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The Scott Catalog, the authority in stamp pricing for over 100 years, now issues an annual Valuing Supplement pricing graded stamps using the PSE scale. Scott’s adoption of this scale gave credibility to stamp grading and established an industry wide benchmark for valuation. Additionally, the Stamp Market Quarterly, incepted in 2002, prices graded stamps on a quarterly basis. These guides have become the authority in graded stamp values, enabling collectors and investors to easily and accurately evaluate their holdings. The certainty of pricing, backed by the authority of the Scott Catalog and SMQ will mean increased liquidity, as demonstrated by a 13% increase in overall stamp market sales volume from 2003 to 2004.

PERFORMANCE

STRONG HISTORICAL GROWTH ENHANCED BY NEW STANDARDS

Sales of high-quality rare stamps have dramatically increased in value in recent years, as evidenced by the record price paid for the “Inverted Jenny” stamp in 2005. Standardized grading and encapsulation is delivering dramatic increases in value across the rare stamp market.

A RECORD VALUE

INVERTED JENNY

Sales Date
Description
Sale Price
October 8, 1998
XF-S without grade
$192,500
June 3, 2005
XF-S PSE Grade 95
$577,500

One of the greatest rarities in all philately is the famous “Inverted Jenny” stamp, shown above left. One of the finest examples of the 96 “Jennys” known to exist, described as Extremely Fine-Superb (XF-S) with a PSE grade of 95, sold in a Siegel Auction on June 3, 2005 for the record-breaking price of $577,500.

This is the highest price ever paid for a 20th century U.S. stamp and the highest price paid for an unused single U.S. stamp. The exact same stamp, without a PSE Grade, was previously sold by Siegel in October, 1998 for $192,500.





Graded / Ungraded Stamp Value Comparison

US SCOTT #122A without grill
(1869-90c Lincoln Carmine and Black)
Quantity Known - 23
The stamp shown here, described as Extremely Fine, Original Gum and with a PSE Grade of XF/OG 90, sold at the Goldberg Auction in April, 2005 for $34,100.
Sales Date
Description
Sale Price
September 27, 1995
XF-OG without grade
$11,500
April 11, 2005
XF-OG PSE Grade 90
$34,100
A similar stamp, described as Extremely Fine (XF) with Original Gum (OG), and without a PSE grade, sold at Christie’s in September, 1995 for $11,500.



US SCOTT #242
(1893- $2.00 Columbian-Red Brown)
The stamp shown here, described as Extremely Fine, Never Hinged, with a PSE Grade of XF, NH,90, sold at H.R. Harmer in June, 2005 for $25,300.
Sales Date
Description
Sale Price
April 2005
XF-NH without grade
$18,150
June 2005
XF-S NH PSE Grade 90
$25,300
A similar stamp described as Extremely Fine (XF) Never Hinged (NH), without a PSE grade, sold at Bennett Auction in April, 2005 for $18,150.



US SCOTT #311
(1902- $1.00 Black - Farragut)
The stamp shown here, described as Extremely Fine-Superb, Never Hinged, and with a PSE Grade of XF-S, NH 95, sold at H.R. Harmer in June, 2005 for $13,800.
Sales Date
Description
Sale Price
April 11, 2005
XF-S NH PSE Grade 95
$7,150
June 24, 2005
XF-S NH PSE Grade 95
$13,800
A Similar stamp described Extremely Fine- Superb (XF-S), Never Hinged (NH) with a PSE Grade of 95, sold at Goldberg Auction in April, 2005 for $7,150. This is an amazing increase for two stamps with the same grade, nearly doubling in price in less then 90 days.



US SCOTT #RW1 (Duck Stamp)
(1934 Mallards Alighting, $1 Blue)
The stamp shown here, described as Extremely Fine-Superb, Never Hinged, with a PSE Grade of XF-S 95, sold at Goldberg Auction in April, 2005 for $2,530.
Sales Date
Description
Sale Price
November 5, 2004
XF NH without grade
$1,210
April 11, 2005
XF-S NH PSE Grade 95
$2,530
A similar stamp described as Extremely Fine (XF), Never Hinged (NH), without a PSE grade, sold at Shreve’s Auction in November, 2004 for $1,210.


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