I currently contribute a bi-monthly collector's stamps column for the print publication The Journal Of Antiques And Collectibles (Sturbridge, MA). Over the past thirty years I worked for a number of stamp dealers, including Jacques Minkus, who was known as "the man who brought stamp collecting to main street U.S.A." Based on my sales experience I'm now selling paper collectibles on eBay, 80% of which are stamps-related.
I've written for a variety of stamp publications including Scott's Monthly, Linn's Stamp News and Stamp Collector, among others. I wrote the stamp column for the biweekly N.J. newspaper Wayne Today and co-edited stamp newsletters in northern New Jersey for the Metropolitan Air Post Society, the Association of Bergen County Philatelists and The American Air Mail Society. I've been a member of the American Philatelic Society, The American First Day Cover Society and The American Topical Association.
By John Finch:
Stamp collecting has long been associated in the public's mind with the "loner," though nothing could be further from the truth. With a myriad of collector's organizations and clubs, it is a hobby easily shared with others.
There is no limit to what one can get out of the hobby in terms of enjoyment, relaxation, entertainment and education. There are numerous ways to collect beyond buying and placing stamps in albums; many are the opportunities for personal creativity.
Stamp collecting is one of the few hobbies where participants can get back every penny they put into it -- and often more -- when they chose to dispose of their current collection to start a new one, or for whatever reason. But only if they have collected knowledgeably. An oft-repeated phrase among stamp collectors is "knowledge is power." It is my goal to provide you with some of that knowledge that will help you enjoy the hobby to the fullest, while building collections of meaning and value.