I live in Florida. Due to some recent hurricanes and loss of power for over a week, my AC/de-humidifier was off. Needless to say my stamps suffered from the high humidity. I collect classic Latin American stamps and stationary.I now have many early mint stamps all stuck together. Most were in zip lock bags and a few in glassines. Even the albums took a serious hit:100+ year old pages with stamps stuck to them. My question: how much will it devalue these stamps (mostly 19th century to early 20th century). It really doesnt matter to me if a stamp has original gum or not. Just my 2 centavos......I guess if its a $100+ stamp, yeah, OK, it may matter but I am just an average collector with very few high dollar stamps.
OK. Clarification time. I was curious to see if soaking these mint stamps would devalue them substantially. If I don't soak them and pry them apart they will most definately be ruined. Is the monetary value that much different if they have no gum? Thanks everyone.