How to redeem s&h green stamps

S&H Green Stamps do have some value as collectibles, but you can’t redeem them for goods anymore. If you’re interested in buying or selling vintage stamps, you can find them on websites like eBay.

Can I still redeem S&H Green Stamps?

However, stamps can still be redeemed. The green stamps do not expire and WIKI shows you how to send in your stamps for money or set up a site to use online. Today, S&H offers “greenpoints” as rewards for purchases made on the Internet if you are not interested in cash.

What is a top value stamps?

Top Value Stamps was one of larger trading stamps companies during the time period when S&H Green Stamps dominated the market.

Are Blue Chip Stamps valuable?

No. They’re traded rather openly on places like eBay. They have no retail or trade value anymore except to collectors. What is Blue Chip Fund?

What are Texas gold stamps?

Texas Gold Stamps were a spin-off of S & H Green Stamps. They were issued by the HEB (that stands for Howard Edward Butt) Supermarket in Texas. Like everything else in Texas, they were bolder and brighter than mainstream Green Stamps.

Do trading stamps still exist?

During the 1980s there was a brief resurgence in the popularity of trading stamps, but overall their use continued to decline. Their role has been replaced by coupons, rewards programs offered by credit card companies and other loyalty programs such as grocery “Preferred Customer” cards.

What is meant by trading stamp?

Trading stamp, printed stamps given as a premium by retailers to customers and redeemable for cash or merchandise from the trading stamp company when accumulated in specified amounts. Retailers sponsor trading stamp programs as a means of building customer loyalty.

What happened to Blue Chip Stamps?

Wesco Financial Corporation was an 80.1% owned subsidiary of Blue Chip Stamps until its complete merger into Berkshire Hathaway in 2011.

Where can you redeem Blue Chip Stamps?

You can sell Blue Chip stamps through a number of online retailers such as eBay and Mystic Stamp Company. Blue Chip stamps could be collected and redeemed for merchandise at special redemption stores until the 1980s. The value of Blue Chip stamps varies depending on the year of the stamp and its design.

Can you still redeem Blue Chip Stamps?

Blue Chip stamps can no longer be redeemed; however, they are often auctioned off as collectible items. There were many different merchants who offered their merchandise for Blue Chip stamps.

What year did Blue Chip Stamps end?

What were plaid stamps?

We had “green” stamps, “blue” stamps, “gold” bond stamps and “plaid” stamps. They were about the size of postage stamps and were given out by the merchants as an incentive for paying cash and not buying items on credit. The stamps were placed in a booklet and each page was worth 50 points.

What is Gold Bond Stamps?

Gold bond stamps are trading stamps. They were commonly issued by grocery stores and other retailers in the mid-20th century. The stamps would be pasted in a book, and when the book was full, you could redeem them for merchandise — clothing, toys, kitchen and home items, appliances, sporting goods, etc.

A recent spate of newspaper and magazine articles regarding the electronic makeover of the venerable Sperry and Hutchinson Company into S&H Greenpoints has revived a lot of memories among the general population and generated a buzz among collectors.

S&H, which first introduced Green Stamps in 1896, reached its zenith during the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, but had begun to fade when sold in 1981. Barely surviving over the subsequent two decades, the company was purchased in 1999 by Walter Beinecke, the great-grandson of original co-founder Thomas Sperry. With headquarter walls lined with old S&H ads purchased on eBay, Beinecke and CEO Rod Parker have begun to transform S&H into a combination online and card-swipe presence.

So, what have the old S&H trading stamps got to do with collectibles? Two things: First, the stamps themselves, the stamp saver books, and the catalogs are collectibles in their own right. They represent a period in our history when consumers did not “shop” price, but were rewarded for their loyalty to merchants with the little green stamps redeemable for a host of consumer goods.

Second, the stamp catalogs are GREAT, not only as collectible items showcasing the kind of merchandise widely available at the time, but also for identifying and dating all kinds of “common” goods from tidbit trays and umbrella stands to Melmac dinnerware and Libby stemware. Just peruse any period trading-stamp catalog and you’ll probably recognize all sorts of items that you’ve passed up or picked up at yard, church, and estate sales. For example, last summer I discovered a mint-condition casserole dish, sans box, at a yard sale. It was in a retired Corning pattern, but I did not know the name for the KIND of dish, which is no longer being manufactured. There it was in an old S&H catalogpattern, description, and number of books.

Unlike the old Sears and Montgomery Ward books that have been showing up at yard sales at ridiculously-inflated prices, I’ve been able to pick up a number of trading-stamp catalogs for under a dollar, some even as low as ten cents or a quarter! I never use old catalogs or books as price guides, as the collectibles market is in a state of constant flux and current prices are easily available on the Internet. It was nice to know, however, that my casserole had been traded for 2 books of S&H stamps ($6.00–$3.00 per book–in 1967 dollars).

(TIP: Trading stamp catalogs come in a variety of sizes, but I have found that most store quite nicely in 9×12 or 10×15 polyethylene comic bags.)

S&H was and is the most popular of the rewards companies (MacDonald Plaid Stamps, Top Value, Gold Bond, etc.), and the old lick’m-and-stick’m stamps are still offered by a few stores scattered around the country. So, if you happen to have saved any of the old filled books, you can still redeem them since, by law, they never expire!

For more information, check out the following: The official S&H Greenpoints Web site
The article by Justin Pope, AP Business Writer, that originally piqued my interest.

Interestingly, I could find no book currently in print that covers the subject of trading-stamps! If anyone knows of one, please let me know.

I can remember sitting at the kitchen table with my Mom licking S & H Green Stamps and helping her paste them into redemption booklets. Mom would get the stamps from the grocery store, and Dad would only buy gas at stations issuing Green Stamps. Our toaster, can opener, blender, and coffee maker were all acquired with Green Stamps. I can even remember that Mom would get filled books of Green Stamps from friends as gifts. It sure was one of our family’s major savings’ plans. Whatever happened to S & H Green Stamps?

Would you believe that S & H Green Stamps are still around? Yes, they are now called S & H Greenpoints. Do you have any of the old S & H Green Stamps stored away in the closet? Don’t throw them away. They still have redemption value today. S & H Green Stamps have a 1 to 1 redemption value for S & H Greenpoints. You can mail them in to the following address and be awarded Greenpoints: S&H Solutions, ATTN: Green Stamps Processing Department, 1625 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200, Delray Beach, FL 33445. Okay, how do I redeem S & H Greenpoints? Well, they aren’t as much fun as going to the redemption center with Mom and going up and down the aisles picking out our rewards, but they can be redeemed for similar awards online. Yes, it is sad, but even S & H Green Stamps have gone to the web. Just go to and sign up and start saving Greenpoints. Greenpoints are awarded for online purchases and at some grocery stores. See more information online on how to earn and redeem Greenpoints. Wait! Many of us don’t have computers, so we don’t shop online. Well, instead of going to the redemption center, go to the computer lab here at Sun City in the Recreation Center.

Join the Sun City Computer Club, and they will teach you how to connect to the web. Just so you know, I have no connection to S & H Greenpoints, but I am a member of the Sun City Computer Club.

Remember The Brady Bunch episode where the kids try to cash in their Green Stamps? The boys want a boat and the girls want a sewing machine. The Solomon-like Mr. Brady decides to settle the dispute by having the kids build a house of cards – the team that knocks the house of cards down is SOL.

I remember those stamps all too well. They were immensely popular during the 60s and 70s. In fact, the S&H catalog was the largest publication in the U.S. and produced three times more stamps than the U.S. Post Office! But then, as early as 1980, green stamps were over.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

How to redeem s&h green stamps

Fill in all the squares with your stamps and get a pearl necklace for mother!

Little known fact: The inspiration for the names “Starsky and Hutch” came from S&H green stamps (Sperry and Hutchinson)….. just thought you needed to know.

I can’t help but wonder if green stamps could ever have a place in our debt oriented society. Everyone puts things on plastic – it’s all about instant gratification, rather than saving up for something as mundane as a toaster or bath towel.

Anyway, I’ve got an old green stamp catalog from 1975 and thought I’d share it with you for posterity’s sake. I imagine a lot of you reading this don’t even know what a green stamp is – so, consider this a lesson in 1970s history. Let the learning begin!

How to redeem s&h green stamps

Fill up a book and get a set of glasses! I suppose now you can just by a box of glasses at Wal-Mart on the cheap and not blink an eye. Back then, things like this were an “expense”, and it made sense to save up for them with stamps.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold on the “Javit Crystal Young Love Goblet Set”.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

With green stamps you get all your tobacco accessories and swank for men. Is it me, or does this guy look stoned?

How to redeem s&h green stamps

The hot pink goes well with the wood paneling, don’t you think? I’m especially fond of the hamper with the “luxuriously upholstered top”.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

I think it was a government mandate that all bathtubs have those “appliques” because I never knew a tub without one.

As for the Health-O-Meter, no idea what that’s about.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

For the curious – that red contraption was the Schick Freedom Machine. I imagine the selling point was that you didn’t have to be tethered to the hair drier.

Totally had Whatzit. It was sort of like Legos or Tinker Toys, but like shards of stained glass.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

Judging by the box, the paint-by-numbers oil paint set looks just another excuse for sweet, sweet lovemaking. This was the Seventies after all – what else would you expect? As for the Dip Film Kit, I am scratching my head – anybody remember what the hell this was?

I’d love to make a sexual pun on “soft goods” here, but I can’t think of any right now. Give me a minute.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

I’m so captivated by this woman’s pants, that I can’t concentrate on these ugly polyester window treatments. It’s probably for the best.

An “electric watch”? Here, take my money!

How to redeem s&h green stamps

A color TV for 150 books! Yowch. I think I’ll take that pathetic “Cricket Stool” instead.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

For more of this, I highly recommend Strange and Terrible Fitness Products from the 1970s

It looks like, in a few short minutes, this couple’s about to be spreading a lot more than grass seed.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

I’m all about the “Spice Excitement Design”… but this woman is kinda giving me the creeps. Perhaps we’ll end here. Please drop a Green Stamp memory in the comment section!

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While plowing through stuff stored for years after my mother’s passing, I discovered an envelope crammed full of filled S&H green stamp booklets. Do they have any value or should I pitch them into the recycle bin?

Yes, those old green stamps do have value. This surprised me.

I bet some of you don’t even know what we’re talking about. There was a time many years ago when some stores and gas stations and the like gave you Sperry & Hutchinson green stamps when you bought something. The more you spent the more stamps you got.

And after you had filled enough green stamps you could redeem them for quite a range of stuff. I read one remembrance from a woman whose family took a cross-country trip to Disneyland on green stamps. My mother was a devoted green stamp collector, but I don’t remember what she got for them. She probably got an electric skillet.

There were other stamp operations, but S&H stamps were the most widely used. The company started selling the stamps to merchants in 1896. The idea was that they helped build customer loyalty.

I read that at one point in the 1960s S&H was printing three times more stamps per year than the U.S. Postal Service.

S&H started to go downhill in the 1970s and was eventually purchased by a holding company which since 2000 has been offering “greenpoints.” You can redeem your old green stamps one-to-one for greenpoints, which can be used to get a gift card or gift certificate.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

In today’s world of self-service, it’s hard to conceive that stores would actually give premiums to entice and retain customers. But Boomers clearly remember S & H Green Stamps and a national era of stamp collecting so profound that many people went around with green tongues from licking so many stamps.

In the 50’s and 60’s, filling stations not only put gas in your tank, but they also checked your oil, your tire pressure and washed your windshield, and almost everyone offered S & H Green Stamps.

S & H (Sperry and Hutchinson Company) Green Stamps dated back to the 1930’s, but the stamps really hit their stride after World War II. S & H sold the stamps in bulk to various retailers who in turn offered the stamps as premiums to customers with the intention of generating customer loyalty. At their peak of popularity, the stamps were such a powerful draw that customers would frequently steer their business only to stores that offered S & H Green Stamps.

Green Stamps were awarded as a bonus to shoppers based on the dollar amount of the sale. Some stores gave away a stamp for every 10-cents spent at retail, while others gave more, depending on the profit and mark-up of the items.

The stamps were indeed “green” and perforated just like a postage stamp. Collector books and a catalogue of prizes were available at participating stores and the goal of the shopping public was to fill up as many books as possible and redeem them for prizes. You could get just about anything with Green Stamps, from toasters to life insurance policies, but not everything was listed in the catalogue. You could actually negotiate with the company for various prizes. It is said that one school in Erie, Pennsylvania saved up 5.4 million Green Stamps in order to buy a pair of gorillas for the local zoo. There is no telling how many toasters, TV trays and sets of steak knives were earned from Green Stamp collections.

There were other stamp companies during those halcyon days of trading stamps, but none ever caught on like S & H Green Stamps.

The books in which the stamps were glued each had 24 pages. To fill a page required 50 points, so each book contained a total of 1200 points. Sounds like a lot, but it took a lot to get a decent prize. The more expensive the prizes, of course, the more books it took to redeem them.

Typically, a 1950’s or 1960’s family would accumulate the stamps and store them in an old cigar box until the box was near overflowing. Then, maybe once a month, the family had a “licking party” while watching TV and each family member would lick away or soak the back of the stamps with enough liquid to make them adhere. If too much liquid was applied, the stamps wouldn’t stick and then it was a real problem.

According to a publicist for Sperry and Hutchinson, when the program reached its height in the mid 60’s, they were printing three times as many stamps as the US Postal Service. The Green Stamps catalogue was the largest single publication in the United States. It was estimated that 80 percent of US households collected stamps of one sort or another, creating an annual market for S&H alone of about $825 million.

For the most part, the premium stamp companies went out of business during the recessions of the 1970’s, but believe it or not, you can still redeem a book of S & H Green Stamps. The approximate value of each book today is about $1.20. For a plasma TV, you would need some 500 books, and that represents a lot of licking.

It is difficult to fathom that a modern gas station would give you something for shopping at their establishment. You’re lucky if they don’t raise the price of gas while you’re filling your tank. They even charge for air for your tires.

Perhaps someday, times will change. Perhaps we’ll even see the return of S & H Green Stamps as a way to say thank you for shopping at our business.

S&H Green Stamps is a blast from the past. This machine was created by slot manufacturer Bally Technologies well over a decade ago. It was a consistent moneymaker for slot hustlers because it was a cheap game to play & had low volatility. A decent game for someone with a small bankroll to help bring it up.

The machine hung its hat on a unique feature called “save & win” free games. Green stamp symbols(1x, 2x & 5x) would appear fairly regularly. The player would then be awarded stamps equivalent to their total bet. Meaning that if someone were betting 75 credits & got a 5x symbol, the player would be awarded 375 stamps.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

The goal is to fill up a book of 1200 stamps where the player would then be faced with the decision of playing 5 free games or “saving” them in an effort to fill another book. Each subsequent completed book awards 5 additional games & the same decision to either redeem the free games or continue playing. If a player completes 5 full books, a credit amount of 1000 is awarded & the maximum amount of free games of 25 is started immediately.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

So where is the advantage & how do I “beat” S&H Green Stamps?

You can dream about finding a machine with 4 full books & the 5th nearly filled to give you the 25 free games. That isn’t going to happen. Most customers take the free games as soon as they achieve them. Realistically, an advantage player is hoping to find a machine where around half(600) of the stamps needed to fill the first book or more have already been accumulated. Play until you fill the book, accept the free games & walk away.

How to redeem s&h green stamps

Don’t expect huge, life changing money on this machine. Most 5 free game bonus rounds will pay somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 to 2500 credits. But every once in awhile you could get lucky & have one pay over 10000 credits. The vast majority of Green Stamps where available in 1 cent denominations. However, there were machines that came in higher denoms, most commonly nickels. That is where the good money was made years ago, especially if the machines had frequent play.

As far as betting goes on this machine most hustlers will suggest playing the maximum lines(25) at 1 credit bet per line. This is the most conservative approach & reduces the volatility. You typically won’t have to invest more than $20 on a 1 cent denom version of this machine to achieve the bonus playing this way. I personally am not opposed to betting higher especially if you want to get off the machine & move on as soon as possible. But of course you’ll have more volatility & be subject to bigger losses if the stamps don’t want to show up.

If you are going to bet higher I suggest not doing so all the way through. Let’s say you have 1180 stamps. There’s no point in betting 125 credits. If you land on a 2x stamp you’ll be giving the next player 230 stamps. You only need 20 stamps so just cut your bet to 20 credits.

In its heyday some casinos would carry multiple banks of these machines, providing hustlers with many opportunities to take advantage of them. Unfortunately S&H Green Stamps has disappeared from just about all major casinos. But it is still around & you’re more likely to find them these days in smaller, older casinos. If you happen to find one of these machines take a look at it & you might have yourself an advantage opportunity.

When I was a kid, there was a drawer in my kitchen almost completely filled with coils of green stamps. There were a few books in there as well, and I quickly discovered that the books were to be filled with the stamps to redeem for valuable prizes. These S&H Green Stamps were a part of my life for what seemed like an eternity, then they were gone.

The Sperry & Hutchinson company started its little stamp business in 1896, though green stamps didn’t show up in Sioux Falls until quite a while later. The stamps were an early example of a loyalty program, but unlike your Walgreens Balance Rewards card or your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver card, these stamps could be earned at any number of businesses around town. This inspired businesses to increase the stamps earned to attract business away from their competitors. For the grand opening of Sorensen Standard Service at 11th and Dakota in 1950, double green stamps were used to attract customers on the first day.

It took 1,200 points to fill a stamp book. Each book had 24 pages; 50 points per page. Stamps were issued in values of 1, 10 and 50 points, so sometimes a page could be filled with 50 one-point stamps or a single 50-point stamp. Green stamps were commonly found at grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, though they were also issued by restaurants and even jewelry stores.

S&H Green Stamps hit their zenith in the 1960s and ’70s. There were S&H stores in various locations around town as early as 1953 and as late as 1978, though one could redeem via catalogs as well. The stores were associated with Sunshine Food Markets, which, unsurprisingly, offered the stamps in all of their stores.

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In 1981, the S&H company was sold. The company was fading as a tough economic climate dragged the value of the stamps down significantly. As it took more and more stamps to purchase anything worthwhile, people stopped caring about them and cashing them in. The company was still offering green stamps in 1999, but only about 100 stores in the country were dispensing them.

A company called ProLogic purchased the Sperry & Hutchinson company in 2012. Changing with the times, S&H Greenpoints is the new company. These points can be earned through online purchases and traded in for various gift cards. They’ll even exchange your old books of stamps for points in their program, though at this time you must have at least 26 full books to exchange, which at the current rate can earn you a $25 gift certificate in exchange for those 31,000+ points.

The S&H Green Stamp is an indelible symbol of a bygone era. Those of us who were around during the green stamp days remember them fondly and can still appreciate the items earned with these stamps. I’ll never forget the Country Garden 24-piece glassware set my mother got for three and one-fourth books back in the ’70s. They were clear gold with embossed flowers.