How to Estimate the Value of a Stamp Collection

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How to Estimate the Value of a Stamp Collection
Limited-edition stamps have high values in stamp collecting. (collection de timbres image by Jean-Jacques Cordier from

Being a philatelist or a stamp collector is a rewarding experience. Although few people may understand your passion for collecting stamps, the story behind the retrieval of each stamp is something that is worth treasuring. If you ever decide to sell your stamp collection, the first thing that you must do is to estimate its value. There are a few ways for you to determine the value of these stamps.

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    Check the condition of the stamps. Make sure the stamps are still intact and that their colour is well preserved, not faded or dirty. Check if the stamps are grouped in singles, blocks, sheets, pairs or if they come in one complete unit. Larger quantities are worth more, especially if they are rare.

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    Establish the rarity of your stamps. In order to get a good value for the stamp, you need to make sure that it is in good condition and the item is rare enough to be wanted by a lot of philatelists. Check a stamp catalogue to determine the rarity of the stamp and to get a rough estimate of its price. Thematic collections may also be sold at a bigger rate, especially if these stamps have a significant postal history. "Postally" used stamps have gone through the mail and bear a cancellation mark.

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    Get an appraiser or a dealer to determine the value of your stamp collection. Most of the time, appraisers have no interest in buying the stamp collection, making it easier for them to determine the value of the stamp without any bias.

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