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I Have Recently Inherited Some Old British Stamps And Do Not Know What To Do With Them.

 
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Posted 11/26/2019   1:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Zephyrus to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello. I collect only thematic and mostly US and German ( my nationality as well ) stamps. Not sure what do with this British collection. I was looking to trade them here for US stamps or coins of similar age and preservation because I have a hard time guessing their value and do not know anyone that collects them personally. That seems only possible for long time members though.
If someone could give me a rough estimate on their value and maybe point me to a place where I can trade ( Not that interested in selling ) them online I would be very grateful.
Many thanks in advance - Zephyrus






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Posted 11/26/2019   3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Zephyrus,

The condition is rather mixed and there is evidence of toning.

The most interesting item, to my eyes at least, is the 1.5d brown postal union congress with the tab at left.

I think you'd be doing well to get $50 for the lot but other opinions may vary.
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Posted 11/26/2019   4:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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And Do Not Know What To Do With Them.

Yes you do,
You want to trade them. Pretty simple.
50 genuine posts, and you are away and racing.



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Edited by rod222 - 11/26/2019 4:15 pm
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Posted 11/26/2019   4:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zephyrus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@Bobby De La Rue
That is unfortunate. I figured the 1887 2 4/2 d error and perhaps some of the color variants or 1841 stamps were as or more valuable alone. Guess I will just put them in an Album then.

Is that something with British stamps in general not being sought after ? I only really know some real US and German stamp values from collecting and trading them and stamps of comparable age and preservation seem to be valued much higher from those 2 countries.

@Rod222
Very funny . Yes I know that I want to trade them but I had no clue where, how or even a decent guess what the trade value could be. My own about 7 hours of research lead to guesses between 250 to high 4 digits due to me never having bought, sold or traded any British stamps.
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Posted 11/26/2019   4:43 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Zephyrus - that's not an error on the Jubilee 2 1/2d, but the cancellation creating the impression of a "4".
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Posted 11/26/2019   4:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zephyrus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@GeoffHa

Oh. whops - Guess I should have looked at my stamp instead of just vaguely at the picture
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Posted 11/26/2019   5:00 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Never mind. Probably worth getting them off the old Ideal pages. Careful in any soaking, as the colours on the 1884 and Jubilee issues can be fugitive in water.
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Posted 11/26/2019   6:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Is that something with British stamps in general not being sought after ?


Run of the mill material is hard to sell but rare/specialised items, rare watermarks, perforations, postmarks etc. are as always the exception to the rule.

I bought a massive post 1840 GB postal history collection earlier this year and had a terrible time moving what I didn't want.
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Posted 11/26/2019   7:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Yes I know that I want to trade them but I had no clue where, how or even a decent guess what the trade value could be. My own about 7 hours of research lead to guesses between 250 to high 4 digits due to me never having bought, sold or traded any British stamps.


I wasn't being funny, or smart, rather trying to elucidate what you were after,
(help us, to help you)
Had you said "I wish to trade these stamps for circa 250 to 9.900. am I in the ballpark?"
Then we could have offered you advice from our personal experience.

Bear in mind collectors often request appraisals, and as it sometimes doesn't meet with their prev assumptions from Catalogue values, they feel insulted.
Catalogue values are for stamps in mint, or very good condition,
broad spectrum stamps on a page can hide thins, tears, missing teeth, stains, ad nauseum.
All the members here offer the truth with respect, you have a nice, eclectic set of stamps on page, certainly attractive for postmarks etc, but from what I can see, I'd echo Bobby's appraisal at max $50.
There may indeed be a special stamp hiding amongst that lot, but from a distance, how are we to tell.?

"Don't know what to do with them" suggested to me, you may consider giving them away, donating them to a club, beginning collecting yourself. or whatever. All requiring different advice.




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Posted 11/28/2019   10:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zephyrus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@GeoffHa
Thanks you. I have never actually re hydrated a stamp so far. Maybe these make interesting test subjects for me to try it out then.

@Bobby De La Rue
Thank you. Maybe when I have the time I will go through them. Perhaps there are some other unusual ones even though getting into a new Nations stamps is time consuming.

@rod222
Thank you for the clarification. I figured you were being smart/funny indeed.
I dont really feel insulted with the appraisals since I did not collect the stamps personally. I am slightly disappointed though since the US/GER stamps I usually deal with from that era are fairly valuable by comparison, even in sub optimal condition.
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