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Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
Explanation that first day covers without cachets are, as a rule, not sought after and worth very little
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
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.
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.
Limit yourself to collecting a particular type of first day cover and learn to be a selective and frugal buyer.
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.
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Sorting - Separate stamps by the type of paper they are on and their cancellations
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.
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 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.
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
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.
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.
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
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.
A recently discovered error version of the U.S.'s Lindbergh airmail stamp has sold for $14,000.
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.
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway for stamp collectors.
Let your loved ones know what’s in your collection -- and its worth -- to avoid any nasty surprise when it's appraised after you’re gone.
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
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.
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
Adding stamp related philatelic items to your collection, can also add interest to it and help your stamps tell their stories.
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Know what your stamp collection is worth by consulting catalogs, but also be aware of the things that can impact a stamp's value.
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.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
What are Back of Book 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.
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Protect yourself and your collection's value by becoming familiar with the basic good practices of stamp collecting.
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
Great photographers of America deserve to be honored on stamps. Although their work has appeared on stamps, they are more than just a sum of their images. Their contribution to culture and society deserves philatelic recognition.
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
Mystery surrounds the recent sale of the world's most valuable stamp. Stamp auctioneer David Feldman says all will probably be known in time.
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.
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
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.
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
Will the USPS close the historic B Free Franklin post office in Philadelphia as a cost cutting measure?
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldnât think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
What are Airmail Stamps?
Fly-speck philately refers to the study of a stamp's tiny details
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.
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.
Real stamp collectors are children of the golden age of the Thirties through the Fifties; a time when philatelic history was made.
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.
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.
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
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.
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.
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
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.
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?
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
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.
How one stamp collector progressed in the hobby.
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
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.
Mail art can help the post office, but it won't save it from its financial troubles.
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
As stamp collecting fashion changes, will postal history be forgotten? Or are we now producing new postal history for future philatelists?
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?
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.
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.
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
Modes of communication and information gathering, as well as information dissemination in the 21st century have greatly benefited stamp collectors and dealers.
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.
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
What is a stock book? Stamps.
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
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 United States air mail error.
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
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.
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
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.
What are invert stamps?
Virtually all of the U.S. authors depicted on USPS stamps have had their works banned.
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
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.
Philatelic knowledge and joining others to further your collecting -- and the stamp collecting hobby as well -- will put negative stereotypes on the run.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. 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.
With the glory days of airmail behind it, collectors are waiting to see if a new era of space exploration, travel and possible colonization will engender an astropost serving those living in space stations and beyond. Well before that, of course, will be flights that will be commemorated with stamps and special covers, privately issued, that will help pay for the launches and exploration.
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 that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
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.
Universal Postal Union - What is the Universal Postal Union or UPU
Protect yourself by knowing the quality of the stamps you buy, whether it is in person or online.
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.
Glossary Entry for Color Guide. Stamps.
Technology has made it increasingly easy for collectors who wish to become part-time stamp dealers to realize their dream.
Payment for postal transportation by air.
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
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.
Aside from stamps there are a great number of philatelic items, the products not of postal agencies, but stamp shows, that are collection-worthy.
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$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
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.
10¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 9.
Slogan cancellation collecting, once a popular area, was helped out by Moe Luff, a cover dealer who cataloged U.S. slogans. His numbering system is still in use today.
The stamp collector who prompted the phrase “the hobby of kings,” King George V simply took what he wanted for his collection, without apology.
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.
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
There are two ways to achieve philatelic fame; buying it or earning it through study and experience in the hobby.
Collecting stamps for pleasure is simple. But if it is a profit you are looking for, you have your work cut out.
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.
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.
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.
Another of Herst's books is called Still More Stories To Collect Stamps By . And there is no better philatelic
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative. Page 7.
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.
World's fairs and expositions have historically been responsible for creating some of the most exciting collectibles for stamp and cover collectors. From the Columbian Exposition in 1892 to the 1939 NY World's Fair and beyond, collectors of fair and expo items have a rich field to mine.
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
The Inverted Jenny reprint is an interesting nod to philatelic history. And the USPS added 100 for lucky collectors to find for a possible jackpot.
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
What to do when you find a stamp that isn't listed in any catalog.
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.
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.
The stamp collector should not think of first day covers as kids' stuff in relation to their serious stamp collecting. Respected philatelists find the collection and study of first day covers to be a worthy pursuit.