I have been collecting stamps for probably 2 months and I really love it. I managed to get this enormous collection from a local fellow and have a few questions on how to sift through it. He seemed to know it was worth something but is moving out of state and did not want to carry his grandfather and father's combined collection with him.
I read through some of the postcard correspondence of his grandfather from the 1940s and, having been extremely close to my grandfather until he passed recently at 102 years old, would never have parted with this. But hey, maybe I am too sentimental.
In one binder it looks like it has a complete mint set of the 1893 columbians, which I will ask more about in the general forum. It has binders and binders of old stamps, a lot of international ones that are mine, lots of large unopened purple envelopes that contain official first day issues with the information sheets, old correspondence (usa and international) from the WWII era, and gallons on gallons of ziplocks of used stamps.
The international stamps are from all over, it is truly an enormous collection.
My main question is: what reference material (example: catalog brands) would be best for the international stamps? I am also curious about websites but would like a hard copy I can physically go through and ear mark. My focus since I am new to philately is US stamps so I have no idea where to start looking for catalog values for international stamps.
What would, in your opinion, be the best way yo start tackling this collection?
I am so excited to now own and treasure this collection. I am grateful to the two individuals who put so much work into this collection.
Thank you in advance for any advance you may have!