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Posted 06/01/2019   8:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add brookeAD5683 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Could someone with experience tell me honestly whether these stamps are worth putting up for auction? Or what their values are? If you only know about one or two of them, I'd still be very gratefull! Thanks so much!

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Posted 06/01/2019   9:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 06/01/2019   9:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 06/01/2019   9:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not really, but you could sell them on eBay though you'll make very little money from them. I wouldn't bother.
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Posted 06/01/2019   9:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add brookeAD5683 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Darn!! Well, can you tell me what I should look for to determine if a stamp has value?
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Posted 06/01/2019   9:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rdavid to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, one way is to look them up in a Scott catalog (most libraries have them). But that is only a start. Most (not all) stamps will not fetch catalog prices. If there is a stamp club in your area, you should attend a meeting and talk to folks there. If, as I guess, you are a beginner, you should forget about "sending stamps to auction" and learn more about what you have. It can be fun, but don't expect to get rich.
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Posted 06/01/2019   10:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You need a new game plan if you think you are going to find/buy stamps for pennies and sell for dollars. It's a leisure time hobby done for pleasure.
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Posted 06/01/2019   10:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add brookeAD5683 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for your advice. Although I am a beginner, I know that stamp collecting isn't some kind of 'get rich quick' thing. I'm studying old philatelic books/guides am trying to understand the Scott Catalogue but that's a bit ahead of the game for me at the moment. I LOVE collecting stamps regardless of their selling value, but I kind of need to make a little bit of money to keep it all going.
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Posted 06/01/2019   11:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BrookeAD5683; Welcome to the SCF family by the way. Generally, we are brutally honest when it comes to sharing our opinion on stamps.

Unfortunately, a lot of newcomers think they may have struck it rich. Enjoy your finds and learn what they are telling you about what is on them. Collect a theme you enjoy. That is where most of the joy of collecting and learning comes from. Then look to varieties and colors and oddities, if you find any.

I have been collecting for about 50 years and have only once gone to the post office and bought some real scarce error stamps. I still did not get rich. Enjoy the educational factor, and forget about making money as most stamps can generally be had for about 20% of catalogue value.

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Posted 06/02/2019   12:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add brookeAD5683 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, Mike. I don't mind brutal honesty, I think I prefer it. Lol. But I really like what you said, and I hear you loud and clear :) I've always enjoyed learning purely for learning's sake and will take your advice.

One question though; I have a lot more stamps than I know what to do with right now and have very little idea of what's what so I haven't settled on a theme to build my collection from... Any suggestions?
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Posted 06/02/2019   05:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ringo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know much about US stamps, so this is what I just did to find out about the first stamp in your scan - you can try this as a first option, as opposed to trying to understand catalogues.

Google images - search for Benjamin Franklin 1c stamp. You should see it there.

The first image gives a little more info, in particular, the year 1903.

Now to eBay - search Benjamin Franklin 1903 - and you find listings such as this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-cent-ben...AOSwDRJc8lVC

Not a catalogue value, of course, but you'll soon get a rough idea of the value of the stamp.
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Posted 06/02/2019   08:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Willwood42 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just know, that no one would pay more that $.10 for any of the 1c Ben Franklin stamps, the first one shown has a straight edge bottom and a thin, the second one has been trimmed (no value), and the one shown at auction is very poorly centered and would be graded average at best. Catalog value is normally for stamps that have a grade of very fine. The 5c blue Lincoln is the most "valuable" of your stamps and might fetch $.50 on a good day, but doubtful that anyone would bid that unless there was free shipping which would cost 55c. So on a good day you could lose a nickel every time you sold a stamp of this quality.
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Posted 06/02/2019   08:18 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agree with Willwood, as you can see here http://stampsmarter.com/1847usa/190...ntifier.html there were more than 11 billion of the 1c green Franklin sheet stamps printed. Just because something is old does not mean it is valuable; there are lots of rocks in my back yard which are 100,000+ years old and not one of them is worth anything!

Welcome brookeAD5683. You may want to check out Stamp Smarter website, it is a good place to start your stamp collecting journey.

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Posted 06/02/2019   09:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pennyblackie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Brook, one way to get rich in stamps is to buy an inverted Jenny for a million bucks and try to sell it a few years later for 2 million.
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Posted 06/03/2019   09:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add brookeAD5683 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Lol ok, so;
Ringo, thank you for the tip!
Willwood42 Oook, I see what you mean. Thank you, the info. I'll certainly make note of that in my journal.
51studebaker You're right! I should know that, and thank you. I'll be sure to check out the website.
pennyblackie If I had that kind of cash, that would be my first choice for sure lol. But I don't get the easy button this time.
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