Are any of these old stamps worth keeping?

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Are any of these old stamps worth keeping?

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I’m going through some old stuff and just trying to figure out if any of these are worth keeping.

Please let me know.



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I’d definitely keep that Babe Ruth with the two corners torn off. :mrgreen:

Short answer… no.

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Byte wrote:
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I’m going through some old stuff and just trying to figure out if any of these are worth keeping. let me know.
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Sorry, nothing of value in there. Youth collector or local stamp club may appreciate a donation….. ;)

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These are stamps paying the standard letter rate David, and for any big county they were used by the billion.

These get sold by charities by weight as collected - called ''Kiloware'' - a dollar or so a pound weight of letter rate stamps, torn or snipped off mail.

You have some younger children I think - maybe be a good Dad, and pass them on. :)

The big value stuff are things of low numbers sold.

This USA 24c block below just auctioned for mega millions, as only 1 sheet was ever sold by USPS. This was one man's stamp/coin curio below. :D

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Thanks for the advice folks! I try to stop by periodically and see how things are going.

Glen is right, I have 6 kids, though only two under college age.

If either of them show interest, these will go their way. Then I’ll send them this way to learn from the real experts.

I’m pretty sure I have some other stamps hanging around somewhere, so expect a post when I find them. 😀

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While agreeing that there is little value there, let's give a better look to it. Any stamp where perforation is missing (cut by scissors or torn) are less desirable than undamaged ones. The small stamps are definitive stamps, meaning the have been on sale long time, sometimes even a decade, and in large quantities, so, it is highly likely that anyone who has collected stamps and is interested in them already has them. Same applies to the Christmas stamps.

USA is a large country, where the stamps (even commemorative ones, the large stamps) have always been printed in large quantities. That means they are relatively easy to get, and only relatively new or foreign collector would miss them.

Exception is the 20c Montana (?) State bird and Flower stamp, which is part of a set of 50 stamps (one for each state). While the stamps were issued in same quantity as others, they have 50 versions of it, making it 50 times less common than other stamps. That means that while many people have stamps from this set, they are likely to have gaps which this stamp may fill.

Then stamps from other countries. The Indian atamp is definitive and very common .The stamps from Ghana, Malawi and Nigeria may be again more likely to fill some gaps although only Ghanan stamps look like commemorative while others look like definitive stamps. They are non-the-less from smaller countries. The Netherlands stamp is a commemorative, too. Also the 50c stamp in the bottom, where I cannot tell the country looks like commemorative. Except the Indian stamp, the non US stamps have a fair likelyhood to fill gaps in someone's collection.

But as said in the beginning, the value of these stamps looks low, even if they were faultless. Sadly many of the stamps appear to have faults reducing their value further.

I hope this helps.

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That’s definitely some interesting information and knowledge to add. Thank you!

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The envelope in the upper left with the "buy war bonds" postmark is an interesting WWII relic. Covers, especially with clear postmarks from small towns, are unique items sought by specialist collectors.

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