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May 2, 2012

Poor Tom's Almanac: One man's junk another's treasure


"Face value," the cashier said. "Nothing more."

I wonder what my United States stamps would be worth today. It's a collection that has spanned decades and is maintained to this very day. I showed it to one of my sons, hoping he might want to inherit the collection. His reaction?

"I don't use stamps. I pay everything by credit card."

He would have taken my entire 1950s Presidential series and given them to his children for play time.

It's all there in my will. Let them fight over my estate and earn what they can. Or I can rid myself of it now, enjoy a better retirement and not worry about the future.

Tell you what. Today's your lucky day. I'll let that swizzle stick go for $49.

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Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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