Dear Penny Black:
I'm doing spring cleaning. I have a bunch of those red books of Canadian 42 cent stamps and the like around the house. I was planning to use them up when I send mail. What should I do?
Save those books as they are, Phil. Some are worth many times more than the face value. I found an ordinary one that was now worth $30, provided it's intact. This is surprising since they seem to be the standard issue stamps that we remember well from the time eg. the 1990s, with flag or Queen on the front. These were are sometimes valuable than some older, more interesting looking items.
If you have any old Christmas seals with no value on the front, don't give them to the kids to play with! First, check out the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps. If you already have, don't despair. Remember that the true value in things is the enjoyment they give you and what they mean to you! You never know, you may want to enter the world of Philately.
p.s. Calgary Public Library has a great collection of collectibles books, so have a peek!
(this one of the left is one of Canada Post's newest, but you get the idea)