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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
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.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
Stamps' Romance and Reality
Collecting stamps for pleasure is simple. But if it is a profit you are looking for, you have your work cut out.
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.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
First Day Cover
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
Soaking the stamps - Putting stamps in warm water to separate them from the paper
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.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
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.
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Women's Connections to Stamps and Postal...
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.
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
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.
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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.
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.
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential $1,000,000...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
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.
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.
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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
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.
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.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
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.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition...
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
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.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
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 Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area 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.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of 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.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative 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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition 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.
Pop Culture Stamps Annoy Former Postmaster...
The public and U.S. stamp collectors don't want trivialities on stamps, but serious American subjects, says former Postmaster General Bailar.
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
You’ve Bought Some Stamps; Now Deal with...
Your responsibility to your stamps begins as soon as you've decided to buy them and continues to the moment you put them in your album.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Suffering from Early Post Office Nostalgia
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
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.
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.
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.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
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?
Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
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.
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.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
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.
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.
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
Buying Stamps in Tough Economic Times
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.
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.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
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.
Collecting Philatelic Covers: To Cut or Not to...
New types of stamps make philatelic covers more collectible.
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.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
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.
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.
Keeping It Clean on Stamp Blogs
Collecting stamps vs. collecting postal history.
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stamp Mentors and Sharing Philatelic Knowledge
The old days of the kindly stamp dealer are just about over. You are now on your own to buy on the Internet, without the personal guidance that was once abundantly available in stamp shops.
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
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.
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.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
Stock Book
What is a stock book? Stamps.
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.
A Variety of Non-Stamps
Not all stamps make it onto mail. And in fact they are not truly stamps, although they appear to be. They are proofs and essays.
The Story of a Stamp Exhibit
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
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.
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.
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.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
Ephemera Labels Are Not Stamps
Ephemera can be added to a collection to add interest and meaning to a collection of stamps.
Souvenir Sheet
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
Some Collectors of U.S. Find Stamp Subjects...
What sort of stamps do today’s collectors want: traditional showing presidents and strictly American topics, or those with broader subjects?
Stamp Collecting with Tech Tools Brings Glitches
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
Hinge (Stamp)
Stamp Hinges. Stamps.
Crash Cover
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
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.
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.
Some Stamp Collectors Embrace Disasters
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?
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.
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
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.
Will Internet Stamp Sales Create Supercollectors?
It becomes harder for stamp collectors to remember the thrill of the hunt as the Internet makes stamps available at the click of a mouse.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
Get More out of Stamp Collecting with...
The history of publishing philatelic literature; the meaning of philatelic literature to the interested stamp collector.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
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.
Inverted Jenny
The United States air mail error.
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 Exotic Hobby of Stamp Collecting
Visit the exotic locales of the world without even leaving your comfy chair. All you need as a traveling companion is a worldwide stamp collection.
The Adventure of Stamp Collecting
Where once collectors explored the world through covers carried by adventurers, the adventure now in stamp collecting is finding how to bring back the excitement.
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
Banned Books Week Leads Into National Stamp...
Virtually all of the U.S. authors depicted on USPS stamps have had their works banned.
\$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fly-speck philately
Fly-speck philately refers to the study of a stamp's tiny details
Lack of Catalog Listing Doesn’t Indicate...
That stamp you found in large mixture may not be in your catalog, but that doesn't mean you've found a rarity. And it may not even be a postage stamp.
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.
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.
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 2.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
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.
Numerous Benefits for Collectors at Larger...
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
Color Guide
Glossary Entry for Color Guide. Stamps.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
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?
World Cup 2014 A Philatelic Celebration
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
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.
The Airmail Stamp
Payment for postal transportation by air.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
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