Whether you’re a former stamp collector who is now looking to sell their collection or you have inherited a collection from a relative, it can sometimes be a bit confusing deciding what to do for the best. Should you take them to a dealer and will they give you a fair price or should you try your luck on ebay and hope for the best?
As a dealer in stamps for over 30 years I would always advise you against trying to sell your stamp collection on eBay. If you don’t know much about stamps it will be incredibly difficult to describe the various items that you have to sell or give an accurate assessment of their condition, which is a very important factor in stamp collecting and the price you can achieve. Also, selling a collection piecemeal is likely to result in the better items selling, and then being left with an undesirable or unsaleable remainder.
Choosing a dealer is your best option and for that I would recommend selecting a dealer who is part of the Philatelic Traders Society. If you deal with somebody who is a member of the society then you know that they have to abide by the strict code of ethics. Therefore if you have any problems, you can go the society and the dealer will be answerable to them. Not only that, a dealer will be able to give you good advice about what stamps are likely to sell best, how to accurately catalogue items to attract the best price and whether your stamps should be sold individually or as part of a collection. Tony Lester Auctions Ltd have been members of the Philatelic Traders Society for the last 30 years so you can be assured of our best attention at all times.
Free Professional Stamp Valuation
So, if you have a stamp collection that you are ready to sell here are a few tips on what to do next and some information about the level of service you can expect from Tony Lester Auctions Ltd:
- Let us know the nature and volume of the stamps you are looking to sell – GB only or overseas? Postmarked or unused? Number of albums? All of this will be really helpful for our calculations. More often than not the value of a collection is based on how much money has been spent on it and not necessarily how old the stamps are.
- We will advise on the best way to sell them and give you 2 prices – the first price will be what you could expect if the stamps go to auction and the second price will be what we would be happy to purchase them for if you sell them to us direct.
- Whether your collection is worth £20 or over £100,000 we can deal with it there and then and give you immediate payment.
- If you decide to sell your stamps through one of the six auctions that we hold every year then we only charge commission at 10% + VAT and you will receive payment 5 weeks after the sale date.
- All of our valuations are FREE of charge and carried out by me personally, Tony Lester.
To find out more and to receive a FREE professional stamp valuation of your stamp collection then please give me a call on 01926 634809. I look forward to hearing from you.