We Buy Stamps & Stamp Collections!
For over 40 years, we have had the pleasure & the privilege of handling virtually every aspect of the stamp & postal history hobby. This has been our full time living, not a hobby. During this time, the hobby of collecting stamps (& most other hobbies that we have heard of) are going through substantial changes: over the past few decades children haven't been collecting much of anything, being interested in technology. All of that said, there is still an active market in the stamp world!
We will be traveling more over the next few years, but will continue to answer questions, buy & sell stamp collections, provide appraisals and broker to auction when appropriate. When we are traveling (for instance we have a 2 month trip to Greece planned in April/May 2019!!), we will stay in touch with our emails. You can keep track of our schedule by referring to our travel page.
We are able to assist you in the following ways:
Direct Purchase: We have ample funds to purchase all of the stamp collections that have been offered to us.
Third Party Appraisal: For a fee of $75 per hour (minimum of $150) 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. Email 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!
Referrals: We may refer you to a dealer that is known to us if we aren’t able to help you in a timely manner.
How can we help you with your stamps?
If you are within driving distance to Venice FL, we can arrange a meeting at our local bank.We do charge $20.00 (payable to Quality Stamps) for these meetings.
If the collection is too large to bring to the bank or you prefer to have us come to your home, then we can discuss our coming to you. We do charge $50.00 for home visits.
If you want me to look at up to a maximum of 50 pictures I will do so with the understanding that all I can do is say if there is a potential for value and if it looks like it is worth shipping. I can’t give you a value or offer without seeing the stamps or covers. We do need prepayment of $20.00 for this service either by check or money order payable to Quality Stamps or cash sent at your risk.
Meeting people at our local bank has been working very well over the years (you won’t find many old fashioned stamp stores anymore!). There is a $20 charge for this service. Email us to see about appointment times that work for both of us.
Mailing to us:
If you are further away you will need to send the collection to us along with $20.00 in payment for our time plus the cost of return postage payable to Quality Stamps.
Please be sure to include your contact information in the mailing, including email, address and telephone number(s).
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 postage $. (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 return postage fee 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 and use the return postage $ to get the stamps back to you.
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..
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.
If you require a written appraisal for any reason, we charge $75.00 per hour to review the collection, produce the letter etc.. The minimum charge is $150.00. This is not refundable should you want us to buy the collection.
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.
If you do not respond to our correspondence or messages we will understand that you have no further interest in the collection and will treat it as abandoned. It will be donated to the stamp club. We have limited storage space and can't spend a lot of time contacting you multiple times.
How would I know if my collection is valuable or not? Strong collections 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.
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.
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"