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General Philatelic/Identify This? : Monaco Stamps Do you see anything interesting?

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burrowsj
04 Aug 2019
05:48:39pm

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rrraphy
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04 Aug 2019
05:57:51pm
re: Monaco Stamps Do you see anything interesting?

I don't want to discourage you, but asking repeatedly this kind of question assumes that people have nothing else to do, and indicate that you are not yourself making any effort to get educated.
Quite frankly, if you spent a little more time getting educated about them and researching them yourself, you would learn a lot more than if members here answered every inquiry.
Again, some will gladly take the time, but some will eventually get annoyed.

I have looked at every one of your inquiries and there is nothing out of the ordinary that you could not answer yourself by taking the time to look at a catalog. If you don't have one, check you local library, or join a local stamp club.

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04 Aug 2019
07:07:49pm
re: Monaco Stamps Do you see anything interesting?

Philatelic Rule of Thumb: If you have a stamp in your collection that you got for free or less than the cost of a banana, chances are about 99% that it has no commercial value except as part of a large collection, and even then the value is negligible. When stamp dealers evaluate collections, they pretty much ignore any but higher-value stamps, "higher value" meaning anything more than $5 or $10. If you buy such a collection from a dealer, you're pretty much getting all of the lower-value stamps for free. However…

Just because a stamp is dirt cheap doesn't mean it doesn't have value, even considerable value, as a collectible. Once again I'll refer to a Hungarian stamp from my collection that is worth almost nothing commercially but invaluable to me personally:

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The 2013 Scott catalogue value of this stamp in postally used condition is 50 cents. Blunted perf teeth, wrinkles, a couple of tiny scuffs, and not the best of cancellations should consign it to a nickel box (or, with inflation, a dime box). However, I paid two or three dollars for it as I recall, because the dealer recognized it as a stamp that is rarely seen in postally used condition. In fact, in my 40 years as an adult collector, my copy is the only one I've ever seen, on or off cover. Mint copies are abundant, as are CTOs. But postally used? No sot much.

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that this stamp, while not rare per se, is extremely rare in postally used condition. Yet if I were to ask any collector who doesn't happen to collect Hungarian stamps or aircraft on stamps about its value, he might say it's a good placeholder while you wait for a better copy (you'd wait a long time!). He wouldn't say it's rare, not even if he looked up the catalogue value. The only reason I knew it was "rare" is that I'd been looking for one for a long time. Nothing beats years of experience in understanding our hobby. Collectors can't simply download their knowledge into the brain of a novice collector.

Bob


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Webb
04 Aug 2019
07:56:06pm
re: Monaco Stamps Do you see anything interesting?

I don't think he asked repeatedly, but I do agree on educating yourself on the subject. That is half the fun.

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04 Aug 2019
08:04:26pm
re: Monaco Stamps Do you see anything interesting?

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"I don't think he asked repeatedly,"


I counted 8 similar requests. One for Monaco, it is true, but 8 altogether.
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burrowsj
04 Aug 2019
08:29:37pm

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re: Monaco Stamps Do you see anything interesting?

If my neighbor shows up to borrow my rake I might lend it to him once or twice but if he shows up a third time I tell him to take a hike and to buy his own.

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