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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
Stamps and First Day Covers are Prone to...
Sometimes stamps and covers get it wrong, with information or features that are in error historically. This does not, of itself, make them valuable.
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.
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.
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
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.
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.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
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 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.
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.
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
A Quick Start Guide for the New Stamp Collector
There are a great many terms the studious stamp collector wants to learn. But at the beginning the new collector need only grasp the basic ones.
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.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
Danger and Excitement Attended 1913 Stamp Show
An historic stamp show in 1913 filled the press with tales of theft, famous collectors and a D.A. out to confiscate the show’s publicity stamps.
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
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.
Collect Postal History for Stamps and More
While stamp collectors and postal history collectors share philatelic concerns, they are more accurately defined by their differences.
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.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
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.
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.
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
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
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.
Some Traditional Collectors Unhappy with Change...
As the USPS turns to self-adhesive stamps exclusively, many collectors turn their backs on U.S. new issues as they mourn classic style stamps.
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.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Make Sure the Stamps and Covers in Your...
The unscrupulous are adept at taking advantage of collectors with fakes and forgeries. You have to beat them by being aware of their frauds.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
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.
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.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. 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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
The Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
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.
Don’t Leave Your Significant Other with A...
You can bring your family together for fun with your stamps. But remember to leave instructions for the sale of your collections after you're gone.
Crash Cover
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
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 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.
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
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 Not-So-Simple Appeal of First Day Covers
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway for stamp collectors.
Local Delivery Stamps Are Records of American...
Many local delivery postal services of the nineteenth century produced an array of collectible stamps that continue to fascinate collectors.
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.
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.
Make Your Stamp Collection Tell a Story with...
If you want your topical stamp collection to tell a story add covers that let the stamps speak of their purpose and history.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
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.
The Airmail Stamp
Payment for postal transportation by air.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
World Cup 2014 A Philatelic Celebration
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
Fashions in Stamp Mounting Evolved Over the Years
One of the greatest changes in stamp collecting over the years has been the emphasis on the back of the stamp and how gum condition affects value.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
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.
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.
The Setting Sun of Airmail; The Bright Future...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
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.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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.
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.
My Stamp Collecting Journey: Part II
How one stamp collector progressed in the hobby.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
Collecting Philatelic Covers: To Cut or Not to...
New types of stamps make philatelic covers more collectible.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
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
A Big Part of Stamp Collecting is the Thrill of...
Stamp collecting, known as a quiet hobby, is paradoxically full of excitement for the collector. Especially when he gets down to serious stamp buying.
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.
Event Day Cover
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
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.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition...
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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\$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 16.
Ephemera Labels Are Not Stamps
Ephemera can be added to a collection to add interest and meaning to a collection of stamps.
Be Sure to Have a Place for Every Stamp You Buy
If your stamps are tucked away for that rainy day, your stamp game could be rained out anyway. Organize them and give them proper protection. Now!
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.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
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 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.
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.
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.
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
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.
Buried Philatelic Treasures Require a Bit of...
Rare stamps have been found in the most unusual places.
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.
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.
The Duck Stamp
A stamp that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
Color Guide
Glossary Entry for Color Guide. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Stamp Values Only One Part of Philatelic...
Read stamp newspapers and journals to be aware of the types of valuable stamps waiting to be discovered by the knowledgeable collector.
World Conflicts on Stamps a Huge Topical...
While many world conflicts and battles are commemorated on postage stamps, peace is a much rarer topic to be found noted philatelically.
4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 4.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
Don’t Miss Danger Signs When Buying Stamps
Know all you can about a stamp you are considering buying. But be sure you have recourse to return it if it doesn't conform to its description.
Universal Postal Union
Universal Postal Union - What is the Universal Postal Union or UPU
\$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
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.
U.S. Olympic Games Stamp Gallery
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.
\$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
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.
The Stamp Collector: A Profile
The journey from beginning stamp collector to true philatelist is an exciting one, even as hard lessons are learned along the way.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
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.
Collecting the Conquest of Space on Stamps is a...
Humanize a space topical collection with stamps honoring historic personalities of astrophilately and those who made space travel a reality.
Create a Space Stamp Collection with Help From...
Stamps have been on mail carried by rockets and spacecraft for over a century, leaving a philatelic record for space stamp and cover collectors.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
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.
Art in the Posts: But Is It Philately?
Mail art can help the post office, but it won't save it from its financial troubles.
Postage Due Stamp
What is a Postage Due Stamp? Stamps.

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