US Stamp Scott #233 MINT NH SCV $140
A stamp with boats on it. Genius. Faults: Pronounced vignette shift, toned paper Longman Stamp Co Chase The Fun We are collectors first, and we are chasing the fun! Do you remember the first time you bought/inherited/stole(just kidding!) a stamp that ... Read More
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Item DescriptionA stamp with boats on it. Genius.
Faults: Pronounced vignette shift, toned paper
Longman Stamp Co
Chase The Fun
We are collectors first, and we are chasing the fun! Do you remember the first time you bought/inherited/stole(just kidding!) a stamp that gave you a visceral reaction? The slowly dawning realization that this small piece of paper was valuable, or was missing from your collection or was just damn cool to look at? We love that feeling, we constantly chase that feeling, and we want you to experience it along with us.
We take our collecting seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously. This is supposed to be fun--to bring joy, to make our hearts thrum with discovery. Along the way, we’re going to poke some fun at ourselves and our hobby. There will be jokes, so be warned. 97.2% of those jokes will cause no offense. The other 7% might. Just sayin’.
What we Believe In
* Honesty and Transparency. Always.
* The National Parks Issue of 1934 are gorgeous and should be worth 5 times more than their CV indicates.
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* Accuracy, but also the fact that human beings are prone to error. Even us.
* Making mistakes right. Every time.
* Identifying Washington/Franklin stamps is a fun challenge until your one hour and fifty-seven minutes into it. Then it’s just work.
* Haggling. Man, we love to haggle, so make an offer and we will respond.
* Never telling anyone “how to collect.” Ugh.
* US Stamp #139 and all of its iterations are very, very ugly.
* It’s ok to say a stamp is ugly. It happens.
* Sharing the love! If you ever have a question about our listings, or heck, just want to talk about stamps, please send a message. We respond to every message!
* Punctuation at the end of bullet pointed lists!
Anatomy of a Listing
* TL/DR: Lots of important info is in the title, so, um, read it!
* Always contains the Scott Catalog # of the stamp.
* Mint = Stamp has not been used.
* Used = Stamp has been used. Duh.
* OG = The entire back of the stamp has Original Gum
* Large Part OG = More than 50% of the stamp has Original Gum
* Small Part OG – Less than 50% of the stamp has Original Gum
* NG = No Gum
* RG = Regummed
* NH = Never Hinged
* LH = Lightly Hinged. This means that the hinge has been removed but evidence of the hinge still exists on the back of the stamp.
* HR = Hinge Remnant, meaning that part or all of the hinge is still affixed to the back of the stamp.
* If you every have any questions, message us--we always respond.
TL/DR: Make sure to look at the picture!!!!
* The picture you see is the stamp you are getting.
* The picture will be your primarysource of buying information.
* The stamp should sell (or not sell) itself. When we buy stamps online (and we do so every day because we are junkies), we always check, in order, the Centering, Condition of Perforations, the cancellation and how it affects the stamps appearance or value, and whether or not there are any major faults that are obvious. We encourage you to do the same.
* We always include pictures of the back of the stamp. We understand that these pictures are not always fully indicative of the condition of the back of the stamp, which is why we will describe any unseen or not obvious notations in the “Condition” section of a listing.
* For full disclosure, we use an Epson Perfection V39 Color Scanner, at factory settings, and we never alter the scan.
* If you have any questions, message us--we always respond.
Catalog Value (CV)
* TL/DR: CV is a starting point and can be confusing&mdashyou determine what the stamp is truly worth.
* SCV = Scott Catalog Value. We use the 2020 Scott Catalog.
* SSCV = Scott Specialized Catalog. Used whenever there are additional characteristics of a stamp that increase the CV and are noted in the SSCV.
* SMQ = Stamp Market Quarterly, and is ONLY used when a stamp has a certified Grade from PSE.
* We have a love/hate relationship with CV. For starters, it is incredibly helpful to have a 3rdparty indication of the value of a stamp (we love CV!). However, how CV is determined involves a lot of factors, is largely academic, and can lead to confusion on the part of a buyer (we hate CV!). Finally, many of the factors that go into the valuation of a stamp are notably subjective. While Certified Stamp Grading (Yeah, PSE!) has made good and necessary inroads into the stamp collecting world, the reality is that most stamp grading happens by the individual buyer or seller, and is thus subject to opinions. So, yeah, CV is awesome for the most part, a bit of a pain in the . . . . . neck at other times.
* If you every have any questions, message us&mdashwe always respond.
* TL/DR: This is the section where we put a lot of important things that help you figure out what the stamp is worth to you.
* This is where we will list all faults, including the obvious ones that are apparent from the pictures, and the not so obvious ones like creases, thins, repairs, and whether or not the stamp has ever been possessed by evil spirits (just kidding).
* If we find a fault, we list it. Always.
* We will miss faults from time to time. Look, sometimes, on our 83rdstamp of the day, that 2mm crease that only is evident just as the stamp flashes under watermarking fluid, gets missed. It happens. The good news is, that we will always make our mistakes right. The most important thing is for you to have fun with your stamp, and we are committed to making that the case.
* We DO NOT list a stamp Grade unless the stamp has actually been graded by a 3rdparty expert. Period. So, you will not see VF in a stamp listing unless that stamp has been graded Very Fine by an expert. There are a lot of reasons why we do this, and if you want to talk about them, message us and we will be happy to share our (correct) opinions.
* Regumming and Reperforating should be treated as war crimes, in our opinion. We check gum and perforations on every stamp we sell. That said, we can and do miss this from time to time. If you are worried that the stamp you received from us was regummed or reperfed, we will gladly take it back from you and refund you the full price plus your cost to ship it back to us. You read that right. We will not be party to any regumming/reperforation nonsense BECAUSE THAT IS NOT FUN AND WE ARE ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN. Again, war crime.
* For stamps that require some work to determine exactly which stamp it is (i.e. which version of the 37 (37!!!!!!) different Washington 2 Cent from the Washington/Franklin Series are you looking at), we will detail what we did to determine that this is indeed the stamp we say it is. What’s the perf situation, what did we find when we watermarked the stamp, is it Rotary Press or Flat Plate or Offset Printing. Yeah Transparency!!
* About that last bullet point. Sometimes the condition of a stamp makes it tough to determine which stamp you are looking at (this is especially true of, say, the Series of 1894, AKA the Triangles, or the Washington/Franklin series). When the only way to tell the difference between two stamps is the watermark, and the stamp has thins, hinges, etc., it can be very hard to say. When this happens, we will let you know and then default to the lowest CV as the guide price.
* Our overarching premise is to never try and make a stamp what it isn’t. We will tell you everything about a stamp, good bad and ugly (We’re looking at you #139), and let you determine whether or not that stamp is worth the asking price.
* If you ever have any questions, message us--we always respond.
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- California, United States
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- Shipping Instructions
- Free Domestic Shipping, Always! Spend your money on stamps, not postage!
- Returns Accepted
- Returns Policy
- Return Policy Look, we want you to be happy, so if you get your stamp and decide it’s just not for you, or it doesn’t go with the dress you were planning to where with it, or you suddenly decide to boycott all things George Washington, just return the stamp within 14 days, and we will issue a refund for the purchase price of the stamp once we receive the stamp. Now, if you spot a MAJOR error that we missed (I guess that could happen) we will be happy to take back the stamp and refund you the cost of shipping it back to us. Because we’re just awesome that way.
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