A:The British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp is the rarest stamp in the world, according to ABC News. It is the only surviving stamp of the 1856 one-cent stamp issuance. The stamp was produced in Georgetown, British Guiana. The stamp has an auction value of anywhere from $10 million to $20 million.
A:The best places to find rare stamps are online and at certain physical locations. For example, Internet sites, such as Stamps2Go and bidStart, can help viewers bid on stamps. Pawn shops, post offices and museums also sometimes sell stamps.
A: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.
A:A stamp album is a book designed to display a collection of postage stamps. Stamp albums are available for purchase from stamp dealers. It's also possible to use a photo album with acid-free paper, according to the American Philatelic Society.
A:To find out what old postage stamps are worth, do a little research into the specific stamps, and be careful in identifying the stamps correctly. Some stamps have common and rare varieties which differ from one another only in minute details. Usually, assessing the value of stamps is helpful in weeding out what is not valuable, while valuable stamps require additional appraisal by experts.
A:According to the Stamp Echo Blog, the first adhesive postage stamp was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on May 1, 1840. The Stamp Echo Blog goes on to say that the first stamps were called "penny blacks."
A:A person can sell British stamps through the Universal Philatelic Auction web page. The company's web page allows a person to determine the value of a British stamp and sells the stamp directly to collectors.
A:The best way for someone to start a stamp collection is to pick what sort of stamps he wants to collect. There are certain classifications of stamps a person can start collecting from the mail, or by going to various stores or post offices.
A:Most United States 3-cent stamps have a value of under $50 and often sell at between 65 and 90 percent of face value. The exceptions are rare stamps such as an 1851 3-cent stamp featuring a side-view portrait of George Washington.
A:Final valuation of stamps should be done by experts, since very fine details can make drastic differences in the value of a stamp. However, there are methods for consumers to use to evaluate approximate stamp value.
A:Recently issued federal duck stamps carry little to no demand and a value of just a few dollars, while an unhinged 1934 stamp is valued at up to $1,950 to collectors as of 2014. Artist-signed stamps and blocks of stamps are worth significantly more.
A:According to Mystic Stamp Company, the 1984 Harry S. Truman 20-cent stamp has a used value of $0.15, with mint copies worth up $0.90. While popular among collectors, the stamp showing the 33rd president is readily available and not considered a rare find.
A:Stamp dealers offer philatelists an opportunity to collect both new and old stamp issues from across the globe. Dealers also offer services such as approval options and subscription plans for those with particular stamp interest
A:To find out if a stamp collection is worth money, compare the stamps in the collection to others that have sold recently. Check online auction sites like eBay to find comparable stamps in the collection, making sure the stamps are in the same condition as those sold.
A:Magnifying glasses, stamp catalogs, and watermark fluids and trays are helpful for identifying stamps. Other supplies important to a stamp collection include stamp tongs, stock books, hinges, mounts and perforation gauges.