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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
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.
First Day Cover
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
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.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential \$1,000,00...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
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.
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
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.
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.
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
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.
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
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.
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.
Are New Stamps Selling America's Heritage Down...
Important former members of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee shed light on pop stamps they believe don’t show the best of America.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
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.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged 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
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
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.
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.
White House Limo Squired Stamp Collector to...
White House Chief of Staff and stamp collector John Sununu’s trip to a stamp auction was once the talk of philately -- and not all of it good.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
Swedish Treskilling Yellow Error Breaks Record
Mystery surrounds the recent sale of the world's most valuable stamp. Stamp auctioneer David Feldman says all will probably be known in time.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
One Needn't Be an Old-timer to Collect Stamp...
Real stamp collectors are children of the golden age of the Thirties through the Fifties; a time when philatelic history was made.
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative. Page 7.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
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.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
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.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Topical Stamp Collectors Must Use Common Sense
The topical and collector of worldwide stamps must have some set limits or drown in a deluge of each year's new issues. In the sesquicentennial years of the Civil War there will be stamp issues to tempt the collector. The Civil War topicalist will want to add all of them to his collection. But it is a good idea to examine the legitimacy of these issues before you spend your hard earned money on them.
If it’s Not a Clean Mint Stamp Many...
As stamp collecting fashion changes, will postal history be forgotten? Or are we now producing new postal history for future philatelists?
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
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?
Can Five Million U.S. Stamp Collectors Be Wrong?
Where did fifteen million stamp collectors go? A new estimate of the U.S. stamp collecting community has cut collectors’ numbers drastically.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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Topical Collection a Marriage of Stamp and Story
What’s the glue that holds a topical stamp collection together? Take a cue from one who has to hold the biggest day of her life together: a bride.
Revenue Stamps
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
Nassau Street: A Quarter Century of Stamp...
Another of Herst's books is called Still More Stories To Collect Stamps By . And there is no better philatelic
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.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
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.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
The Airmail Stamp
Payment for postal transportation by air.
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.
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.
Benjamin Franklin Endures as the Face of...
Will the USPS close the historic B Free Franklin post office in Philadelphia as a cost cutting measure?
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.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
Attractive Cinderella Stamps Hold Interest For...
Every stamp in your collection needn’t be one that originally came from a post office, created with the intent to pay postage.
The Not-So-Simple Appeal of First Day Covers...
First day covers, with us in different forms for 100 years, are as much a part of the world scene as stamps -- sometimes more so.
1937 Navy Issue - Farragut and Porter...
1937 Navy Issue - Farragut and Porter Commemorative. Page 8.
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.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
A Stamp Collection About Where Stamps Come From
A topical collection about the history of the world's postal systems and their stamps is ideal for the collector wanting to show philately's story.
\$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
Timeless Stamp Collecting Lessons from...
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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.
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.
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.
Special Delivery Stamp
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
Stamps' Second Act
The return of About.com Stamps.
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.
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.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
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.
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.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
Only Purchase Stamps That Meet Your Standards
As a stamp collector it's your responsibility to know the stamps you buy. Waiting until it is in your possession to check it out can lead to trouble.
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.
Space Filler
A stamp -- often of rarity or expense -- of lesser condition, used to fill a space in an album until a better copy becomes available.
Inverted Jenny
The United States air mail error.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
1948 Four Chaplains Commemorative
1948 Four Chaplains Commemorative. Page 6.
Close Your Album and Live Your Stamps
There's more to stamp collecting than putting little pieces of paper in albums. Stamps can become an integral part of one's daily life and you can go as far as your interest will take you. Philately is not a dry and boring pursuit. And collecting with passion is the best revenge.
Stock Book
What is a stock book? Stamps.
Stamp Investing's Tender Traps
There are no guarantees in stamp investing, although picking the right stamps is a good start. While the collector may love his stamps, when he decides to become an investor he must become knowledgeable about what makes a stamp important and investment grade. While there are many gurus in the philatelic woods ready to sell you their investment grade stamps, there is no substitute for the investor to be able to know what stamps may offer him financial returns in the future.
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 2.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
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.
Unusual Philatelic Items from Stamp Shows
Aside from stamps there are a great number of philatelic items, the products not of postal agencies, but stamp shows, that are collection-worthy.
Some Stamp Collectors Embrace Disasters
For those who wish to find them, there are plenty of tragedies and disasters in the hobby, found both in albums and in the living, breathing world of philately. But how can these sad events be collectible?
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.
Will Internet Stamp Sales Create Supercollectors?
It becomes harder for stamp collectors to remember the thrill of the hunt as the Internet makes stamps available at the click of a mouse.
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.
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
Crash Cover
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
Review of UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
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.
The Duck Stamp
A stamp that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
Ephemera Labels Are Not Stamps
Ephemera can be added to a collection to add interest and meaning to a collection of stamps.
Twenty Gifts for Twenty Dollars
Inexpensive gifts for the stamp collector in your life.
Postage Due Stamp
What is a Postage Due Stamp? Stamps.
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.
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.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
3¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
3¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 3.
World Cup 2014 A Philatelic Celebration
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
\$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 16.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
Stamp Words, Serious and Otherwise
Monsieur Herpin coined the word philately more than 100 years ago so stamp collecting might have a fancy title for itself. There are other words unique to the hobby not so elegant. In fact, they can be downright scary.
Stamp Marketing Research Fails
Stamps are marketed to collectors and others in various ways, sometimes with success, sometimes without.
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.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
Are the Young Turning Their Backs on Stamp...
The hobby of stamp collecting needs an infusion of youth to stay strong.
Buried Philatelic Treasures Require a Bit of...
Rare stamps have been found in the most unusual places.
Possible New Example of Kicking Mule Cancel Found
A collector bought a cover on eBay which may -- unbeknownst to the dealer who sold it to him -- hold a new example of the rare Kicking Mule fancy cancel.
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
Art in the Posts: But Is It Philately?
Mail art can help the post office, but it won't save it from its financial troubles.
The Story of a Stamp Exhibit
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
The Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
The Exotic Hobby of Stamp Collecting
Visit the exotic locales of the world without even leaving your comfy chair. All you need as a traveling companion is a worldwide stamp collection.
\$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
The 8th Winter Olympic Games
U.S. stamp commemorating the 8th Winter Olympics. The games took place in Squaw Valley, California, in 1960 and saw the first Biathlon competition.
Getting to Your Next Level of Stamp Collecting
There are some basic steps the stamp collector must take -- as well as basic tools to grasp -- to get to the next level in his collecting life.
Buying Stamps in Person Versus Online
Protect yourself by knowing the quality of the stamps you buy, whether it is in person or online.
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.
Philatelic Show Fun
Besides the buying and selling at a stamp show, the other major offering is fun.
Unrecognized Smithsonian Balloonist Cover...
The seller didn't know that the rather ordinary Smithsonian cover was tied into major personalities and events of the Civil War. But two bidders did.
Don't Neglect Security Measures to Protect Your...
Protecting your identity and being discreet about your collection online and in real life is the beginning of keeping your stamps safe from theft.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
Souvenir Sheet
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
Cinderella Stamps
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
Get More out of Stamp Collecting with...
The history of publishing philatelic literature; the meaning of philatelic literature to the interested stamp collector.
The Art of Stamp Collecting
Artists and their art fill the stamps in philatelic collections.
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