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Grigory

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Best site to sell and/or appraise stamps?
« on: July 01, 2016, 08:42:45 PM »
I've recently bought a lot of old stamps at an estate sale. A lot of them are worthless, but a few dozen appear to be from the 1890s. :) I did some googling, but while there are some sites that can help me identify stamps, there doesn't seem to be an authoritative site that lists actual market prices.

So, a 2-part question:
1. Is there a site that lists current market values on stamps from all over the world? (European as well as Asian, Russian and African stamps.)
2. Is there some sort of Amazon-like or eBay-like site where most collectors go to buy/sell their stamps?

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Re: Best site to sell and/or appraise stamps?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2016, 10:36:15 PM »
My experience is with collectible hockey cards so it might be slightly different - but this is what I did to figure out what my cards were worth:

I went to local collectible stores and talked to the owners/attendants to get an idea of what everything was worth. These are the people who are familiar with the items that you have and can give you insight.

I started going to events/expos that showcased hockey cards and chatted with the vendors who were selling/trading cards.

Talking to the experts!

Google around and see if you find any common prices - I was told that checking ebay for "Recently sold" items in the category that you're looking for, is one of the best ways to find current market prices.

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Re: Best site to sell and/or appraise stamps?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2016, 11:33:43 PM »
You know, having just spent several hours trying to hunt down individual stamps on google, I agree - I should probably go to experts. :) Just found a couple of established collectible stores that can appraise and sell it - since their fee is a percentage of the sale, I don't think they'd rip me off. (Some of them go to the 1850s! :^D )