Forgive the newbie-sounding post, but I am, well, new to the world of US modern stuff, as I collect worldwide prior to 1940. I know there are a bunch of threads here about plate blocks, including a recent one that I've read with interest, but I have a more specific question on how condition affects resale value and thought I'd start a new thread.
As part of a larger lot purchase, I ended up acquiring roughly $1000 face of US mint postage. Lots of newer issues from the early-mid 90s in blocks of 4, MNH, going all the way back to the late 60s. Some whole sheets, some half sheets, but mostly blocks. (Pics at the end of this post.) Thankfully, the lowest denomination I have in large number is 6¢, and the highest would probably be some of the airmail issues.
A few questions:
- Many of the pre-1990 blocks were hinged into a few Harris plate block albums. As living space is at a premium, I ditched the albums and carefully removed the blocks. From reading through other posts, it seems like it's tough enough to get face value for these mint, let alone hinged - would hinge remnants and/or marks on the stamps affect the value drastically? Moot point if these end up being used for postage.
- Should I consider my 1990s issues (all MNH, thankfully) to be 'plate blocks', even if they technically speaking aren't as they don't have a plate number present?
- Would it be worth just using the larger sheets as postage, too? (Maybe for packages?) It's all MNH so I'd be reluctant to consign it to postage use, but it strikes me that even getting face value on these could take awhile through eBay
I'm trying to figure out how best to sell/use this stuff as I don't collect it, so getting a better sense of how plate blocks/sheets "work" would be helpful. Obviously I could use it as postage for the rest of my life, but just wanted to see what other options might be out there. Thanks!