealers in several countries knew both of us, since we would recommend specialist traders. We exchanged stamps. But all those years, we never met, and a few years ago, D. died ... so maybe I again am the world's only monkey collector?
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Posted 08/14/2019   09:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bud to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting thread, if a bit sad. Other than family, no one has seen my collection. At age 70, I returned to the hobby after a 45 year hiatus. As a teen I collected US stamps, and oddly that is what I returned to. I say oddly because after a career in the Foreign Service, I would have expected to feel more interest in WW stamps, but I don't. I have a tolerant wife, two grown daughters and a son-in-law. None have any interest in the hobby, or my collection, although I occasionally show my spouse a rare item or beautiful page (I use Steiner), and she is always positive (and I assume polite). Lately I've been thinking about the next caretaker of my collection. I may just sell it, although I cannot bring myself to do that just yet. Or I may sit down with a daughter (or maybe my son-in-law) to help them understand what the collection contains and its likely value so that, when the time comes, they are not taken advantage of by some unscrupulous buyer. As I said, a bit sad.
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Posted 08/14/2019   11:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have posted this on a thread, in the past, regarding disposition of my collections, but will share again for profgreeley and Bud. I have no individuals locally to leave my stamps to. My closest relatives are 1st cousins in northern Montana and Nevada; all at least 600 miles away and none interested in the hobby.

Fortunately, I live in the same metro area (Denver) as the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library. My estate plan sends everything philatelic to the RMPL, to support their activities, with some cash going to APS in recognition of my 45 years, and counting, membership. Everything else goes to non-philatelic charities.

There are other philatelic libraries in the country, including the APRL. Hope this different viewpoint helps.
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Posted 08/14/2019   11:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bud to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Steve. I didn't think to mention it, but I've also been considering a donation to APRL. Only concern is that from what I could see during visits to there, I doubt my collection would add much, and I'm certain their reference collection already contains copies of my better, more scarce or interesting issues.
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Posted 08/14/2019   7:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bud: APRL, as well as RMPL, often sell donated collections in order to generate cash, especially if APRL in particular already has certain items in the reference collection. Almost all of the materials I've been recently donating to RMPL; as I downsize my world wide collection; has been sold in their auctions.
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Posted 08/14/2019   9:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add profgreeley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Climber Steve I see now why you were asking me about Greeley, CO!

I think your planned donation to your local philatelic society is a great idea. I just joined the Indiana Stamp Club, and hope to make a friend or two at the next gathering.
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Posted 08/15/2019   08:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
profgreeley: I wish you good luck with the Indiana Stamp Club. I never attended any of their meetings, but heard good things way back when (disclosure: born & raised in Indianapolis. But living in Colorado for 38+ years).
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Posted 08/15/2019   09:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BFRomeos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What a pleasant surprise to see this thread still in play. The comments are informative, if at times sobering.

I just realized that I did not respond to funcitypapa's request for my response to my own question. So please consider the following.

My return to philatelic pursuits became effective January 18, 2019, after a ~45 year hiatus. Since that date, I have sunk $4,028.04 (more than I anticipated) into acquisitions. This does not count membership dues for APS and coincident expenses for supplies, travel, parking, etc. Most of my acquisitions have been via eBay, but I've also picked up items from stamp shows, the local philatelic society chapter, a brick-and-mortar shop down the road from me, and in the case of my Scott #1, an online auction.

I maintain a "primary" collection of U.S. specimens in a three-volume set of Scott national albums. That collection is 99.9% MNH from 1920 up to 1993; mixed mint/used from about 1900-1920, and pretty much all used prior to 1900. My secondary collection is a Minkus album now reserved for all used specimens, 1847 to about 1979. I don't bother with post-1993 issues.

I am my own audience for my stamp collection. My wife and 18-year-old daughter smile benignly at this undertaking, but have absolutely no interest in it. In fact my daughter gently urges me to liquidate the collection before she is forced to inherit it.

When it seems appropriate, I inform friends, neighbors, and family of my stamp collecting pursuits. These folks and I are of an age where we are tending to the estates of recently departed parents. As a result, I have since become the recipient of hoards of stamps, usually on paper, often in shoeboxes and the like. We are talking about a few thousand specimens dating back to ~1940. Bulk rate stamps from the 1990s are predominant in the mix. Most of the above will be donated to Stamps for the Wounded. I have a two-pound box of such that is near full and due to be sent soon. I enjoy sorting through these while watching the evening cable news programs to extract absolutely worthless favorites that I'll nonetheless retain: the 1980s-90s transportation coils and a stack of Scott 807s and related coils. Then there's a modest collection of postcards from the early 1900s with green one-cent stamps on them. It was through these that I learned about collectible cancellations. There are also a number of covers that are of family interest; no real pecuniary value there.

Retirement looms in about six years. That's when I can truly roll up my shirt sleeves and liquidate all the above in sensible fashion.

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Posted 08/15/2019   2:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add profgreeley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BFRomeos In ten or twenty years' time, your daughter may feel differently. I didn't have much interest at her age in family heirlooms, but now that I'm approaching 40, and am sadly realizing how quickly time passes and how precious little time I have left with my parents, I have a new interest in their collections (photography books and telescopes of my fathers', and my mother's antique furniture and ceramics) purely for sentimental reasons. While my husband and I don't have space to keep everything they acquired, it's important to me to keep some representative examples. Perhaps your daughter will come to the same realization...
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Posted 08/15/2019   2:56 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I mentioned to my daughter that, too often parents hang on to wealth whereas, transferred earlier, it would have benefited their children. Then I gave her a set of cigarette cards ...

I've been trying to clear away the dreck so that, in due course, my daughter will have organised collections of stamps, cigarette cards and postcards that she can sell. With things that interest her, chiefly books, I've been clearing the unnecessary stuff that I shan't read or read again, and shouldn't expect her to read. The Golden Bowl? Melted down. A shelf of Simenon? Dusted with my best badger-hair shaving brush.

With my own parents' stuff, I kept the things I liked, or things that otherwise carried an emotional link. The vast majority went. My view is, don't drag someone else's life around with you, or inflict yours on others. "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful" etc.
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Posted 08/15/2019   3:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add profgreeley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Geoff It's wonderful that you're saving your daughter the trouble of sifting through your belongings. I remember that my mother and my aunt spent nearly a week clearing out my grandparents belongings when they moved into an independent living facility, and it was a nightmarish, contentious process for them, and they had no help from their parents. I'm sure your daughter will appreciate your thoughtfulness in due time.
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Posted 08/18/2019   8:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rmatossian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Like shermae, I received a Traveler album when I was 8. Then I went to a Liberty a couple of years later. Over about a 10-year span, I filled much of it with used stamps. That was nearly 50 years ago. A few years ago my sister told me about a boy she knew who wanted to start collecting stamps, so I gave him my Liberty. I guess you could say I "showed" him my stamps.

Now I collect several areas, including Germany and US. As a high school teacher I routinely bring in recently-acquired stamps to show my students. I try to show stamps that are visually interesting or that have some historical or cultural relationship to things they might be learning in their classes. For example, one kid was fascinated by my Memel stamps because he had learned about the area in AP world history. Also, I had an exchange student from Bremen who was very interested in seeing my German States collection when I brought that in. (It's from her that I learned it's pronounced shverEEN, not shvERin.)

Of course, most teenagers don't care about my stamps, but they do ask how much I could get if I sell them.
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Edited by rmatossian - 08/18/2019 8:49 pm
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