How to estimate the value of a stamp collection?

After a family death, you are the heir to a collection of stamps! How do you go about getting the best price when, like the vast majority of French people, you don't know much about philately, if at all? With the decline of mail, irreparably replaced by e-mail, the demand for collectable stamps has weakened since the 1980s, to the point of causing them to lose their investment value.

“How could it be otherwise in the age of the Internet and video games? "Asks François Farcigny, president of the French Chamber of Commerce and Philately Experts (CNEP).Sign of this decline, the CNEP, which had 250 members thirty years ago, has only 180.Likewise, the French Federation of Philatelic Associations (FFAP) lost half of its members.Stamp prints followed the same trend.

A "leaden" market

"Until the 1980s, the value of collections appreciated by 5% to 10% per year.Now, it stagnates in the best of cases ...", confides Jean-François Baudot, a Parisian trader specializing in old postal brands.him, no need to keep a collection if you are not interested in it: it will be damaged ...

After 1960, La Poste made large prints, out of all proportion to the absorption capacities of philatelists, which “weighed down” the market.“Many collectors thought they were investing in an investment for their children or grandchildren.children, but the abundance of merchandise saturated the market, ”explains Robert Deroy, President of the FFAP from 1992 to 2006.Other factors have contributed to the decline of the collector's stamp as an investment value.

Posted Date: 2021-01-14

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