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 response. 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. The truth is that there are more and more stamps being offered to a shrinking collector community.

Please read the following to find out what your stamps are worth:

  • If you are within driving distance to Venice FL, we can arrange a meeting at our local bank. If the collection is too large to bring to the bank then we can discuss our coming to you. We do charge $20.00 (payable to Quality Stamps) for these meetings.
  • If the collection is too large to bring to the bank then we can discuss our coming to you. We do charge $50.00 for home visits, which is refundable if we buy the collection.
  • If you are further away you will need to send the collection to us along with $20.00 in payment for our time. (We understand if you don't want to pay $20.00 for our time or if you don't trust us to mail the collection. You will have to find someone else to deal with.)
  • Once we receive the collection we will let you know if it has value or not.
  • If the collection has no commercial value you can donate them to the Sarasota Philatelic Club and we will return your $20.00. (In fact if you just want to donate your stamps to the stamp club you can send them to us with a note saying that is your wish & you don't have to send a $20.00 fee. Sorry, the club can't issue a tax receipt!)
  • If the collection has value then we will make you an offer. If you accept the offer then we will return the $20.00 to you along with our check in payment for the collection. If you reject the offer then we will return the collection to you and keep the $20.00 fee.
  • If the collection is bulky (you have to ship it in a box), then we will ask that you also include money for return postage. Again, we will return this with the $20.00 fee if we buy the collection or you donate it to the stamp club.
  • If the collection is very bulky you should contact us first to let us know how many boxes are being sent, what the tracking numbers are, etc..Please see the section under "We Buy" then click on "Packing and Shipping".
  • We can't appraise individual stamps or covers without seeing them.
  • Also, we don't recommend sending collections of First Day Covers, Event Covers, Gold Foil Replicas or other "Subscription collections" that come in fancy binders.
  • See information regarding our buying modern mint U.S. stamps (postage). Please go to the section under "We Buy" ad click on Frequently Asked Questions"..
  • 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.

We'll be travelling throughout Florida buying stamp collections in 2017. Please see our Travel Schedule for details about the next major road trip we are anticipating. We have reduced 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!

Common questions:

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!

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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.

This is one reason why we are asking people to send the stamps to us.

 

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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 collections are best viewed through the mail. This is especially true if you are isolated from stamp dealers. One recent seller emailed us:

"Hi David,

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.

Kind regards

Carolyn"

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.

Many thanks,

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."