What are the best apps for stamp identification and value?

In a world where the instant messages, electronic mails, phone calls, and video calls dominate, the snail mail may have long been forgotten. Gone are the days of stationeries, envelopes, and postmen. But surprisingly, stamp collecting still remains as one of the most popular hobbies. Dubbed as ‘the hobby of kings and the king of hobbies,’ many people collect these miniature works of art. Some philatelists—the fancy word for stamp collectors—collect for relaxation and enjoyment while an undeniable number collects in hopes of stumbling upon a fortune. You may be wondering, are old stamps worth anything? Of course, they do! Sadly, not everything has value. If you’re curious about how to know if your stamps are valuable, you need to appraise it depending on its condition and rarity.

Used to indicate the cost of postage of a mail, stamps are often considered to have high artistic value. Almost 200 years after it was implemented, a wide and diverse variety of these postage items have flooded the world market with numerous designs. As you may have guessed, that’s a lot of stamps! Again, not everything is worth to be collected nor have financial value. Serious philately lovers know that stamp collecting follow certain principles: the historical value and geographical aspects or subjects to which they are devoted. Even with the narrowed down criteria, knowing your stamp’s value may be exhausting. No worries though as today’s technology comes with so many conveniences including postage stamp scanner apps. If you want to know what are the best apps for stamp identification and value, check out the list below. Don’t forget to leave a comment or upvote your favorite apps!

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    #1Stamp Collecting

    Stamp Collecting

    Stamp Collecting is a free-to-download e-book from Amazon that covers tips about stamps such as getting started with stamp collection and how to know if your stamps are valuable.

    Apps

    Android

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    Walter Allen
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "I like to collect the stamps I receive in the mail, and the app Stamp Collecting is helping me to keep track of which stamps I have. For Android, is free to download, and it works great. I suggest it to everyone with my same hobby!"
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    #2Stamp-Manager

    Stamp-Manager

    Stamp-Manager is a stamp identification app that enables users to scan stamps and know more information about the stamp including its value. It is designed with a price comparison feature.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Sharon Palmer
    Written on September 26, 2018
    "Very easy to use app because it has a filter option. "
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    #3Stamps Collector

    Stamps Collector

    Stamps Collector is a stamp managing app that lets users collect stamps by using their iOS device. It is designed with stamp descriptions to know more details about each stamp.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    George Arnold
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "This app allows a person to collect stamps on their iPhone or iPad. Some of the key features include the use of real stamps and real series. There is also the ability to Exchange, trade and auction. A rich background for each stamp is also provided to allow a person to learn about the history of the stamp."
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    #4U.S. Classic Stamps

    U.S. Classic Stamps

    U.S. Classic Stamps is an app for knowing, "are old stamps worth anything?" It also features over 4000 postage stamps including the classic and the present stamps.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Virginia Castellanos
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "US Classic Stamps is a great app to have for the avid stamp collector. You can check your value without having to take them into someone to be appraised."
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    #5U.S. Postage Stamps

    U.S. Postage Stamps

    U.S. Postage Stamps--First 100 Years is an app by Robert Schoenburg. It offers all United States stamps in their so-called classic period. The application also provides stamp values or prices that comes from their reliable sources. 

    Apps

    Katherine Schmidt
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "This app is worth my dollars because it serves what it has to be doing. For a hobbyist like me, this is what I'm looking for. Just a little tip, maybe you can change or improve your interface to make it more attractive to use :D but nevertheless, I like how it performs. "
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    #6Stamp Mate

    Stamp Mate

    Stamp Mate is a stamp collecting application created by Catamates. It allows you to filter the data of your stamps by status, country, series, and more. Stamp Mate also allows you to online search for stamps. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Virginia Wallace
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "My son has been using this for his collection and it works really well. The whole thing can be customization - which makes it really flexible. Some countries don't have great databases (just a heads up), but that's because of the country - not the app. The app works perfectly. "
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    #7Scott Catalogue

    Scott Catalogue

    The Scott brand is a free app catalogue for iOS and Android that offers a huge database of stamps from the US and worldwide. It allows to identify and value classic worldwide stamps and covers.

    Apps

    Heather Rose
    Written on December 27, 2017
    "I had really high hopes for using this app for stamp identification, but I was disappointed. It seems to be very buggy. Also, it basically just wants you to spend money to purchase catalogues. Don't bother with this."
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    #8USPS StampApp

    USPS StampApp

    This application offers access to the official 2015 USPS Stamp application.  Easy identification for US stamps from 1847 until 2015. 

    Apps

    Andrew Ellis
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "I'm not a stamp collector but I had a lot of old stamps that I was curious about so I gave this app a shot and it did identify all of them. My biggest complaint was the price, I only bought this app because Googling them was getting to be a waste of time but I really think this app would have been more fair in the 5 dollar range rather than the 10 I paid. I guess it's worth it if you are big into stamp collecting though."
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    #9United States Stamp Catalog

    United States Stamp Catalog

    United States Stamp Catalog is an app for stamp collectors who want to track or identify their collections value. Created by Pep, the app is 29 MB in size and requires Android 2.2 and up.

    Apps

    Samuel Fox
    Written on June 5, 2018
    "Great for any stamp fanatic. I use this app to see what stamp I am missing and for any stamp that is coming out soon. It keeps me up to date and ready."
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    #10MC-Stamps

    MC-Stamps

    MC-Stamps is a stamps management app designed for stamps collectors. It offers over 119 thousand stamps on its catalog. Users can also buy or sell stamps and publish their own catalogs.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Douglas Armstrong
    Written on September 26, 2018
    "Has a lot of stamp collections so it's easier to find and identify stamps."

Summary

Best What are the best apps for stamp identification and value
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Stamp CollectingApps 15 Paid
2Stamp-ManagerApps 14 Free
3Stamps CollectorApps 9 Free
4U.S. Classic StampsApps 3 Free
5U.S. Postage StampsApps 2 Paid
6Stamp MateApps 2 Free
7Scott CatalogueApps 1 Paid
8USPS StampAppApps 1 Paid
9United States Stamp CatalogApps 1 Paid
10MC-StampsApps 0 Free
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