various questions about inherited stamps

bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 4,518 ✭✭✭✭

I inherited a large collection that I'm slowly looking through and figuring out. There are a lot of things I don't understand about how my uncle collected stamps so maybe as I go along and have questions I can ask them here?

I know this forum works at a more relaxed pace I'm in no real hurry B)

He seemed to have changed how he collected over the years . Right now I'm trying to focus on US stamps and separate them into what I think are keepers because they are worth more than face or maybe I like them , and pure postage.

With respect to postage , I have a few ebay seller ID's so within reason (not willing to place 100's of tiny stamps on a package) I can use them to mail items I sell. I literally got all these for free so if I can mail packages with them it is going to save me quite a bit of money.

Question #1 , dividing stamps into glue and self adhesive is it safe to assume everything self adhesive is purely postage?

Question #2 ish can I use forever postcard stamps as 34 cent stamps along with a 10 and a 5 to mail a first class letter?
along those lines what about additional ounce stamps? or can 2 ounce and 3 ounce stamps be used as there current value on packages to add up to the cost ? So if I am mailing a package that costs $3.00 can I put I guess 4 2 ounce stamps plus an additional ounce stamp?

Question #3 some stamps aren't forever stamps but don't exactly have a value , what does a B on a stamp mean in terms of its face value?

more questions to follow at random intervals if anyone feels like answering B)

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  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 4,518 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 16, 2017 6:05PM

    most of the loose stamps are in books that have pages with horizontal clear pockets . I didn't think much of them initially because they were labelled stock books. I opened one and there were over $1500 worth of forever stamps in booklets tucked in it. Some of which were labelled with things like BEP , SVS ,ABN , 7978 SVS but to me look the same as others of the same design.

  • If you sell them on ebay , will you use tracking? Guess i'm not understanding how ppl are selling .99c stamps with free shipping. Can only use a minimum of First Class in order to track.

  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 4,518 ✭✭✭✭

    No tracking , I'd be using stamps to mail the stamps. I have 3 ebay seller accounts, the main account is a store where every item has tracking. The second account is for single coins mailed in first class envelopes that never get tracking.

    On a 99 cent item , if you get it for free and mail it with a stamp you also got for free you can pocket 40 cents or so. If you get a complaint just refund the buyer and move on. That would be less money out of pocket than a single tracking number would set you back.

  • Never gave multiples a thought. Geez the brain is mush. Makes sense thanks.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 991 ✭✭✭✭

    "forever" stamps are good for their current face value in any combination. B stamps are nondemominated stamps that have a value, but you need to look it up (they were issued when the rates were changing and they did not know the new rate).

    Whoever collected these paid close attention to the varieties (different printers, etc.). In theory, some of them could be worth something.

    If you are confident that some are just good for postage, put them all in one pile (or multiple piles), add up the face value, and sell them as discount postage of X amount face value. You should get 65-70% of face on eBay. (Or list them, here on BST). I buy discount postage all the time - there is an active market for them on eBay.

    Also, if they are 1st class forever stamps, you would get much closer to face - maybe 90% or so, depending on if you had free shipping or not.

  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 4,518 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    "forever" stamps are good for their current face value in any combination. B stamps are nondemominated stamps that have a value, but you need to look it up (they were issued when the rates were changing and they did not know the new rate).

    Whoever collected these paid close attention to the varieties (different printers, etc.). In theory, some of them could be worth something.

    If you are confident that some are just good for postage, put them all in one pile (or multiple piles), add up the face value, and sell them as discount postage of X amount face value. You should get 65-70% of face on eBay. (Or list them, here on BST). I buy discount postage all the time - there is an active market for them on eBay.

    Also, if they are 1st class forever stamps, you would get much closer to face - maybe 90% or so, depending on if you had free shipping or not.

    He has these stock books with sheets of higher face value stamps. Like 20 90 cent stamps or 66 cent stamps , 71 cent stamps , They are just mounted onto blank pages , One book probably has over $1000 in sheets like that , I feel like I'll use them to mail packages .

    I think I will gather up the booklets and sheets of stamps with values from 32 to 41 cents and list them for sale . Keep the forever and higher value stamps for myself and then try working my way through the albums to see whats what.

    Beyond US stamps , there are about 6 albums labelled Israel , 5 labelled Europa , about 20 labelled UN , 5 or 6 from Micronesia and Marshall Islands each , about 10 from Canada .

    Then there is a set of Scott Blue colored world stamp albums that end in the 70's , And a set of Minkus Master Global Albums with the latest pages around the year 2000. The scott world albums are filled to some extent , the stamps in those are mostly cancelled. The Minkus albums are nearly all unfilled pages but the few stamps in them seem to be unused

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