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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
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
First Day Cover
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
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.
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
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.
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.
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
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.
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
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.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
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.
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
175 Years of Philatelic Iconography
The stamp collecting world is currently engaged in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black.
Know the Heritage of Legitimate Stamp Collecting
The heritage in libraries that are the repositories of philatelic knowledge and history is worthy of the attention of stamp collectors of every level.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
Internet Stamp Sales Have a Long History
Online stamp selling has now left traditional stamp collecting behind, leaving those who cling to the old ways struggling to build their collections.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
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
Mount (stamp)
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
Many Early Used Stamps Worth More Saved on Mail
While speculators in stamps may occasionally turn a profit, they are out of place in a hobby custom made for one individual: the stamp collector.
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.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
Aging Colletors Choose Between Stamps and Cash
In your retirement years a stamp collection can be a liquid source of funds through sales, or kept for your ongoing enjoyment. The choice is yours.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Get Creative with Topical Stamp Collecting
Put your interests on display with topical stamp collecting, while illustrating them and telling their story with the world's postage 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.
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.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged 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.
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.
World's First Stamp, the Penny Black, is an...
James Chalmers' contributions to the Uniform Penny Post in Britain remain little noted, even as the Penny Black stamp's 175th anniversary approaches.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
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.
Work With Stamp Dealers For Your Best Deal
If you want to buy a stamp, chances are great that others do too. Make sure your good purchasing practices will pay off when you want to sell later.
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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 Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
No Quick Pay-Off Found in Stamps
Speculation in stamps can benefit only the speculator. The practice is bad for the health of the hobby and should be avoided by the collector,
Stock Book
What is a stock book? Stamps.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
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.
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.
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
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.
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.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
Stamps Over, Fingers Now to Move the Mail
To cut costs the USPS says it will stop issuing stamps and ask their customers to ink a new deal every time they mail: with their fingers.
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.
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.
One Stamp Collection the Ultimate Specialization
The stamp collector specializes with a well-focused collection of fewer stamps, including examples of their usages on examples of postal history.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
Franking the Unmailable with Stamps
Unusual uses of stamps is nothing new. You may use them for your art or, literally, for wallpaper. There's no law against putting a stamp...wherever!
Stamp Collector Friends Keep Each Other’s...
Stamp collecting can be a solitary pursuit. But philatelic friends can help each other stay on top of the news on their areas of interest.
Chalmers versus Hill: Who’s the Father of...
James Chalmers, who for 175 years has stood in the shadow of Rowland Hill, the man identified with the first postage stamp, also deserves credit.
That Stamp May Not be a Stamp After All
Not every stamp a collector finds is a postage stamp. But that's fine because the hobby and catalogs recognize other types as legitimate collectibles.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
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.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
A Rich Philatelic History is Seen in Airmail...
The excitement of airmail is kept alive by stamp dealers and collectors through covers of the past and present.
Hinge (Stamp)
Stamp Hinges. Stamps.
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?
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
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.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
Your Collection as a Philatelic Ambassador
If a collection of everything philatelic is for you, put together a stamp collection about aspects of all stamps, without collecting all stamps.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
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.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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.
Souvenir Sheet
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
Stamps Provide a Broad World Education
Stamps provide an education about important world progress and events, perhaps more today than ever before.
The Airmail Stamp
Payment for postal transportation by air.
The Story of a Stamp Exhibit
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
Stamp Collecting with Tech Tools Brings Glitches
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
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.
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
Unusual Philatelic Items from Stamp Shows
Aside from stamps there are a great number of philatelic items, the products not of postal agencies, but stamp shows, that are collection-worthy.
Are the Young Turning Their Backs on Stamp...
The hobby of stamp collecting needs an infusion of youth to stay strong.
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.
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.
UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
Review of UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changing Traditions in Stamp Collecting
Technology has changed the way collectors collect. For someone just entering the hobby, with knowledge of the old ways, there are new ways that should be learned before joining the ranks of 21st century stamp collectors.
Ephemera Labels Are Not Stamps
Ephemera can be added to a collection to add interest and meaning to a collection of stamps.
The Stamps Some Love to Hate
Certain stamps issued by the USPS have met with resistance, if not disdain, for reasons of religion, politics, design and featuring controversial personalities. It is impossible to please everyone and there is usually a stamp in current use that causes deep feelings of dislike in some.
Postage Due Stamp
What is a Postage Due Stamp? Stamps.
Stamp Collectors Guard Their Privacy
Privacy, including not divulging important information about stamp purchases, is vital to the safety of stamp collectors and their collections
Special Delivery Stamp
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
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.
Numerous Benefits for Collectors at Larger...
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
Get More out of Stamp Collecting with...
The history of publishing philatelic literature; the meaning of philatelic literature to the interested stamp collector.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
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.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
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.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
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.
Could Stamp Collections Exist Only Online?
Aging stamps cannot last forever, so collectors with the oldest may see the day when sending them to a climate-safe holding place is a necessity.
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.
The Promise of Philatelic Literature
Philatelic literature is a proud tradition in the world of stamp collecting which also has a bright future.
Twenty Gifts for Twenty Dollars
Inexpensive gifts for the stamp collector in your life.
Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
The Relationship of Stamps and Covers
Covers and stamps have to exist together. Although stamps can exist without covers, the reverse isn't true. In the end, they are both collectible.
Cinderella Stamps
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
Stamp Collecting at the Tipping Point
The ongoing problem with the hobby of stamp collecting is the inability to attract younger collectors to carry on the traditions and start some of their own.
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.
Avoid Adding Stamps with Condition Problems to...
There are things to watch for when you are buying stamps, many of them not as obvious as a tear or stain.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
Fight Negative Stereotypes of Stamp Collectors...
Philatelic knowledge and joining others to further your collecting -- and the stamp collecting hobby as well -- will put negative stereotypes on the run.
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.
An Image of King George V is Seen Through His...
The stamp collector who prompted the phrase “the hobby of kings,” King George V simply took what he wanted for his collection, without apology.
Saving Stamps: A Few Modest Proposals
Postal agencies, as well as stamp collectors themselves, must keep pace with the times for the hobby to survive.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
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.
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.
Banned Books Week Leads Into National Stamp...
Virtually all of the U.S. authors depicted on USPS stamps have had their works banned.
A Stamp Collector's Questions
There are several questions that stamp collectors always want answers for.

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