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CookingWithGas
02-13-2008, 01:13 PM
I have some old stamps but don't know what they're worth. They have a picture of the Statue of Liberty with an American flag waving in the background (ok everyone, hand on heart and tear in eye :rolleyes: ). Along the left side are the words "FIRST CLASS" reading vertically upwards, and USA in the lower left corner. There are not marked as "forever stamps" and I bought them at least a couple of rate changes ago.

Any way to tell what their value is?

Skara_Brae
02-13-2008, 01:28 PM
I just checked USPS.com and found their Nondenominated Postage page. Looks like they are $.39

Page is here: http://pe.usps.gov/text/qsg300/Q604a.htm

wolfman
02-13-2008, 01:29 PM
Funny, I had the exact same problem a few days ago, cleaning out my wallet, with what sound like the exact same stamps.

This guy seems to say 39 cents.

http://alphabetilately.com/G2.html

CookingWithGas
02-16-2008, 07:24 AM
I just checked USPS.com and found their Nondenominated Postage page. Looks like they are $.39

Page is here: http://pe.usps.gov/text/qsg300/Q604a.htmThanks! :) It never occurred to me that USPS has a "nondenominated postage page."

Student Driver
02-16-2008, 11:45 AM
A related question, I suppose...

Why does the post office release non-denominational postage? Do they print all of these stamps up before they know the next rate hike?

beowulff
02-16-2008, 11:48 AM
A related question, I suppose...

Why does the post office release non-denominational postage? Do they print all of these stamps up before they know the next rate hike?
Yep.

Colophon
02-16-2008, 02:09 PM
Are stamps marked "first class" not valid whatever the current rate over there? Obviously not, I suppose, or that page wouldn't exist, but it seems odd to release stamps with no numerical value and then make them invalid after a certain time.

In the UK, stamps marked "1st" (http://www.adminware.ca/machin/mnvi1g-sa.jpg) and "2nd" (http://www.gbstamps.com/machins/images/m_2nd_blue_Q_litho_0295_sm.jpg) are valid whatever the rate at the time.

At the rate postage prices are going up currently, buying sheets of 2nd class stamps is probably a better investment than 99% of the stock market... ;)

Student Driver
02-16-2008, 02:38 PM
Are stamps marked "first class" not valid whatever the current rate over there? Obviously not, I suppose, or that page wouldn't exist, but it seems odd to release stamps with no numerical value and then make them invalid after a certain time.

The "forever" stamps shown first on that page do remain valid even if rates increase. (I guess valid's not a great term since you can use prior stamp issues at any time as long as the total value meets/exceeds the required postage cost.)

SmackFu
02-16-2008, 05:42 PM
So are "forever" stamps the end of the non-denominated stamp?

Student Driver
02-16-2008, 11:49 PM
So are "forever" stamps the end of the non-denominated stamp?

Doesn't look like it. That "nondenominated stamp" page from the USPS shows there was a nondenominated 41 cent stamp released day/date with the forever stamp.

Tikki
02-17-2008, 12:20 AM
TikkiDad has lately been puzzling over the selfsame stamps as CookingWithGas and wolfman. Thanks for solving the mystery, Skara_Brae and wolfie.

ChrisBooth12
02-17-2008, 01:32 AM
An off topic question but how would the post office know? Do their scanners have capabilities to scan each stamp to see its value?

Darryl Lict
02-17-2008, 02:28 AM
An off topic question but how would the post office know? Do their scanners have capabilities to scan each stamp to see its value?
No, the USPS does not have some sort of rad pattern recognition system to root out counterfeit stamps, AFAIK.

I remember reading about some artist who designed fake stamps as art. Here's (http://www.reason.com/news/show/28997.html) an article about it.

cckerberos
02-17-2008, 08:11 AM
Doesn't look like it. That "nondenominated stamp" page from the USPS shows there was a nondenominated 41 cent stamp released day/date with the forever stamp.
Looks like that'll be the last one. USPS has decided to stop making them.

hajario
02-17-2008, 11:23 AM
Looks like that'll be the last one. USPS has decided to stop making them.

There was at least one other one released after that one. The 2007 Xmas stamp was denominated. I hope that they really do stop though. It's a pain in the ass to have to buy one and two cent stamps to make up the difference when the rate changes plus the PO must have to waste millions of stamps that no one will want to buy anymore.

Rates go up another penny in May but I have a book of Forevers that I just bought.