Some advice regarding inherited Stamp Collections

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Thank you for this thread. I read it all and i learned a lot. I got thee small collections from people who stopped collecting. I knew they was no money in them, because I already had a starting collection that contained most of there stamps. I liked them anyway, because I just like sorting stamps.

Special Thanks for the stories about the covers and how they have stories of there own. I find it very interesting!

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An elderly stamp collector friend of mine passed away last year and his widow asked me to help dispose his world collection.

I have dealt with the stamps from countries that I am familiar with but there are many countries that I know nothing about.

For example, here are scans of the old stamps from Italy (they could use a good wash). Is there anything of value here?

Thanks for your help...


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No Italy experts here?
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No Italy experts here?
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Your stamps are all pretty common low values and the lot might get you a single figure amount with a good tail wind. The "best" stamp is the 15 cent Blue (the very first stamp on page one), worth a few Euro, but it is 95% likely to be a worthless reprint.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.

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You can find some advice here: Stamp Collecting - Inheritances - including links to dealers.

I can also direct people to organisations in Australia, UK and America who run stamp collecting clubs for youth and who are always after donations.
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mbg1248 wrote:
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An elderly stamp collector friend of mine passed away last year and his widow asked me to help dispose his world collection.

I have dealt with the stamps from countries that I am familiar with but there are many countries that I know nothing about.

For example, here are scans of the old stamps from Italy (they could use a good wash). Is there anything of value here?

Thanks for your help...
With Italy, try contacting Italy and Colonies Study Circle. They may be able to assist.
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DigitalPhilatelist wrote:
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You can find some advice here: Stamp Collecting - Inheritances - including links to dealers.
I think that is about "the single most useless piece of worthless advice" I have ever encounted in relation to inherited collections, across many websites.

"99.99% are worthless" is a made up stat.
It is "a lot lower than that".

As for :

"The first step is to contact a recognised stamp dealer or philatelic association who can value your collection. Most people are charged a fee for a valuation, so check with the dealer or organisation what this fee is. Sometimes those fees are worth considerably more than what you will be offered for the collection.

The first step is to make your own enquiries to find "ballpark".
Maybe yy informal enquiry with friends, at a stamp show, or an auction house (all usually free).

Or "scan" and "show" them here - simple, but effective.

..... I'm not sure the Sheriff would appreciate a huge influx of your "alleged" 99.9% of debris - just processing it, and a simple email back to the sender, takes up valuable time.

Why waste postage and time following poor advice?

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ViccyVFU wrote:
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DigitalPhilatelist wrote:
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You can find some advice here: Stamp Collecting - Inheritances - including links to dealers.
I think that is about "the single most useless piece of worthless advice" I have ever encounted in relation to inherited collections, across many websites.

"99.99% are worthless" is a made up stat.
It is "a lot lower than that".
Hmm..maybe that is your experience and I am really thrilled for you it is! However, the reality across multiple social media platforms and seeing thousands of posts (probably more) over the years is that people think their collections are worth huge amounts of money. Often they either get really agitated or highly disappointed when the offers or advice tells them it is worthless. It is pretty rare that anything comes up that is of significant value across social media - its mainly old albums or collections full of rust-filled, damaged and common stamps. The sellers also generally do not want to take photos and can't be bothered sorting them as it is too time consuming.

"The first step is to contact a recognised stamp dealer or philatelic association who can value your collection. Most people are charged a fee for a valuation, so check with the dealer or organisation what this fee is. Sometimes those fees are worth considerably more than what you will be offered for the collection.

The first step is to make your own enquiries to find "ballpark".
Maybe yy informal enquiry with friends, at a stamp show, or an auction house (all usually free).

Or "scan" and "show" them here - simple, but effective.

..... I'm not sure the Sheriff would appreciate a huge influx of your "alleged" 99.9% of debris - just processing it, and a simple email back to the sender, takes up valuable time.

Why waste postage and time following poor advice?
I think you have got yourself into a tizzy. I didn't say anywhere to mail them in. I said "contact" a stamp dealer or association. The question that comes up a lot is 'Is there someone who will buy them?' People don't know where to start. And, unless your friends are all stamp experts, good luck getting proper advice from them. The most common advice you will get across social media is to check StampWorld. Not sure if you are familiar with that site but the prices there can be highly unrealistic.

The link I posted also contains quite a few references written by others. Did you read them?
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Hi everyone,

I just want to thank all of the regular and long term people posting in this thread! (Time to bump it back to the top!).

I stumbled upon Stampboards and quickly happened to find this thread. I have read every single post from the beginning. It took me almost two full weeks (an hour or so most evenings) as a Stampboards guest to get through them all... but it has really brought me up to speed very quickly on a lot of things!

I collected as a child and therefore was the lucky recipient of many stuffed envelops, being the only contact who collected (and people generally help kids out with this sort of thing). I enjoyed collecting, but it was never serious in terms of rarity or value. And that reflected in how I treated and sorted the stamps (very common in child collectors I would imagine). There was (and is) a lot that I do not know.

But here are the things that I have learnt so far from this thread alone (for all those who are not able to read this thread from cover to cover):

- Most stamps are extremely common, so age does NOT equal greater values.
- Enjoy the stamps because they are genuinely interesting you, not for their monetary value (for us amateurs).
- 'On piece' or 'on cover' are often significantly more valuable then soaked stamps. They have more info, the cancel with its date and PO of origin along with the destination! The cool thing then is the story. Also opens up avenues for very specific collection niche's... such as cancel collections or PO specific interests... etc.
- Among so much more!

I will post my favourite items in my collection below, to share, and I would also love to hear any advise and opinions regarding next steps. I have gone 0-100km/hr with this stamp thing over the last 4wks, and I need to keep up the momentum! I've started to seriously sort stamps for display and catalogue my collection, and I have gone and bought the 11th ed. Aus. SG Catalogue (just to give you a picture of where I'm at). My goal eventually, is to have an example of every single item in the 'simplified' Aussie Cats that I can afford. Ambitious I know :lol: :lol:



An interesting cover I have. A4 in size, from the 'Ministry of Post-War Reconstruction'. It has made another appearance in another thread the other day (under the same name).
An interesting cover I have. A4 in size, from the 'Ministry of Post-War Reconstruction'. It has made another appearance in another thread the other day (under the same name).


My earliest 'on piece' selection. Recently, I pulled out every stamp 'on piece' which had clear cancels to prevent soaking. And placed them in chronological order by cancel.
My earliest 'on piece' selection. Recently, I pulled out every stamp 'on piece' which had clear cancels to prevent soaking. And placed them in chronological order by cancel.


Both have personal significance. The top cover is addressed to my great aunt. And she gave me this cover full of stamps. She actually gave about eight such envelopes... but all the stamps were torn off and placed inside with the rest except for this one. The bottom envelope is addressed to my Grandfather.
Both have personal significance. The top cover is addressed to my great aunt. And she gave me this cover full of stamps. She actually gave about eight such envelopes... but all the stamps were torn off and placed inside with the rest except for this one. The bottom envelope is addressed to my Grandfather.


A collection of stamps my Grandfather had in a tin from his mothers father. I have catalogued a number of them, and at this initial stage they seem to not be worth all that much. Roos on Map: 6d Brown Type 5 wmk (multiple crown and A) 1/- blue-green Type 2 wmk (Crown over A), I believe it is a two... because 1 is emerald... 3 is green and multi is also green. :) have not actually checked this wmk. The first was evident under a lamp. This will need a dip (or what ever you do... Don't worry, I'll research it first).
A collection of stamps my Grandfather had in a tin from his mothers father. I have catalogued a number of them, and at this initial stage they seem to not be worth all that much. Roos on Map: 6d Brown Type 5 wmk (multiple crown and A) 1/- blue-green Type 2 wmk (Crown over A), I believe it is a two... because 1 is emerald... 3 is green and multi is also green. :) have not actually checked this wmk. The first was evident under a lamp. This will need a dip (or what ever you do... Don't worry, I'll research it first).

Like I said earlier, thoughts? Direction? Encouragment :lol: ?


Thank you all for your time!
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That's the first time I've seen that Hawaiian Islands stamp on piece.

It probably needs to be taken out of the Australian section.

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satsuma wrote:
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That's the first time I've seen that Hawaiian Islands stamp on piece.

It probably needs to be taken out of the Australian section.

Thanks satsuma, interesting to know. It is a shame the person who removed it from it's cover didn't give the cancel a little more breathing room.

It will be taken out of the Aussie stamps when I can get around to it. They are all currently as they were when they came into my possession. :)
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I recently Inherited the stamp collection in the pictures. What to do next?
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If that is all the collection Ryuk1422 then you cannot do much with them.

Just the Cuban and Costa Rica or is this just the C country stamps?

Not worth much (very little) in terms of catalogue value, nor are there sets.

Not many stamps really for a collection so, unless you decide to concentrate on collecting more Cuban and Costa Rica, possible sentimental value only I am afraid, so just keep them as a momento.

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Thanks johnrcrow, I really do not know much about stamps and any input is much appreciated.

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Dear stamp lovers and experts !
Please help me to value those rare stamps in attachments.
Are there possibility to sell them because I think that there are many collectors who wishes to have in their collections some of rare and valuable stamps.
A few days ago I have found those old stamps in my forgotten collections which are collected for decades of my family members.
Those are only USA stamps but I have them more from a lot of different countries.
It will mean a lot to me that your experts in stamp give their opinion regarding valuation of those stamps and possibility to sell them.
Thank you in advance.
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I inherited a massive collection from my Aunt who bought the collection at an Estate sale. There are mint stamps in glassine envelopes and a scott usa catalog a specialized scott catalog, and 3 or 4 international catalogues. These stamps date back to the 1840s.

I know this because there are letters in envelopes to and from the original owners. Some of it was organized some of it is not. Some of the stamps are still on the paper from the company she bought it from. I took it to Colorado and left it to be appraised but he sat on it for two months so I went and got it.

It also has these schermack coils. Can anyone tell me anything about them? Some of the countries no longer exist. She states she did not have a whole bunch of money to certify all that she wanted to whatever that means and theres also a bunch of stamps with grills????

Can anyone help me there are no stamp dealers or clubs in my area. I am at a loss at what to do and it would be a shame to let her collection go to waste.....attached is an image of her schermack coil page...



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I wasnt being lazy I am partly blind and I am not technically savy. And i would gladly pay someone for their advice. My apologies for anything offensive. I will take myself off this site.

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Joninunez - You are being lazy, you are meant to read the loading pictures tutorial, it is really easy and once you know - you never forget.

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Just choose the attachments tab, insert Add Space before and after and use the centering tool and you are away!. Just make sure your image is the right way up in the hard drive before loading and it will appear upright in your Stampboards post!

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Please load your photos the right way - but already unless its some rare coil combination, you have some mega common Kiddie stamps there worth a few cents.

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Here you go - this is a one-off.
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Wouldn’t have a clue about the stamps but the rogue apostrophe is a turn off ...

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Neither would I, but you don't need a catalogue or an expert to say they are ferret cage liners.

Even if its a rare variety and I would be major league surprised if they were, the examples have ugly machine post marks and are incredibly off centre, something very bad for Americans obsessed with "centering" :lol:

I could use all the Norm adjectives here in describing them!

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However, one of the most difficult aspects of stamp collecting is maintaining the collection in the best possible state. After all, a stamp is just a thin sheet of paper with an adhesive lining, making them extremely delicate and one of the most difficult collectibles to maintain in mint condition. Here are some things I learned along the way. 1. Keep them high up: Water damage, which is a typical way for collections to be lost in a moment, is greatly reduced as a result of this. 2. Store your stamps in a dark, dry space: You should make sure it's a dry space.

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Hello. Newbie here. I inherited a few foreign stamps and I know nothing about stamps. I found some that I'm not sure if there worth anything. Could y'all maybe take a look. Sorry that the pics aren't the best.
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