We get a lot of folks that tell us they have a collection of postcards with "Rare Stamps". Usually they're referring to stamps like these: These are usually common Washington–Franklin Issues , issued from 1908–1922, Benjamin Franklin 1902 series issued from 1902-1917 and US Regular Issues issued from 1922-1931. Most of these stamps were printed in quantities that reach into the billions, so they are definitely not rare by any account. Just because something is 100+ years old, doesn't make it valuable. Scarcity and collector demand make things valuable. "But I just Googled these stamps and they're selling for $50,000!" you say? Perhaps you see something like this: First, it's doubtful that any of those stamps have actually sold for that much. You need to look at SOLD prices [ebay.com] There may be a few of these there that sell for more than $1, but for used 1c stamps on postcards, usually it's because of the cancel or postmark,
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