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What Do You Do With Your Duplicates?

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Posted 07/11/2021   1:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add CoffeeRules to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Im almost positive this topic has been discussed, and probably ad noseum. But hopefully its been a while and this thread will find some new posts and discussion.

Im rather new to stamp collecting and I don't have allot of duplicates, but I was wondering what you do with your duplicates? Save them, sell them make art, give them away?

Right now, I take my duplicates and compare them to one another and choose the best one to add to my album. Then I take the duplicates and add them to my stock book or collect them in #7 glassines.

So what do you do with your duplicates?

Joanne
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Posted 07/11/2021   2:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Joanne,

You are on the right track as far as evaluating which copies of a stamp to keep and which to pass on to others. A lot depends upon the age and value of the stamps. Most are worth pennies each but some are much better. It is a question of how you value your time spend on your duplicates. The objective is to move duplicates along to other collectors as eficiently as possible. How best to do this depends on the person doing it.
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Posted 07/11/2021   5:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stephen J Bukowy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome Joanne,
I also evaluate the duplicates and keep the best in my albums. The others depends on what they are. The better (more Valuable ones) I try to sell/trade with others to get stamps that I need. More common used ones I give to children in the hope of getting them interested in stamp collecting and some I just use for postage.
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Posted 07/11/2021   6:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ecmorgan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Really not much different. Look for anything that might be suitable for sell or trade. Give 'em to my daughters, or take them to my class (I'm a 6th grade English teacher) for various projects.
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Posted 07/11/2021   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add moneil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do all the things that have been mentioned, and there is this:

http://goscf.com/t/57547
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Posted 07/11/2021   8:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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What Do You Do With Your Duplicates?


Mail them off to swap partners (max 2)
Great fun, with "lucky dip" as what you get back.
Securing, good reliable partners, is a challenge.
As a worldwide collector, is easy
For specialised field collectors... too hard.
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Posted 07/11/2021   10:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperJD to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would say there are different classes of duplicates. Some are so common that very few people would want them, if I have dozens of copies of a particular stamp its not likely anyone else needs it unless it has a special cancellation or is mint and can be used for postage. These common duplicates I throw in a junk pile and have no idea what to do with them. I also throw damaged stamps in the junk pile. Maybe one day once this pile reaches a critical mass I'll throw them on eBay for 99 cents and hope someone takes them off my hands.

The less common stamps I trade to other collectors, these are stamps that I think others would enjoy having. I have a couple outlets for trading. I use the ISWSC swap circuits which offer stamps on a 1:1 exchange regardless of value, and the ISWSC Omni exchange which allows trading for catalog value. I also have some individuals I trade with, but as Rod says finding partners is a challenge.

In the pre-Covid days I used to go to my local stamp club and just give stamps away to whoever wanted them or donate them to the stamp club auction. I have dropped out of the local club for now, but I may rejoin one day.

There is a third category which I call high value duplicates, with catalog values > $100. I don't know what to do with these either, but it's not really a problem as I don't have that many of these.

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Posted 07/12/2021   10:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have accumulated lots of stock book so I put my spares in them to better help me located them for trading or giving away.

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Posted 07/12/2021   3:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add CoffeeRules to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't have a lot of duplicates yet. Maybe if I make some packets and give them away at a club would be a good idea, when clubs start having meetings. I could use them as a conversation starter possibly.
Joanne
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Posted 07/12/2021   5:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add APS-ISWSC Member to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Joanne, I have donated to children in Elementery schools (got the addresses from Linn's Stamp News), donated to Boy/Girl Scouts (through SOSSI (Scouts on Stamps Society International)), donated to the Leon Myers Stamp Center at Boy's Town in Nebraska ( https://www.boystown.org/village/Pa...mp-ball.aspx ), donated to veterans (through Stamps for the Wounded https://www.stampsforthewounded.org/ ), sold through various auctions, eBay and APS, and traded on both 1-for-1 and CV basis (through ISWSC (the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors)). All worth doing ... !
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Posted 07/12/2021   6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Noocassel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Having sifted through KIloware almost since I started collecting, I quickly acquired heaps of Duplicates. After checking that I haven't got the worlds only bag of Penny Black kiloware. I put the most common in a tin and use them for collage work on notebook covers, and boxes I use in my collecting. I separate out anything that might be of interest such as Perfins to give to people who collect such bits.
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Posted 07/13/2021   06:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Roberto59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello.
I have about half a million duplicates. I know there are not many, but there are times when they overwhelm me.
Up to 24 the same, I have them ordered for change, then 25-50-100 pills, in several wooden boxes, kept from light and moisture.
I never use stamps in good condition for collage jobs, only imperfect stamps. My specialty is restoring damaged classifiers, I do it for myself and for my friends from face-to-face meetings.
I send pills to people who promote philately in schools. Last year I sent 12,000 to Tenerife, 120 different pills. There are photographs in a Spanish forum with the promotion in the school.
Twice a year, in collaboration with another higher level collector, we give away stamps in the Spanish forum by showing A4 cards and letting each one who arrives ask for 3 stamps until the card is finished. We do it for 2-3 months and at the end we send all the stamps chosen to our colleagues. I always include a dentometer and an up-to-date postal rate chart.
In the cards there are not only stamps, also FDC, labels, cancellations, etc., etc.
The next time there is a promotion, I will indicate it in the forum by providing the address of the educational center in case any of you want to send you something, if you authorize me to publish it.
Regards.

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Posted 07/13/2021   08:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jconey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also check to make sure I have the best example in my collection, then let them accumulate until I sell or find another purpose for them depending on the issue.
For some older issues I have studies that utilize duplicates, such as color studies. Plating would be another example.
Stamps that have harder variants to ID, I'll accumulate and then do a binge session to identify.
Some people collect post marks. In reality, perfins can be and and precancels are a collection of duplicates with different cancellations.
The other obvious answer would be to give them away (kids?) or trade them for something you need.
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Posted 07/13/2021   1:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add CoffeeRules to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
All of you have excellent advice. I especially like the idea of donating to groups and veterans. I look forward to collecting and collecting looking for those elusive favorites.
Joanne

Edit: I would like to make a notebook with stamps on the cover. Is there a how-to thread I could look at?
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Posted 07/13/2021   2:11 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Coffee,
You might want to check this link out "How To Decoupage A Stamp Lamp Shade"
https://stampsmarter.org/learning/H...coupage.html

I make 'topical' lamp shades and give them to kids who are not collectors...at least it exposes them to stamps. Who knows, maybe down the road a few of them might become collectors.
Don
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Posted 07/29/2021   1:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rocky to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My duplicates are in glassines, and will probably end up at the Stamp Club to be given to new collectors.
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