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Posted 12/26/2016   4:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add James45 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
how do you find the full dna of a stamp I have no knowledge of stampsand am goin round in circles.what can I do to learn.
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Posted 12/26/2016   5:03 pm  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Catalogs have the value of stamps. Going to eBay or Delcampe may give you some idea. A website http://stampworld.com also gives you the (retail)value of stamps. Hope this is what you mean?>

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Posted 12/26/2016   9:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add James45 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
thanks peter.
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Posted 12/27/2016   05:51 am  Show Profile Check duncanvr's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add duncanvr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You can also find a lot of stamp details with google searching to, USA STAMPS then put random years change the countries as you go in each search i.e. NORWAY STAMPS 1975, Japan stamps 1985 etc. Click google image results then find the hyperlink in the image and open the related websites. There is a lot of free info online.
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Posted 12/27/2016   06:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
'Retail' value has little purpose unless you are planning to become a full-time dealer. Retail values can be achieved by folks who have invested big money into their businesses and need to cover their overhead.

Market value, which is often a fraction of the retail value, is what most of us get when we try to sell our stamps. Not only is this generally closer to 'wholesale' value, but it also encompasses liquidity. Like all other collectibles, the advent of the internet has greatly impacted market values. Suddenly the 'supply side' exploded with offerings as every hobbyists turned into 'part-time' sellers.

To better understand the true market value, you might start with eBay 'sold' search function. Don't look at eBay 'for sale' listings, folks can ask whatever they want. Filter the eBay search for 'completed' and 'sold' listings. Additional discovery can be done for other online auction sites to get an even broader understanding.
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Posted 12/27/2016   07:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add scotzm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
James45... as you are in the UK it might be worthwhile getting a Stanley Gibbons catalogue as a starting point. Bear in mind that SG prices are the prices they will sell a particular stamp at. Also relevant is the condition of stamps SG sells. A stamp in the same condition from other sources may cost 30 - 50% of SG prices. If any of your stamps do not match the SG condition then you are looking at 5 -10% (or less) of SG pricing.
I was at a Stamp Fair and was looking at two Victorian stamps which were in decent condition (I'd have said Almost Fine). The vendor had the SG catalogue prices... 140 and 110 then his own asking prices of 30 and 25. Noting my interest he asked me to make an offer as business was slow. He had no hesitation in accepting my offer of 15 for the pair. Lesson is that Almost Fine is not FINE by SG standards and can be obtained at a fraction of the Catalogue prices. Condition and not age is the criteria.
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