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“Rare are the albums that are worth a fortune”: the good advice of the philatelists of Antibes

Free ourselves from illusions. “Every week we receive calls to take a look at legacy albums. Many think they have a fortune. But this is not the case“, cuts Bernard Alkan, president of the Philatelic Riviera Antibes, displaying a sorry expression. “We are ominous birds in these cases“, maintains his club colleague, Jacques Magagnosc, who fell into the stamp thanks to a great-uncle whom he saw classifying his collection. he opened Pandora’s post office box: “What’s magical about it is that you never see the end of it.

In a race against the eternal, the philatelists play it Marty McFly. “Going back in time is our way of working“, specifies the president who, for his part, specializes in tax stamps. A niche that tells of a time that those under seventy cannot know: either life before VAT. Lemonade, bicycles, meat from beef… All everyday life passes through it. With a smirk, the happy collector is amused by his finds that he no longer counts – but must cheerfully reach the number of 6000: “ It’s funny. It’s a way to remember the past and gain a lot of knowledge in G culture.

And in specific areas. Since with more than 700,000 stamps issued worldwide since 1840, it is mandatory to specialize: “One of our members has chosen to set her sights on stamps from around the world featuring birds. You can also specialize in a country, former colonies or even historical periods.

For example, Jacques Magagnosc is not interested in prints after 1960. However, he has some in stock! “So I use them.

Because there is one thing that cannot be lost: the face value of a stamp. Obviously, it is necessary to carry out a conversion of Francs or old Francs into euros. History of being in the nails so that his mail arrives safely. Suffice to say that the investment is never at a loss. And to discover the price of each element, it is necessary to stand in front of a Yvert & Tellier or an Arthur Maury, reference catalogs in the field.

The Graal? The famous 1 vermilion franc, estimated at nearly 95,000 euros in its most beautiful condition. “ The price of rarity “, summarize the enthusiasts who recognize their status as misunderstood: “ Our collections are valuable to us because we spend time with them. It is clearly not an investment on which one wants to make a profit. It’s not the state of mind

Their great pleasure? “Buy uncategorized bundles, albums in bulk. To search like in Ali Baba’s cave. “Tall children in search of the treasure of Red Rackham. Eyes sparkle:”We never know!“Kids who are indented. With this same wonder preserved from time, Bernard Alkan remembers his first encounter with this universe that he will make his own:”I grew up in Grenoble not far from the Cémoi chocolate factory. At the time, there were stamps offered in the shelves.” Preferring gum to cocoa, his choice is made. Collecting pieces of history, exchanging them, selling them, buying them. A hobby that always requires vigilance. “ False? Of course there are “, affirm in chorus the two accomplices, exchanging a look that says a lot: “Even if we have a sharper look over the years, there are things that we cannot see. Sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.

For the oldest – and therefore sought-after – models, it is better to authenticate: “ When you present a fake to an expert, you pay nothing. When certification can be established, the price is set according to a percentage of the rating.

A small economy which will perhaps reach its limit according to the president of the association: “With the advent of the Internet, the stamp will disappear.

Destined to become rare. A good point for future generations inheriting the albums, right? “It’s like any market. There needs to be a balance between supply and demand“, underlines the collector who hopes to see an interest in philately among the youngest. After all, the stampede have no age, right?

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The Antibes club holds its exchange meeting and welcomes all passing philatelists and marcophiles on the first and third Saturday of the month (or even the fifth) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the premises of the former conservatory (next to Fontonne primary school). Info.

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