5 years ago
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is the postal commemorative society legit

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5 years ago
alamo
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If by legit you mean are they crooked/illegal/breaking the law in some way--I would have to say no. I have been a "customer" of of PCS for quite a number of years. And yes I "bit" at the first day cover offer and based on what hgas been posted on this site--I made a collectors mistake. However, I have also purchased some of their other collections--stamps as well as coins. I have found that if I'm not satisfied with the quality of a specific coin or stamp, they will attempt to replace it with one of a more acceptible quality. In effect, they seem to honor their satisfaction guarentee.

I think it's important to know why I use PCS-- I'm a lazy collector. For example, the ongoing state quarter collection--I signed up for that and I know I'm paying more than if I were to purchase each of the quarters on my own. However, I don't have the time to run around and keep track of when each new quarter comes out....PCS does that and sends me each new addition when it becomes available--moreover, if there is any expansions of a collection -- the collection has been expanded to include the National Parks and the US territories--I'm given the option to take part in the expansion. Therefore, I use PCS as a convenience rather than the normal stamp or coin retailer.

I don't know if this answers your question, hope it helps.
Alamo

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5 years ago
mammaquail
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I, too, am a PCS customer. We have purchased the State quarters over the past ???? years, one state at a time for approximately $18/state. Was this a good investment from a collector viewpoint? Probably not. But the coins and stamps are beautifully displayed, with a summary of information about each state in a sturdy binder. We had "Ruiz Family" embossed on the cover. So now we own a nice collection to use as an educational tool, to enjoy with our children and grandchildren as they get older. Customer service with PCS has been WONDERFUL!!!! Very kind and helpful. When I considered purchasing the National Park series and wondered about the future value of the set, even PCS said, "Future value is unpredictable. That's why we package coins, stamps, etc in such an attractive package..to make collecting an enjoyable hobby." I'm happy with our set and am considering collecting the National Park series through them.
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4 years ago
Warning
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My Great-Grandmother purchased several collections from the PCS. My grandmother sent much of her old gold to a jeweler and included the PCS collections too. The jeweler sent the PCS coins and stamps back, making reference to gold plated cardboard. I won't go so far as to say they're illigitamate, but with gold at $1400 an ounce, a jeweler's complete disinterest should be a warning factor.

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2 years ago
Coins are coins
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that Jewler made a huge mistake because coins are coins, weahter it comes from PCS or you collect them yourself its still the same coin there is no fraud. Icant stress enough a coin is a coin and no matter where it comes from its still worth the same amount so yes you if you choose PCS great if not then your choice.

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2 years ago
xnlover
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From what the previous post said regarding "gold-plated cardboard," I don't believe he was referring to coins, but to the gold-leaf stamp replicas PCS sends those who subscribe to that series. I believe I have one of them, but they're not worth anything in the serious collectibles market, just because there is so small a quantity of gold, and as to it being a stamp replica, it's not even the original stamp; so it has no value from that standpoint either.
I have been a collector of PCS first-day covers for years, being, as another poster described, a "lazy collector" of those. My mother used to purchase her collection of stamps directly through the US Postal Service and paid much less than I do, though she didn't get first-day covers. One can get a year-end book from the Postal Service that, I believe, includes all the stamps from the previous year.
In short, in terms of "collector's value," I know I'm paying $3.95 per cover for something that would be worth about $0.50 to a serious collector of first-day covers, since that person wouldn't care about the nice, color-coordinated display page or the faux-leather binding and extendable posts. When I retire, I'll probably stop paying that premium. But for now, I'm going to continue.

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2 years ago
Donna
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Do you know if there is an after market for collections of Golden Replicas of Stamps - first day covers? If so, how would I got about getting a valuation?

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2 years ago
xnlover
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Hi Donna,
Go to eBay.com and, in the search frame, type "gold replica stamp" and click "search." You'll find a lot of "covers" listed with gold stamp replicas, and right now, the ones I saw are priced at either 99 cents or $1.50, and no one has bid on any of them. In reality, the ones that are of any value have that value more because they are First Day Covers - that is, they contain the original stamp that was cancelled on the first day that stamp was issued by the USPS, and many collectors would find the cover valuable on that account - but the gold replica of the stamp is really valued at zero, since it doesn't enhance the value of the cover beyond the first day cancellation. In searching on Google with the question, "What is the gold content of gold replica stamps," the answer that came back is that some of the "gold" isn't even gold; it's "oxy-stabilized high-shine bronze paint;" and even when real gold is used, it might be as little as 6k gold, not even 18k or 24k; and even then, it's steamed onto a "carrier" such as tin, and it's mere molecules thick; so one would have to collect thousands of these replicas and melt the gold off of them to amount to anything worth selling. They're pretty, but they're marketed in a way that makes them seem much more valuable to an unwary customer than they really are.

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3 months ago
Lee Ann
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Do you, by any chance, have a contact number or address, website for PCS Statehood Quarters Collection?

My father was collecting them and gave them to me before he died. I thought I had them all but need the last three. I am sure he purchased them but my siblings went in and trashed his stuff so they were probably in there somewhere.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Lee Ann

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3 months ago
Lee Ann
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Do you, by any chance, have a contact number or address, website for PCS Statehood Quarters Collection?

My father was collecting them and gave them to me before he died. I thought I had them all but need the last three. I am sure he purchased them but my siblings went in and trashed his stuff so they were probably in there somewhere.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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3 months ago
xnlover
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Lee Ann,

Here is the PCS website address: pcscoins (dot) com. (Apparently this site administrator doesn't like people posting links to other websites, so I've had to modify it in this way.)

If you scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on "Contact Us", a page will come up that includes a toll-free number to call them as well as other contact information.

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