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Explanation that first day covers without cachets are, as a rule, not sought after and worth very little
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
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.
Limit yourself to collecting a particular type of first day cover and learn to be a selective and frugal buyer.
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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.
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.
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
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.
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.
A recently discovered error version of the U.S.'s Lindbergh airmail stamp has sold for $14,000.
Know what your stamp collection is worth by consulting catalogs, but also be aware of the things that can impact a stamp's value.
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
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.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Different generations don't always see eye to eye in their collecting habits and pursuits.
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.
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Protect yourself and your collection's value by becoming familiar with the basic good practices of stamp collecting.
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.
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
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.
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway 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.
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
Mystery surrounds the recent sale of the world's most valuable stamp. Stamp auctioneer David Feldman says all will probably be known in time.
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
The old days of the kindly stamp dealer are just about over. You are now on your own to buy on the Internet, without the personal guidance that was once abundantly available in stamp shops.
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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.
Herman Herst was a remarkable fellow, who knew almost every philatelic angle and used his knowledge to teach and inform; a stamp dealer whose charm and trustworthiness served him well in the stamp trade. He had a bit of time for everyone who had a philatelic question. His books, including The Compleat Philatelist are full of the answers to the questions that collectors asked, as well as the information Herst had learned the knowledgeable collector needs to know.
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
Technology has made it increasingly easy for collectors who wish to become part-time stamp dealers to realize their dream.
Earlier days of buying and selling stamps was a slower, more personal and sometimes exotic way of adding stamps to your collection.
Real stamp collectors are children of the golden age of the Thirties through the Fifties; a time when philatelic history was made.
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
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.
How one stamp collector progressed in the hobby.
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
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.
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inexpensive gifts for the stamp collector in your life.
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
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Necessary tasks to prepare for selling your stamp collection include making sure you are emotionally ready to say goodbye
The return of About.com Stamps.
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
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.
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.
You don't have to do without stamps because the rent is due, or raid the grocery money to buy the latest new issues. Learn some basic tricks of stamp buying without too much pain to your bank account and you can continue to enjoy stamp collecting just as you do when times are good.
There are many variations of the first day cover, the pristine souvenir of the release day of a stamp that only travels through the mail system within another cover. The alternative are covers that have more to due with postal history than the artistic pieces of stamp memorabilia that are today's FDCs.
What are Airmail Stamps?
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Stamp commemorating the long jump at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Page 7.
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
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.
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
The United States air mail error.
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
The United States has issued a great variety of space stamps and related philatelic items over the years, giving good support to NASA's space program as well as exciting collectibles for the space stamp topical collector.
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
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.
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.
Virtually all of the U.S. authors depicted on USPS stamps have had their works banned.
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.
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 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.
The unique British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, within reach of only the most well-to-do philatelists, changed hands in June 2014, setting a new record.
A stamp that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
Stamp commemorating 1985 Winter Special Olympics held at Park City Utah. Page 8.
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
Modes of communication and information gathering, as well as information dissemination in the 21st century have greatly benefited stamp collectors and dealers.
Lacking a definitive guide, prices for philatelic covers are often arrived at by collectors and dealers following their gut.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
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.
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
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?
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
Joining a stamp club can add to your pleasure and knowledge and will consequently help you put together a collection of greater than average value. And in stamp collecting every friend, acquaintance and contact is another source of information and stamps.
As long as stamps continue to be issued there will be those happy to criticize every aspect of them.
Aside from stamps there are a great number of philatelic items, the products not of postal agencies, but stamp shows, that are collection-worthy.
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.
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
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.
A great guide to how to become a mail artist and part of the worldwide network, using stamps and art as a mode of expression and communication.
Adding stamp related philatelic items to your collection, can also add interest to it and help your stamps tell their stories.
Identifying Your Stamps Identifying Your Stamps Stamps come in all shapes and sizes. They are issued
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
You needn't spend a lot of money to have a great stamp collection. There are many good alternatives to high priced stamps that limit your purchases.
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
What is a stock book? Stamps.
George Washington Carver, a much honored black man of great achievement, was one of the first black Americans, after Booker T. Washington to be honored with a postage stamp. In his time, his impact of agriculture, especially in the U.S. south was pronounced. His place in black history is at the forefront and his influence on later generations is undeniable. The second stamp to honor him was part of a series issued in 1998, featuring the best and the brightest of the twentieth century.
Stamps follow the progress of art and science and sometimes contribute to the furthering of these areas.
Collecting stamps vs. collecting postal history.
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
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.
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.
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.
A stamp -- often of rarity or expense -- of lesser condition, used to fill a space in an album until a better copy becomes available.
Creating a healthy stamp collection requires knowing where to find the information and the stamps that will make it grow.
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Covers of the future will show current usages of stamps to be scarce.
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.
Mail art can help the post office, but it won't save it from its financial troubles.
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
Stamps have always been a dependable means of raising funds for those in need or suffering. It started during the U.S.'s Civil War and is still going on today.
The good and bad of the hobby is considered by collector/philatelic journalist John Hotchner.
The journey from beginning stamp collector to true philatelist is an exciting one, even as hard lessons are learned along the way.
The ongoing problem with the hobby of stamp collecting is the inability to attract younger collectors to carry on the traditions and start some of their own.
Besides the buying and selling at a stamp show, the other major offering is fun.
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.
What is a Postage Due Stamp? Stamps.
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative. Page 7.
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
Another of Herst's books is called Still More Stories To Collect Stamps By . And there is no better philatelic