We Buy Stamps & Stamp Collections!
Recent Feedback from people selling their stamps.
This is a note sent to a dealer who had given this person referrals to sell his stamps:
"Hello ...: This note is provided as a short follow-up: I had contacted you a while back about disposing of a large collection of American stamps. You were kind enough to give me several leads, neither of which was worth chasing. The last lead that you provided telephoned me back and told me how he would pay 42% (of the face value) for my collection outright and that auctions were not the way to go. I got very excited and decided to set up a trip to New York several weeks later. I later telephoned the same person the following week, only to be promptly brushed-off. I later emailed the same guy, attempting to set a meeting date and time. Absolutely NO repsonse. I don't know where you locate such people, but some of the philatelists you are dealing with certainly do not speak well for the hobby.
I am happy to report that I located a Mr. Dave Medeiros, Quality Stamps (FL), who provided tremendous assistance to me in multiple phone conversations and emails. Mr. Medeiros put me in touch with another decent, quality philatelist, Mr. G.. Both Mr. Medeiros and Mr. G. were kind and considerate and treated me very fairly. I heartily recommend that you put those philatelists at the top of your go-to list.Thanks! JF"
Another collector who used our Appraisals Through the Mail option wrote in response to our offer:
That sounds good.Thank you for your quick response. I do agree with the price. I was actully expecting a little less. $1,600 is good.
This sort of feedback is very gratifying!
Our goal is to take the mystery out of selling your stamp collection.
For over 37 years, we have had the pleasure & the privilege of handling virtually every aspect of the stamp & postal history hobby. During this time, the hobby of collecting stamps (& most other hobbies that we have heard of) are going through some substantial changes: over the past 40 years children haven't been collecting much of anything, being interested in technology, & there are a lot of collections coming on the market. Technology has not only made inroads into the more traditional hobbies, but has also replaced most people's need for postage stamps to mail letters & packages. That said, there is still very much a market for stamps & postal history ... it just may not be what it was 10 years ago! When you are ready, we are happy to guide you through the process of selling your stamp collection.
We receive between 10 - 15 phone calls or emails a day. Every day. While we are very happy that so many people are contacting us, we need to make the process work better. It's only Francesca and I here making our living! We've laid out step by step what we need you to do. If you phone, we will be asking you to have a look at this website.
Please read the following:
- Do not phone first. We will just be asking you to do the following:
- We ask everyone to send us digital pictures of the collection (or at least a thorough description like number of albums or boxes, areas collected, etc.) to our email email@example.com. Please take a "global" shot of the whole collection, or a few pictures if it is too bulky. From this we can direct you to the next step. Don't send more than 5 pictures attached to any one email. If there are stamps or covers that you know are valuable, take some pictures of those.
- Also inclulde your name, address and phone number.
- Send along any inventories or appraisals that have been done.
- Do you have several albums? Take pictures of the earliest stamps, they have the better possibility of being worth something.
- Don't know how to attach pictures to an email? Please find someone to help you with that... we can't help you on the phone.
- If you have a lot of digital pictures please set them up on Dropbox.com and send us the link to that via email.
- If you have an inventory, please forward it to us.
- Isolated? We get calls from places that aren't near stamp dealers. The only way we will be able to help is for you to send your collection to us (after sending us pictures... we don't want you to send something worth less than the postage!). See our Appraisals through the Mail section.
- If the "collection" you inherited consists of a few hundred stamps torn off of envelopes or are in envelopes that say Mystic, Kenmore or some other approval dealer, then the probability of it having anything of value is extremely low (worse than lottery odds). There are literally billions of cheap stamps out there. Old isn't rare ... there are also tons of cheap stamps over 100 year old! Again, take some pictures if you want & send them to our email.
- All of that said, we are always interested in the "room full" of stamps, specialized collections, postage accumulations etc. If, for some reason, we can't use it ourselves, then we can direct you to where it would be most beneficial to you.
- We do not buy outside of the US. It isn't that we don't like you, but we're offered so much here in the US that it is more than enough for us! The difficulties with paperwork, risks of shipping & the costs of cross border buying just make it too time-consuming. So, if you're from France, Germany, India, South Africa, Russia, China, Colombia, Mexico etc., please don't email us, we will not respond.
Travel in 2017
We'll be travelling throughout Florida buying stamp collections in 2017. Please see our Travel Schedule for further details about the next major road trip we are anticipating.We have reuduced our travel schedule as there has been a terrific amount for sale in Florida. Also, collectors and heirs of collections are willing to ship collections to us for Appraisals through the Mail.
We are able to assist you in three ways:
Direct Purchase: We have ample funds to purchase all of the stamp collections that have been offered to us. If we make a deal we will buy everything, if that is your desire. We do not "cherry-pick" the best of your collection, leaving you with the less saleable material.
Third Party Appraisal: For a fee we will appraise your collection for either Replacement Value or Fair Market Value & issue a letter stating our findings. This is good for estate planning, probate, insurance etc. Call for more information.
Auction Brokerage: Over the years we have had experience with most of the auction houses in the US. We have developed good working relationships with a few honest & effective auction houses. We can advise you on the best auction to use to maximize the return on your particular collection, walk you through the contract process, pack the collection & arrange shipping. A key element in this is that you remain our client throughout the auction process at no extra cost to you, meaning that you have an advocate for your material. The auctions that we deal with appreciate the business that we bring them & treat our clients very well!
What information do you need? If there is an inventory, please attach it to the email. We almost always want to have pictures of the collection (attach as jpegs). How big is the collection (number of albums, boxes)? Please include your phone number & where you are located.
How would I know if my collection is valuable or not? Strong collections that have value have been built by collectors who spent substantial money on the collection at the time ... buying individual stamps, sets or covers for the equivalent of $50 or more per item in today's money. Other collections can be worthwhile because of the volume involved, but generally the value is in the volume, not as a percentage of catalog value.
Do you buy collections outside of the United States? Frankly, we do buy much outside of the US. There are problems with shipping costs that make the viewing of collections difficult & expensive. Plus, there is plenty of material for sale in the US!
We do get a lot of email queries, some of which are short on facts. Here are some examples:
Please send me details on how to do the process.
Do you buy stamps?
I have a lot of stamps.
I have rare stamps.
I am really happy to help, but I need the basic outlines of what you have for sale before I can help without having to ask 20 questions.
Our buyer, David Medeiros, travels extensively, generally east of the Mississippi. He travels in a van so he has lots of room for all the stamp collections he buys along the way. He may be driving through your area soon & could stop in to buy your stamp collection. Have a look at our Travel Schedule.
More & more we are finding that small collections are best viewed through the mail (please contact us before sending anything). This is especially true if you are isolated from stamp dealers. One recent seller emailed us:
Yes please use the Westminster address. We are actually in the process of packing to move but not until the end of next week.
My friend asked me why I was sending the stamps to you without knowing you & why I should trust you.
I told her your online reviews were good, you made a fair offer, & when we spoke you sounded like a good guy. I said the only thing you have to keep your business going is your reputation & that it would be ok.
Thanks for letting me know everything arrived safely.
Carolyn is right ... with over 35 years of fair business dealings, we value our reputation above all else! We are also members of all the national professional philatelic organizations & have been for many years.
Questions? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions section.
David & Francesca
American Stamp Dealers Association Pledge
"1. To buy and sell at prices commensurate with a reasonable return on my investments and at prevailing market conditions.
2. To give advice to my clientele in philatelic matters to the best of my ability.
3. To refrain from dealing in stolen philatelic and counterfeit material, and to furnish buyers of repaired, regummed, reperforated, restored reprinted or otherwise altered philatelic material with a complete written statement showing in detail the nature of the changes and alterations in such material.
4. To purchase philatelic material from the public at reasonable prices, with due allowances for my risk and prevailing market conditions; to be truthful in my advertising; to refrain from denigrating my competitors; and to make no false claim to a policy or practice of generally underselling competitors."