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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."

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  • What is the rarest stamp in the world?

    Q: What is the rarest stamp in the world?

    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.
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  • How much is my stamp worth?

    Q: How much is my stamp worth?

    A: To find out how much a stamp is worth, consult a set of Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogues. This resource, which is available at most local libraries, lists and values postage stamps.
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  • How do I check old postage stamps to see how much they are worth?

    Q: How do I check old postage stamps to see how much they are worth?

    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.
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  • Where do you sell old stamps?

    Q: Where do you sell old stamps?

    A: 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.
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  • What are the dimensions of a postage stamp?

    Q: What are the dimensions of a postage stamp?

    A: There are no standard dimensions for a postage stamp. Stamps are available in many different shapes and sizes. There are even round and triangular stamps.
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  • Where can I sell British stamps?

    Q: Where can I sell British stamps?

    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.
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  • What are stamp albums?

    Q: What are stamp albums?

    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.
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  • How do I start a stamp collection?

    Q: How do I start a stamp collection?

    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.
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  • What is a person who collects stamps called?

    Q: What is a person who collects stamps called?

    A: A person who collects stamps is called a philatelist. The American Philatelic Society is the world's largest group of stamp collectors, with approximately 32,000 members.
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  • Which country had the first adhesive postage stamp?

    Q: Which country had the first adhesive postage stamp?

    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."
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  • What are Elvis stamps?

    Q: What are Elvis stamps?

    A: The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative Elvis stamp in January 1993. Several other countries have also issued commemorative stamps featuring images of Elvis.
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  • Where do I find pricing for rare stamps?

    Q: Where do I find pricing for rare 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.
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  • Where can you find rare stamps?

    Q: Where can you find rare stamps?

    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.
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  • Q: Can I sell my used stamps for cash?

    A: Used postage stamps can be sold for cash if they are sold to collectors. However, the stamps should either be rare or very old or should otherwise be determined to have additional value beyond that of the postage value.
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  • Q: Are there any rare German stamps?

    A: Many rare German stamps exist in private collections and museums. These stamps date back from as early as the mid 19th century to modern day misprints.
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  • Q: What are the golden replicas of the U.S. stamps worth in gold?

    A: Golden replicas of U.S. stamps have an extremely thin layer of gold on them, so they are generally agreed to be practically worthless. As of 2014, they are being sold for 50 cents a piece at stamp-collecting meets to be used as presentation sheets for real stamps.
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  • Q: How much is a Betty Boop stamp worth?

    A: As of 2014, collectible U.S. Betty Boop stamps are worth between $5 and $35 on average. A single stamp featuring the image of Betty Boop is valued in the range of $5 to $10. Stamp sheets featuring her image are commonly valued from $6 and up. Betty Boop stamps originating in foreign countries such as Granada, Antigua, Dominica, Gambia and Guyana are valued between $3 and $45 per sheet.
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  • How do you determine the value of old stamps?

    Q: How do you determine the value of old stamps?

    A: One of the easiest and most reliable ways of finding the value of old stamps is to take them to a professional appraiser or other expert. You can also find the value by comparing the stamp to similar stamps for sale on sites such as eBay.com.
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  • Q: What are some of the supplies needed for stamp collecting?

    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.
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  • Q: Where can I get stamps valued in the UK?

    A: A good place to value stamps in the UK is at stamp fairs, where stamp dealers value a collection. Alternative places for valuing stamps are specialist stamp auctions or auction houses, which charge a fee. Stanley Gibbons Group offers catalogs for valuing stamps, as well as an online valuation site.
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  • Q: How can collectors sell their stamps?

    A: Collectors can sell their stamps online, in pawn shops, with consignment stores, through the American Philatelic Society (APS) and at auctions. It is best for the collector to know how much his or her stamps are worth prior to selling them, as this helps him or her evaluate offers or bids.
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