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The West Volusia Stamp Club is abounding of rare and valuable stamps

The West Volusia Stamp Club is abounding of rare and valuable stamps
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StampNews.com would like to inform our readers about West Volusia Stamp Club that is rich in rare stamp collections. This club has recently held a philatelic meeting where all the visitors and collectors got a chance to look at many valuable items.

The West Volusia Stamp Club has been finding and collecting old stamps for more years than any of the members can remember.

Mike Daley became interested in stamp collecting when he was a kid.

"The man (who lived) across the street was studying archaeology at Harvard and he gave me a bunch of stamps", said Daley. "I've collected on and off ever since".

Daley joined the West Volusia Stamp Club in 2002. The club is as much about socializing as it is about collecting. Members get together twice each month at the Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand to chat about their collections and show off new finds.

Ted Imhoff, of Edgewater, has 300,000 stamps in his collection. The rarest is from Queen Victoria's era.

"It's a five-pound orange stamp", said Imhoff.

Club treasurer Shirley Shoaf collects Swedish stamps, stamps with owls on them and historic United States stamps.

"I've learned so much about history I never would have known unless I collected stamps", said Shoaf.

Club members search through yard sales and Internet sites looking for stamps to fill their collections. Some collect period stamps; others collect themed stamps.

At a recent meeting, the club was given a large box of stamps. The stamp collector, a woman they didn't know, passed away and her family thought the club would appreciate the gift. Jean Fletcher, who joined the club 10 years ago, was busy sifting through the pile like a kid at Christmas. Other members looked through books of stamps for sale by the American Philatelic Society.

The club is hoping to attract new and younger members who would like to learn about stamp collecting.

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