I appreciate the honest truth answers cause Im tired of being mislead more times then not the last half year now. I feel stupid alot of the time asking cause I just cant seem to get a good grasp of these but im tired of wondering and worrying if I should keep any or not. Have always love coin collecting since I was a kid so thought id like this too
@Kacinicole17, don't be discouraged as you try to learn the ropes. It is hard to find good information and a lot of the collectors on this forum are very advanced.
Starting out, I would keep everything until you have your own solid understanding of what you have. In general the damaged stamps with tears and missing corners are worthless and you can throw them out eventually. I had a ton of stuff like that left over from when I first started collecting as a teenager.
One possibility would be to salvage the stamps out of that old album and start your own new one.
You can buy one (you can find lightly-used Harris Liberty albums on eBay
that would be an upgrade to what you have here) or if you're good with computers you can print your own album pages to your liking.
As you do this stamp by stamp you'll start to learn about them and that will give you a base to build on.
Then get a decent catalog like Scott's U.S. Again, you can find used ones on eBay
for a reasonable price. Having a catalog will help you sort out the different types, colors and other variations of the early stamps. You may also be able to find stamp catalogues in your public library if it is a good-sized place.
It's complicated and you have to be patient and be prepared to make mistakes and to learn from those. For example, that 3c purple Washington stamp that is placed in the "Coil" spot, in the photo of your album page isn't a coil stamp.
As for value, even if the catalog is older, you can get a sense for the relative value of stamps from it. I would guess that if something was really valuable in 2010, it will still be that way today (plus or minus). But as I pointed out earlier, I think one has to get over the interest in value if you're working with a basic collection.
Good luck -- it can be A LOT of fun if you give it time and are patient. And don't feel stupid about asking questions. Everybody has to learn.