Stamp collecting is, in my opinion, in a bit of a downturn. We don’t get asked as often for stamps needed, we see fewer collections weekly than ever before and overall the show attendance is down. This is in part, due to the lack of new collectors coming into the field. This decline can also be attributed to the lack of letter writing. If only someone popular would admit to this wonderful hobby, before they die.
Recently I purchased a large Canadian collection of stamps. This collection took years to build and much time to catalog. The former owner was meticulous, bought the best he could and realized the value in "bigger is better" when it comes to the Canadian Queens. Introduced into the postal system in the 1860`s, the so called large queens were not called this until later. This moniker of "large queen" was created to differentiate between the 1870`s series of smaller queens.
Value wise the large queens are dramatically higher, while also being more elusive. In particular, the 2c queen found in 1925 appears to be valued in the hundreds of thousands. There appears to only be three known as of now, however the fact that an entire sheet must have been printed keeps us on the hunt for more.
The fact that size matters in the postal world can be conversely stated in many other collecting fields. Smaller signs seems to be more sought after in advertising, usable furniture that can be versatile is typically more valued than larger pieces and so forth. I have enjoyed the hunt (not finding a 2c cent large queen was expected) through this collection. I enjoy reading the notes the former owner made in the 1970`s that referenced value increases from the prior decade. If he was here today, I am sure he would be sad to see the overall decline in stamp collectors as well as values for stamps. To keep the world together and the hobby alive I still buy stamps both new and old, it is a great hobby.
Until next time my avid worldwide reader of the pontification from the back room of "the shop" find something cool, buy it, enjoy it and then sell the damn thing so the circle is complete!!!!!
Stay collecting my friends. Come visit us downtown, at a live auction or
online. We offer online auctions, live auctions, estate clean-outs and
advice (sometimes it even is right) .
We are actively buying Maine paperweights with town scenes inside them.
A book is forthcoming, pictures in high resolution are great if you add the dimensions, if these are for sale please let us know.
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