Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Update on obtaining vintage unused stamps by theme


I have blogged before about sources for great vintage stamps, and since my "Where DO you get all those awesome old stamps?" post is one of my more popular ones, I thought I should call attention to an update.

For those in the new, there is a fine gentleman, Errol "Murph" Murphy (emurphy3101 at gmail.com), who sells mixed lots of older stamps in great condition for mailing, and sells them in $20 increments. You pay face value plus shipping (and the shipping for the order is usually just letter-rate first class postage). Best of all, you can request a theme. Olympics, nature, animals, politicians - you name it. I had reservations about purchasing from a stranger, but he came highly recommended and he's been delightful to work with. I've ordered from Murph many times, and sent him quite a lot of business from this blog. To quote what he said when I asked if I could promote his services on my blog: "I'm so glad you like the stamps. I do this as a hobby and enjoy it when I can provide stamps at a reasonable price to appreciative collectors and stamp users."

For those in the know, who've worked with Murph before: his longtime contact email address has changed. It is no longer the cot.net address - you can now reach him at emurphy3101 at gmail.com. If you're interested in buying stamps from Murph, just email him at the new gmail address. I also just learned (thanks, @upandonmyway!) that he has a website: murphs-stamps.com, full of lots more information.

Happy stamp shopping!

11 comments:

  1. I discovered Errol through you, Missive Maven and it has been a wonderful thing. I have a standing monthly order of $20 and it always delights. Thank you to both of you!

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    1. Hooray! Wow, a standing monthly order - that is VERY cool. So glad to have been able to assist in that connection.

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  2. Murph (as he prefers to be called) really is the best! MM introduced me to him about 2 years ago and I've been very pleased. He's very accommodating and offers fast service, and while he's business-like he's also friendly. Highly recommended!

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    1. Thanks for the endorsement, StoneZebra - and thank you also for the reminder that his preferred name is Murph! Oops. I had forgotten, and just updated the wording of the post to reflect that.

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  3. what a great resource - thank you for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for the update! Like PostMuse, I had been getting $20 worth of stamps each month from Murph. But then, for the past several months, had mostly taken a break from stamps and postcards. Now, I'm ready to kick it in gear again, so this was very timely, helpful information for me.

    Murph is a great guy to work with. Kudos to him for his stamp service, and kudos to you, too, MM, for spreading the word. Your blog was where I first read of Murph and his stamps.

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  5. I kind of feel like there's a novel here -- the vintage stamp dealer is quite intriguing to me!! :)

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  6. Glad to know this. I love older stamps.
    I have a sheet of the Elvis stamps from the first day issue because they were designed by a fellow from our town.

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  7. Thanks for the information. Now I know where all the lovely stamps come from.

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  8. I just ordered stamps from Murph a few weeks ago and was wondering if and when he'd move over to gmail. I'm a little sad about it, actually! :)

    He picked some AMAZING stamps for me, and the themes I asked for were like, feminism, space, and sports. Great guy, great stamps. It's like opening a surprise birthday present.

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  9. Thanks for the update! Reminds me I need to order some more stamps from Murph :)

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