Final valuation of stamps should be done by experts, since very fine details can make drastic differences in the value of a stamp. However, there are methods for consumers to use to evaluate approximate stamp value.Know More
Confirm the issuing country of the stamp. This typically appears on the stamp, though different alphabets or writing systems may make it difficult to identify. Confirm the postage value of the stamp and, if possible, its year of issue.
Stamps that are in mint condition are worth more than stamps that have been used as postage and cancelled. A mint condition stamp may be worth 10 times the value of the same stamp cancelled. Sheets of stamps are also more valuable than individual stamps. Check the stamp for tears, creases or bending, any of which will diminish its value.
Check industry-standard price guides for stamps, such as the Scott Postage Stamp Catalog for U.S. stamps or the Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps Catalog for U.K. stamps. Online price guides may also be helpful. If you believe you have a particularly valuable stamp, make sure it's the rare version of the stamp rather than the common version. Take valuable stamps to stamp dealers and experts for confirmation of value.
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.Full Answer >
Only one stamp is needed to mail a normal letter, assuming the stamp is either a forever stamp or worth 49 cents in the continental United States. The cost of postage to mail a letter was increased by three cents in January 2014.Full Answer >
Postal commemorative gold stamps have a thin layer of gold either surrounding the stamp or overlaid on top of the stamp. They are typically only valuable to those who collect them because the amount of gold is minuscule.Full Answer >
The Treskilling Yellow is a Swedish postage stamp that, as of 2014, recorded the highest value at auction of any stamp. In 1855, Sweden accidentally printed its 3-skilling stamp with yellow ink rather than the correct green color. Only one copy of the stamp is known to exist.Full Answer >