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A Little Knowledge

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries. 

It happens all the time: Someone finds or inherits a stamp collection, comes up with an 
inflated idea of its value .... and suffers a severe letdown.

Sometimes it's because the person who assembled the collection boasted about how much it 
was worth. Other times, it's because of a lack of information ....and maybe a little greed, 

There are often mi-nute differences between early stamps worth maybe ten bucks and 
lookalikes worth thousands. When non-collectors see two varieties in the catalogue, 
inevitably they assume they've got the valuable one.

The worst are the people who put these collections up for sale on eBay at really high 
starting bids, and then cop an attitude when knowledgeable collectors try to tell them they 
haven't found a pot of gold. 

If you've inherited or found a collection and know nothing about stamps, get some help: Go 
to virtual-stamp-club-dot-com or contact the American Philatelic Society, at stamps-dot-org.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more about stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com

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