I was digging though containers and envelopes of stamps yesterday, looking for something in particular. Once I found what I was looking for, I looked at the mess I’d created and wonder to myself, “why don’t you just toss this stuff you don’t really collect in the trash? A lot of it is really just junk.”
And then I can’t bear to throw anything away. I need to find someone to give it to, I suppose. It’s really mostly common stuff with little value, I’m sure. Does anyone else fight with the urge to clean house?
All the time! I finally started tossing stamps with serious flaws (unless really high CV.... with typically they are not). And as I complete pages, need to start thinking about doing something with all the dupes, whether a give away or auction... both of which require additional time and effort
and this extends beyond stamps... well beyond
Stanley D. Brown
APS member # 139241 Sacramento Philatelic Society # 2144 Great Britain Philatelic Society # 1526 Belgian Philatelic Study Circle
Yeah, I see a few giveaways in my near future. If there’s collectors out there interested in South America , Middle East, or Asia. Some of the older South American engraved stamps are nice, but they just aren’t holding my interest.
The only SA Country I wanted to collect is Brazil......some of the others are gone but I have too much left and with this 2nd collection that arrived, it makes more....... I am due for another SA giveaway/or Auction but the postal system being slow...... René SA does not seem to be that popular in this Forum !
daveg28 - I was feeling the same thing just this week! You are not alone. I think this extended Covid winter, which you'd think would make collectors happy because they can stay inside, is having the opposite effect.
I am fascinated by South America, the history, the differences between the nations, the cultures (both Indigenous and settler) but try as I might, the stamps don't grab me nearly as much. While the countries are mysterious and exotic, many of the stamps look like US stamps, printed in the off hours. That being said, the Columbus heads from Chile are pretty cool if you can get a run of them going.
This thread has me inspired to revisit my 'Americas' album and look at them with fresh eyes.
But back to your original question - I looked at my GB collection yesterday and after the first page, it is all bog standard stuff. A look on eBay has lot after lot of the same ultra common, ultra low values. I don't think the world will mourn their loss if I toss them, but I'll set up a few giveaways first to see if I can find a home.
All the old books say "start with an all different packet, then add to it." Sure, but if you never add to it, 25 years later you still have a beginner packet, but now it's in a stock book. And with ebay, you realize how many hundreds of people did the exact same thing!
So logic says toss it all, but my heart sure won't let me do it!
Whilst South America may not be for everyone, there are some great issues from several of the countries for any arm-chair traveler, e.g. Bolivia (Gate of the Sun issues - stellar), Ecuador or even Venezuela.
For the topical collector like myself, I would be remiss not to mention Argentina and its the Antarctic material. At the same time, I am sure that the 'birders' can find plenty in the stamps from this region and let us know forget 'marcophily' with its collecting of city, dated, or my favorite - RPO cancels. There is certainly opportunity here, if the interest matches.
Having said that, indeed, interests change, time moves on and sometimes a collection need to find a new home/curator to breathe new life in to it, but I cannot encourage 'binning' the whole lote.
Instead, if monetary gain is not the goal, give-a-ways are certainly a possibility and in addition to the TSF collectors, I believe that there a plenty youth groups that would be happy to receive one's stamps. An Internet search with the terms "philatelic youth organisation" turned up several and here are a few:
And for collectors from Canada in particular, note that Oxfam Canada has been running a donation program for many years. I think things have slowed down quite a bit during the pandemic but they're something to consider. They hold auctions for better items donated and lump common stuff into kiloware lots, if memory serves correctly.
Now this is a problem I have too, I buy GB kiloware and sometimes I get a great mix of commemoratives from all ages and sometimes I end up with a kilo of 1st and 2nd class definitives, and tons of Christmas. I hate to say it, but these usually end up in the bin.
Now see, I collect Christmas. But I'm beyond the common stuff and throw it in with lots to auction or give away. I have a real hard time throwing stamps out...even damaged ones. I'm afraid there's one I've overlooked somehow. That being said, every now and then I hold my breath and toss a bunch of damaged stamps...furtively looking the other way.
I'd love to start a South Korean stamp collection, having visited the country in 2017. It was a wonderful trip. We have boarded International students from South Korea for years. Plus I used to tutor South Koreans in conversational English. To date I do not have a single stamp! I have plenty of other areas to focus on first.
i have accumulated a lot of common commemorates some used some mint and even mnh. my answer to this duplication was to offer them for sale at a give away price i.e 100 commemoratives for £1 plus postage. interest in the offering ? absolute zero. what i do now is to decorate envelopes with them when i sell stamps to other collectors. damaged stamps are that and are relegated to the bin. sentiment for common duplicates ..non. stamps with a possible individual value hmmm. don't forget these modern stamps are printed in their MILLIONS. With exceptions 2nd Class M10L MRIL sa roll , one off printing that went unnoticed and at the moment only known as used. Also £1.10 M12L and the £1.65 M12L Purported to have very limited distribution to a few post offices and Talents House. To date non of these items have surfaced, but when they do ....what price will be asked ?
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I remember some time ago reading about artists who make collages out of postage stamps, but I didn't copy down the right URLs or the URLs didn't work, and searches like "stamp art" got me lost in the realms of DIY rubber-stamping. Does anybody here know what I'm talking about or know of any artists who might be involved?
A school in Massachusetts put out requests for stamps because they wanted to get six million of them to create a Holocaust remembrance. By the time I found out about it and got my act together, though, they had acquired all the stamps they needed - which I thought was wonderful, both because the young people had this creative idea in the first place but because they got so many responses in a time when denial and revisionism are becoming more prevalent.
I could send them to a disabled veterans' group but I'm worried that they're already inundated with the most common definitives and I'd be adding to the disappointment that arrives with every package. Is this a legitimate worry? I could gather up hundreds of incomplete sets from Poland and Bulgaria and hope that somebody likes them, but what do I do with Queen Juliana?