Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How often do you have stamp shows?
A: The SDAG holds four stamp shows each year, generally on the third weekend of February, May, September and November.
Q: I have a collection that I would like to sell, can I bring it to a show?
A: Yes, if you have a collection to sell, feel free to bring it to a show and talk with the dealers. We recommend doing this on Saturday afternoon or on Sunday. Saturday mornings through midday is generally the busiest time for the dealers. They will often not have the time to look over a collection due to servicing their customers.
Q: I have some stamps that I would like to sell/trade with another collector. Is it ok to do that?
A: No. Selling or trading to anyone other than a dealer at the show is strictly prohibited. If you are observed selling or trading with a non-dealer, you will be asked to stop and if the behavior continues, you will not be permitted to remain at the show. Each of the dealers must outlay, at a minimum $250 for a booth, generally it is on the order $350, plus they have travel costs, as well as the investment of time and money in maintaining an inventory. It is not fair to the dealers to have to compete with individuals at a venue they have to outlay a considerable amount of money to attend.
Q: I have a large assortment of postage I bought at the post office for the last 20 years. I am sure these stamps have increased considerably in value. Would dealers purchase this type of material?
A: Most modern U.S. postage, from about the 1940s onwards, has not increased in value, especially when offered in large quantities. This type of material is often referred to as bulk postage or scrap postage. Regrettably, it is usually sold by dealers at a discount of 20% or more. Some dealers will purchase bulk postage, but do not expect an offer of more than about 20-30% of the face value.