Collecting Stamps, Selling Coins

stamps

When I was a teenager I collected stamps. Not foreign stamps, only unhinged U. S. mint stamps and they had to be perfectly centered. I couldn’t afford stamps from the 1800’s, so I bought a few from the early 1900’s and the rest from then on. After looking through the albums recently I decided to fill up some blank spaces.

The stamp stores I visited were shabby and threadbare. One store was so small, when there were three people in there at the same time, you couldn’t turn around. I pointed out to the owner that many of his stamps were not what they were labeled and he agreed. He said I had a good eye. I told him my other eye was not so good.

Many of these stores also buy and sell coins. I had two old coins I had been saving for an eternity and I figured I could take a trip around the world with the proceeds. One was a very worn French coin from 1855. I thought it was a silver dollar but it turned out to be a plain Crown worth only $0.35. He said it was too worn. I told him if he had been born in 1855 he would be worn too, but he never smiled. The other coin was an English silver dollar worth…you guessed it…$1. How far can one get with $1.35? It looks like I’m staying home again.

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Jerry Goldberg About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

Jerry Goldberg About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

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