Value of early USA 1c Benjamin Franklin stamp?

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Value of early USA 1c Benjamin Franklin stamp?

Post by runsonbundy »

Hello all.

I'm only new here so go easy.

Going through my grandfather old stamp book and found this.

It's probably not worth a lot or anything, but to be sure thought I'd ask anyway.

Thanks for your help.



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Re: Value of early USA 1c Benjamin Franklin stamp?

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Saw this posted by a book dealer:
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So, let's talk about that green 1c stamp:
1 - billions printed, millions remain
2 - to use the language from the first image, your stamp is a "raggedy ass wreck"
3 - just about anyone who wants one can get one for pennies in better condition.

This lot is one eBay right now - with a minimum bid of $.99 and $1.00 shipping.
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So, don't count on it funding your retirement fund.
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Re: Value of early USA 1c Benjamin Franklin stamp?

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is your stamp "a raggedy ass wreck?" :lol: :lol:
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Re: Value of early USA 1c Benjamin Franklin sta

Post by MarkI »

Hi
That stamp is very common
But
Find on a postcard cancelled at a discontinued post office then it can be valuable
Keep an eye on the cancellations too !!!
Use Helbocks List of United States post offices 8 volumes to check your cancellations !
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Re: Value of early USA 1c Benjamin Franklin stamp

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Hi
That stamp is very common
But
Find on a postcard cancelled at a discontinued post office then it can be valuable
Keep an eye on the cancellations too !!!
Use Helbocks List of United States post offices 8 volumes to check your cancellations !
Also be aware of different cancellation types
For instance The receiving cancel Homer here is a “perfection “ cancellation which is harder to find and more
valuable
This is a collectible item here even though that stamp is very common

Stamps only tell part of the story that’s why I enjoy collecting postcards and covers used.
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Re: Value of early USA 1c Benjamin Franklin stamp?

Post by gavin-h »

chipg wrote: 25 Oct 2021 07:54
...billions printed, millions remain
Yes, it's 100+ years old, but...

Back in those days, there were no mobile (cell)phones, landline phones were in their infancy and the preserve of the rich, no internet (so no email, whatsapp, instant messaging).

So if you wanted to ask a relative who lived on the other side of the city over for dinner on Sunday, you wrote them a letter or postcard, stuck a 1c stamp on it and posted it. Next day or the day after, you'd get a response sent just the same way.

As chipg said, there were literally billions of those stamps printed, every writing desk in every house in America would have had a liberal supply for all the correspondence they sent.

Very common although most would have been thrown away once the message they conveyed had been read, but even with a tiny percentage survival rate - a little of a lot is a lot!

So that 1 cent stamp that sent that message and maybe brought a smile to the face of Lonely Great Aunt Hypatia is, in monetary terms probably only worth the same 1 cent today. But in social terms, and maybe in terms of history, we may be a little richer than that paltry penny. :idea:
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