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Which catalogue is best for valuing my world stamps?

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Which publication is best for valuing and cataloging my world stamps?

Hello.

I want to be able to catalog my stamps with their appropriate numbers and current values.

Do the Scott catalogs cover world stamps? Are catalogs updated each year with new stamps and new values?

I'd like to learn more about what catalog references would be best to organize my collection.

Any comments and suggestions would be appreciated about how the cataloging system works. Most of my collection are mid 1800's to mid to late 1900's.

Thank you.
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Re: Which publication is best for valuing and cataloging world stamps?

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Alice:

Welcome to Stampboards!

The short answer is that most North American collectors use SCOTT as their reference.

Most dealers and collectors in NA are familiar with Scott numbering and the way they organize the stamps of most countries.

The rest of the world use a range of worldwide publications (Stanley Gibbons, Michel, Yvert) all of which have their own rules for inclusion of stamps, numbering and pricing.

To begin, pick one (likely Scott) and learn about the hobby. Once you have a working knowledge and have asked a thousand questions of friends, local club members and online, then you can decide if you want to include other references in your personal library.

I hope that helps.

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Alice, The Scott catalog is very spendy, but you may be able to find it at your local library or through interlibrary loan.

Some cities in Ontario also have a stamp collector's club where you can get a lot of help.
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Not all stamp values are reviewed every time a new catalogue is published. Also, for various reasons some countries don't include latest stamp issues in a new catalogue. What might be advisable is that after looking into catalogues in your library, you may first want to order an older set of catalogues (which you could get on a fraction of the price of the new set), say 3-5 years old. As the new stamps are nowadays much harder to come by, you may find you do not even need the listing of the latest stamps.

Regarding of your options of the world wide catalogues, you have 4 options listed earlier (Scott, Stanley Gibbons (SG), Michel and Yvert & Tellier (YT)). None of them are specialized with their global listing, so, if you need that level, you need to look for local options (and that list is both long and incomplete). Which one of the 4 world wide catalogues suit for you depends on your needs. First is language.

If it needs to be in English, you have only 2 options left: Scott and SG. Both are published annually but SG only as simplified version. However, being simplified it may be cheaper. YT is in French and has likely the best back-of-the-book (BOB) section.

Michel is in German and has probably the most detailed listing. Also, it attempts to show all the stamps (with the exception of wall paper issues). Both YT (as far as I know) and Michel (for sure) don't publish whole world annually.

So, the question is, what do you really need and what are you willing to pay for it.
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Hello Alice,

I notice you are in Houston.

Allow me to introduce you to the Texas Stamp Dealers Association, which has four shows each year in Houston. See their website at: https://www.tsdastamps.com/

You may be able to pick up an older set of Scott catalogues from one of the dealers in attendance.

You should also be able to pick up information on local clubs and other stamp-related resources.

As said above, in the United States the Scott catalogue is the accepted standard. Unless your collection is highly specialized Scott is what you should go with.

Good luck!

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Michel is starting to publish a (small) handful of titles in English, to add to the list above. So if your area of interest is Germany (or Luxembourg, which seems to be the first non-German English catalog), that could also be of use to you, though as others have noted the standard here in the US is going to be Scott.
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As you are USA based, agree Scott makes more sense, but warning a full set is TWELVE large volumes these days, in a massive carton and costs many $100s new,( $1500 here due to shipping costs and taxes!) so do check locally for a used set perhaps as Brit-Col outlines above.

Gibbons is widely used outside the USA but again a 16 kilo or 40 pound carton, and even 2 years out of date they cost $100s - I have this discount offer here -

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If your primary intent is to catalogue your stamps it might be an idea to subscribe to stampworld.com.

It is an online catalogue and free to use. I know it doesn't match the traditional catalogues and I do not know whether the values they show for the stamps are correct but it is quite comprehensive and at least for most european countries their listing is correct.

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I suggest you make your decision practical rather than dogmatic. If you want to compile an inventory of your stamps for the sole purpose of selling them in a particular region of the world, use whatever catalogue is the most popular in that region.


If not:

1) What catalogue is best (most detailed/accurate) for your stamps? Your local philatelic societies should be able to advise you.

2) What languages can you read? It makes little sense to use Yvert & Tellier if you don't speak French...

3) Above all: how much do you want to spend on buying catalogues? There are expensive! The most realistic option may be to learn to work with whatever catalogue is available for free in your local library.


If you intend to embark on a short-term project of stamp listing (one year?), consider getting a subscription to the online version of the Michel catalogue. An English interface is now available. You get instant access to a catalogue range that would cost thousands of euros to buy. The on-screen version is not as user-friendly or as detailed as a bound book catalogue, but it is much more accessible. When you are done, just cancel your subscription.

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ddaann wrote:
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Alice, The Scott catalog is very spendy, but you may be able to find it at your local library or through interlibrary loan.
Try your local library. At present I have 2 volumes of Scott checked out from my local library. I can have them for 3 weeks, and if no one else puts a hold on them, they will renew for 3 more weeks -- up to 4 renewals of 3 weeks each. I can put holds on them from my computer, and in 2-3 days they are usually at my branch for pickup.

As you get more into stamps, you may find that prices do not go up very much, and/or you may not need to catalog new issues from most countries. At that point you may find you'll be satisfied with a set that is several years old, and many dollars cheaper.

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Thank you everyone for all of your valuable input.

I appreciate the time you all took to inform me.

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Another thought - which countries do you collect?

Are you a world wide collector of stamps, or do you prefer to focus on individual countries? Then yes, you'll likely find Scott easy enough to source in the states, or even from your local library, as others have said. Stanley Gibbons are also useful.

Remember too that your local library can probably order in books they don't have from other regional libraries with whom they have connections or share similar facilities.

If, however, you prefer to focus on more specific regions when it comes to collecting stamps, you might consider other, more specific catalogues too. For example, I might use Facit if dabbling in Scandinavian stamps, or Stanley Gibbons for the British Commonwealth, or Scott for the USA. The ACSC is useful for Australia, I find, or Michel for Germany and German colonies.

They all have their uses, pros and cons!

Incidentally, hardcopy catalogues such as those we've already mentioned are the best. For general reference only, StampWorld or Colnect are also useful online tools.

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This is a good thread for ideas on valuing a collection. I have been working this taske for a couple of years mainly to make sure I have sufficient insurance incase of a complete disaster (aka in Southern California high desert the fear of a) wildfires and b) earthquakes). I purchased the 2019 Scott catalogs to make sure I properly identified the stamps (feeling 90% confident I achieved that goal) and submitted invoice scans of prices paid along with scans of Scott catalog pricing to the insurance company. I discovered for the most part the Scott catalog is 100% spot on for identification, but as with anything pricing is way off since the stamp market is 100% supply and demand. I determined based on invoice pricing to insure my collection for about 40% of my catalog value which leaves me a bit short of what I actually paid, but it won't be a complete loss. If we need to evacuate in a hurry, there is simply no way to load my four Harris Standard albums, U.S. Heritage collection albums, the eight Lighthouse leather books and 28 D-ring note books with Vario stock pages! Uh uh, no way! But all those stamps are recorded in an Access Database with price paid and 2019 catalog values. I'd hate to lose the collection though, it is really incredible what I have accomplished since I started collecting as a 9 year old in 1971 to now, 50 years later!

Enjoy your task at hand and most important: Have fun!
Be Safe!
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