Treasure Island Stamps & Coins is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, based on 32 reviews!
Stopped in recently and they had exactly what I needed and at a good price. I left a happy customer.
Treasure Island Stamps & Coins is truly, well, a treasure and an island in the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Valley!
After searching for some obscure coins, I happened upon Treasure Island Stamps & Coins after reading some Yelp reviews (thanks Yelpers!). So, I stopped by one day at the shop located on the corner of El Camino Real and Wilton Ave (across from Hong Kong Restaurant).
Even though the place was busy that day, the owner (Rudy) was very helpful. He patiently answered my many questions and offered some great tips. I didn't buy anything that day and he seemed perfectly okay with that.
A few days later, I returned. The owner remembered me from my previous visit. We spoke about coins, stamps and comic books. He offered even more insight about coins too. I ended up making some great purchases for which I've been very happy (with prices that were better than what I found on eBay and other online outlets).
The shop is quaint. It certainly isn't pretentious like some coin and stamp shops. It feels like a friendly community shop that truly values those who visit.
The shop is located in what I suspect is an Eichler that has been transformed into this shop. I suppose that this adds to the comfy feel. It offers wide assortments of coins and stamps and collection supplies that seem to change frequently. It is fun searching through the various coins and stamps with each subsequent visit.
I first went to the store on behalf of my dad (who lives in a different state) who was searching for particular coins. My dad has often tried to convince me to begin collecting. With such an amazing resource like Treasure Island located nearby, I've decided to begin my own collection.
PARKING: On my first visit, I parked along the street down Wilton Ave. However, I discovered that you can park along El Camino Real in front of the shop.
PAYMENT: The shop accepts cash or credit/debit card.
BUYING/SELLING: I haven't sold anything, but I have been in the shop when people sold items. They seemed very happy with the process and what they were offered.
VERDICT: I can't recommend Treasure Island Stamps and Coins enough! If you live in the peninsula or south bay, this is a great place to visit! It is a nice place for long-time collectors or to even beginners. If you're looking to introduce children to a great hobby, this shop would be a great introduction!
The owner is fair, efficient and friendly. Superior place for appraisals and transactions.
Treasure Island is still there! One of the very few stamp stores left in the Bay Area. This place has always been top notch, and is still without equal!
Great place, tons of stamps and coins, and everyone had a story. Not rushed. Came in looking for a specific sheet of fairly obscure stamps, yep he had them, at a great price. Even threw in one of the same stamps loose so I could mail the sheet to my friend with the same stamps... love finding these laid back exceedingly knowledgeable little places. But shhh dont tell too many people or there will be a line and they'll have to start handing out cappolattemociatos while you're waiting, ok? Promise. good.
One by one, stamp collecting shops are vanishing. The mighty H.E. Harris was bought, shuttered, and sold for parts by General Mills. The remaining small shops are slowly being pushed out by internet mega-sellers. To my knowledge, Treasure Island is the last of the great South Bay Area stamp shops, and it's a treasure in its own right. The selection of stamps is remarkable, and I've not yet gone there to buy a stamp that wasn't in stock. Usually there are multiple copies, and the owner is always willing to examine each for the best quality one to sell me. The prices are fair, normally standard book value, and often with a discount at the end.
I know the hobby of stamp collecting is on the wan, and the days when every kid had a stamp collection are long gone, but I certainly hope this shop will still be around when I have children old enough to dabble in philately. So yes, I know that I can probably find stamps and supplies for sale online for less, but I'll gladly pay more for the experience of spending time in a shop, seeing the stamps in front of me, and taking them home with me that day. I hope other collectors feel the same, so future generations can enjoy a visit to this shop and others like it.
This coin shop is by far the best in the entire Bay area!!! I am am coin collector myself and love going to this shop. The owner Rudy is a great person to deal with. If you want quality coins and stamps, check out this place. Have a great day everyone.
Right, yes, this is basically a top-end coin and stamp store.
As with the nearby The Coin Broker, these people are hobbyist fans, and they like people who are intelligent and have something to say.
(The owner will try to talk you into working on local opera productions, if you have any theater, so watch out! Lol.)
My favorite experience with them is wanting something special for Christmas presents for relatives kids I barely knew. I thought ... maybe ancient coins. He worked on that idea for a moment, and brought out a handful of junkers that needed extensive cleaning. More than they were worth, that is. We're talking coins 1,000s of years old. Cost me almost nothing, the kids LOVED them.
Treasure Island is my favorite coins shop in Palo Alto. I've been in many times and I always get good service.
Haven't been there since I was a kid.. good experience though.. I remember the place had a ton of stamps. Although, supplies of coins were not as large as other coin dealers, this place has the most stamp collecting materials and stamp collectibles if that's what you're looking for.
Shop owner is kind and has fair prices. Great shop for local collectors wanting to buy any kind of coin.
Friendly, helpful, fair prices! I've really enjoyed visiting this dealer because he lets me sit down and look through his inventory. Unlike many local dealers, he's wise enough to be friendly with his customers and patiently understand their collecting interests. I'll visit him again because it's easy to buy from him and his prices are very fair.
Without a doubt, the best stamp dealer in the bay area. Very friendly, knowledgeable, works with several customers at the same time. Excellent selection of stamps: I've never been disappointed.
Everyone's right: Treasure Island's owner is a gem. He's a trove of information and offered to answer our amateur questions even as he was assessing someone's serious collection.
Highlights: Very friendly! Wide variety of stamps, and ancients, US common issues, carries hobby supplies.
I've met a lot of coin dealers and I think these guys are perhaps one of the friendliest out there. When I first just started collecting and knew nothing about coins Treasure Island's owner helped me by actually taking his time to explain things to me and provide guidance. Very, very friendly.
He's specialized in ancients and stamps, and has a couple cases of US coins as well. Has a limited foreign selection, but that won't stop him from offering suggestions of where you can go! Great guy, and thus great store.
I agree with Marcus O. that the owner is a downright nice guy. He showed great tolerance and patience even with a guy who came in to get late date wheat pennies. Whether your purchase is 50 cents or a thousand times that, he is equally friendly, a great contrast to the Coin Broker down the street (visited on the same day) where the owner nastily tells customers that his time is worth $200 per hour, so don't waste it.
Treasure Island has a little bit of everything, from ancients to foreign postal covers, with somewhat limited depth in certain areas- but hey, the experience was so much more pleasant than most shops that it was enjoyable to take the time to go through what he had. You can see why this guy's been in business for more than 40 years.
When I was little, my sister and I would always walk over here and dig through the treasure trove of old stamps. There's a big chest of them mostly full of queen Elizabeth stamps. You can buy them for a penny or two. We would spend all day soaking them in water and creating our own stamp collections. Very fun and the owner was always super nice to us.
Checked out this place today...and it was awesome since the owner is nice, helpful and polite...way better than the San Jose Coin Shop i checked out yesterday. The guy at the SJ Coin Shop was rude...didnt wanna give any customer service or anything.
this place has
1:a great selecttion
3:a nice guy!
Great service and pleasant experience all around. The only difficult thing was finding a place to park! Rudy counted up my silver coins and paid me a fair rate right on the spot. I had checked around and his price was slightly more than the others I was quoted by. This place is so popular that there are a constant stream of customers and people coming in and out. I found that amazing for a coin and stamp shop. I would definitely use this store again.
The man who works here was so sweet and patient. I know nothing about stamps, but wanted to use vintage stamps on my wedding invitations. He sat down with me and helped me pick out everything I needed, and discounted some of the stamps I fell in love with so I could afford them. I will definitely be back, and I hope other brides go in there, too! Buying from him was MUCH less expensive than buying online, and he was just so nice, helpful, and knowledgeable.
Paul is great.
I too used to rummage through Paul's treasures when I was young, back when it was still in Town and Country. My grandfather introduced me to the place, the man and philately. So every time I bring my brood down to Mom's birth town, we stop in at Treasure Island and see what we can learn.
So go, buy a few plate blocks or something else old and chat it up with Paul. He'll talk about anything... Especially Theater, another passion of mine!
Excellent stamp shop! I like to use old stamps on my letters to make them look extra old-timey, and this place has tons of exactly what I like. They are well organized and reasonably priced. The owner is very helpful and friendly, even for someone like me who is not going to spend a whole lot of money. He certainly knows a lot about stamps and is happy to share his knowledge with newbies.
I'll definitely come back here often!
A lovely shop. I went to buy some packets of used postage stamps to start a collection with. They have topical ones and basic supplies and the owner is always willing to help. I also enjoyed looking through the old covers and postcards, as well as unused sheets of lower denomination stamps. The latter are great for adding a little extra detail to your mail, and are also a neat thing to collect.
I tried this place out on the advice of the other Yelpers.
This was my first time in this place and I was very impressed with the friendliness of the two guys working there. I had to buy a Kennedy half for a friend of mine and he had no problems with the questions about the coin that I was purchasing.
The store has a ton of stamps as well as a lot of collector coins, not so much in the bullion category, so keep that in mind when you are looking.
You can tell these guys just love what they do and they are more than willing to help you find what you are looking for!
As far as I know the best stamp and coin shop in the whole Bay Area mainly because the man himself - Rudy - is such a pleasure to deal with whether you are after something unusual or something ordinary. Its a great experience to go there and browse his stuff - you never know what you might find
Had fun. No pressure, interesting chat about coin collecting, grading. I told him I am a beginner and wanted to learn to grade. he showed me 3 books and discussed the pros and cons of each book. I bought the "Photograde" book and he even rounded down the price. Coin collecting is supposed to be fun and I definitely got that from today's visit. I'll be back and look forward to grading one of those sitting liberty coins and adding it to my collection. 5 stars for Rudy's shop
This is my 3rd time here buying 90% junk silver dimes.
More then fair price and really personal service.
Good man. No stress shop. Positive experience buying British Sovereign coins then selling them a year later. Also positive experience buying Silver American Eagle coins. Nice place to peruse casually.
I have to give this place a 5 star plus rating.
This is the best stamp and coin shop I've found in the Bay Area. I've been to a few.
Rudy is a very friendly down home dealer and his shop is a very relaxed atmosphere. He's your best broker in the stamp and coin industry with more knowledge about the hobby than a person needs to know.
See ya soon Rudy.
Rudy, the owner, was friendly and very knowledgeable. I was in town for only a couple of days helping my parents and needed a quick turn-around. He evaluated multiple albums of stamps and a box of coins and gave me an appraisal and a fair offer the next morning. Rudy at Treasure Island Stamp and Coin is a U.S. Army veteran with over 40 years experience in stamp and coin collecting. He offers excellent experience and unparalleled integrity. if you are a seasoned collector or a neophyte who wants to buy or sell, it's worth a visit to Treasure Island Stamp and Coin!
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