A Test To See If You Are Buying The Best

Can you compare apples to apples?

Leave alone apples to oranges ?

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Some of America’s favorite varieties of this popular fruit are shown in these four stamps, each depicting a different kind: the bright-red Baldwin, the green Granny Smith, the yellow Golden Delicious, and the multi-colored Northern Spy.

The juicy and aromatic Baldwin apple are winter apples, delicious when eaten in season—fresh, cooked, or in baked goods—and are prized by makers of cider.
“Spies are for pies!” The homey little rhyme offers a reminder that generations of cooks have found the Northern Spy apple delicious when baked in desserts. This variety is also good for cider and juice. Scientists believe this apple, loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, may be one of the best at keeping the doctor away.

The Golden Delicious apple, named for its yellow-gold skin and sweet flavor, delicious when it comes ripe from the tree. When cooked, it makes a purée good for use in baby foods. This apple is said to make the best apple butter!

The tart, green Granny Smith apple is one of the world’s most well-known varieties. Its pleasingly sour flavor and crisp texture makes this juicy apple good for cooking or eating fresh. After it is cut, it keeps its color longer than other varieties, making it an especially good choice for salads.

Stamp Collector Values

Why does it take years to become an expert in the field of stamp collecting?

1. Identifying stamps is complex requiring extensive research, knowledge, and experience
2. There is an overwhelming amount of information to learn but that info isn’t easy to find or use
3. Value is extremely dependent on condition and many stamps have been intentionally altered to “look” better and these take experience to identify.

Following a few rules of the thumb

Always remember to reduce that ebay price by about 20% to account for the ebay and paypal fees – a lesson many learn the hard way when they get far less than expected after all the fees.

Being armed with multiple pricing sources of information will help you better estimate the value.

Check out the industry-standard price guides. In the United States that is the Scott Postage Stamp Catalog. There are many other catalogs of note throughout the world.

Fluctuations in the stamp market just like any other asset market can be found in catalogs with current valuations.

One example showing the importance of using current prices is the stamp asset bubble that burst in the early 1980s. Rather than the massive price increases you would expect over three decades, some of the rarest and most popular stamps have actually gone down in value over the past 30 years.

Use the catalogs as a general tool and it won’t steer you wrong.

Don’t mistake the “common” version for the “rare”.

For example, one of the mostly widely used stamps of its time, the 1861 issue of a 1 cent Franklin was produced in estimated quantities of 150,000,000! Stamp Collecting Value? You guessed it, the common 1c Franklin worth a few $ at best.

Huge quantites mean that even today it is a common stamp and most examples are worth a few dollars.

Only 2 examples of that rarest of US stamps are known to have survived and it is valued at $3,000,000.
Quite a difference for two stamps that have the identical design and can only be told apart by an expert adept at identifying and expertizing the generally faint and incomplete grill impressions.
There are rare stamps out there worth millions just waiting to be found.
General rules that are usually, but not always, true for stamp collecting values.

• Mint stamps with original gum on the back are worth more than used stamps
•Earlier stamps are worth more than modern stamps
•Stamps with any faults (creases, tears, thins, etc.) are worth far less than those in perfect condition.

One thing that is common with most collectibles, especially stamps, is that condition is everything. The same stamp that normally sells for $100 may not even be worth $10 if there are creases, thins, tears, etc.

•Boxes of loose used stamps are usually worth very little
•Stamp albums that are sparsely filled are usually worth very little
•Stamp albums for children or beginners are usually worth very little
•Used US postage stamps printed in the last 70 years are worth almost nothing
• Mint with original gum US postage stamps printed in the last 70 years are, with a few exceptions, worth less than their face value and can be used for postage without worry. I use old stamps back into the 1930s as postage to mail envelopes. Old stamps are still valid for postage…well, all stamps issued after the civil war at least 🙂

Many stamp dealers offer 50-70% depending on their customer base, how much postage they already have in inventory, and what denominations are included. They will then either use it for postage or resell it at 75-90% of the face value to buyers that use it on mailings.
The stamp collecting boom of the 1930’s resulted in countless thousands of collectors hoarding newly issued stamps the US Postal Service issued. This kicked off a positive feedback loop that prompted the USPS to design and print more stamps to meet the increased demand.

Collecting values also depend on the type of collection.
– Is it a collection of stamps on envelopes – Either first day covers, postal history, or otherwise?
– Are there boxes of loose stamps?
– Are there stamp collecting albums?
– Are there books? Stamp catalogs, philatelic literature, etc?
– Are there boxes of ‘other stuff’ that probably looks like a mix of stamps in small envelopes and glassines, stamps in dealer stock cards or pages, and a wide variety of stamps in different mounts and formats?

You don’t know which quality of collection you have until you check the stamps.
Many stamps are rare but not valuable because there is not enough demand to drive the price up.

Supply and demand factors affect ranges of stamp collecting values for unique copies of the same stamp. For example, classic US stamps have a high demand from the stamp investors for perfectly centered and completely faultless stamps which drives stamp collecting values up exponentially.

The price of a ‘perfect’ stamp can be hundreds of times the price for the exact same stamp that is slightly off center or has some minor condition problem (e.g. a small crease that you can’t even see without a magnifying glass).

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