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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.
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Women's Connections to Stamps and Postal...
Women came a long way in gaining postal recognition for their work and achievements, and now, especially in the U.S., they are as well represented on stamps and covers as men.
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.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
Lincoln: Still a Favorite in the Hearts of...
From the time when his campaign covers were in the mail, to Civil War patriotics, to the 15 cent memorial stamp after his death, to the many postal tributes the USPS has bestowed on him, Abe Lincoln is the man, as far as stamp collectors are concerned.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
Stamps' Romance and Reality
Collecting stamps for pleasure is simple. But if it is a profit you are looking for, you have your work cut out.
First Day Cover
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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.
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.
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.
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential $1,000,000...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
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.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
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?
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.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
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.
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.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
Pop Culture Stamps Annoy Former Postmaster...
The public and U.S. stamp collectors don't want trivialities on stamps, but serious American subjects, says former Postmaster General Bailar.
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
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.
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.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
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.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
The Rebels Printed Their Own Stamps During the...
Although never recognized by the U.S. government, the Confederate States of America moved the mails in the South during the Civil War.
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.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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.
\$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
Stamp Mentors and Sharing Philatelic Knowledge
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition 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.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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.
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.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
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.
Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
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.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
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.
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.
Numerous Benefits for Collectors at Larger...
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
\$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 16.
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.
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.
UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
Review of UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
My Stamp Collecting Journey: Part II
How one stamp collector progressed in the hobby.
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
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.
Stock Book
What is a stock book? 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.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Special Delivery Stamp
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
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.
\$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
\$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
Was Buying Stamps More Fun in Days Gone By?
Earlier days of buying and selling stamps was a slower, more personal and sometimes exotic way of adding stamps to your collection.
Suffering from Early Post Office Nostalgia
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
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.
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.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
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.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
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.
Are the Young Turning Their Backs on Stamp...
The hobby of stamp collecting needs an infusion of youth to stay strong.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
\$1 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$1 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 13.
Make Your Stamp Collection Personal Using...
Collect stamps any way you desire, but be aware of the tools already available in the philatelic world to meet your basic collecting needs.
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
Collecting Philatelic Covers: To Cut or Not to...
New types of stamps make philatelic covers more collectible.
Buying Stamps in Tough Economic Times
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.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
Get Real To Attract Young to Stamp Collecting
Attracting young people to join the hobby of stamp collecting requires some basic changes to the way things are in the world of philately.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition...
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting Has Scientific...
While you identify with your philatelic pursuits through your stamps, the foundation of the hobby may be more scientific than you think.
1¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exhibition Stamp
1¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exhibition Stamp
Twenty Gifts for Twenty Dollars
Inexpensive gifts for the stamp collector in your life.
When You Feel You’ve Grown Out of Basic...
The stamp collector may eventually feel she wants more than buying stamps and putting them into an album. Luckily the hobby is made up of much more.
World Cup 2014 A Philatelic Celebration
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
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.
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.
You’ve Bought Some Stamps; Now Deal with...
Your responsibility to your stamps begins as soon as you've decided to buy them and continues to the moment you put them in your album.
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
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.
50¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
50¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 12.
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.
Buying Stamps Online Is Not Without Pitfalls
Beware misdescribed stamps and those with hidden faults when buying online. Legitimate dealers will always back up their stamps with a guarantee.
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.
Lack of Catalog Listing Doesn’t Indicate...
That stamp you found in large mixture may not be in your catalog, but that doesn't mean you've found a rarity. And it may not even be a postage stamp.
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.
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.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
Souvenir Sheet
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Famous Stamps' Secondhand Stories
Usually the best philatelic stories are behind the rare and expensive stamps. But even cheap stamps often have interesting things to say.
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.
8¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
8¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 8.
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.
Postal History Doesn't Always Include Stamps
Many stamp collectors add stampless and free frank covers to the postal history section of their collections.
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.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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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.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
The Alternative First Day Cover
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.
A Stamp Collector's Questions
There are several questions that stamp collectors always want answers for.
The British Guiana is All the Romance of...
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.
10¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
10¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 9.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
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.
USPS Jenny Sheet Renews Interest In Airmail
The USPS issuing a sheet reproducing a famous airmail error, the Inverted Jenny, aka the Upside Down Airplane stamp, looks back to the days when airmail was all the rage with stamp and cover collectors.
Black History and Stamp Collecting Months --...
Black history was made and noted on both sides of the Atlantic as a noteworthy black history collection was exhibited by Stanley Gibbons, during the U.K.'s Black History Month. In the U.S. it was National Stamp Collecting month and an important Martin Luther King Jr. postal commemorative cover was produced to mark the dedication of the King monument in Washington D.C. These events are the tip of the iceberg of black history stamps, a topical area becoming ever more popular with stamp collectors.
1964 Anniversary of the Wilderness Campaign...
1964 Anniversary of the Wilderness Campaign Commemorative. Page 2.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
Stamps and Postal History Remember the Best of...
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.
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.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
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