6 months ago I bought a large stamp collection that had a coin collection that I wanted attached to the deal. I had no intention of collecting stamps. Well that didn't work out as planned. It's been just under 6 months and it's getting out of hand lol. Would love to see your comments on my beginning
I am going to say this to be truthful - not to be a dick - because it sounds like you want truth. There are many stamps here that have value - on he first stocksheet, anything with a face value over 5-cents is fairly valuable. On the 2nd stocksheet, the 6c, 10c, 12c, and 15c 1869's (the 'squarish stamps about 2/3 down) are fairly valuable. The 24c and the 90c on the 2nd to last row also have value. Most of the others on the later stocksheets are someone's attempt to collect (probably) cancels. I suspect the collector was going for variety rather than rarity. The 24c with the cancel that you were asked for a closed up looks like a New York Foreign Mail cancel. Interesting, and collectible, but not a winning lottery ticket.
So.... I pointed out a bunch a 'valuable' stamps. Now for the big letdown. There appears to be faults with most every one. It is usually hard to tell from an entire page, but it wasn't too hard with these. The ones that you showed close-ups of, they appear to be faulty, without doubt. Real world value would be under 10% of catalog value - RETAIL. At some point, you should have a collector look at the collection in person and let him look at the faults in order to give you a better evaluation. There MIGHT be one or two sound valuable stamps there. Like I said - this looks like a 10% CV (MAX) lot, but there is still a few $1000 CV there, so net is still nothing to throw away. There will be people here to tell you that my estimate of value (10% of CV) is way over-estimated, and I would not argue with that POV.
If the coins in the lot met your expectations and your price was for them and not the stamps, then you are ahead of the game a bit. Don't plan on retiring on these, though.
I collect the first two issues of USA (the imperforate stamps of 1847 and 1851 - the top 2 rows of your first stockpage) and looking at your first photo, it looks like the 2nd and (possibly) the 3rd stamps on Row #2 are either USA #10 or #10A. The 2nd in the row looks like it is from the top row of either Plate 1, 2, 5, or 0. There are plenty of people here that get off on plating stamps from this era.
Wow great feedback thus far everyone. Very much appreciated! I'll give some context on my purchases. The beginning stamp/coin collection cost me $600. 6 cardboard boxes of us and world stamps including 6 world Supreme albums. Though most of the stamps were 40s-70s. The coins however were earlier including a few seated liberty dimes and a surprise 20 mark 1882 gold coin. The 20 mark basically paid for everything. Since then I've been purchasing collections and lots that are seemingly undervalued for the amount of stamps in them as long as they have an early stamp that I don't have yet in my collection. The faults I have have all been through those lots such as scott #1 with the tear. I will eventually upgrade them and as I got further into it I have started to become more picky about it. I have so many stamps to identify its going to be a hobby for a long time lol. I'm 40, ill get to it eventually haha. I'm going to post my back of book stuff today, I definitely went overboard on my 1st issue revenue stamps. It's funny how the same Washington picture can be so enticing to have more and more lol. I'll just post one picture of that here and move over to the correct thread to post my revenues and other bob stamps. Much love to the whole community here and a shout out to any Pottstown stamp club members.
Thanks DeeDee, unfortunately my eyes are on the most expensive right now. I really love number 2 the Washington stamp with x's instead if the number 10. This collection was bought with an average well under $50 per stamp for the first page and much lower than that for the others. Lots of eBay cherry picking. It's much appreciated and a blast to collect and share.
Note the different colors of the 4 revenues on the 2nd to last row. That particular stamp is famous among revenue collectors for coming in a spectrum of colors - THOUSANDS of different shades all evenly spaced (Each discernibly different, but only barely so) from one extreme to the other. I bought a large lot of them once - perhaps 75 of them - all different shades - all laid out from one extreme to the other. It is like a rainbow. There are very few issues in philately that have a wider range of normal coloration.
I am glad you found this lot and 'fell into' stamp collecting. I believe some people have the collecting bug and some don't. Those that do, but don't know they do, will see the light after finding just the right carton of 'something' and it starts a whole new passion. Sounds like you found your carton. Or 6. Hahahaha! I guess if you are going to jump in, you might as well jump in with both feet.