A good reference for the U.S. collector
The Brookman Price Guide is not as comprehensive and informative as the Scott Catalogue and it is not laid out as nicely as the Postal Service Guide. Nevertheless, it is a good reference source for the US collector. Stamps are identified by Scott number, and all the stamps shown can actually be purchased from Brookman at the prices listed. Earlier editions have black and white illustrations that do not picture every stamp available. Brookman does show values for mint sheets, autographs, and covers, however, which Scott does not. I also find Brookman?s First Day Cover section more informative than Scott?s. The major advantage of Brookman over Scott lies in the spiral bound format. The spiral bound version of the Brookman Price Guide is well worth the extra money because it is very easy to work with. Pick one up and compare for yourself.