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Does A Well Organized Stamp Album Really Increase The Value Of Your Collection

 
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Posted 12/01/2019   11:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bud to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If readers thought I was making generalizations about a collector from whom I was considering a purchase, I apologize. Did not mean to imply that. In fact, I usually am uninterested in the collector, his or her history or state of mind, or any other facet of his or her personality. I'm interested (or not) in the collection itself. Unless, of course, the collector is someone with whom I am familiar or might know personally. Otherwise, it's all about the stamps, baby. And a messy, poorly presented collection puts me off. Not saying it is a rational reaction, but it does influence my purchasing decisions.
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Posted 12/01/2019   12:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Climber Steve ---Was that your Portuguese Colonies that I was looking at 2 weeks ago ?
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Posted 12/01/2019   11:53 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Nobody purchases individual stamps that have a cv above minimum to low and just sticks them in an album with no care."
a sweeping generalization that isn't true - I've seen it more than once
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Posted 12/02/2019   07:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Noocassel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have sometimes bought collections at auctions, not the big name auctioneers but the smaller companies and clubs where caveat emptor (buyer beware) applies; the catalogue often actually says that the description is that of the vendor. I notice smart well presented collections in commercial albums usually sell for more fetch more than an album where the stamps might be in logical order but are cramped too many to a page, in an office binder on ordinary sheets of paper. I have paid paltry amounts for collections where the stamps are poorly presented but the material is actually high quality I have bought the whol collection for a price you might have paid in a dealer for the best set in the book. There were 100s of stamps I needed. I had to spend time checking the stamps were what they said. Some of the stamps that supposedly had Phosphor marks didn't show any signs of Phosphor to me, but on the whole the album was a steal and the vendor had got a perhaps 2% of the street value of the stamps because all the dealers and small traders in the auction had looked at the binder and presentation and not at the material. I took a risk and it paid. I have when heard of nice collections being assembled in cherry picked albums where the rare varieties have been replaced with visually similar stamps, I don't know if this is a myth.
It is common sense to buy a well presented collection, but I think Knowing the vendor and seeing the guarantee SHOULD be more important.
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Posted 12/02/2019   10:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi floortrader. Thanks for the note. No, that wasn't my Portuguese colonies collection that you saw, I assume in the Rasdale auction. Portugal and colonies is my main specialty and I'm not selling. I did note the collection, however, because of the apparent copy of Azores #2. That is a very high catalogue value item in both Mundifil and Scott. However, it was obvious, even without examining the stamp in person, that it is a reprint, cataloging about $40 in Scott.

I do like reviewing collections like that as I use those as a good comparison with mine. I think I already have about 95% of the stamps in that collection. One of my reasons, as I think I've noted elsewhere, for moving away from a worldwide collection is to build several semi-advanced collections to my liking instead of spreading money "all over the world." Cheers!
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Posted 12/03/2019   5:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Steve -----That was the collection I was looking at ,it was impressive but I had my eyes on other areas right now .

Agree with you on trying to save the world but since I have been doing it for so long , I just continue but at a slower pace . I also try to specialise in certain areas where I sink money into .
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