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Posted 07/07/2019   3:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Icollectstamps82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

i'm new to stamp collecting. I inherited a relatively large collection and need some help figuring out the basics (year, category, what the markings on the stamps mean. I have included the images of four stamps from China. I have no idea where to start!


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Posted 07/07/2019   4:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Third stamp is portrait of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

1937.

Scott 341.

Catalogue value: 50 cents.
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Posted 07/07/2019   4:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

First stamp is more problematic.

Could one of (at least) three options. Depending upon number of perforations as well as engraving details.

If you don't own a copy of Scott Postage Stamp Catalogue recommend using/finding a library copy.

And purchasing a hand-held loop (magnifier). This will allow you to differentiate btwn the details in the various issues.

The first issue of this stamp was released in1913.

Have fun! A great hobby.
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Posted 07/07/2019   4:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Second stamp.

Likely Scott 253.

Issue date: 1923.

Catalogue value: 80 cents.
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Posted 07/07/2019   4:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
First two are junk stamps. Google it.
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Posted 07/07/2019   4:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Introduction too the Junk issues:
http://www.paperheritage.co.uk/arti...a-Junks.html
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Posted 07/07/2019   4:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Icollectstamps82 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
4th stamp.



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Posted 07/07/2019   5:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Icollectstamps82 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So why would the first stamp sell for over $100 on eBay (it's actually two stamps connected that are in better condition)

https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/372695412624
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Posted 07/07/2019   5:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

The stamp you posted is very common.

The eBay stamp/s is a rarity.

It's referred to as "imperforate".

Scarcity and condition dictate price/value.

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Posted 07/07/2019   5:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Icollectstamps82 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info. I'll start researching basic terms to get a better understanding of this hobby. Thanks for all the responses!
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Posted 07/07/2019   6:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

The last (fourth) stamp you posted is part of the "Martyr Issue" series. If the perforation is 14, then it's part of the 1932 - 34 series.

If the perforation is different it's likely from the 1940 -41 series. (The latter series includes what are referred to as "secret marks". Which you find discussed in any good catalogue.).

In either instance the catalogue value is modest.

There are many philatelic resources available on the Internet, ranging in quality from excellent to okay. One of the best is "Stamp Smarter", which recently earned high praise/recognition from the American Philatelic Society. The site is the creative effort of Don Denman, one of this Forum's moderators.

In terms of starting "tools", recommend purchasing a nice pair of tongs (not tweezers), a magnifier (loop), and a perforation gauge. Initially, many collectors relied on Library copies of stamp catalogs. (Older versions can be found on at relatively modest prices.)

Have fun!
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Posted 07/08/2019   10:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danko to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You should start by loaning copies of Scott Standard Stamp Catalogue from your local library. This will help you answer a lot of questions. There are usually 6 volumes. Vol 1 Countries A-B, Vol 2 C-F, Vol 3 G-I, Vol 4 J-O, Vol 5 P-S, Vol 6 S-Z. Sort your stamps by countries and get the volume you need from your local library. If your branch don't have it, they can request it from another branch.
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