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How can I find out how old my stamps are?

There are a wide variety of specialist resources which can help you to discover your stamps’ background, how it was printed and its date of issue. Stamp Catalogues and Identification Books: In the UK, Gibbons publish the most used catalogue. In France, it is Yvert and Tellier and in Germany it is Michel.

How do I choose a stamp for my stamp collection?

The more centered the stamp is inside the white perforation border, the better. You want the stamp to have an overall balanced, neat look. Turn the stamp over and look at the gum. Stamp gum is the glue that sticks the stamp onto paper.

How do you date a postcard?

You can also date postcards by whether they are white border, linen, chrome etc. or for real photo (rppc) by the info on the stamp box. Lucky you for having a pc from the 1870s!

How do you know if a stamp is good quality?

Judge the centering of the design. The more centered the stamp is inside the white perforation border, the better. You want the stamp to have an overall balanced, neat look. Turn the stamp over and look at the gum. Stamp gum is the glue that sticks the stamp onto paper.

How do I find out what old postage stamps are worth?

To find out what old postage stamps are worth, do a little research into the specific stamps, and be careful in identifying the stamps correctly. Some stamps have common and rare varieties which differ from one another only in minute details.

How do I find a copy of my stamp collection?

Check your public library to find a copy, but check the publication date of the catalog before using it. Catalogs that are out of date provide inaccurate prices since stamp values in the United States have decreased since the 1980s.

Where can I find a price guide for stamps?

The key price guide for stamps in the United States is the Scott Postage Stamp Catalog. Check your public library to find a copy, but check the publication date of the catalog before using it. Catalogs that are out of date provide inaccurate prices since stamp values in the United States have decreased since the 1980s.

How can you tell if a stamp is real?

Observing the Physical Condition Judge the centering of the design. Turn the stamp over and look at the gum. Check for a stamp hinge. Look at the neatness of the perforations. Look for a cancellation mark. Evaluate the stamp’s coloring. Determine the stamp grade. Leave the stamp on its envelope if it’s still attached.

How do I know if my stamp design is good?

Assessing the centering is the first step in evaluating your stamps. Stamps with nearly equal margins are considered more visually appealing, and thus typically sell for more. The design should be balanced in relation to other parts of the stamp such as the margin and vignette.

What is the difference between good and average stamps?

Good and Average stamps usually have small but noticeable imperfections, such as small creases, areas where there stamp is thinned, faded colours, and heavy hinge marks. Despite this, they’re still in good condition overall, with average used stamps collecting anything between 5% and 20% of catalogue value.

How do you know if a philatelic stamp is valuable?

Used philatelic items have light and neat cancellations. Superb grade (S). This condition predisposes that the stamp design is perfectly centered and perfect in all aspects and is usually scarce; therefore such a stamp is considered to be the most valuable. Most rare philatelic items are characterized by S condition.

How can I tell what grade a stamp is?

Based on the centering of the stamp design and the heaviness of the cancellation mark, you’ll be able to get an idea of the stamp grade. There are a few possibilities for grade: poor, average, fine, very fine, and superb (mint condition).

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