Stamps: Most Popular Articles
Explanation that first day covers without cachets are, as a rule, not sought after and worth very little
First Day Cover - What is a First Day Cover or FDC
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
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.
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.
A recently discovered error version of the U.S.'s Lindbergh airmail stamp has sold for $14,000.
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
What are Back of Book Stamps?
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.
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
Real stamp collectors are children of the golden age of the Thirties through the Fifties; a time when philatelic history was made.
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldnât think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
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.
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?
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
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.
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
Mystery surrounds the recent sale of the world's most valuable stamp. Stamp auctioneer David Feldman says all will probably be known in time.
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Adding stamp related philatelic items to your collection, can also add interest to it and help your stamps tell their stories.
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
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.
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
Protect yourself and your collection's value by becoming familiar with the basic good practices of stamp collecting.
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
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.
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway for stamp collectors.
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
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.
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.
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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.
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.
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.
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
Necessary tasks to prepare for selling your stamp collection include making sure you are emotionally ready to say goodbye
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
Stamp Hinges. Stamps.
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
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.
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.
Technology has made it increasingly easy for collectors who wish to become part-time stamp dealers to realize their dream.
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.
50¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 12.
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.
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
Know what your stamp collection is worth by consulting catalogs, but also be aware of the things that can impact a stamp's value.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
The sense of romance of mail once carried by railroad and highway is not lost on stamp collectors.
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.
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
6¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 7.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 16.
What is a stock book? Stamps.
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.
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
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.
30¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 11.
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.
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
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.
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.
Will the USPS close the historic B Free Franklin post office in Philadelphia as a cost cutting measure?
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
The beginning stamp collector may be tempted by the glamour items of philately, but in the first days of stamp collecting they must be forgotten for less expensive -- and less risky -- collection foundation stamps.
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.
The Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum should serve as a model for how stamp collectors can keep their collections vital, historic and interesting.
The commemoration of people on stamps is not necessarily a welcomed honor for some.
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?
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.
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
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.
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.
Payment for postal transportation by air.
15¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 10.
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.
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.
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.
3¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 3.
U.S. stamp commemorating the 8th Winter Olympics. The games took place in Squaw Valley, California, in 1960 and saw the first Biathlon competition.
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.
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.
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
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.
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
Commemorates the 1972 Winter Olympics Bobsledding events in Sapporo, Japan. Bobsledding has been an Olympic event since 1924. Page 3.
Inexpensive gifts for the stamp collector in your life.
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
Stamps are marketed to collectors and others in various ways, sometimes with success, sometimes without.
$1 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 13.
Philatelic knowledge and joining others to further your collecting -- and the stamp collecting hobby as well -- will put negative stereotypes on the run.
Stamp commemorating 1980 Winter Olympics speed skating events. Page 4.
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
Postal services remember science fiction and fantasy writers, by commemorating the likes of Poe, Verne, Wells.
Stamp commemorating the long jump at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Page 7.
Those who know how to read a cover are better able to gauge its worth, while understanding why it may or may not be a fit for their collection. And knowing a covers' parts is a basic skill for the knowledgeable philatelist.
Collectors can claim stamps as their own by understanding their use and importance and creating a collection demonstrating postal progress.
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
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.
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
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.
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
Stamp commemorating Soccer at the Barcelona Olympics. Page 6.
A book covering the history of air mail and the collection of it, known as aerophiltately.
A stamp -- often of rarity or expense -- of lesser condition, used to fill a space in an album until a better copy becomes available.
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.
10¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 9.
Stamp collecting, like all hobbies, take you out of your daily life and bring you to a special place. But stamps can also help the collector find his place in the real world.
WWII veteran and artist Si Lewen credits his uncle, stamp dealer Jacques Minkus with saving him and his family from certain death in The Holocaust.
Stamp commemorating baseball at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. Page 5.
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 ideal for stamp collectors, once we move beyond the beginning stage of our hobby, is to make the
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
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.
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
1¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exhibition Stamp