As the title suggests, my name is Justin and I am from Connecticut.
Over the summer, my father handed over to me a fairly sizeable collection of stamps acquired by various members of my family. I figured what with the being locked down for who knows how long it may be a neat way to pass the time. Well, those stamps sat on a shelf for several months, and long story short I've just begun diving head-first into it about a week or so ago.
I'm sure it pains many of you to see this, but my intention is to unload the entire thing; piecemeal at first as I weed out the more unique items of my collection. Once I'm confident the rarities have been purged, I'll just sell the rest off as a lot or something, keeping a few things for myself, of course. I simply do not have the time or resources to maintain this large of a collection. If anyone has any suggestions regarding my approach I would be more than happy to hear it.
After a cursory once-over through the U.S. stuff, consulting regularly with Stamp World, Swedish Tiger, and eBay
sold/completed, I was able to pull a decent number of what I interpreted to be of moderate value. I took some pictures, determined starting bid prices (probably was totally off with a lot if it), and got it rolling on eBay
. I only have about 30 or so listings up currently.
I put the remaining U.S. aside for now (a lot of it is just worthless post-1960 bulk fodder), but I'll dive back into it once I've managed to learn a bit more from this community.
Now I started going through the International stuff yesterday. This is a lot more work, turns out. I honestly cannot hope to accurately assess any of this without either an extensive collection of catalogs that I can't afford (but oh how I wish I could) or the input and sage advise from a community of probably experts.
So yeah. That's why I'm here. I've been having a lot of fun unraveling each little mini mystery piece by piece, and I hope that by joining I can maybe turn this into something that lasts a lot longer than I originally intended. We shall see.
Looking forward to see where this goes!