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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
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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.
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential \$1,000,00...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
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.
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.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable 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.
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.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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.
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.
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.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined 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.
6¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
6¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 7.
Revenue Stamps
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
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
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate 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.
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.
15¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
15¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 10.
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.
\$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 16.
\$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition...
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
Suffering from Early Post Office Nostalgia
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
\$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
50¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
50¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 12.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative 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.
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.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
\$1 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$1 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 13.
10¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
10¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 9.
30¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
30¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 11.
8¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
8¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 8.
The Compleat Philatelist by Herman Herst
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.
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.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
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.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
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.
Mount (stamp)
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
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.
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.
Philately and Photography Work Together for Good
Great photographers of America deserve to be honored on stamps. Although their work has appeared on stamps, they are more than just a sum of their images. Their contribution to culture and society deserves philatelic recognition.
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
\$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
If it’s Not a Clean Mint Stamp Many...
As stamp collecting fashion changes, will postal history be forgotten? Or are we now producing new postal history for future philatelists?
Attractive Cinderella Stamps Hold Interest For...
Every stamp in your collection needn’t be one that originally came from a post office, created with the intent to pay postage.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
Stamps' Second Act
The return of About.com Stamps.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
My Stamp Collecting Journey: Part II
How one stamp collector progressed in the hobby.
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 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.
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 Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
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.
When Buying FDCs Is an Investment in Art
Have your first day cover collection your way, but first decide if it is just for fun, or one you can consider an investment.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
Fly-speck philately
Fly-speck philately refers to the study of a stamp's tiny details
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.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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.
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.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
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.
Philately's Generations
Different generations don't always see eye to eye in their collecting habits and pursuits.
4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
Philatelic Show Fun
Besides the buying and selling at a stamp show, the other major offering is fun.
Clubs Add Value to Your Stamp Collecting Life
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.
Fairs and Expos Offer Stamp Collecting...
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.
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.
Numerous Benefits for Collectors at Larger...
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative. Page 7.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
The Art of Stamp Collecting
Artists and their art fill the stamps in philatelic collections.
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
Air Mail -- an illustrated history 1793 - 1981...
A book covering the history of air mail and the collection of it, known as aerophiltately.
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.
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
Buying Stamps in Person Versus Online
Protect yourself by knowing the quality of the stamps you buy, whether it is in person or online.
Collecting Philatelic Covers: To Cut or Not to...
New types of stamps make philatelic covers more collectible.
Don't Neglect Security Measures to Protect Your...
Protecting your identity and being discreet about your collection online and in real life is the beginning of keeping your stamps safe from theft.
Get The Most Bang for Your Buck with Alternativ...
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.
Stamps of Mystery and the Imagination
Postal services remember science fiction and fantasy writers, by commemorating the likes of Poe, Verne, Wells.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Perfin
What is a perfin stamp? Why are holes punched in stamps? What is a spif?
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.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Smart Collectors Appreciate Their Post Offices
The role of postal officials through history has changed from exclusively moving the mails to also selling stamps to collectors.
Stamp Words, Serious and Otherwise
Monsieur Herpin coined the word philately more than 100 years ago so stamp collecting might have a fancy title for itself. There are other words unique to the hobby not so elegant. In fact, they can be downright scary.
Event Day Cover
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
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.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
Chill With Stamps While Out of School This Summer
Forever mocked as being uncool, stamp collecting is a fine way for the young out on summer vacation to spend their time. Not just a painless way to learn about the world outside of books, those one meets out in the international stamp world can broaden one's horizons and prepare the young for those he will meet in college and beyond. And all this while haveing fun and creating something of value now and in the future.
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.
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.
Topical Collection a Marriage of Stamp and Story
What’s the glue that holds a topical stamp collection together? Take a cue from one who has to hold the biggest day of her life together: a bride.
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.
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.
Twenty Gifts for Twenty Dollars
Inexpensive gifts for the stamp collector in your life.
Passing on Your Stamp Collection with Dignity
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.
Airplane Stamp Potentially Worth Thousands...
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.
When Stamp Collectors are Ready, Covers are...
On the way from collecting stamps to studying postal history, there's an entry level fun way to get into it by collecting covers that show the progress of the mails and the history of the hobby of stamp collecting.
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.
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.
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.
Universal Postal Union
Universal Postal Union - What is the Universal Postal Union or UPU
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 2.
Luff Brought Organization to US Slogan...
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.
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.
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.
Invert Error Stamps
What are invert stamps?
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
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