Philatelic Experts

P.O. Box 10035* Syracuse, NY 13290-3301 Tel: 315-422-2331
Fax: 315-422-2956


*For shipments by courier, please telephone for an address to which the courier will deliver.

We provide expertization services for collectors and dealers alike, the terms of which are specified below.



Classic stamps and covers from any countries accepted, prior inquiries are suggested.

You can expect: (a) a detailed description of the stamp or cover, (b) a colour reproduction to accompany the certificate, (c) a clear statement regarding the condition or quality of the item, (d) a clear statement regarding the authenticity of the item.

In all cases where a certificate is not issued, or opinion is declined, there will be no charge for the service, except for return postage.

Charges for stamps are 3.75 % of catalogue value, with a minimum fee of US $31.00. The fee for stamps and covers that are found to be counterfeit is a minimum of US $31.00 for stamps and a minimum of US $50.00 for covers. There is a US $18.00 supplement for most stamps on cover and a $11.00 supplement for many stamps with surcharges and overprints. There is a plating charge of $12.00.

The charge may be more for stamps and covers where value depends mostly on the authenticity of one or more postmarks (i.e. 20 cent catalogue value for mint vs. $200.00 for used). Higher charges may be expected for expertization which depends on plating work or authentication of some difficult surcharges and overprints. For example, there are many covers from French colonies with stamps with overprints and surcharges which take much work to ascertain authenticity. There may be a higher charge for these. In some cases we would charge the $50.00 basic cover price and a price for the authentication of each stamp with overprint or surcharge. We will be happy to quote a price before embarking on the work, if you ask us to do so.

Philatelic research is charged at the rate of US $125.00 per hour.

Our normal maximum price per item is US $500.00. If the cost of our work is expected to be more than that, which sometimes happens with some very rare or extremely difficult items, we will not proceed without an agreed price.

There is a US $10.00 surcharge for individual submissions. Save this charge by sending 2 or more items each time, which will also save you 2-way postage.

For items with a catalogue value over $5,000.00, our base prices increase. The minimum fee for stamps is $50.00 and $100.00 for covers. Our maximum price increases to $500.00. Forgeries of stamps with catalogue value equal or over $5,000, and which require plating or other study for their determination will be charged $100.00 flat fee.

Mail your items to us by a secure method, such as registered mail, and with additional insurance, provided through your post office or insurance company. Our fees do not include insurance, but we can try to purchase this on your behalf, for the return. The normal postage and registration within the United States is a minimum of $16.00, due to the packaging of the stamps or covers and the certificates. Insurance with registered mail within the United States is $3.90 extra for the first thousand, and an additional $1.40 per extra thousand. Insured mail, not registered, within the United States, is about an extra $2.00 for every hundred. Registered mail to foreign destinations is a little more. If you live outside the U.S. and need insurance for the return of your material, let us know and we will try to arrange coverage. Payment is required in advance. For your convenience, we accept Visa and MasterCard.

Submission of items for Certification implies acceptance of the terms of business mentioned in the above paragraphs.

More information about Return Mail and Insurance is available in Paragraph 7 of the Frequently Asked Questions about our Expertization Service.




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