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I used to be quite a serious collector (I wouldn't presume to call myself a philatelist)..October 9 2006 at 11:04 PM
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... of (mostly) GB stamps until I lost interest in the hobby many years ago. The most internationally reputable philatelists in New Orleans were Roger and Raymond Weill, whom I used to visit in their long-established stamp shop on the 400-block of Royal Street. I haven't checked back for many years but believe that Raymond died, aged about 90 (and who had been predeceased by his brother), a year or two pre-K. I don't know whether anyone inherited or bought the firm. Likely it ain't dere no more.
The Weills were recommended to me by an old friend in the UK, Ken Manning, a Bank of England retiree and very reputable philatelist over there. I haven't heard from Ken for a year or two and wonder whether he is still with us (probably now in his 80s if so). I could try writing to him for you, Barbara, to ask whether he can recommend anyone in our area or this country. I could also ask the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce (of which I'm a member) to see whether we have any (hopefully, reputable!) philatelists listed.
You could look under either 'Philately' or 'Stamp dealers' in the Yellow Pages of GNO or other big cities within reach; but check out any firms listed there with the local BBB. Beware of coin and banknote dealers who dabble in stamps as a sideline. They may be honest but tend not to be experts on stamps.
If you think that your stamps are very rare and valuable, you could consider having them appraised by a leading auction house with a philatelic department, such as Sotheby's; but that could be costly in fees and insurance.
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