Help us to help you!
Don't hesitate to call me to assist you in determining whether or not your stamps have any value if you don't already know.
I will talk on the telephone as long as it might be needed to make this determination in helping you.
For stamp collections, be prepared to answer some of these questions:
- How many albums do you have?
- What are the names on the albums: Scott, Minkus, Lighthouse, Harris, etc
- What countries are represented in this collection?
- Was the collection ever insured?
- How did the collector get his stamps? Bought from whom? The Post Office? Traded with other collectors? Torn off of envelopes?
- Where was the collection stored?
For covers and postcards, we need to know:
- do you know the approximate number of items?
- approximately how many boxes and size of boxes (or total weight)?
- when was it accumulated or collected? (for example 1920s-1950s or 1970s-1980s? Check the postmarks!)
- country of origin, or if it is from all over the world, what areas are represented? (Europe, Africa, Asia etc)
- if it is a business correspondence, are they mostly long business size envelopes, or smaller personal size envelopes?
- do the envelopes or cards have stamps on them or postage meter imprints?
- what is the general condition? (If there is any mold, water damage, humidity damage or rodent damage I need to know. It means that many of the items will be worthless)
Please feel free to call or email about anything you have for sale that you think I might be interested in purchasing. I will try to answer all questions if you are sitting in front of the collection so as to get a better feel for what you have.
Pictures or scans would really be helpful! You can email them, or set up a free photo album at many online sites like photobucket.com