Frequently Asked Questions
What is the FSDA?
The Florida Stamp Dealers Association is a group of professional full
and part time Stamp Dealers located in Florida and over 20 other states.
The purpose of association is twofold, both to provide support to fellow
dealers as well as provide service to collector
Why should a Stamp Dealer want to belong to the FSDA?
Any time a group of professionals band together, strength is gained. The
FSDA conducts Advertising Programs, sponsors a Stamp Show, has a dealer
alert for stolen collections or problems that need to be publicized. Our
logo is well known around the country. By last count we were the largest
state stamp dealers organization in the country. This webpage is another
FSDA effort to aid and assist fellow dealers.
How can the FSDA help a Collector?
First and foremost our membership is screened and monitored. Our logo
is a sign of dependable service. By contacting and obtaining services
from our dealers you can be assured of good service at shows, by mail
or the internet.
How can I contact a member of the FSDA?
The information contained in this webpage includes names, address, phone
numbers and when available email or websites that you can link to.
How can I find a dealer for what I collect?
Each dealer has their specialities listed under his or her name in the
How about Stamp Shows?
Not only does the FSDA sponsor a major stamp show in Florida (FLOREX), but many
other shows that FSDA members attend are listed under the show page.
I have some stamps on some old letters. Should I just
tear them off?
No. Sometimes the usage or cancellation is more collectable and possibly
more valuable than the use stamp alone. The material needs to be inspected
by a dealer or specialist in postal history before soaking the stamps
off of any old letters or postcards.
Is a used stamp or an unused one more valuable?
It depends on the particular issue. Most mint (unused) stamps are more
valuable than used ones, but some stamps are quite valuable when used,
especially when still attached to the original envelope.
I have a large quantity of 3 and 4 cent US stamps in
full sheets. My father bought them at the post office, so I know they
are at least 40 or 50 years old. I took them to a local stamp dealer and
he offered me 50% of face value for them. Why? Is he trying to steal my
stamps from me?
No - 3 and 4 cent U.S. commemorative stamps were printed in huge quantities
and were saved in huge quantities. There are still many more of these
stamps available than there are collectors, so supply far out strips demand.
With first class postage rates at 63 cents it takes 21, three cent stamps to mail
a letter, so the effort to use the stamps for postage is time intensive. This results
in these stamps not being sought after by collectors or by large users
of postage. The only way a postage user is going to purchase these stamps
is at a substantial discount from face value in order to make up for the
additional labor it will take to apply the stamps to an envelope. From
an economic standpoint, why should a dealer spend $5000.00 for a large
quantity of 3 and 4 cent sheets that will take years to use as postage
when he can make many more investments which will return 10% or better
on his investment without the effort involved.
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