Several charities collect used stamps to support their causes, including People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, Brittle Bone Society, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Leukaemia CARE, Oxfam and the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Great Britain. In Australia, organizations such as Lone Girl Guides, Knights of the Southern Cross, Bayley House and Guide Dogs Tasmania collect stamps for money.Continue Reading
Britain's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals earns about 10 pounds per every kilogram of stamps. Patrons send postage stamps to a certain address, or couriers pick up large amounts. Leukaemia CARE receives 3 pounds for every kilogram of British stamps and 13 pounds for every kilogram of foreign stamps. Save the Albatross gets 3.50 pounds for every kilogram of British stamps and 12.50 pounds for a kilogram of foreign varieties.
One specialty company pays charities 11 pounds for a kilogram of British stamps and 20 pounds for the same weight in foreign stamps. The amount each charity gets varies, depending on what company buys their stamps. These monetary figures are current as of July 2014.
When charities receive large volumes of stamps, they are sold to dealers and stamp collectors by weight. These types of stamps are called "kiloware." The mass market for kiloware stamps started with BBC's "Blue Peter" children's television show that raised funds every November to give needy kids Christmas gifts.Learn more about Stamps
There are a number of places to sell old stamps. However, before attempting to sell them, one should do some research to determine if the stamps are of any value. Some old stamps aren't worth as much as one might think, while others can be worth a good amount.Full Answer >
To find pricing for rare stamps, check the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogues. This resource lists and values postage stamps and is available at most public libraries. Also, contact local stamp dealers and clubs for value estimations.Full Answer >
Valuable U.S. stamps include the 1918 inverted Jenny Curtiss, 1867 Abraham Lincoln, and 1867 Benjamin Franklin stamps. A block of four inverted 1918 Jenny Curtiss stamps sold at auction for $2.97 million in 2014 after previously selling for $1.1 million in 1989, making it the most valuable American stamp to date.Full Answer >
Collectible stamps can be bought online at Stamps2Go, Mystic Stamp Company, Collectors Corner and The Collectible Stamps Gallery. As of 2015, a wide range of U.S. and foreign stamps can be found and purchased on these websites.Full Answer >