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 Pam's visit to Gustamps

Pam's visit to Gustamps was a memorable one. She brought a collection of Cameroon stamps to Gustamps for a free stamp valuation from Gustamps. Pam had been given the stamps by her uncle who had collected them whilst he was living in Africa. Gustamps valuer noted French colonial stamps from the Cameroons as well as Nigerian stamps overprinted Cameroons. Pam said she was surprised to see older German stamps in the collection. Gustamps valuer pointed out to Pam that the stamps in question which were overprinted 'C.E.F.' were in fact Cameroon stamps as well. Gustamps explained to Pam that the stamps were in use in 1915 during World War I when Anglo-French forces invaded what was then the protectorate of Kamerun which had belonged to Germany. Gustamps valuer told Pam that the C.E.F. overprint on the stamps stood for Cameroon's Expeditionary Force. Regarding the value of the collection, Gustamps said the market price would be in excess of £750. Pam thanked Gustamps for the free Gustamps valuation and explanation but decided to keep the collection as it had some sentimental value.

Gustamps were pleased to meet Pam and thank her for allowing Gustamps to publish her valuation experience at Gustamps. 

What shall I do with my surplus stamps?

Gustamps was contacted by Mr K. Riley. Mr Riley told Gustamps he often purchased on-paper killoware lots and bundles of stamps from charity shops. Gustamps heard that over the years Mr Riley had accumulated a vast quantity of surplus stamps and wanted Gustamps advice on how to dispose of them. Gustamps recommended that Mr Riley bring them down to Gustamps for a free valuation. Gustamps told Mr Riley that if the quantity was large, perhaps it might be best to just weigh the stamps and bring down a random sample to Gustamps. Depending on the quality and grade of the kiloware, Gustamps can estimate the market price by inspecting the sample.

Mr Riley did bring down his sample of stamps to Gustamps and Gustamps was able to value the stamps. Gusamps advised Mr Riley on the best way to dispose of his surplus stamps and ultimately achieve the maximum price for his on-paper kiloware.

With thanks to Mr K. Riley for allowing Gustamps to publish his valuation experience at Gustamps with other stamp collectors.

Tony Conti came to Gustamps

Whilst on vacation in the UK, Tony looked into Gustamps shop in Brighton. Tony had brought along a mixture of American stamps which had been accumulated by his cousin in the USA. Tony was not a stamp collector but he had seen on the internet that Gustamps gave free stamp valuations. Unfortunately Tony's stamps (mostly used USA stamps of the 1960s period) had a Gustamps valuation of only £10. However, Gustamps noticed one single set of stamps from Iceland. The four stamps had been issued in 1940 for the New York World's fair. Gustamps valued the set of four stamps at £50 and offered to buy them for that price. Tony sold Gustamps the four stamps for £50 and took the American stamps back to his cousin in the U.S.A.

Gustamps would like to thank Mr Tony Conti from New York, USA, for allowing Gustamps to share his valuation experience with other readers.

Have I got some rare stamps?

Bev came into Gustamps Brighton stamp shop for a free stamp valuation from Gustamps. Bev showed Gustamps two King George VI stamps. Bev asked Gustamps "have I got some rare stamps? Look, you can see there is no inscription on them - I think they should have the words printed on the stamps." Gustamps told Bev that unfortunately the stamps were normal. Gustamps explained to Bev that Gustamps sell similar stamps at only 10p per set. The stamps according to Gustamps were issued in 1948 to commemorate the liberation of the Channel Islands after World WAR II and over 5 million identical sets were issued. Gustamps told Bev that with 5 million in circulation, the stamps could never be rare. 

Gustamps agreed with Bev that it was unusual for stamps of this period from the UK to be issued without the words postage and revenue. Although Bev's stamps were of little market value, Bev was pleased with Gustamps' explanation and said she would keep them as a memento. Thanks to Bev for letting Gustamps share her valuation experience at Gustamps of Brighton.