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Stamp Collecting (Philately)

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Questions about the hobby of postage stamp collecting and those little pieces of paper that fascinate everyone from the young school child to presidents and monarchs.
Baseball Stamps This is too vague a question to answer. The value will depend on if we are talking about old US postage stamps with a baseball theme, or a type of sticker stamp found in gum and/or other premiums, or rubber stamps, etc.
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World War 2 Ration Books The war ration was not very high. The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collector's circle is not very high. A complete book might get $10, whereas partial books and single stamps are not going to be anywhere near as valuable. The sentimenta…
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Foreign Stamps Well, certainly you can SEND them from Canada, but if you mean can you USE them as postage on letters mailed in Canada then No. No. The Universal Postal Union agreements requires you to use the stamps of the country of origin.
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Stamp CollectorsLinn's Stamp News has a section in the back of paper that lists upcoming stamp shows. They are listed by state and date. Not every state is listed in every issue. You may have to take the magazine for a few months to find a stamp show in your state.Also, the American Philatelic Socie…
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Selling a Stamp Collection Before you eBay or go to an Auction house contact a local Stamp Dealer. Many Coin shop Dealers also deal with stamps. This will arm you an idea on what it may go for. They may also make you an offer. eBay it! This requires you have some knowledge of philately and the coll…
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Answer All US postage stamps issued since the Civil War (i.e., 1861-65) are still valid for postage at the price indicated on the stamp. So yes, you can still use a US stamp released in 2002. Special Delivery stamps are no longer valid. They never paid postage but paid for an added service that is…
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Answer You can still use 37-cent stamps, however you must add sufficient postage for the current price.
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Answer It seems you have only half of the mint sets, if that much. There should be matching cellopacks with the Denver seal and each should also contain a half dollar. The full sets list at $32.50 and $48.50. Retail prices for the individual uncirculated coins, including the halves if you have th…
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Foreign Stamps A World Stamp Catalog is often a useful starting point, but they seldom give all the variants, so you may need a good catalog for the country concernced, or you may need to consult an expert. It's also useful to look on eBay, but please bear in mind that in some cases the 'same' s…
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Answer To a stamp dealer, 80% of face value. To most people, it's worth the value of the postage, i.e., what you paid for them. To a Marilyn Monroe collector who knows nothing about stamps, you could probably double your money.
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Many of the old postcards are valued at prices between $5 and $15 each. The exact amount will depend upon the exact postcard.
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WW2 Ration book anwser Well the stamp by it's self is worth no more than a dime so on a book WITH A SPINE INTACT it might be a half dollar also depending one what book it is book one is more rare than book two or three.The condition os a factor obvously the the better condion would sell for more…
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They are of limited value, as there were so many of them created and distributed. A few dollars is the most people are willing to pay for a book.
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I think there about like around 50$-100$ I'm not sure though my dad has one but got it when he was 18.
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Answer 1856 Young Head Large Cent; in good condition is worth $12.00, in fine condition is worth $16.00, uncirculated is worth $150.00 More: There are two varieties of the 1856 Braided Hair Liberty Large Cent and the value depends on what condition it is in. There is a slanting 5 variety and an upr…
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Answer The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collector's circle is not very high. A complete book might get $10, partial books and single stamps are not going to be anywhere near as valuable. The sentimental value is of more worth, as it reminds people of the stru…
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A thematic collection is a compilation of postage stamps that have the same theme or concept. This hobby of collecting stamps is also called as Topical stamp collecting.
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A forever stamp is a stamp that is valued (sold and cancelled) at the current local letter rate of postage. For example, if the current cost of local postage is 50 cents, the forever stamp is valued at 50 cents. If the price of postage rises (or miraculously, falls) the value of the forever stamp w…
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The postage required to send a standard 1 oz letter in 1990 was .25
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The US Postal Service is an independent arm of the Executive Branch of the US government. They have to request permission to increase their rates and justify it through their bookkeeping and budget. The USPS has not been subsidized by the government since 1982 and has to break even like any other co…
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About 1.00 or 50 cents.
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The regular US first class stamp (for mailing letters up to 3.5 ounces) is 0.44 cents.
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Answer Hold the stamps with a pair of kitchen tongs,or similar long handled gripping device,in the steam from a boiling kettle for about a minute.They should then separate easily,dry on a towel using a warm flow of air. Collectors often use a humidity box, a small closed container with a sponge …
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A U.S. postage stamp costs 49 cents, and it remains valid even after future price increases. This is why it says 'forever' at the bottom instead of a specific number.
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Will need more information. You can consult a stamp catalog at your local library to identify the year and condition of the item with an estimated value for it. And you can add postage to it and use it! Post cards are listed as 'back of the book' items in the country of origin.
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Some are 1 cent and some are 2 centsIt depends on the stamp. Most countries have postage stamps that range in value.
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It's a bullion coin whose value fluctuates with the spot price of silver. Check your newspaper or Google SPOT PRICE SILVER for current figures. P.S. ALL U.S. coins carry the word Liberty so that's not a distinguishing characteristic.  More: The value of the 1987 American Silver Eagle Bullion c…
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As of July 2014, the price of a Forever stamp is .49 cents. The price went up 3 cents this last year.
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Three Great Britain World Cup stamps where issued in 1966. All were printed in sheets of 120 each. After the tournament, the 4d stamp was re-printed with the phrase England Winners. It is not an overprint and large quantities of the stamp were printed and sold. They can be purchased for a nominal va…
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Will need more information including the country of origin, I'm guessing Monaco. You can consult a stamp catalogue at your local library to identify the year and condition of the item with an estimated value for it. Post cards are listed as 'back of the book' items in the country of origin.A set of …
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Consult a postage stamp catalog to identify the stamp. It will also provide a general value for the item.
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30 cents per stamp.
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A Philatelist collects stamps.postage stamps
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In the US, there is an advisory committee that reviews stamps. It includes members of the general public and stamp collectors. Along with the USPS, they come up with a set of possible subjects. The designs are either assigned to a USPS artist, or sometimes put out to bid.
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Answer:The Inverted Jenny error stamp is Scott Catalog # C3a. The error occurred in the printing process when a sheet of stamps was accidentally placed in the printing process in backwards. Of the 2.1 millions stamps of Scott Catalog # C3 only one sheet was ever found with this error. The sheet of s…
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In the United States, US Postal Stamps are rated in 0.01 cent and up; the postage for a first class letter is 0.44 cents (of normal size and weight).
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Answer Yes, First Day Covers or FDCs, have some value. The picture or 'cachet' on the envelope can affect the value, some makers have limited runs and others are very artistic. Most FDCs can be purchased for a few dollars. The rarety of the stamps can also have an affect. You can obtain fu…
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As of May 11, 2009 standard postage went up to 44 cents.
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Identify the stamp using a catalog. Special Delivery stamps will be found in the 'back of the book' as they are special usage stamps. This may involve learning about perforations, watermarks and colors as well as condition. The catalog will provide a value. The value is what a collector could expec…
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Yes, although it may cost more now to send something through the USPS. You have already paid postage you may just need to use two stamps instead of one due to the higher cost of shipping.
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Answer The catalog number for this stamp is Scott #1609. EFO's (Errors, freaks and Oddities) can vary a great deal in price. The distance of the flame from the original position will make a large difference. If the specific error is listed in the catalog (see info below) it will provide a value…
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Priceless satisfaction Good Answer! You never should expect to make money from a stamp collection. Unless you are going out and buying high value items, you won't be able to get as much as you paid for them. A dealer will look at the overall collection and make an offer. If you have specific stamp…
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44 cents...if you purchase 'Forever' stamps at current rate, they remain valid as rates increase. For people who send a lot of mail, this is a great investment!
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A first class stamp costs 44 cents
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Catalogue value for a mint one (in excellent shape) .60c. A used one is .20c
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There are basically three markets for stamp collections. You can sell them privately to a collector that is interested. You can sell them through auction, either an auction house or yourself through eBay, which is more and more common, but does require quite a bit of work on your part. Or you can s…
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The value of 100 year old postcards depends greatly on the subject of the cards and what kind of condition they are in. The value can be anywhere from a few cents up to $100 or even more.
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Scott #1897 or perhaps #2225(coil) The stamp can be purchased new or used for 15 cents, which pretty much means that a dealer isn't going to pay you anything for one. Identify the exact stamp using a catalog. This may involve learning about perforations, watermarks and colors as well as condition. …
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Answer Scott Numbers 3965 through 3975 The non-denominated stamps from 2005 had a face value of 39 cents and are still valid for postage at that amount. Depending on the type, they can be purchased mint from .80 to $1.20 and used for about .20 cents.
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Answer Rotary printing is the most common production method for postage stamps today. In the early days of printing, a large flat plate was used to print a sheet at a time. Now that flat sheet has been curled into a cylinder which allows one to feed a continuous sheet of paper through the printi…
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No - they do not expire. No US stamps issued since 1865 have been been devalued. The only exception are the special delivery stamps which paid for service no longer offered. Air mail stamps are good for any purpose. Some stamps can't be used for certain things. The non-denominated stamps cannot b…
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The price of a postage stamp is dependent on the face value of the stamp. The most common rate stamp is for First Class Mail. In the United States in 2010 that is 44 cents for the first ounce.
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Mulready developed the first stamped envelope but the postage stamp was invented by Sir Rowland Hill. The first postage stamps were created by Mulready for the British postal service. Prior to that time postage was marked directly on the envelope with a pen or a seal.
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Please check the denomination on the back of the coin. JFK has never been on a US quarter, only half dollars. Values of JFK halves depend on the coin's date. 1964 halves are 90% silver and have a melt value of about 0.35 times the current price of 1 oz. of silver. 1965-69 halves are 40% silver an…
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Answer A full mint set can be purchased for around 20 dollars or so. You can look up specific items at the Stanley Gibbons web site.
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A stamp, issued May 22, 1978, 15 cents B stamp, issued March 15, 1981, 18 cents C stamp, issued October 11, 1981, 20 cents D stamp, issued February 1, 1985, 22 cents E stamp, issued March 22, 1988, 25 cents The face value of all non-denominated U.S. stamps can be found at http://pe.usps.com/tex…
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Yes, information can be found at the site below.
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They are only worth face value, but you can usually double that to a baseball collector, who knows nothing about stamps.
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Answer Need more information to identify the stamp! I haven't been able to identify an 19 cent with a profile. The 19 cent stamp of the presidential series contains the profile of Rutherford Hayes, the 19th president.
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There are actually 4 different G Stamps (Old Glory), each worth a different amount. They were printed because the postal rates were not approved with enough advance notice to print the required quantities of new stamps. There was also a "makeup" G stamp issued (Dove stamp) worth 3 cents.Old Glory Fi…
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A World Stamp Catalog is often a useful starting point, but they seldom give all the variants, so you may need a good catalog for the country concernced, or you may need to consult an expert. It's also useful to look on eBay, but please bear in mind that in some cases the 'same' stamp may have diff…
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What country? The US did not issue any Olympic stamps in 1948. its in great Britain
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Government food inspectors stamp meat with a, edible, food grade vegetable dye. The composition of the dye is dependent on the company selling the dye. Many food grade inks contain a food grade glycol, glycerin, vegetable juices, chlorophyll extract, beet extract, turmeric oleoresins, and gardenia e…
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When the stamps were issued in 2001, they cost 45 cents. They are worth $1.60 each not used. If you have the package of ten unopened, price may run around $25.00 to $30.00
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Many of the stamps are valued in price close to $5 each. The exact amount that one can get for the stamp will depend upon its condition.
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Sir Rowland Hill invented the postage stamp when he saw a girl in London get a parcel from her cousin but she had to pay for it and she was too poor so she never acepted it.
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What is the green Eisenhower stamp worth
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Answer Yes! It was issued by the DDR (Germany) in 1979. The link will bring up a picture.
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4 cents. Put it on your next letter.
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It depends whether the stamp is new or used, old, rare, scarce or with a mistake. Most used stamps are usually only worth a few cents. New stamps are worth at their face value. The old, rare scarce or stamps with a mistake can be worth from pennies to 100's, 1000's, to possibly a million dollars.
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Elsewhere, the answer is given as Martha Washington who was on the 1902 8 cent stamp. Maybe the difference in the answer stems from 'which woman appears on her own' because Queen Isabella, which is the most common answer, is paired with Christopher Columbus. The US Philatelic Society says that the…
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Cost of a postage stamp was dependent on the face value of the stamp. The most common rate stamp is for First Class Mail. In the United States 1957 that was 3 cents for the first ounce.
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A First Class postage stamp was 3 cents in 1936.
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There are many different 1 cent Washington stamps, over 20 of them and they vary by all sorts of small details. Value ranges from a few cents to thousands of dollars. Identify the exact stamp using a catalog. For these this could involve learning about perforations, watermarks and colors as well as …
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The value of the Forever Stamp is the domestic First-Class Mail letter price in effect on the day of use.
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They are probably not worth too much more then the price you paid for them. You can check it out on eBay. Alternatively, see the links below, listed under Sources and Related Links, and look up the price.
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They are printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Many of today's postage stamps are printed by contract printing houses. After printing they are run through a machine that cuts them so they can be separated easily.
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Many of the stamps are valued in price of approximately $4 each. The amount for each stamp will depend upon the condition that it is in.
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Most USSR Stamps from 1970s through its collapse have very little value. You can often buy them for as little as 5% of Scott Catalogue value in bulk. Your best bet would be to browse eBay to find out the real market value (don't look at just the prices being charged but look for auctions that actua…
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The cost is now 45 cents. The Forever stamp is worth the cost to mail one ounce of first class mail. It will always be worth that much regardless of how much it costs at the post office.
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In 1994 the stamp of black cowboy and rodeo star Bill Pickett was initially released with a picture of his brother Ben Pickett. The Pickett family came forward and identified the error much to the horror of the Post Office printing division.It was decided some 150,000 of the errors would be released…
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Cataloging State Duck Stamps This can take a while. From what I can tell, 1993 Duck stamps are worth a little less than twice their face value. The link below provides a catalog of all the state stamps and what you can purchase them for. Good luck!
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one who studies stamps and other related items to stamps
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The first French postage stamps were issued in 1853.
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Queen Victoria was on the world's first postage stamp, the Penny black, issued in England 1840. The first US stamps appeared in 1847 and featured George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
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a philatelist collects stamps
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Any stamp issued in the US since 1865 is valid for postage, they do not expire. You'll probably need more than one stamp to do the job, as it has to add up to the correct postage. Actually it's since mid-1861 (right after the rebel states left the Union)
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3 dollars with the stamps still on the paper
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Scott #2032-5 Yes. A set of four se-tenants with balloons in flight. There are other examples for sale on eBay. It could also be a 19 cent postcard rate stamp, Scott # 2530.
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The price of a US First Class Stamp at the start of 2001 was 33 cents. It was good for one ounce of First Class Postage. It went up to 34 cents on January 7th.
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Six cents ($0.06)
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An unused 3 cent stamp can be used for postage at 3 cents. Used these are mostly of minimal value, not likely to be purchased by a dealer in small quantities and can be purchased for about 15 cents. Mint will vary depending upon the actual stamp, but most can be purchased for under 50 cents. You wou…
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If you have a stamp that has no value printed on it, visit the USPS link, which provides a picture of all the non-denominated stamps and their face value. They are still valid for postage. The USPS is in going to issue a 'Forever' stamp, that will be worth the same as a 1st class stamp regardless of…
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A set of 3 Grace Kelly wedding stamps from Monaco are worth about ten dollars. They are dated April 19. 1956.
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The First Class Postage is currently 45 cents.
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