Postage stamp collecting has been one of the most popular hobbies since the late nineteenth century and in recent years, it’s become even more attractive. If you are a collector or have inherited your grandfather’s collection, you’ll want to know where to sell your rare stamps. Not all antique stamp buyers operate in the same fashion or with the same ethics, so read on to find out how and where to sell your stamps for a premium profit.
The first step is to find a reputable stamp buyer if you’re selling to a dealer. Check to make sure the antique stamp buyer is legitimate by reading third-party reviews, seeing how long the place has been in business and if there’s both an online presence and a physical location, and make sure there’s no complaints registered with the BBB.
If you want to find a stamp buyer that has a physical location where you can take the stamps to be appraised and possibly purchased, you can search online for “stamps buyers in Tampa” or wherever it is you live. Your search will most likely render a lot of names of individuals and businesses in the area who buy antique, vintage stamps.
You’ll want to narrow down the list by going with those who specialize in buying old stamps, not antiques in general. Then you can contact those that are left on your list and go from there. If you are initially treated with respect and courtesy, move forward and set up a time to bring your collection in. Otherwise, scratch that place and go on to the next potential buyer. Be sure to check the credentials and feedback of any buyer you intend to meet with. And, by all means, get more than one appraisal. Appraisals and offers can vary greatly from one buyer to the next.
Getting a stamp appraisal online is quick and easy. You’ll usually get a response immediately or within 48 hours. Some online stamp appraisals costs while others are free. Many offer a PDF of certification after the appraisal. Most will make you an offer to buy your stamps after the appraisal if they are impressed by the collection.
You always have the option of selling your old vintage stamps on your own. List them on eBay or sell them through an ad on your local neighborhood online yard sale if you’re a member of one. You can even set up at a flea market if you have enough in your collection to make it worthwhile.
The more you know about the stamps you’re collecting, the better. You will most likely get more for your treasures than going into a sale without being armed with any knowledge. Old postage stamps are valued by age, condition, and rarity. The era they hailed from is important too. If there is any history behind any of your stamps, be ready to share it and if you can verify the history, do so.
Just because you get an appraisal doesn’t mean you have to commit to selling to the place you received your stamp appraisal online or even in person. If you feel pressured to sell and you are ready to, move on. Until you sell them, the stamp collection is yours.
Whether you get a stamp appraisal online or go to antique stamp buyers in your area, when you are ready to sell your rare stamps, you’ll have the best chance to do so for a maximum return when you follow the steps above and stick to your guns on getting the price you feel is fair.
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