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Posted 07/17/2021   10:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Wikiwengo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello, I received a big collection of stamps from my mother, I don't know anything about stamps... what should I do with them?. any information will help.



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Posted 07/17/2021   11:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add classic_paper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So, I say all of this with respect: the collection has no real rhyme, reason, organization, or quality. Some nice older specimens from Austria and Czechoslovakia scattered among what looks like 90% Communist bloc issues. But nothing really worth more than a few cents, from what I can tell. All seems postally used, some are barely recognizable. If this is the sum of what you received, it's not remotely "big" by any definition within the hobby (that word only starts when you get into the thousands--or tens of thousands--of stamps).

Honestly, I don't think you could sell them for enough of a profit to buy yourself lunch, I'm afraid. Could always donate them to a young budding philatelist, of course. My suggestion would be, organize them by county in a small stock book, and put it on a shelf at home as a memento of your mother.

I'd happily be proven wrong here, anyone see a small treasure I missed? Or have other ideas?
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Posted 07/18/2021   12:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Just_fella to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have to say unless you want to invest time and some money into the hobby (catalogues,stock books, few other things)
Classic paper is right
But consider looking into finding a old Scott's catalogue to start
It's actually a interesting and fun hobby
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Posted 07/18/2021   12:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shermae to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agree that this is a quite modest accumulation of stamps (vs. a real collection), with what appears to be mostly common stamps. Some stamps have condition issues, such as tears or missing pieces. Some do look postally used, but others look CTO which are worth less than stamps genuinely used in the mails.

I second the vote that gifting these stamps to an interested child or young adult would be reasonable.
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Posted 07/18/2021   10:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wikiwengo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK thanks for the help. If you have any tips for how can I arrange them the easiest way, and what is the best way to store them without them being damaged over the years… for the last 10 years they have been piled up in a plastic box.
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Posted 07/18/2021   10:46 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A decent stock-book would be appropriate. The sort them out in alphabetical order by country - that's the simplest arrangement.
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