Posted 4 years ago
Hello CW friends!
I got this box of vintage stamps at an estate sale. It was tucked under a kitchen table and seemed overlooked by the seller. I actually didn't have time to look through the contents of the box, just noticed a couple of moldy albums and boxes with what seemed like letters which peaked my interest. When I started to sort through it at home, it turned out to be a huge collection of stamps. No old letters, just postcards, empty envelopes, or torn off corners with stamps attached to them... Multitude of dealer pouches with stamps, envelopes stuffed with more loose stamps, canceled and uncanceled, etc. The albums are partially filled. There are loose stamps inside them too. The stamps come from virtually every county in the world, spanning decades. There are old ones, from pre-WWII and WWII Germany (inflation stamps? 5 milliarden- to think of that number!! and of course, Hitler), 40's-50's stamps from USSR, and more recent misc ones, up to early 60's. I spent nearly 2 hours just trying to quickly peak into every envelope before my head started to spin. I know exactly nothing about stamps, so I went on various websites and watched some YouTube videos, all of which gave me an idea that it will take me a lifetime to go through these stamps thoroughly and to learn about them. While an absolutely fascinating subject from many perspectives, I don't have a lifetime to dedicate to stamps. I would like to ask an advice/guidance from fellow CW stamp-collectors on what would be the best way to approach this collection. Take it to work and research each stamp on the internet during my lunch hour? Show it to an expert? Please share your thoughts, I'll really appreciate it.