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[quote="Tassie_Stamps"]Link to your eBay lot Susan?

Hi, link is http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/noela1967/m.html?item=11119342392 ... 7675.l2562 - don't have much up at present

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I guess it really boils down to how much or how little you feel about collecting. I for one would only sell what I already had!

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redsox81 wrote:I for one would only sell what I already had!
Which is probably far better than selling items you didn't have.

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Hi, can someone please advise the correct terminology for the stamps joined together -as down the bottom of this photo? Know they are MUH but is this just se-tenant or another term?


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Hi again......can anyone help with advice re what appear to be similar to Post office Packs however they quote 'reproduced by special permission of Australia Post and printed by.....' - what are these actually called?

Thanks, Susan

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Susan C wrote:Hi, can someone please advise the correct terminology for the stamps joined together -as down the bottom of this photo? Know they are MUH but is this just se-tenant or another term?


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Correct terminology is simple - that item is a block of stamps.

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Tassie_Stamps wrote:
Correct terminology is simple - that item is a block of stamps.
Correct terminology is simple - that item is a block of 20 stamps in 4 x se-tenant strips of 5.

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Global Administrator wrote:
Tassie_Stamps wrote:
Correct terminology is simple - that item is a block of stamps.
Correct terminology is simple - that item is a block of 20 stamps in 4 x se-tenant strips of 5.
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Hi, I seek advice again....hope this is okay. I will tell a story too.

My brother recalls our Mum, over 25 years ago, being given a task to sell off a stamp collection in Bundaberg. She earnt commission for the sales and was also able to keep any stamps she wanted. She was very excited telling my brother about the fabulous stamps she was able to keep and their value. I have seen similar stamps in my Mum's collection, however am wondering if these sheets photographed below have any other significance/importance. Any advice is appreciated.


Many thanks, Susan (Brisbane, Australia)

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hey all,

noob here hiya! :D

In my avatar I got a stamp I have no idea about, I thought it was a picture but it has glue on the back....look like its been hand cut!

any info would be cool!....I have a few like this, I know it may be from Austria.

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Hello Laurie,

there's written Zeitungsmarke on it, so i think it is a newspaper stamp.

http://www.linns.com/howto/refresher/newspaperstamps_20030915/refreshercourse.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper_stamp


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hey fox,

thanks for the links and the info!

cheers

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Thanks for the thread and advice. I have just inherited my Grandads 60+ year collection which I have no idea what to do with.

I have First Day Covers and many other collections of stamps, including a penny black and 2 penny blue. Which are interesting for historical reasons, obviously. :shock:

I am looking forward to reading through all of your information - is there a more specific board for UK collections?

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Mummyconstant

This is an international forum - but there are a number of UK collectors, and board content is in English (with occasional outbreak into "American"...) :roll:

Have a browse of the various threads and forums.

You might want to post some images of your new collection in the "Share with others here your NICE looking stamp and cover images".

You might also want to ask some specific questions of board members - or try the search function for queries that might previously have been asked, and answered.

Good luck!

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Susan C, Please NEVER delete Photobucket images.

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Most of my stamps, I inherited from my father, who in turn got some from his father(my grandpa)

Even if those stamps were to be valueless, I would keep them safe, for the sake of sentimental value.

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This thread took hours to read! Thanks everyone for the information. With this information I have put together a list for my children on where to find the catalogs, how to look up a stamp, where the receipts are for what I paid for the stamps and how they are identified including the Access database that lists the collection.

Happy collecting to everyone on these boards! It is a blast to read the many stories!!! (Now I have to go find the right page to ask some questions)
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Hi,

Not sure this post belongs here but will explain and see what happens. I am looking for someone who might live in my region of Canada (Victoria, BC) in the hope they may be able to assist me in evaluating my stamps. I have USA and Canadian stamps that are all separated by year. The US collection is from the 1860's to just after WW2. The Canadian stamps are up to the 1970's. These stamps have not seen the light of day since 1972 until yesterday. Most are used, some are new. A few corners etc. None are mounted on hinges but rather displayed in a heavy album with sleeves. Very unsure what to do with these so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Larry, in your case, I think it might be appropriate to start a new topic in the You ask the questions - SOMEONE will have the answers! Forum.

Before you start the topic, take the time to learn how to add images: Want to add a photo/image? Practice posting a picture HERE!

Setting up a free account with photobucket is easy, and - as long as you open a few separate albums for your images - you'll be able to show the folks here what you're talking about and get a better response. Just remember that once your scans/photos show up here, you shouldn't move them in your photobucket account, otherwise the links are broken and we can't see anything.

Once you've learned how to upload images, then you can start your topic. I suggest you use a descriptive title like "Can anyone help me to evaluate U.S. & Canadian collection?", or something similar. You can add a title with up to about 60 characters (including spaces).

Tell everyone what you've told us here, add a few images, and be patient. There are a large number of Canadian members on the board, and I'm sure someone will be able to help you.

Oh, and one last thing. NEVER add your email link on a public bulletin board without disguising it, like it is now. Not unless, that is, you want a whole heap of new best friends trying to sell you viagra, or the latest model russian/nigerian/whatever scam.
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Excellent advice....all of it!

Thank you very much,

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This is an emotional thread at least for me.

I am in pre-inheritance giving mode. What happens after you die concerning your 'joy' touches on the continuity of your personal collection, its preservation and possible expansion. Valued then in terms of the recognition of effort made, the time and devotion spent. As one 'ages',one thinks about one's mortality more. It is unavoidable and responsible.

Personally I would like to see my collection passed onto some other interested party who would cherish it, expand it, look after it. The inheritance then to some one in the family if that someone can be found. Unfortunately this might not be possible and the inheritance then becomes mere property and usually that means selling it as part of the dreaded Estate.

As we see here the value of collections of the hobbyist is rarely high. I have my original basic albums, thumb stained and with single pages for whole countries.
Now though, whooo. Armed with catalogues, UV lamp, posh albums, Hawid mounts, computer programs, illuminated magnifier, micrometer, electronic perforation measuring device etc., etc., I have assembled and identified my collections and (oh I forgot money) that are worth quite a lot. My expertise has increased so my responsibility will be I suppose to ensure that the value of the whole collection is estimated. This involves all that has been indicated above.

The point? If a collection is worth something then it is worth being valued by the collector before death. So any collection inherited in this way will be recognised as valuable and not the hobby child of a slightly demented man.

Also there should be help given as to how a collection might be broken down in the event of selling. A realistic appraisal is needed of course based on overall condition and foxing and NHM and varieties etc. Perhaps I can pay Glen to pop over to Austria and compare what I think my collection is worth and what he might pay? I would of course wait for his 'offer' first (to agree with him).

I did flirt for some time with the SG data base and eventually copped out but the SG cat value two years go of my collection was GBP 360,000 without including duplicates and stockbooks and posh albums. Wonderful stuff. So at say 10% ( of excellent/ good and not quite as good) = GBP 36,000. Now more stamps so an overall minimum value of GBP 40,000. Needs addressing. (Maybe GBP 20,000 to Glen)? A guide only!

OK, as an example, how do you value the complete plate collection of mint SG43 I have? I posted this in another thread (show your scans of stamps etc.). What would value this lot as? Given in an inheritance this could be a problem and I would hate for them to be sold to more unscrupulous people than Glen who offered GBP 200. So most are HM and it includes the mint 225 so let's say round average of GBP20 per stamp (there are several with high CVs) x 150 = GBP 3000 , OK. Just food for thought. Someone inheriting might not know this. What about valuing my NSW barred numerals 4RRRRR, 16 RRRR, 40 RRR, 55 RR and 80 R and numerous SS and S. Strikes not bad generally and on being inherited a mystery I am sure to the uninitiated. What price 250 4M 1d reds? Auction I hear?

All I say is obvious and I apologise for the rant but having a useful collection that I enjoy has the pitfall of having monetary value.

Personally later in life I may have a competition on Stampboards and give as a prize my whole collection. An essay maybe on 'what I will do with your collection'. People 40 and under allowed to compete!!

Flash thought. Another option is to sell them yourself while you are alive and bank the money.

My more sensible advice on an inherited collection is to find a keen collector, someone (like me) who will give an honest initial assessment. It is not so difficult to home in on any 'interesting' stamps of monetary value. If the collection looks 'good' then it can be professionally assessed and advice given on how best to maximise the assets. If there is precious little advice given by the collector who has bequeathed the stamps then it is unlikely that there is anything too interesting. Of course the lack of expertise of the donor may be the main problem as we saw above with the Canadian stamps.

I will finish now. Nice of Stampboards to allow the mind to ramble a little.

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John, you've raised some valid points, which have been addressed in other threads.

Do You Have an Exit Strategy?

Journey's end! My stamp collection is gone.

Having highlighted those two topics, I think it is important for anyone who stubs their toe on this thread to realize that inheriting a collection is probably inheriting something which did hold value for its previous owner - monetary or otherwise.

My own personal opinion (FWIW) is that we are only ever temporary custodians of the material. If we do the right thing by our collections, they will be in a fit state to hand to the next generation.
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An excellent epitaph on ownership mcgooley. I totally agree.

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Hi everyone,

As I have said in my "first" introduction post, I do not collect stamps but received a wide variety of catalogues, auctions, and newspaper booklets with a wide range of age and from various countries.

Just wondering if they are worth anything, and if not, what should I do with them? Do they get used for reference or to be collected?

I pulled out a handful of various items and think it would be easier if I showed some scans instead of me trying to interpret what I have. Thank you.

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Nagata, I think your query regarding the material you've shown is deserving of a thread of it's own. This is outside my sphere, although I admit to collecting auction catalogues, and newspaper articles, of specific items because they are very handy reference material, not to mention they can add provenance to otherwise questionable material.

I'm not too sure about monetary value. That's why I believe you should throw it open to the wider community....something like "Is there value in old Auction Catalogues, etc?". If you have a number of items from one country, or on one particular theme (Rail, Air, Postal History, etc), I would show those scans in one post (try not to have more that 5 or 6 images per post, some members - like me - are still using computer software out of the ark, and it takes forever to load).

You could do a number of posts like that, and wait to see what information comes back to you.

(And yes, I have paid for a couple of old auction catalogues - from the 1970s - so there can be a monetary value for some.)
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Thank you Mcgooley, I think that is excellent advice. I am going to go through everything and seperate it. What do you think is a more important category? Type of stamps or more general like UK auction books? I will make a new post tomorrow, am I in the correct area of the forum to post a new thread on? Also, I will take note of not putting so many pictures in one post.
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I can't advise which category would stand out more - I did notice one of your catalogues appears to be on Air Mail (Edgar Mohrmann's Atlantik-Post), and that is a popular area.

If anything, I would start by separating them into eras, then countries. That way, our German, English, French, and whatever other countries are represented, members will be able to assist better.

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Wow, so much to take in! I have just been trying to organize this pile I've recently inherited. I am exited at the prospect of having an amazing source of information at my disposal as I delve into my new hobby. Thank you everyone for making stampboards possible!

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While I didn't inherit any stamp collections, I have been consolidating all the old grandfather's collections sitting around in the family given to people who have no real use for them. My late father-in-law's collection was reasonably strong for 1950s Argentina, with even a couple of useful errors and variations in there. My grandfather's collection is supposedly coming to me tomorrow, as my cousins know it's not worth much, and want it to have a good home. Still working on getting my great-uncle's...

One thing that surprises me about philately is how few well-created and well-organized collections seem to end up in institutional collections. I am active in the book world as well, and libraries equivalent to some of the collections that are routinely discussed here are either snapped up at auction or deeded to Universities and other institutions very regularly.

Have I missed something, or does this simply not happen with stamps? Other than a few universities, and, of course each country's post office, I don't see much of that.

If the above is true, and not simply that I haven't yet learned to look in the right places, it seems strange. With the history embodied by a good stamp collection - or, even better, a postal history collection - shouldn't institutions be interested?

Of course there's the downside, that it would restrict access to collectors and the public - but it would remain safe, and appreciated by historians, etc.

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Need some advice on stamps I inherited on my grandma. Posting some of the scans I made.

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taffyjun wrote:Need some advice on stamps I inherited on my grandma. Posting some of the scans I made.

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Ohhh I see. I'll scan some more later and post it here. Thanks Princestamps.

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Great thread and food for thought. I am 45 and still have many years of collecting in front of me hopefully, so I really need to have a plan in place.

I see my collection as more than money... I would die thinking it was just sold off to buy the latest iPhone..lol

I think later in life I will find a young aspiring collector and give him a boost with my collection.

If that doesnt eventuate then there is always Glen.... mind you he will be working from a wheel chair still flying around the world buying collections and offering them to us for a small fee. At least that means the right people get to enjoy them all over again.

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Madstars, a few years ago, a member started a thread regarding the disposal of collections: Do You Have an Exit Strategy? There is a lot of commonsense suggestions there.
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I apologize I realize this is an older thread but I'm having trouble navigating!

What if we don't want to sell but, are overwhelmed not even knowing what country some stamps came from!

I am up to my eye balls in stamps and old albums that I literally lost and trying but still frustrated!

I looked for a stamp dealer and on stamp clubs and no one really too local. I was trying to organize at least into one album but, that may be a bad idea.

So many US stamps look the same also. ....ok I'm done lol. So any suggestions?

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to carve your way through the muddle without getting overwhelmed :
1. Get access to a Stamp Catalogue. Since you are in USA then a recent Scott ( up to 2000) second hand one from ebay or your local library will show your stamps in year order of issue

2. Get a large empty stock book / album with slip-in rows to hold stamps.

3. Concentrate for a time on all the stamps of one country - again in your case USA---- don't get upset about the rest, but from time to time check and sort them by country and date order ----------in a few months or a year you will get more familiar with what you have .

4. arrange your USA in the stockbook in year order according to the catalogue . Bin any damaged stamps , set aside in envelopes for later checking any duplicate items. You will begin to recognise what you have and what is new.
You will start to have a " Collection" rather than just an accumulation.

5. Similarly start to organise other countries ---------- any you don't know ask here with a scan-------------or just browse the catalogue until you see similar names and writing and narrow down the search .

6. have fun -- don't panic ----don't try it all in one go!
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Thank you for those in the welcome forum who directed me here it helped!

I'm still a little confused about my new collection. It seems half all over the place half organized lol. It consists of several late 1800 stamp albums.

It appears once the dates were no longer in that album for what he needed he purchased a new one to continue. Not all countries are filled and not all are mint. Several black penny several red several blue. Older US ( no scott 1 or 2 :( But there is so many here and when I am trying to place the loose ones (some came off with age others I don't think he had placed yet because they are in glassines still)

I get so caught up in the history of a stamp I will never get through all of them.

What if we don't want to go to a dealer but need help even identify the country?
Should we not have it appraised at some sort of value just to have? Or even someone point out these are the ones you should concentrate on looking at?

Thanks for any help and if anyone can help be more than happy to post up pics!

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Start here with no more than 3-4 scans to begin :

I suggest a couple of page scans of early USA plus a page scan of "Several black penny several red several blue".


This will let some of our specialist collectors here get a feel of what you have and where you might go to the next stage:
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cniday, Want to add a photo/image? Practice posting a picture HERE! is an excellent tutorial on posting images on this board.

This thread was specifically set up to assist people, like yourself, who have landed an accumulation and don't know where to start. As the wise man said - it is possible to eat an elephant, one mouthful at a time. vikingeck's suggestions have much merit; accessing a catalogue is essential.

If most of the items are older, then an older catalogue is probably better value than a more recent edition. The number of stamp issues seems to grow exponentially every year, so if the cut-off year of your collection is (say) 1940, then it doesn't matter if you have a 1952 catalogue. You may find you'll get more information from an 1952 cat., than from a 2004 edition; for the simple fact that most catalogues are 'simplified' and will only give very simple information about the stamp, or series of stamp.

There are a number of countries which you will find confusing, for a variety of reasons. No name? there are several countries guilty. Unintelligible countries of origin? even more. Basal currency units which don't make sense?? yep, there's plenty of those :(

And so many stamps, from a variety of countries, all look the same, even over a long period of time. These 'runs' of similar looking stamps are called "defins", or 'definitive issues', and they can go on for years (some have been known to run for more than 50 years!).

You ask the questions - SOMEONE will have the answers! is an excellent forum for asking questions about specific items. Just remember that if you do have a stamp - or series of stamp - about which you have questions, make sure you have good-quality scans or images of the items which you can show in the first post of your new topic. Most of the members here are more than willing to help people who show they're prepared to come halfway. If you've only got the phone camera, don't stress - you can still take good quality images off that, but take your time...

Like all aspects of life; you will find you'll have plenty of assistance if you can show you want to have a try at it yourself.
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echoamaru wrote:Thanks for the advice mcgooley - I'll take some time to have a close look through and then go from there!
I have a large tub full of old Kids albums that were given to my dad. As a avid collector he could not didpose of them. Not worth keeping and not worth disposing. :roll:

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Oldcastle8, I don't know if you're aware but there's a stamp club in Shep which meets at the Mechanics Institute every month. Oftentimes it can be worth contacting (if not joining) your local club when in your position. Many kiddie kollections hold appeal for those [rummagers and scroungers] who enjoy going through them, and on-the-ground clubs often hold club auctions or buy/swap/sell nights which give people opportunities.

Another avenue for disposal might be a local craft club. Stamps are often used for a variety of craft projects (I've done that myself with decoupage), and there is a thread (or two) somewhere here on SB which showcases some of the uses stamps have been put to.

Depending on the personal route you wish to take; you can arm yourself with a catalogue, time, and a few toys, and go through all the albums to establish a collection of your own (ensuring you do it for the fun and not the monetary benefit!)....or you can use them for fire-lighters during the next cold snap....or somewhere in between.
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Over the past dunnamany years, I've heard stories that would make a stone weep blood when it comes to old collections. Families fighting over a 2-bit collection, through to cherished (occasionally valuable) collections going up in smoke. In the middle is a good friend, and previous member of SB who passed away some time ago, who had an accumulation of philatelic related material which would take several lifetimes to go through. After his death, the family locked the door to his stamp room and it hasn't been opened since.

I can only reiterate what I've said before. Stamp collecting is a hobby, individualistic and without rhyme or reason. Hobbies are taken up for enjoyment. If you don't enjoy it...well, you know.
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What is this stamp?

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Manama is a small township in the United Arab Emirates, an exclave of the emirate of Ajman. This is one of thousands of emissions (I can't call them stamps) which were printed for many of the Trucial States in the 1960's, and became known as "sand dune" stamps.

Most of them were not used for postage, or even valid for postage, and went directly from the printers to stamp dealers for what was then a vibrant and profitable Kiddie Kollector market.

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fromdownunder wrote:Manama is a small township in the United Arab Emirates, an exclave of the emirate of Ajman. This is one of thousands of emissions (I can't call them stamps) which were printed for many of the Trucial States in the 1960's, and became known as "sand dune" stamps.

Most of them were not used for postage, or even valid for postage, and went directly from the printers to stamp dealers for what was then a vibrant and profitable Kiddie Kollector market.

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Demorest wrote:I'm finding I can not find this stamp
It's listed as no. 161 on Stampworld, issued in 1968. Catalogue value is €0.75

http://www.stampworld.com/en/stamps/Manama/Postage%20stamps?type=MH
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Demorest wrote:What is this stamp?

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A great start to your future stamp collection :mrgreen:

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Andyref2 wrote:This thread took hours to read! Thanks everyone for the information. With this information I have put together a list for my children on where to find the catalogs, how to look up a stamp, where the receipts are for what I paid for the stamps and how they are identified including the Access database that lists the collection.

Happy collecting to everyone on these boards! It is a blast to read the many stories!!! (Now I have to go find the right page to ask some questions)
Andy, I didn't read the entire thread so if this suggestion has already been made my apologies. If you think that your collection would be better falling outside an estate it may be prudent to write on the inside album cover "This album is the personal property of....Childs name"

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Hi everyone, I'm hoping you can help me a bit with your expertise!

I have inherited a large stamp collection from my grandfather and I was curious to know how much it is worth. It is divided up into 4 albums and each has about 30 pages full, so around 120 pages in total. As you can see from the photos there is a mix of whole sheets, single stamps, first day covers and more. I think the photos I have attached are a good sample which is representative of what the whole collection is like.

All these stamps are unused, in absolutely perfect condition, have always been perfectly stored in these albums.

Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks a lot!

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1. Are the stamps all GB or are there other countries?

2. You use the expression the stamps are all UNUSED whilst clearly many have in fact been in the post and used with a parcel cancel ( eg the two £10 stamps are worth about £1 each in such condition) and several others that you show are also USED, so we need some clarification .

3 The second picture shows the 4 high values from GEORGE VI which are catalogues at £100 ( if they have full intact gum as from the day of purchase without having been hinged in a stamp album ) you can expect between £25 & £30 .

4 The sheets and blocks of Queen Elizabeth we divide into two periods. Pre decimal which those shown are very common and not worth more than a few coppers, and decimal period stamps most of which have only their postage value in the UK and a selling value between 50% and 60% of the original face value.

5 The final picture shows some booklets and some revenue Insurance stamps which might have a value of a few £

6 The souvenir sheets for the London Stamp exhibition are very common , available in quantity and sadly only have a value for postage
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