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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
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
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.
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.
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.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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.
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.
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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.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
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.
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.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential $1,000,000...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
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.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
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.
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.
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
My Stamp Collecting Journey: Part II
How one stamp collector progressed in the hobby.
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?
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.
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.
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 Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
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.
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.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
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
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate 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.
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.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition 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.
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition...
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
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.
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.
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.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
Suffering from Early Post Office Nostalgia
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
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.
Numerous Benefits for Collectors at Larger...
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
Banned Books Week Leads Into National Stamp...
Virtually all of the U.S. authors depicted on USPS stamps have had their works banned.
Are the Young Turning Their Backs on Stamp...
The hobby of stamp collecting needs an infusion of youth to stay strong.
Stamps Hobby Rebirths Collectors
Many collectors are in the hobby for the second time. They are not the only ones who rejuvenate themselves -- the hobby has a way of bringing itself back to life periodically.
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.
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.
The Philatelic Money Machine: Myth or the Real...
The ideal for stamp collectors, once we move beyond the beginning stage of our hobby, is to make the
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
Follow Your Bliss: Collect Stamps of Your Life...
Starting a topical collection like the conquest of space as a sideline to your regular collection can instill new life into your philatelic pursuits.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
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.
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.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
Mount (stamp)
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
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.
\$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
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.
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.
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?
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping...
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.
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?
\$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
Stamps' Second Act
The return of About.com Stamps.
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.
Add Impact to Your Stamp Collection with a...
There are covers full of history that can add an authentic touch to a modern stamp collection.
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.
Crash Cover
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
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.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
The Unusual from Your Dealer
There is more to the stock of most stamp dealers than just stamps and supplies. If you seek unusual stamp varieties, special printings, specialty philatelic literature, etc. you may find many dealers can provide for you.
Stamps Carry the Mail and the Mail Carries...
A simple topical stamp collection is raised above the ordinary when the story it tells is grounded in history and human progress.
Bobsledding at the 1972 Winter Olympics
Commemorates the 1972 Winter Olympics Bobsledding events in Sapporo, Japan. Bobsledding has been an Olympic event since 1924. Page 3.
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.
Mail Art: Stamp Collecting's Artistic Cousin
The act of creating mail art is one that anyone can be part of. The basic tools are stamps, an envelope and some paper ephemera and found art. The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is hosting mail art workshops and helping to make the act of creating mail art family friendly. Mail art is nn art form that is free and personal, rather than museum-bound; the stamp collector can easily find pleasure in mail art through the stamps, labels and stickers that predominate on the pieces.
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
6¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
6¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 7.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
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.
Souvenir Sheet
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
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.
Commemoration on Stamps an Honor?
The commemoration of people on stamps is not necessarily a welcomed honor for some.
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.
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.
8¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
8¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 8.
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
World Cup 2014 A Philatelic Celebration
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
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.
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.
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.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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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.
Philately's Generations
Different generations don't always see eye to eye in their collecting habits and pursuits.
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.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 2.
A Brief History of U.S. Space Stamps
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.
Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
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.
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.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
The Story of a Stamp Exhibit
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
A Variety of Non-Stamps
Not all stamps make it onto mail. And in fact they are not truly stamps, although they appear to be. They are proofs and essays.
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
\$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 16.
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.
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.
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.
For Living People on Stamps
The USPS has decided to honor living individuals on stamps, a move that will make the stamp issuing program more contemporary and bring new blood into the aging collector world.
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.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
Is It Time to Rejoin the Ranks of the Stamp...
If you collected years ago and have been on sabbatical from the hobby, there have been some changes you should know about before you dive back in.
The Airmail Stamp
Payment for postal transportation by air.
Track Events at the 1972 Summer Olympics.
1972 Summer Olympic Track Events. The stamps for both the Summer and Winter games share an abstract yet colorful look reminiscent of street sign symbols. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Philatelic Show Fun
Besides the buying and selling at a stamp show, the other major offering is fun.
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
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