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At Face Value...


...Life is...a circus?!

Right now I'm in the middle of scanning and listing hundreds of my US sheets of stamps on eBay.
When the house sells and I move, I can't take them with me.  I simply won't have room!
But the good news is that I'm listing them all at face value and am making a profit.
Of all collections to have right now, this is the one that is making good on it's investment.
So I'm a happy camper!

I started in the 1930s 2 weeks ago and am up to 1966, the year of this sheet.
This is NOT a photo but a scan.
..with my added border twiddle.


At Face Value...


...Life is...a circus?!

Right now I'm in the middle of scanning and listing hundreds of my US sheets of stamps on eBay.
When the house sells and I move, I can't take them with me.  I simply won't have room!
But the good news is that I'm listing them all at face value and am making a profit.
Of all collections to have right now, this is the one that is making good on it's investment.
So I'm a happy camper!

I started in the 1930s 2 weeks ago and am up to 1966, the year of this sheet.
This is NOT a photo but a scan.
..with my added border twiddle.


comments (58)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2009, 00:30
And a very nice view too, Ginnie! I remember this clown face from childhood. Great capture.
Ginnie Hart: We really do have a lot of nice stamps, Kay, when you think about it. smile Thanks.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 13 Apr 2009, 00:49
Wow. Five cent postage. Love the little zip code guy in the corner! smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Larry. Those were the days!! Some stamp enthusiasts collect just the zipcode-guy sheets. smile How fun.
Good thing you're making a profit, Ginnie! Didn't realise you were a 'philatelist' smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Abisola. I've been a philatelist for eons...first with worldwide stamps and then just USA stamps. It's quite a business.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Apr 2009, 01:26
Good luck with your sales,house first lol
Ginnie Hart: We've got someone coming back tomorrow, Vintage, to check it out again...one of 3 houses they've narrowed it down to. Let's see what happens!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Apr 2009, 01:32
Nice one Ginnie, glad to see someone is making a profit in this day and age
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tony. I've been very happily surprised. The sheets are selling like hotcakes! One guy today was buying them within 2 minutes of my listing them!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2009, 01:52
A happy image and interesting to hear you've collected them all these years. Must be a little bitter sweet to part with them.
Ginnie Hart: I have been amazed, Sherri, that I have not grieved one second of selling these off. I think it's because I need the money for the move and see this as a serendipitous collection that I had just for this very moment in time. The Universe is watching out for me!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 13 Apr 2009, 02:43
Wow...looks like a lot of work.
The scan is perfect !
Great to hear you do brisk business on eBay !
Ginnie Hart: It has been very time-intensive, Sidney, but I've enjoyed the results. Thanks.
  • rian
  • Mobile, US
  • 13 Apr 2009, 02:48
wow! that sure is a vast collection.. good luck on the scanning part.. ;D
Ginnie Hart: Today a guy was actually sitting on my tail as I entered each of 40 sheets, buying them within 2 minutes of listing! That just amazes me! And that's at the Buy-It-Now price! i have been very lucky.
Hey Ginnie, when you make your million, I'll gladly be your personal chauffeur, on call 24/7..... ha ha

Best of luck with your sales and move, hope all goes smoothly
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll remember your offer, Paul. grin Trust me!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Apr 2009, 07:00
Life is a circus and the show must go on.....tongue, I know as nobody else what time and effort you put into this, but for the best reason, ik ben trots op je.
A great sheet of happy clowns.
(I hope that Paul is a good chauffeur, ha ha)
Ginnie Hart: It has been totally worth it, Astrid! One day I will look back on this and be in awe of what has happened...like the guy today who was buying all my sheets withing 2 minutes after I listed them. The Universe is watching out for me/us!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 13 Apr 2009, 07:18
Good luck with those sales. I could be your baggage handler. These are lovely stamps, such a happy looking clown.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You'd be a good assistant, Aussie. Thank you. :0
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2009, 08:22
Haha this is silly and i love it. Those look like some pretty cool stamps.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes we just need to have a good laugh, Brian. This particular sheet made my day! smile
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2009, 08:43
Ginnie - cool title .. and love the story behind .. good luck with the clearance
Ginnie Hart: So far so good, Klaus! Thank you kindly.
Never knew you were a philatelist! Good luck with the sale and the move.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Bill, for a long time! I sold my used worldwide collection on eBay years ago...for $800. smile From then on I collected only unused USA stamps. And now they are a source of revenue for me! God is good!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2009, 09:14
Oh, as child I collected stamps, too! But sadly I gave away all my albums- gratis! Oh yes, "Du hast jetzt gut lachen!"/fortune is now smiling upon you! - and I'm glad that you can make some profit, too! A nice stamp that makes really good mood! But your title expresses some wisdom, too! And a beautiful photo-idea, - a la Andy Warhol's serial art!
Ginnie Hart: This is when the Universe is cheering me on, Philine! How did I know I was collecting all these sheets for such a day as this! They are selling like hotcakes! Thanks for all your loving support, which I feel.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2009, 09:24
"A Thousands Clowns" (US- film 1965/1966 in German)
Ginnie Hart: I bet I would like that one! smile
Great scan Ginnie! Best of luck with the sale.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Richard. They're selling like hotcakes!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Apr 2009, 10:20
Are these real Ginnie?!!
Ginnie Hart: The stamps are real, Chris, yes. The wonderful thing about stamps is that they are as good as money...because you can still use the postage today!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2009, 10:34
So many memories bound up with collections, very brave of you to part with them ;o)
Ginnie Hart: It's surprising me, Mike, that I'm feeling no grief. It's a great way to downsize AND to make some good money while doing it! It's amazing me.
sympa la collection bon lundi de Pâques A+
Ginnie Hart: I guess it's a good follow-up to Easter, Patrick. smile
They say Life is what you make of it. But it is true that sometimes circumstances prevail. I'm glad you are getting a profit there Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Albert. They're selling like hotcakes. One whose FV was $1.50 sold for over $27 the other day. Not all are doing that well, of course, but they're still doing well. I'm very pleased. The Universe is taking care of me.
  • david
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2009, 12:13
what a great idea...i love the zip-code man!
Ginnie Hart: Some philatelists collect only the zip-code man sheets, David. grin
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2009, 12:49
FUN!!! T'would be great to see the entire collection?!?!?
Ginnie Hart: You'd be amazed, Marcie...in many albums!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 13 Apr 2009, 13:17
Good for you!! And yes, life is a circus...but as long as the lions stay quite... grin
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, Lina. I so much want to catch up on you...and I will. The lions are NOT quiet in the sense that I am working from morning to night. But I'm getting there and that's what matters. I'll come find you soon, I promise! In the meantime, gracias!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2009, 14:20
Sounds like a mammoth task, Ginnie. Good luck with the sale and the house move.
ingrid
Ginnie Hart: It's consuming almost all my time and energy, Ingrid, for sure. But it's been worth every penny! Thanks.
What a neat thing to collect. 1930?? That was a long time ago!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Indeed, Christopher. grin
  • Stephen
  • Canada
  • 13 Apr 2009, 15:14
smile

smiles all around
Ginnie Hart: It's been pure delight to see all these stamps again, Stephen...as though for the first time. It's been a long time since I looked at them!
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2009, 15:31
Really cool circus colors! Good luck with your stamp sales!!
Ginnie Hart: So far so good, Andy. They're selling like hotcakes! Thanks.
Very cool. Do you have sheets that will make you million.
Ginnie Hart: Well, not that much, Michael, but when a $1.50 sheet sells for $27, it feels like a million. smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2009, 17:58
i like your use of framing on this image ginnie. a truly great hobby for collecting stamps!
Ginnie Hart: It's been a fabulous hobby over the years, Liang, and I have no grief now in selling it all off. It was for just this time that I must have collected them all because I need the money.
Good scan of a very humerous sheet of stamps. Hope the sale goes well pre the move you want to make a.s.a.pno doubt.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Brian. My daughter says I've given the message to the Universe to NOT sell the house till the stamps are all listed. She may be right. Hopefully that will be within the next couple weeks.
The picture and comment really makes a good unity here. I have some stamps I collected before I was a teenager - I doubt I could get any money selling them. Good luck on your sale
Ginnie Hart: I has a used worldwide collection years ago, Aksel, that I sold for $800 on eBay when I decided to concentrate on USA stamps only. It was well worth all my time!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 13 Apr 2009, 18:58
That's not too bad smile I like the zip code man in the corner smile
Ginnie Hart: Some people collect that zip-code man, Frida. grin I love it.
Wonderful idea Ginnie !!
And very funny....
Ginnie Hart: It sure made my day, Zeb! smile
  • M'roy
  • United States
  • 14 Apr 2009, 01:23
Oh that is a good stamp. Too bad you don't have any room for them. I have collected stamps on and off, but am not ready to make stamp collecting a serious thing right now, otherwise I would scoop this up quickly.

Hoped you had a good Easter with your loved ones.
Ginnie Hart: It was very serious for me awhile back, Maria, but I haven't done anything with it for over 10 years...till now, when I need the cash! The Universe knew!
What a joke!
Ginnie Hart: And a good laugh! smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 14 Apr 2009, 07:44
Ginnie,

How long have you been collecting stamps?

Having life as a circus beats some of the alternatives ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I have collected stamps as long as I can remember, Kathryn, but in the beginning only used worldwide stamps. I sold my collection for $800 on eBay years ago when I decided to go to unused USA sheets of stamps. It has been well worth that time and effort from over 10 years ago. Now it is really paying off, when I need it. The Universe knew!
ça donne envie d'envoyer du courrier
Ginnie Hart: HA! Just do it, O-P. grin
this makes one happy
Ginnie Hart: It doies, indeed, Chantal. smile
This is a very surprising posting! Had to smile. Hope you'll make good money.
Ginnie Hart: So far so good, Wim, but it's very time-consuming, from beginning to end! And a one-person operation! Thanks.
It must be painful to let it all go. I hope you make a nice profit by selling these.
Ginnie Hart: Surprisingly, Navin, it has not been hard at all. I feel like the whole collection happened so that I could sell it now for the money. It's better than a job elsewhere!
so different. Clever!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, OSB. It sure is keeping me busy, almost around the clock!
Well....you didn't have to worry about shutter speeds and such...just a good scan. You did it well Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You got that right, Ron. Kinda like cheating. grin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Apr 2009, 22:28
You look a happy camper, many times over grin grin Oh sorry it is a clown picture on stamps smile

PS. funny I can't remember this one - I was collecting at the time and the US was one of my collecting countries.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I AM happy many time over, Louis, so you were right in the first place! smile Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Apr 2009, 23:46
1966 was a great year Ginnie.
England won the world cup for the first and only time so far!!
I am happy for you the show will go onsmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Those important statistics are never to be forgotten, Tracy! grin The show, BTW, is almost over...the stamp show, that is. I have one more day of listing sheets and I'll be done...before moving on to something else! FINALLY.
Life is a circus...// According to me: This world theater // Nice foto //
Ginnie Hart: And if we can't laugh a lot, Bram, we are miserable people!
Good luck with your move and eBay sales. If I was a stamp collector I would definitely be interested in this one. Excellent scan and the border really adds a nice touch. When I retire I plan on selling my house and all the stuff I've collected. Maybe, move into that condo, who knows. Must feel good to get rid of the clutter, Ginnie. At least your clutter is making money for you. Best of luck.
Ginnie Hart: I am almost done listing all my stamps, John, and will feel relieved when it's all out of the house. It has been a worthy investment for just this time. I feel so lucky!
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 15 Apr 2009, 15:14
What an amazing collection you must have! It's a shame you have to part with it. I love the photo - so colorful.
Ginnie Hart: As I have looked at every sheet again, Red Pen, I have actually been amazed myself. We have fabulous history in our stamps. It almost takes my breath away.
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Apr 2009, 13:39
All the best with the sales, it sounds like you're doing well!

I don't do the stamp thing at all, but I like your image - the repetition is really cool! smile
Ginnie Hart: I have one more day of listing, Ian, and I'll be done, except for the auctions to end and then mail. It's been a gigantic effort but well worth every minute. One man alone has purchased over $1,000 worth!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Apr 2009, 16:36
Lovely work, Ginnie. 50 happy clowns on one page takes some beating.
Ginnie Hart: 50 happy clowns is better than the alternative, Ray. grin
Wow! Such a happy set of stamps! And the border you added fits perfectly. Good luck selling them!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Caryn, for stopping by. I'm actually at the end...with my last listings tomorrow. All auctions will end in another week, so I'm a happy camper!
  • martie
  • United States
  • 17 Apr 2009, 07:34
Good one! And you will be laughing all the way to the bank! Never saw this stamp before!
Ginnie Hart: I AM laughing all the way to the bank, Martie, with great thanksgiving in my heart! God is good!
  • Beat
  • Switzerland
  • 17 Apr 2009, 09:54
great and exquisite. really a nice one
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Beat. Stamps can be fun as well as informative. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 17 Apr 2009, 23:29
I'm not a collector of any kind and sure not a business man, I still don't understand if you sold them for "face value" how can you make a profit and not losing money since the value are so different?

Anyway, you're not losing them afterall, not you have them all stored digitally! And you know what? After you settle into a new house print them all out and paste them all over the wall like wall papers! How cool will that be? smile
Ginnie Hart: I START the sheets on eBay at FV, Ti, but almost all of them sell for much, much more! That's where the profit comes. For instance, I had a sheet of $1.50 FV sell for over $27. Not all do that well, but it's fun to watch.

I LOVED it when I read that I haven't lost them at all since I now have them all digitally! That is so true. I will figure out how to make money from them as well. smile
  • namaki
  • France
  • 18 Apr 2009, 01:07
Sure is a circus ...
Wishing you the best to come !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Namaki. So far so good. smile
  • Ilan
  • Israel
  • 18 Apr 2009, 22:22
Like that painting by Andy Warhol with the SPAM.
Great scan smile
Good luck selling those!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ilan! I even scanned a sheet paying tribute to HIM the other day! How did you know?! smile
This one is funny :-D
Ginnie Hart: It's one to hang on the mirror as a reminder to sweat the small stuff, Paul, right? grin
  • Bob
  • United States
  • 9 May 2009, 13:50
Awesome!
Ginnie Hart: It was so fun to put up some of these sheets of stamps for others to see, Bob. We can be very proud of our philatelic heritage here in the USA!

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