The Oregon Stamp Society
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ABOUT OUR CLUB
We are located at:
4828 NE 33rd Avenue
(about 4 blocks south of Killingsworth)
(east side of 33rd Avenue)
Tri-Met Line #70 (North) Stops at our Building!
Visitors are always Welcome
Regular meetings are held in the Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) clubhouse on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 8 PM, unless otherwise stated in the monthly calendar.
The Rose City Stamp Fair is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The Stamp Collectors Corner is an official OSS bourse and is held at the clubhouse on the fourth Saturday of each month, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The Northwest Philatelic Library (www.nwpl.org), a charitable non-profit corporation, is open before meetings and during bourses. Check the calendar for open times.
Our membership forms are online
The Album Page
is the monthly newsletter of the Oregon Stamp Society. Click here for current and back issues
Future Programs at
OSS General Membership Meetings:
Our Annual Christmas Party
a Potluck Affair
For our Members and
Setup at 5:30 PM
Serving at 6:00 PM
Next O.S.S. Board Meeting
will be on
January 14, 2020 at 6:00 P.M.
at the Clubhouse
The last Oregon Stamp Society Foundation
Meeting was held at the clubhouse on
November 12th. @4:30 P.M.
The next meeting is TBD.
Clubhouse opens at usual time.
See Current Album Page for details.
All events subject to last minute changes
Watch Here For Future Events in Portland:
Oregon Stamp Society
Rose City Stamp Fair
2nd Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM - Every Month.
4th Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM - Every Month
Both Stamp Shows are at the OSS Clubhouse
503 - 284 - 6770
Presented by Gary Hoecker
Shilo Inn Convention Center
Willamette 1 Room
Michael Jaffe, Gary Hoecker, Bob Beal,
Tom Kinberg, Grant Williams
and Dave Markowitz
Due to Gary's recent medical issues
there may be changes to his show schedule.
My First Stamp
We have some excellent articles for helping you plan an exhibit:
PIPEX 2020 Will be held on May 8, 9 and 10.This is Mother's Day weekend. Please note our new location, The Holiday Inn located near the Portland Airport 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd. near I-205. Check the website found below for more details as they become available.www.pipexstampshow.org
WHAT ARE MY STAMPS WORTH?
Perhaps the most frequently asked question in Philately (Stamp/Cover Collecting)
To have your stamp and cover collection evaluated,
email ==>> email@example.com
We look at collections at our Collectors Corner Stamp Show
Other dates might be arranged - but we
If the collection is in more than two large moving boxes
If the collection is in more than two large moving boxes
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A knowledgeable Club Member will look over your stamp and cover collections (remember, no one knows everything). An evaluation can usually be done in 20 - 30 minutes. Depending on its value and your intentions, we will try to give a list of options/recommendations on how to continue the collection or to find it a new home, if you have no long term interest in stamp collecting as a hobby.
There is no charge.
We are at
Some Basic Points
At this time we are only buying
At the time OSS evaluates a collection - if it has
at least a minimal resale value - we may offer to purchase it at a wholesale
value. Common beginner / casual collections have very little resale value.
From past experience, only about 1 collection in 10 has a value of more than
At the time OSS evaluates a collection - if it has at least a minimal resale value - we may offer to purchase it at a wholesale value. Common beginner / casual collections have very little resale value. From past experience, only about 1 collection in 10 has a value of more than $100.
Stamp Collecting - Hobby or Investment?
Historically (prior to 1940), stamp collecting (unused stamps and used stamps on envelopes or removed from envelopes), was a form of intellectual endeavor or entertainment. It evolved into educational and bonding experiences between children, parents and grandparents - learning about history, geography, people, etc. In general - inflation adjusted stamp prices probably peaked by the mid 1980s. Stamp collecting is not a growth industry. Stamp values are strictly a matter of Supply and Demand. At this time stamp collecting is a buyers market. Wholesale and retail prices are "soft" for most stamps and stamp collections. Only the scarest stamps of Top Quality and in the Best Condition, command high prices.
Stamps of exceptional high value are:
(1) Very Rare,
Stamp Collecting - Many Shapes and Sizes
There are many categories and sub-specialties that make up stamp collecting. The main categories are "stamps" and "covers". Sub-specialties of "stamps" include: unused (singles, plate blocks, sheets), used off-paper (stamps which have been removed from envelopes) and used on piece (corners torn from envelopes with the stamps attached - generally this “Kiloware” - sells by the pound). "Cover" specialties include: postal history, military mail (naval covers, censored war time mail, etc.), First Day Covers and special event commemorative covers like First Flights, Post Office Dedications, etc. Some people also include picture post cards - especially those between 1905 and 1920.
There are many more specialties than those listed here - most of which non-collectors probably have never heard of. Some of these, though very popular in the past, no longer have a following.
One general rule - used stamps still attached to the envelope are more valuable than those stamps which have been soaked from a cover. When in doubt, leave stamps on envelopes until you can have a knowledgeable person look at them.
If you have no interest in continuing a stamp collection, some options may include:
1. A collection with substantial cash value ($1000+) may be sold at auction.
2. A collection with some cash value may be sold in whole or in part to a stamp dealer, stamp collector or the Oregon Stamp Society.
3. A collection with minimal value may be donated to an IRS 501(c)(3) charity generating a tax deduction, IF you are able to itemize deductions. Generally very, very few people can itemize on their Federal Return. A few people still itemize on their State Return - but the state tax rate is comparatively low. The benefit is generally 10% or less of the claimed value. A collection, even a minimal value collection, can usually be sold for more than its Tax Deduction benefit.
4. Donation regardless of a tax benefit - putting the collection or a portion of it into the hands of people who would use and appreciate the items (the Oregon Stamp Society Foundation). Or donation to your favorite Charity - many of which have fund raising drives or auctioins.
Have the collection evaluated. You may try to use the internet - but unless you know exactly what you own, you will probably find this to be frustrating and very miss-leading.
Affiliated Philatelic Organizations
Oregon Stamp Society Foundation (OSSF)The OSSF is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation can accept donations which may be tax-deductible for you, including cash, philatelic materials, or other properties. Our goal is to promote philatelic activities primarily through support to the Oregon Stamp Society.
For your convenience - if you have the OSS evaluate your collection, they can process the collection as a donation to the OSSF without further time or expense to you.
To obtain additional information on how to make your donations and receive a tax benefit please contact:
David Epps (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code)
visit; www.FirstStamps.org for latest information
A Note From Phil (503) 939 - 0544 at First Stamps
We generally pick up donated collections at the location of your choice. First stamps has more 2019 events planned with Ronald McDonald Houses, scouting, three middle schools, the Marine Corps Museum and are assisting young exhibitors. We are accepting the following material for the remainder of 2019;
Whole estates without stress of fixing up the condition or oranization of the material.
Combinations of postcards, letters ephemera and coins can be included without regret.
Donated stamps/covers covering medieval times and mythology (7th graders), inventions (8th), sports & wildlife (9th), and seals, postage, mounts etc. to support these activities.
At several museums we are focused on wars, space, and stamps from foreign countries.
Any duplicates, or donations, will be quickly donated to local scouts, kids and the next generation of philately.
First Stamps has 2019 fall events every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Most need volunteers.
ABOUT OUR CLUBHOUSE
Old Portland Fire Station #34
The Oregon Stamp Society (OSS) purchased the building from the City of Portland in 1960. It is our permanent home and we are very proud of it. Over the years it has grown to be a center for Stamp Collectors and a Community Resource for a number of other non-profit organizations:
Oregon Stamp Society Foundation
Northwest Philatelic Library
Vintage Chevrolet Club - Columbia River Region (VCCA)
Corvair Society of America - Corsa Oregon Chapter
Studebaker Drivers Club - NW Chapter
The Portland Society of Magicians
All Ireland Culture Society
Oregon Historical Model Society
Sojourn Church PDX
We are located in a residental neighborhood and any use of the premises must be in keeping with being a good neighbor.
No parties. No alcoholic beverege consumption.
Basic rates are:
$125 per day for one-time rentals;
If you would like to discuss
Property Manager: Ula Mae Neligh
Synopsis Of Our Most Recent Program