The envelope the stamps came in.
I have been reading that Covid 19 and the lockdown has been a boon to stamp collecting. I am not sure whether that is true or not, but I do know that I have ordered more stamps than usual, and that I am spending more time with my collection. However, maybe cabin fever has gotten to me. I am not really sure. I did something I had not planned to do. I bought a stamp mystery collection from Ebay. I don’t know whether it is because of Covid 19 or because the stamps that I ordered for my collection were taking a long time to arrive. I have been working from home and needed something to do. So I took a chance because I saw the advertisement while I was playing one of those flash games.
I have seen these advertisements in stamp magazines for the years that I have been interested in this hobby. I would love a huge box of 20 thousand stamps to explore, but I don’t know what I would do with them afterwards. That being said, I decided to make this blog (though I considered making a YouTube video first) to show you what I got and maybe you can make your own decision about this.
So, I chose the least expensive lot. It was listed for 11.99 Canadian and shipping within Canada was included. I put it in my watch list and was going to come back to it later. I recieved an email the next day offering me a ten percent discount. So, now the price was listed at 10.79. (7.73 US today) I decided to take the gamble.
So this is what I got, and the prices people are trying to get on Hipstamp. Of course, you can find better deals, but we need some baseline. The prices I am listing are sometimes approximations and are in US dollars and do not include a shipping fee.
All stamps were MNH except one of the Canadian stamps and the package was secure.
- Norway 318 -320 (4 to 5 dollars)
- Norway 363 ($0.25)
- Armenia 452-456 ($1.32)
- Armenia 464-471 ($0.90)
- Tanzania 816-822 ($7.00)
- Canada 191 ($0.75)
- Canada 215 (heavily used) ($1.50)
- San Marino 39 I could only find a used version, perhaps a little more than a dollar
- Iran 1967 (0.75)
- India C7 ($2.00)
- Mexico 392-392 I couldn’t find an example of this one, but I consider this a decent find.
So, how did I do? I think I came out ahead. At the very least, I don’t feel like I was ripped off. I have watched a few videos on YouTube which seem to suggest that is a likely scenario. More importantly, I enjoyed the thrill of opening the package and discovering what was included. I appreciate that these stamps came as if I were at a show and going through the index boxes rather than a pile of stamps on paper in a box.
Would I do it again? I think I would. I might even go for the bigger batch next time. If you are interested the headline was “Huge Dealer Liquidation.” and the seller was dr.note. I paid for these stamps myself and I am in no way affiliated with the seller. I just appreciate not being taken and I enjoyed the experience.
I would love to hear your comments on the stamps and how you think I did. I would also love to read about your experiences buying mystery bags.