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Print Length: 130 pages
Publication Date: August 4, 2014
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Best Sellers Rank: #632,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) #8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Stamps #93 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Stamps #233333 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction
Based upon the other reviews, I was quite disappointed.Here are my points of contention:1) The printing quality is very poor. This is a self-published book, and the only photographs are poor black and white reproductions at the back of the back.2) There are numerous spelling and grammatical errors; again, this is due to it being a self-published/print-on-demand book.3) The book mentions on numerous occasions a list of suggested auction houses in the appendix; this was not included. Again, lack of editing due to not being handled by a publisher.4) With respect to the vast knowledge of the writer, much of the information/advice in the book will not come as a shock nor surprise to the experienced collector/dealer. The only truly useful information gleaned is in the section on auction houses, regarding their inner workings, and even then, the book fails to deliver on the list of auction houses it mentions.5) The book is short; it can easily be read in a couple of hours, at most.6) The anecdotes are few and far between; if you'd like a collection of truly entertaining and useful anecdotes, I would firmly suggest the books by Stephen Datz as an alternative.The book would definitely prove useful to the novice to intermediate collector, but I believe it's a bit pretentious in it's affirmation of usefulness to the experienced collector/dealer. Consider it as a gift to someone early in their philatelic journey, but it's an easy pass for those late in the hobby.
First, this book is terrible: illiterate, badly organized, and uninformative, bad reproductions; without being an expert or a dealer, I know enough to spot junk when I see it. Much of it is taken up with recounting his own coups in spotting a rare item in a collection. Which leads to,Second, I have just discovered that this man has had a judgment against him in California for fraud: mail fraud, counterfeiting and exchanging stamps he was supposed to be evaluating, and simply not paying up to the naive and ignorant clients who had found him online. I don't know if he served time or not; I suspect it's all still ongoing. His bogus foundation is a copycat name for the American Philatelic Society, a respected nation-wide institution, a stupid mistake I made myself.In short: DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! I am sending a copy of this to of course, but who knows if they read their mail or even give a damn.NathanPS: here is the link I forgot to insert the other day, if you want to check out my allegations:[...]
This book was given to me as a gift. This book shows a hard work and is a "Must have book" for a beginner and advanced collector. All the info and hints are very useful. I would recommend it to everyone.
The book - as other reviews have said - is very helpful with lots if information. But some for the information (and definitions) I wanted wasn't there - but that didn't distract from the information there. What was distracting was the typos and grammar errors. And the strange fact that the book had no title / copyright page!!
I found this book to be extremely interesting,informative and very well written....I was introduced to stamp collecting by my father when I was around 10-12 years of age and i was so thankful to him for introducing me to the wonderful world of stamps...I learned so much about other countries and historical people and events, etc, etc...I feel that Michael DuBasso has made a great contribution to everyone interested in stamps and their history and especially to young people that might be interested in this hobby....bravo to Michael DuBasso.
I inherited a stamp collection that my father-in-law inherited. The book seems to provide good information to someone in my situation. I haven't delved very deeply into the stamp collection and will update this review once I do.
We purchased the book to gain an understanding of stamp collecting as we inherited a large stamp collection . The book has a lot of information about the stamp market as well as many helpful suggestions for collecting and buying and selling rare or collectable stamps . This book was interesting , easy to read and educational to a person new to the hobby or an experienced collector/investor . The stories shed light on a surprisingly unique hobby . I would recommend this book for your collection or for a gift to any aspiring collector or person that may have an interest in the subject ...A+++
The info is great but the pictures are unclear and in black and white. Many of the pictures are at the end of the book.
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