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PRC1964
8th October 2010, 16:54
Sorry to stereotype you all, but do any of you know much about the value of old stamps? How much does the value change from mint to franked?

We've just inherited an old German stamp album which has spaces for every stamp in the world made between 1840 and 1890. It doesn't have more than 1/5 of the stamps in there, and some of them don't appear to be in great condition.

I've done a bit of Googling and this one looks interesting (scanned image below). It looks like one went for £17K at auction (http://www.paulfrasercollectibles.com/section.asp?catid=27&docid=1084) :eek. I can't tell if it really is the same or not but it does look like it is.

Is this the kind of thing to take along to the local stamp shop or should I just go straight to an auctioneer?

http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/8316/18841pound.jpg

There is also what looks to me like a penny black but it's it pretty poor condition:

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/3821/pennyblack.jpg

Google suggests Stanley Gibbons as the authority on these things, but If I can I'd rather avoid a trip to London.

Pondlife
8th October 2010, 17:03
I'd just google "Philately" and find the geekiest looking forum.

Look for a user called MarillionFrank or StampGuru for the best advice. Avoid stampyou01 as he just likes to lick the back of them really.

MarillionFan
8th October 2010, 17:32
My old mum was asking a while back. She has loads of penny reds and some stamped penny blacks.

If you look at the net the differences in price are huge. I told her to put them away as they were worthless(I stand to inherit them :tongue)

shaunbhoy
8th October 2010, 18:06
My old mum was asking a while back. She has loads of penny reds and some stamped penny blacks.

If you look at the net the differences in price are huge. I told her to put them away as they were worthless(I stand to inherit them :tongue)

All that AND her collection of musical soup ladles. Boy oh boy, one day you are gonna be minted MF!!

:banana:

Clippy
8th October 2010, 19:04
I'd just google "Philately" and find the geekiest looking forum.

Look for a user called MarillionFrank or StampGuru for the best advice. Avoid stampyou01 as he just likes to lick the back of them really.

:laugh