How Much Are My Stamps Worth?: Where to Start
People who collect stamps for fun eventually want to know how much their collection is worth. Most people just assume that stamp catalogs will tell them what their collection’s value is, but in reality what you see there is probably not the real answer. Sure, catalogs are a good place to start, but just like anything else, the real value of a collection is what someone is willing to pay for it at the end of the day.
Two popular stamp catalogs are the Scott Standardized Catalog of Stamps and the Stanley Gibbons Stamp catalog. Both can be purchased as books. But for hobby collectors who don't want to invest any money in this, sometimes their local libraries will have them or can get them through interlibrary loans. That way, you can check them out for free and see what the current value is, at least at the printing time of the catalog.
If you are a little more ambitious or your curiosity gets the best of you and you are willing to spend a small amount of money, the Stanley Gibbons Catalog can also be accessed on line at www.allworldstamps.com. To look here, you need to be a subscriber and although it is not as complete as the print volumes for some reason, it is a lot easier to find your stamps and see what they are worth. If you are a real collector or just want to oogle cool stamps but don’t want to invest too much, many good stamp catalogs can be bought on eBay for a nominal price as well.
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