I was a packet & mixture dealer off & on from 1983 (NY) to 1991 (CA),
but now I'm a software/web developer and database guru. I am constantly buying
unusual accumulations of stamps, and enjoy breaking them
into "bite-sized" lots for resale.
2015: I'm almost 50 now. Divorced, still with plenty of stamps. I sometimes sell coins and
banknotes and books for a change of pace. Stamps have become more complex lately (self-adhesives,
so many special issues that regular people never even hear about), and it's hard
to find the good pounds of mixtures like I used to. Shipping costs have doubled a few times.
But I still enjoy the international aspect of the hobby ... I have shipped items to almost every
country, including Tonga, Andorra, Liechtenstein.
Between local auctions, long-time relationships, and nearby dealers, it feels like I've
finally tapped into an endless supply of stamps. I often buy huge quantities, because I enjoy going
through piles of "stuff". I find it fun & relaxing.
I'm also an author
of mostly sci-fi and odd stories & poems.
I have been an eBay PowerSeller off and on for many years now, and have an eBay rating of over 9600.
I ship out about 1,000 lots per year, well over 20,000 since starting online in 1996.
I have priced inventory for some large local dealers, and used to be the webmaster for the
San Diego Philatelic Library.