Okay, so what about the ones that I do searches for and can't easily find and when I do it's just on sites like photostock or pinterest, or in the same type of stamp but different denomination or everything same except color? Does that mean it's rare or maybe worth more to a collector or am I probably just not describing it right?
These are a few that I happen to have in front of me that fell under that category...does anyone have any information about them and is it a good thing when they're hard to identify?
thanks every one for your time and hope you enjoy looking if nothing else...
the Canadian Admiral stamp is a #114 red brown. Right there in the catalogue. Sometimes these things just don't 'pop' out. You'll find the Philippines under United States back of book. The Philippines were under US jurisdiction from 1898 until 1946, and stamps were issued by US authorities. Yours is a regular issue released with many variations of green and different perforations, and with and without watermark. Off hand your's looks like a later issue, maybe 1917 or 18 (that's the year) but hard to say from here.
You are unfortunately looking in too limited a range of places. Just because you can't find the above there or anywhere doesn't mean much. Even in a general Google search, many dealers don't sell cheap individual stamps (not worth it), so you'll never find specific images for many specific stamp. All the stamps here are interesting, but are of minimal value. You will actually find expensive stamps and rarities much more easily because those are sold at auction and the images are archived online. But there are many stamps that are rare that at first look to be very common stamps we all find, so you have to be very careful there.
The Stampworld site is pretty comprehensive for the world and has images. Alternately, go to your local library and look for the Scott catalogs, the most recent in the reference section. Their numbering system is often used alone as shorthand in North America so you will not necessarily find stamps by non-philatelic descriptions or by image. You will want to eventually read and understand the introductory section found repeated in each volume.
Both resources have pricing but the valuations are for stamps in excellent condition and centering with actual value going from multiples of their pricing to a few percent of their pricing. The 7c Canada would be worth a few dollars if it were sound, but the cut part is a major fault in collectors' eyes and the stamp is of very minimal value.