Advice if you are buying Scott Stamp Catalogues

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Advice if you are buying Scott Stamp Catalogues

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The Scott Catalogue is your go-to for US stamps, what most sellers based in the US (which means most of eBay) use for identification/pricing, and overall is probably as good a reference as any for general worldwide.

Obviously, for most countries, you will find a better specialized catalogue, but Scott isn't a bad thing to have. However, it is EXPENSIVE new. As of 2018, Scott split all of its volumes into 2 parts (a good thing -- they would each be the size of a large telephone book otherwise) and retails them for $134.99 for each set of 6 sets of 2.

In practice, a new set is about $650 for the 12 books.

So...a bit of advice:

-- I would say you don't need a brand new Scott catalogue set, or to update it every year. The prices don't change that quickly (except for some unusual areas like PRC) and you're fine with a set a couple years old.

-- It is worth getting the new 12-volume format set. The old 6-volume books are large and unwieldy, and fall apart more easily.

-- If you are in the US (foreign shipping may kill much of the savings) get the books used on Amazon. Piece the set together from different sellers if you have to. I was able to get a full 2018 set for $106 shipped! Took about a week to get all of it, from 4 different sellers.

-- Ex-Library books are good! They have some stickers and markings on them, but are perfectly usable, and they laminate the covers -- they will actually last longer than new ones since the covers are less likely to fall apart, or pages to fall out.

-- Be sure the seller has indicated both volumes of the set are included. People have complained about ordering and only getting, say, a 3B with no 3A.

-- Buy some stamps with the $500 you just saved :mrgreen:

Note: You won't be able to get a US Specialized for less than $45 or so, and the Classic Specialized 1840-1940 hardcover is expensive -- $90+ even if you get a 10 year old one. So you might want to skip those.

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Re: Advice if you are buying Scott Stamp Catalogues

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All excellent advice, and advice I lived by for many years.

Lately, however, I have been spending enough on stamps, (and selling enough stamps), to warrant a current set. My paper copies ranged from 2014 to 2017.

The discount for ONLINE ONLY digital copies is a little better and I now have a full 2020 set, (12 world, 1 US Specialized, and the Classic World).

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Great advice and it's beneficial for everyone..









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J W SCOTT sold fakes AND used facsimiles in albums and catalogs ... beware early issues

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