The stamp world has come to rely on this guide as it lists U.S. stamp issues from 1847 to the present. It includes more than 20,000 current prices ...Show synopsisThe stamp world has come to rely on this guide as it lists U.S. stamp issues from 1847 to the present. It includes more than 20,000 current prices for mint sheets, first-day covers, airmail, rarities, topical, and error stamps, plus a 96-page color insert detailing hundreds of stamps.Hide synopsis
Description:Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Mass market (rack)...Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 528 p. Official Blackbook Price Guide to U.S. Postage Stamps, 25. Audience: General/trade.
A new edition of this mass market paperback gets printed every year. While some of the information at the front of the book will be helpful to new collectors, I believe the scarcity of color photographs and the placement of stamp images on pages far removed from the stamp descriptions make this a poor reference guide. My biggest problem with this "price guide" is that the values quoted for mint sheets and plate blocks are vastly over-stated. Any stamp dealer would be delighted to sell to you at Official Blackbook prices... In short, you have no hope of selling your collection at the values shown in this book. I strongly recommend that invest your money in one of the OTHER stamp catalogues on the market. The small incremental cost will be money well spent.
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