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Posted 03/20/2017   6:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add howell1018 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
I retired about 9 months ago and am now tackling a job I have put off for years/deades. I have an accumulation of new issues from Australia that I mostly acquired from two pen pals I used to exchange new issues with from about the late 70's to the mid 90's. They're in glassine material (not envelopes), and I'm sorting them out and identifying by Scott/SG numbers with a very lowball price evaluation. I'm not really an Australia collector, and when I originally received them I recall enjoying the newsy letters from my penpals more than the stamps. Anyway, here's the rub. Some time ago I saw a nice Lighthouse hingeless album that covered the years 1966-86 for sale on eBay and I picked it up. Considering the fact that I'm now a real Australia collector and probably wouldn't look it very often, would you put the stamps in the album, or leave as is. I should note that about 80% of the stamps are in blocks of four without any sort of inscriptions. I assume there is no added value to keeping them in blocks of four and if Australia is like the U.S. the album is probably worth more than the stamps therein.
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Posted 03/20/2017   6:52 pm  Show Profile Check pagoda's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add pagoda to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The value would be about 50% of face,

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From 1966 (excluding the Navigator series) blocks of 4 are not necessary unless it is an emergency stamp as they always command premium prices and is best if collected in blocks of 4, if you are very lucky to find one in a block of 4.

And when you do put the album away, always have it standing upright, laying the album down will damage the stamps (if the stamps are of little value you might not want to care, if they have monetary value it is very important not to).
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