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A Dealer Said My First Day Covers Are...
Explanation that first day covers without cachets are, as a rule, not sought after and worth very little
Is Your Stamp Collection Really Valuable?
Be aware, as you put build your stamp collection, that what you pay for your stamps today will have a major impact on the resale of your collection later.
Catalogs and Your Stamp Collection's Value
Stamp catalogs come offer guides to prices, not the final word on them. That rests with stamps dealers, who use the same catalogs as collectors to determine their prices.
How to Buy Gifts for Stamp Collectors
Buying gifts for the stamp collector can be extremely hard for the non-collector. They already have the basics like watermark detector, tongs and the other tools of the hobby. And you don't know what kind of stamps to buy for him. Here are suggestions for gifts that might not seem glamorous, but compared to the basics will be much appreciated by the collector.
Selling an Inherited Stamp Collection
Selling an inherited stamp collection can be an intimidating task, but there are ways to go about it that will reduce the stress and tension involved.
After Stamps First Day Covers are the Most...
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Blue 2p Stamp Rarity Embodies the Height of...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
Always Know What Your Stamp Collection is Worth
Know what your stamp collection is worth by consulting catalogs, but also be aware of the things that can impact a stamp's value.
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
One Dealer's View of First Day Covers
What would one dealer from the classic era of stamp and cover collecting think of the current trend practiced by some of creating artisanal cachets and charging big bucks for them? Although Herman Herst was of the generation of first day cover collectors who enjoyed covers made by Artcraft, Fleetwood, Anderson and many others, the new kids produce limited edition FDC's that cost more than the classics on the day they appear.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
The Benjamin K. Miller U.S. Stamp Collection:...
A fabulous collection of U.S. stamps donated to the New York Public Library is featured in Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection.
Where to Find A \$14,000 Error Stamp Rarity
A recently discovered error version of the U.S.'s Lindbergh airmail stamp has sold for $14,000.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
4 Styles of First Day Cover Collecting
Limit yourself to collecting a particular type of first day cover and learn to be a selective and frugal buyer.
Avoid Cachet Confusion When Buying First Day...
Covers from earlier days, especially the 30s through the WWII era can sometimes fool collectors into thinking they are first day covers. It is important to know the difference between event covers and first day covers. It often comes down to the cachet.
Are There Limits to Stamp Subjects?
One of stamp collecting’s benefits is learning about history. But some believe that some of that history should be ignored -- or erased.
Stamps’ Popularity Followed Other Paper...
While hardcore stamp collectors say every age is the golden age for the hobby, one period stands out as the time interest in stamp collecting surged.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
A Quick Start Guide for the New Stamp Collector
There are a great many terms the studious stamp collector wants to learn. But at the beginning the new collector need only grasp the basic ones.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Stamp Collecting Under the Umbrella of Philately
Philately is the large umbrella that covers stamp collecting, while implying a collector engaged in more serious study of his stamps and covers.
Danger and Excitement Attended 1913 Stamp Show
An historic stamp show in 1913 filled the press with tales of theft, famous collectors and a D.A. out to confiscate the show’s publicity stamps.
Collect Postal History for Stamps and More
While stamp collectors and postal history collectors share philatelic concerns, they are more accurately defined by their differences.
Follow Postal Progress with Stamps Issued for...
Stamp collectors interested in postal systems keep a record of progress with their collections featuring rate change covers and stamps.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Learn Philatelic Do's and Don'ts
Protect yourself and your collection's value by becoming familiar with the basic good practices of stamp collecting.
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
Your 21st Century Stamp Want List
The online world offers collectors a myriad of ways to get the message of what they want to buy to add to their collections; traditionally called a want list this information can now be broadcast across the Internet, assuring that the sought stamps are available to the collector many times faster than in stamp collecting's earlier days.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
Many Stamp Collectors Enjoy Deltiology
The hobby of deltiology, or postcard collecting, is enjoyed by many stamp collectors, who enjoy the variety of postcards beyond the basic scenic or picture postcard.
Whither First Day Covers in the Post-Modern...
First day covers (FDC's) are having a hard time holding their place in today's stamp collecting world, as interest in them fades and FDC collecting groups lose members.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
Collectible stamp covers?
The idea that one must be very experienced in collecting to collect covers is a myth. Many intermediate collectors, after a good grounding in stamp collecting find it a natural thing to add covers to their philatelic pursuits.
Collecting U.S. Stamps Into the Future
From railway mail to stamps commemorating space travel, the years bracketing WWII offered philatelic variety and a snapshot of America.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
Make Your Stamp Collection Tell a Story with...
If you want your topical stamp collection to tell a story add covers that let the stamps speak of their purpose and history.
Beginners Need to Look Beyond Mail to Attain...
It used to be stamp collectors got stamps from the mail of friends, neighbors and associates. But with meters and permits taking over this has ended.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
Stuck with Self-Stick Stamps
Self-stick adhesive postage stamps present problems that earlier generations of collectors did not have to contend with. How to deal with them is the elephant in the room for collectors of mint and used stamps. Do collecting traditions need to fall or can stamp collectors go gently into the 21st century?
Don’t Leave Your Significant Other with A...
You can bring your family together for fun with your stamps. But remember to leave instructions for the sale of your collections after you're gone.
Stamp Collectors Enjoy Challenges of Their Own...
In stamp collecting no one but you decides what is enough to make a collection, though you must have the right items to call it complete.
Make Sure the Stamps and Covers in Your...
The unscrupulous are adept at taking advantage of collectors with fakes and forgeries. You have to beat them by being aware of their frauds.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
New Collectors' Misconceptions About Stamp...
New collectors suspect dealers of all sorts of strange thoughts and deeds. There are those who think all dealers are crooks. The truth is that your stamp dealer can be a mentor and someone to help you build a better collection.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
The Exciting Story of Aviation Told on Stamps...
Twentieth-century​ French aviation offers collectors an exciting topical collecting opportunity with many commemorative stamps and covers.
Why Not Try Your Hand at Stamp Dealing?
For some being a stamp collector isn’t enough; they want to be around stamps 24/7. And the best way to do that is to become a stamp dealer.
Being a Stamp Collector
There are stereotypes of stamp collectors, perpetuated by the media. Although there may be an element of truth to them, they are based on exaggeration. Examining what real collector types exist can give one a good picture of the stamp collecting world and what to expect when one becomes a part of it.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Many Stamp Collectors Now Becoming Part-Time...
Technology has made it increasingly easy for collectors who wish to become part-time stamp dealers to realize their dream.
Balloon Mail was a Lifeline to the World for...
The Siege of Paris ballon monte mail, carried out of the surrounded city by balloons, 1870-71, produced the first systematic airmail postal history.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Pay Your Price for Your Stamps, Not the Dealer's
There are ways to help yourself find stamps at prices you can handle. And all it takes is finding a stamp dealer who is aware of your needs as a collector.
No Science to Pricing Philatelic Covers and...
Lacking a definitive guide, prices for philatelic covers are often arrived at by collectors and dealers following their gut.
Discover Where Stamp Collecting Is Going by...
Be ready for changes in stamp collecting styles. New types of stamps can mean different ways to collect, as well as the need for different tools to store and enjoy your stamps and covers. Keeping up with current trends in stamp collecting makes sure you enjoy your hobby to the maximum.
Airplane Stamp Potentially Worth Thousands...
The Inverted Jenny reprint is a nod to philatelic history. And the USPS added 100 error errors for lucky collectors to find for a possible jackpot.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
To Use or Not to Use Stamp Albums
Albums can offer disappointment to the collector in the form of empty spaces where high value stamps go. But the discipline of using a stamp album can also help one avoid sliding down the slippery slope from stamp collector to messy accumulator of stamps.
Get the Best Deal When Selling Your Stamp...
Necessary tasks to prepare for selling your stamp collection include making sure you are emotionally ready to say goodbye
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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Sell Your Unneeded Stamps to Benefit Your...
The ease of selling stamps online means you can turn your extras into cash. But be a responsible seller and only offer good quality to your buyers.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
The Story of a Stamp Exhibit
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
Stamp Centering: A Buyer's Prime Consideration
The centering of a stamp is one of the prime considerations when deciding what price to pay. The knowledgeable collector is aware of the different grades of stamps and the terms to describe them.
Organization Needed to Make a Stamp Collection
It is great fun to buy stamps, but once you get them home you have a responsibility to them. If you find more enjoyment in the acquisition than in forming them into a handsome and meaningful collection, you are an accumulator and not a collector.
Postage Due Stamp
What is a Postage Due Stamp? Stamps.
Finding a Stamp Dealer That's Right for You
The stamp collector must find a go-to dealer who specializes in the type of material he seeks. There are some common sense considerations one must keep in mind when sizing up stamp dealers and how they may serve the collector.
Many Early Used Stamps Worth More Saved on Mail
While speculators in stamps may occasionally turn a profit, they are out of place in a hobby custom made for one individual: the stamp collector.
Most Old Time Stamp Collecting Wisdom Still...
Be confident when valuing and buying stamps. No single guide has all the information, though it is available with a bit of searching.
When Stamp Collectors are Ready, Covers are...
On the way from collecting stamps to studying postal history, there's an entry level fun way to get into it by collecting covers that show the progress of the mails and the history of the hobby of stamp collecting.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
Moisture: A Stamp's Natural Enemy
One of the greatest enemies of stamps and related philatelic items is moisture. A collection needs to be protected through means of climate control and chemicals. And if dampness and moisture have affected stamps there ways to salvage part of their value, though never all.
Use the Internet to Form a Better Stamp...
The Internet is a real boon for stamp collectors, allowing them to add to their knowledge of the hobby, purchase stamps with ease and connect with other collectors.
The Duck Stamp
A stamp that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
Varieties of Coil Stamps Fascinate Collectors
The humble coil stamp, in its role as a mail workhorse, provides many different varieties and usages to keep a collector busy with possibilities.
That Stamp May Not be a Stamp After All
Not every stamp a collector finds is a postage stamp. But that's fine because the hobby and catalogs recognize other types as legitimate collectibles.
Stamp Collecting World Benefits from Tech
Modes of communication and information gathering, as well as information dissemination in the 21st century have greatly benefited stamp collectors and dealers.
The Great American Stamp Collector: FDR
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a stamp collector of such passion that he may have thought of himself as a philatelist first and leader of the free world second.
Keeping Your Stamp Collection Up to Date
Creating a healthy stamp collection requires knowing where to find the information and the stamps that will make it grow.
Philately and Photography Work Together for Good
Great photographers of America deserve to be honored on stamps. Although their work has appeared on stamps, they are more than just a sum of their images. Their contribution to culture and society deserves philatelic recognition.
Learn the Rules of Condition Before Playing the...
The new or inexperienced collector may overlook one of the hard and fast rules of stamp collecting: always purchase a stamp in the best condition available. While there are different standards for each collector, those who want their collections to have value and decent resale value can't ignore the condition of the stamps they buy and add to their collections.
Collateral Items Add Interest to a Stamp...
Adding stamp related philatelic items to your collection, can also add interest to it and help your stamps tell their stories.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
New Era for Postal History May be Now
It's a rare hobby where something described as used can have a good valuation. But used stamps, especially saved on cover, exemplifies that category.
Sounds Scary, But Is Fun: Stamp Collecting...
No one can take in the whole of philately. And so collectors become specialists, limiting themselves to a single area of stamp collecting.
Mystery Owner of Treskilling Yellow Rarity...
Until recently the owner of the rare Treskilling Yellow Swedish error stamp, auctioned by David Feldman, has remained unknown. But Feldman has revealed the owner to be entrepreneur and player in the philatelic world, Arman Rousso.
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
Collecting Philatelic Covers: To Cut or Not to...
New types of stamps make philatelic covers more collectible.
U.S. Olympic Games Stamp Gallery
The U.S. Postal Service has a long tradition of celebrating the Olympic Games on stamps. While these issues cover a wide variety of sports, they all have two things in common: unique designs and lots of color.
Do Unto Other Stamp Collectors...
Stamp collecting is a hobby for your individual enjoyment. Still, it’s to your benefit that your stamp collecting impacts others positively as well.
Some Traditional Collectors Unhappy with Change...
As the USPS turns to self-adhesive stamps exclusively, many collectors turn their backs on U.S. new issues as they mourn classic style stamps.
The Airmail Stamp
Payment for postal transportation by air.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
Luff Brought Organization to US Slogan...
Slogan cancellation collecting, once a popular area, was helped out by Moe Luff, a cover dealer who cataloged U.S. slogans. His numbering system is still in use today.
The Wise Stamp Investor
As the financial situation in the world has become dire, many are looking for other places to invest their money as currency, stocks, and bonds remain risky. Tangible assets like rare stamps are gaining in popularity, as historically they have held their value and are now viewed as a safe haven for investing. Stamp collectors may also consider investing in stamps, although in a way they already do.
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Story of One Man's Obsession with Stamp...
The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield pulls no punches in author's personal story of how his stamp collecting addiction hurt him.
Stamp Lore Springs from Dealer Rarity Sales
While stamp dealers have become less visible through selling via the Internet, they are now using new technology to get closer to collectors again.
Buying Philatelic Covers and Postal History...
Those who go from stamp collecting to add cover collecting to their philatelic menu must be aware of the different concerns that arising when buying items for their collections.
USPS Pictorial Postmarks Mark History
Pictorial postmarks, available since the first that was issued from the Headsville West Virginia post office, then residing inside the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, are available to any who have a worthy event or anniversary to commemorate.
Lindbergh and the Airmail
Lindbergh couldn't stop in every city in the U.S., but after his post-transatlantic flight tour, millions had seen him and he had been the main factor in convincing Americans to use the new airmail service.
Don’t Mistake Souvenir Items for...
Some collectors enjoy made-up philatelic souvenirs of an event, while others find satisfaction only through collecting true postal history.
The Setting Sun of Airmail; The Bright Future...
With the glory days of airmail behind it, collectors are waiting to see if a new era of space exploration, travel and possible colonization will engender an astropost serving those living in space stations and beyond. Well before that, of course, will be flights that will be commemorated with stamps and special covers, privately issued, that will help pay for the launches and exploration.
What are the holes between stamps?
Main Street's Stamp Dealer
Jacques Minkus, known as The Man Who Brought Stamps to Main Street USA was the owner of one of the most successful stamp businesses in the world from the 1930s to the 1970s.
UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
Review of UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
Stamp Collectors Find Human Interest in Postal...
Stamps can be positive triggering devices for collectors as they send them in search of postal history and the story behind the stamp.
When Stamp Collecting Was Cool
Changes must be made in the nature of stamp collecting, as collectors must change their style if the hobby is to survive. Pretending that money doesn't have anything to do with why people collect is the first old notion that should go.
The Not-So-Simple Appeal of First Day Covers
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway for stamp collectors.
Event Day Cover
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
Don't Get Burned On Sand Dunes Stamps
The exotic middle east countries including Fujiera, Kuwait, Yemen, Ajman, Afganistan, Oman have issued stamps that many collectors cast a wary eye upon, when they are not ignoring them entirely. While these stamps from the so-called Sand Dunes do have their place in the philatelic world -- mostly in cheap packets and to beef up bulk packages with quantity if not quality -- their real value is negligible. They are more curiosities, rather than stamps that serve any actual postal purpose.
Fairs and Expos Offer Stamp Collecting...
World's fairs and expositions have historically been responsible for creating some of the most exciting collectibles for stamp and cover collectors. From the Columbian Exposition in 1892 to the 1939 NY World's Fair and beyond, collectors of fair and expo items have a rich field to mine.
Knowing The Parts That Make Up a Cover
Those who know how to read a cover are better able to gauge its worth, while understanding why it may or may not be a fit for their collection. And knowing a covers' parts is a basic skill for the knowledgeable philatelist.
Stamp Collectors Guard Their Privacy
Privacy, including not divulging important information about stamp purchases, is vital to the safety of stamp collectors and their collections
Spacefillers Can Be Alternatives to Stamps...
When a stamp collection nears completion and only the rare and expensive remain to be added, acquiring cheap spacefiller stamps is one option.
Stamp Collectors Become Dealers on Ebay
Ebay makes it easy for stamp collectors to sell their stamps and covers themselves, but rules must be followed to find success.
The Romance of Stamp Collecting Found Through...
From the world’s first balloon flights to balloon post during the 1870 Paris siege French aviation is well documented on postage stamps.
The Stamp Collector vs The Philatelist
The stamp collector and the philatelist, while they're in the same ballpark, are on different teams. Their styles of collecting and relating to their stamps vary in seriousness, organization and study. Neither one is more right than the other. They have just chosen different directions in which to pursue their interest.
One Stamp Collection the Ultimate Specialization
The stamp collector specializes with a well-focused collection of fewer stamps, including examples of their usages on examples of postal history.
It’s Sometimes OK to Tamper with Stamps...
There are those who routinely deface stamps with notations with nary a thought. A practice from the days when condition wasn’t primary, it is wrong.
Solving Stamp Mysteries
What to do when you find a stamp that isn't listed in any catalog.
Understanding Philatelic Research
Philatelic research is important to fully know your stamps and covers, as well as being able to present them in a way that allows a viewer to appreciate their meaning. There are many levels of research, from using the basic catalogs, to going to specialty publications and prime sources to allow the collector to put their philatelic items into historical perspective. Of course the collector may do as much, or as little, research as he wants and still enjoy his collection in his own way.
WWII Added Many to the Ranks of Stamp Collecting
WWII and surrounding events created many stamp collectors.
Consider More Than The Stamp When Buying US...
There is more to consider when buying U.S. covers than the stamp. Cachets can cause confusion for the beginning or casual collector and cause him to purchase a cover that is not what he thinks it is.
First Day Covers are Serious Philately
The stamp collector should not think of first day covers as kids' stuff in relation to their serious stamp collecting. Respected philatelists find the collection and study of first day covers to be a worthy pursuit.
Stamp Condition Heartbreaks
There are many ways a stamp or cover might be abused, lessening its condition and value. Those who give stamps a good home and see that their collections get the proper care, maintaining the best condition, should be considered heroes.
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
The Stamp Collector's Stamp Collector
You may well consider yourself a stamp collector. But are you a true stamp collector? A quick look at this list provides you with your answer.
Timeless Stamp Collecting Lessons from...
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Fashions in Stamp Mounting Evolved Over the Years
One of the greatest changes in stamp collecting over the years has been the emphasis on the back of the stamp and how gum condition affects value.
Hook Kids on Stamp Collecting
If new, young stamp collectors don't join the hobby, the day could come when you find your collection is worthless, due to lack of buyers.
You Can Bring Order to Life with Stamp Collecting
Stamp collectors have always been guaranteed fun and pleasure, though claims for the hobby often stress knowledge and self-improvement.
The Semi-Complete Self-Sustaining Stamp...
Collectors who learn to think like a dealer when going to buy stamps are not breaking any philatelic laws or selling their souls. In fact they are realizing better deals than the collectors who are stuck in the same old collector buying habits.
No Quick Pay-Off Found in Stamps
Speculation in stamps can benefit only the speculator. The practice is bad for the health of the hobby and should be avoided by the collector,
Janis and Jimi Only the Latest to Rock Stamp...
The tone of stamp collecting is changing as entertainers -- especially rock musicians -- now appear regularly on worldwide new issues.
Mount (stamp)
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
Beginners Must Buy Stamps With Care
The beginning stamp collector may be tempted by the glamour items of philately, but in the first days of stamp collecting they must be forgotten for less expensive -- and less risky -- collection foundation stamps.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting

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