Appraisals through the Mail


It used to be that every town had two or three competent stamp dealers. Well, the business has changed a lot since "the good old days"! Now you are lucky if there is one dealer within 100 miles! That's one reason why we travel so much. Even so, we can't get to all the people in all the towns that have stamp collections for sale.

We have over 37 years of professional experience & are fully insured while the stamps are in transit, both ways, & on our premises. However, in order to be insured, you must contact us before you send any material. We belong to numerous professional trade organizations & have an excellent reputation in the industry. (see About Us).

Are you serious about selling?

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 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 will not accept mailings from outside of the U.S..
  • 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.

Please contact us before sending any material to us. We will not pay for return postage to you.