Guide to Selling a Stamp Collection
for non-collectors who inherit or receive a stamp collection. You
now want to sell it but you don't know what to do next.
First Step - Evaluate
Indicators for high value
2 - Does it appear that a large amount of effort went went into organising the collection? Are the stamps all neatly mounted and carefully written up on pages? The more effort that has been put into a collection the more likely it will have high value.
3 - Does the collection contain any "philatelic literature"? All serious collectors always have some literature as an aid to their collection. This literature can also be valuable and is best sold in the philatelic market.
4 - Does the collection contain covers (envelopes with stamps on them which have gone through the post) particularly of old stamps in good condition? Covers are invariably more valuable than the actual stamps on them. NEVER remove the stamps from these envelopes and do not remove the contents of these envelopes either.
5 - What is the condition of the stamps? Does it look as if only the best copies have been selected for the collection? The difference in value of a damaged stamp and a best quality can be a hundredfold or even more.
6 - Is the collection specialised or of a single country? A specialised single country collection will often have more valuable stamps than a whole world collection.
7 - What period are the stamps from? The majority of recent stamps have little or no value.
8 - What is the face value of the stamps? The collection needs to have the high face value stamps as well as the low ones. It is the high face value stamps which most often are the most valuable.
for low value
2 - The collection contain many untidy, dog-eared, damaged, heavily postmarked stamps.
3 - The collection is an accumulation of stamps from the whole world.
4 - The collection lacks high face value stamps.
5 - Most of the stamps appear to be recent with pretty pictures.
6 - USA mint stamps since about 1935 - most of these have no real value, the majority can be used for postage - that is all they are worth.
7 - The collection contains quantities of the same stamp.
8 - Elvis stamps - if they are unused they are worth more being used for postage.
Next Step - Decide
SELLING ON THE INTERNET
These site are great for selling stamps and can works well for someone who knows what they are selling, as it is important to identify items correctly and describe them correctly to get the best possible price.
SELLING TO A STAMP DEALER
SELLING AT AN AUCTION
SELLING THROUGH A STAMP CLUB
Stamp Domain does not buy stamps and we do not have the resources to value stamps. If you want to have a collection valued it is usually best to contact a local stamp dealer.
last updated 04 May 2008