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    Toss Your "Collectibles"?

    ...coin and stamp collections introduced me to geography and history...despite storage in dusty trunks for decades, they're hardly worth more than when I acquired them...

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    I have some old coins but not rare enough. Looked up their value only about $100 total. Only the real rare ones are worth thousands

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    ...I have rolls of 1943 US wartime zinc pennies that (I read as a teenager) would be worth a small fortune at some point in the future: I'm disappointed at how small that fortune turned out to be...

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    Always worthwhile de-cluttering your life every few years.

    Saves the executors of your will sifting through pointless shit. My kids have adopted most of my memorabilia anyway, which is kind of nice.

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    The oldest coin I have is 1906. Worth about $8 to $10. Wouldve been better to collect www names

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    A friend of mine had a very impressive stamp collection that he spent a life-time collecting.

    He used it as an investment (and I guess he was knowledgeable about the potential future value of anything that he bought).

    When he retired, he sold the lot and received enough to pay off his mortgage and buy a new car.

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    What am I bid for this magnificent collection of toenail clippings down the back of my sofa?

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    ...^I'll need a pic before I bid...

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    I've an old Chevy. Just kidding, I already gave it away. Runs great but didn't go far.

    As for coins I'd have to give that a second look. My Brother was over a bit ago so I figured I'd not unload another riffle on him but some old Shlitz stuff. Now if I could only come to terms with the Blatz.





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    Have cleared out some things I did not connect with (Omega watches to nephews, Tiffany vase to EBay, and WW II Axis medals to an English dealer) as they would have no value or understanding here in the land of the eternal now. Still use good American dinnerware (Franciscan Ivy) and 125-year old sterling silverware everyday back in the U.S. because it makes me feel good. Unsure what to bring here when and if we ever relocate permanently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudcat View Post
    Unsure what to bring here when and if we ever relocate permanently.
    ...after a lifetime spent collecting stuff, I find I need only a few momentos to remind me of names, places and cultures: a few Persian rugs for the floor, selected wall art from Panama, Ethiopia and Iran and antique bric-a-brac for shelf displays...all of it will go to spouse eventually and from him to...cleaning ladies...
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    I have 3 suitcases full of stamp albums and first day covers had for best part of 10 years after my mother died, really need to get rid of them. Got excited when saw a couple of penny blacks in them but apparantly only worth a 10 so that was when my interest in them ended.

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    I sold my stamp collection about 8 years ago. I got given my mum's as a start when i was 5, but not very valuable. As Tom says great to learn about geography and the subject matter can cover wide ranging issues. I continued collecting but focused on Q Victoria reign - mainly UK but also Aus, Canada, COGH and some other obscure colonies. I decided i'd had enough as i'd collected all the ones i'd wanted and wanted to liquidate.

    The values had gone up enormously and i had bought quality through my 20/30s i.e waited and bought fairly clean examples but not spent huge sums - without boasting I was v pleasantly surprised, got it valued independently by 3 different dealers and sold to one of them at 29,000 that was contained in two A4 sized albums and less than 300 stamps. Never had them on the house insurance etc as i'd never really considered their overall value. I still have a load of the general stuff and will probably give them away as other posters have mentioned they aren't worth a great deal

    I now don't have any collections just the odd nice 1s / 2s of some antique things like ceramics, pictures, furniture - all the good stuff that needs constant bloody cleaning...

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    AO's assortments of shawls must include some hard to find collectibles.

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    I have my grandad's stamp collection from about 1910 - it's in a disintegrating Stanley Gibbons stamp album. I recognise some stamps of value (penny black with maltese cross cancellation, 2d blue etc), but there could be a very valuable but nondiscript stamp in there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    I have my grandad's stamp collection from about 1910 - it's in a disintegrating Stanley Gibbons stamp album. I recognise some stamps of value (penny black with maltese cross cancellation, 2d blue etc), but there could be a very valuable but nondiscript stamp in there...
    Simon, could be. As well as condition of Penny Black there are plate numbers. I had the full set but Plate 11 is rare and that alone was c2K. Penny blacks aren't really rare tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...coin and stamp collections introduced me to geography and history...despite storage in dusty trunks for decades, they're hardly worth more than when I acquired them...

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    I'm in the geography camp.

    However as individuals some people are overcome with the desire to own stuff for stuffs sake.

    I also think that in a sense, especially if one has to move house, that you don't own possessions. They own you.

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    Funk me..I give it all to her, him, them, they. The trick is to have nothing left by the time you're spent. Right?

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    Those Apple records don't count because I plan to eat them on my way out.

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