We Buy Stamps & Stamp Collections!
Our goal is to take the mystery out of selling your stamp collection.
For over 35 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.
If you have no idea of where to begin, we invite you to start by perusing our website. Read the "Please do the following before calling!" section below, then look at the We Buy link & read What We Buy, Appraisals Through the Mail & Frequently Asked Questions.
Travel in spring 2015
April - May: We will be travelling through Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York & Massachusetts. Call if you have a collection for sale!
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!
Even in the changing environment of the stamp hobby, 2014 was out best year ever. If you have a strong collection, please contact us!
Please do the following before calling!
We receive a lot of calls from people with stamps for sale ... the average day has at least 10 calls or emails. Please read the following points before contacting us, then please email us.
- We ask everyone to send us images of the collection through email. 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.
- If you have an inventory, please forward it to us.
- 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 100 year old stamps! 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 makes 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'll just tell you to find a more local dealer.
We'll be travelling throughout Florida buying stamp collections now through March 2015. Please see our Travel Schedule for further details about the two major road trips we have planned.
Do you buy stamps? Yes, we are always buying!
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 not 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. Recently someone wrote:
Please send me details on how to do the process.
The process involves a bunch of questions: were you the collector & if not, how did you get the stamps? How big is the collection (# of albums, boxes) & what is it made up of (countries or topics involved, is there an inventory or has an appraisal been done before)? If the answers sound good, then I will need to see the collection so I can evaluate it ... at the least, I'll need some digital pictures &/or I will want to know where the collection is so I can see it. If you're very far outside my travel routes or you need to sell it soon, then you may need to get the collection to me. I also need to know if you really want to sell the collection or need an appraisal. A telephone conversation about all of this is the best way, but we can go back & forth via email. If I want to buy the collection after I have seen it, then I make an offer & you say yes or no. Then I pay you (or not). If I'm not interested in the collection, I may then refer you to a reputable auction or another dealer & I will explain that process to you.
Does this help?
David Medeiros - Quality Stamps
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.
Free advice is only a telephone call (941-376-5689) or e-mail away! Or use our handy contact form.
David & Francesca
"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."