How do you best valuate foreign stamps
March 26, 2010 8:13AM
My father left me a very old (he started in the 20's) foreign stamp album. I have to say it's about 7 inches think. I used to collect US stamps and know quite a bit about them but this foreign stuff is well, foreign.
March 26, 2010 8:56AM
Griv, Are you lost
To Err Is Human.... To Collect Err's Is Just Too Much Darn Tootin Fun!
March 28, 2010 2:50AM
Seriously. I want to sell it and give the money to my brother who is being destroyed financially by the housing market and a personal family health tragedy.
I think I might deal with one page at a time. I'm heading down to the book store for price book.
March 28, 2010 2:53AM
Sadly, as a youth, I sold what would have been an extremely valuable US Stamp collection. When I got old enough to realize what I had done I could never bring myself to collect stamps again. The same thing happened with coins (although the collection pailed compared to the stamps), but the Gold Eagles pulled me back in.
March 29, 2010 2:02AM
For identifying and valuing Foreign stamps, the
Scott Postage Stamp Catalog
is the industry standard. To cover the World, is 6 or 7 volumes, most larger public libraries will have a set in the Reference section.
You can also pick up used Scott catalogs on Ebay.
Managing Director - Rare Stamp Department
March 29, 2010 6:46AM
or you can get a 40-80 year old SCOTT catalog on eBay for under $10
many less pages
when did your dad stop adding stamps tp the book?
if there are no stamps newer than 1960, you don't need all the new ones listed
as far as values in catalg, they are all relative - and usually very high compared to what you can actually get
that is why I like a old catalog - prices closer to what you can get