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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.
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.
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.
After Stamps First Day Covers are the Most...
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Wide Variety of Cachets Available to Cover...
Known for their place on first day covers, the artful and informative cachet also notes first flight mail, and philatelic and historical events.
Blue 2p Stamp Rarity Embodies the Height of...
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.
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.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
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 Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
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.
Unusual Stamps Found in Scott’s...
Back of book (BOB) stamps are those that don't quite fit into the category of regular postage, but are interesting philatelic items to collect.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
With the Penny Black Stamp Postal Chaos Came to...
Britain's Penny Black, the world's first stamp, signalled a revolution in postal service and communication, the Uniform Penny Postage system.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
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.
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.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
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.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? 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.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
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.
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.
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.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
Most Old Time Stamp Collecting Wisdom Still...
Be confident when valuing and buying stamps. No single guide has all the information, though it is available with a bit of searching.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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.
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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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.
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.
When You Feel You’ve Grown Out of Basic...
The stamp collector may eventually feel she wants more than buying stamps and putting them into an album. Luckily the hobby is made up of much more.
Black History and Stamp Collecting Months --...
Black history was made and noted on both sides of the Atlantic as a noteworthy black history collection was exhibited by Stanley Gibbons, during the U.K.'s Black History Month. In the U.S. it was National Stamp Collecting month and an important Martin Luther King Jr. postal commemorative cover was produced to mark the dedication of the King monument in Washington D.C. These events are the tip of the iceberg of black history stamps, a topical area becoming ever more popular with stamp collectors.
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.
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.
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.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
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.
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.
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.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Why Not Try Your Hand at Stamp Dealing?
For some being a stamp collector isn’t enough; they want to be around stamps 24/7. And the best way to do that is to become a stamp dealer.
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.
Stamp Collecting Under the Umbrella of Philately
Philately is the large umbrella that covers stamp collecting, while implying a collector engaged in more serious study of his stamps and covers.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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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.
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.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
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
Beginners Need to Look Beyond Mail to Attain...
It used to be stamp collectors got stamps from the mail of friends, neighbors and associates. But with meters and permits taking over this has ended.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
Stay Within Your Price Range While Enjoying...
If you’re frustrated that the stamps you want to collect include many high-priced items, you may be surprised to find there are budget alternatives.
Some Homemade First Day Covers Have Added Value
Collectors of Artcraft first day covers were shocked to find that the line has been discontinued. But there are many options for obtaining FDCs.
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.
Philately's Generations: Part II
The value of a collection passed down to a collector's heirs must be considered from the points of view of sentiment and market value.
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.
Understanding Philatelic Research
Philatelic research is important to fully know your stamps and covers, as well as being able to present them in a way that allows a viewer to appreciate their meaning. There are many levels of research, from using the basic catalogs, to going to specialty publications and prime sources to allow the collector to put their philatelic items into historical perspective. Of course the collector may do as much, or as little, research as he wants and still enjoy his collection in his own way.
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.
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.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
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.
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.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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.
When Stamp Collecting Was Cool
Changes must be made in the nature of stamp collecting, as collectors must change their style if the hobby is to survive. Pretending that money doesn't have anything to do with why people collect is the first old notion that should go.
The British Guiana is All the Romance of...
The unique British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, within reach of only the most well-to-do philatelists, changed hands in June 2014, setting a new record.
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.
Airplane Stamp Potentially Worth Thousands...
The Inverted Jenny reprint is a nod to philatelic history. And the USPS added 100 error errors for lucky collectors to find for a possible jackpot.
Letter Writing is Good for Stamp Collecting
Stamps on mail are becoming a rarity, though renewed emphasis on letter writing may partly solve the problem of those who like to collect used stamps.
Postage Due Stamp
What is a Postage Due Stamp? Stamps.
Lincoln First in the Hearts of Stamp Collectors?
Although George Washington may claim more U.S. stamp issues, Abraham Lincoln may resonate with stamp collectors more than any other subject.
Stamp Collections Can Cause Unwanted Drama
A stamp collection that has emotion attached -- especially an inherited one -- can cause problems for buyer and seller alike.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
Long Running Line of Artcraft Cachets is Retired
Shock waves were created with the announcement that the Artcraft brand of cachet -- well-loved by first day cover collectors -- was being retired.
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Golden Age of Stamps Not So Golden for the World
The Golden Age of Stamp Collecting, the '30s, was an age of turmoil for the real world, as it slipped slowly but inevitably into WWII and its horrors.
Buying and Selling Stamps on eBay a Blessing...
Stamp collectors can come out ahead buying and selling on eBay. But stamp dealers must adapt to this relatively new market and adapt.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
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.
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.
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.
Crash Cover
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
The Stamp Collector's Stamp Collector
You may well consider yourself a stamp collector. But are you a true stamp collector? A quick look at this list provides you with your answer.
Nassau Street: A Quarter Century of Stamp...
Another of Herst's books is called Still More Stories To Collect Stamps By . And there is no better philatelic
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
Stamps Hobby Rebirths Collectors
Many collectors are in the hobby for the second time. They are not the only ones who rejuvenate themselves -- the hobby has a way of bringing itself back to life periodically.
The Appeal of Covers to Stamp Collectors
There are a number of reasons for the appeal of covers -- whether first days, event, or postal history -- to collectors. But it is often the stamp dealer who has to make a cover's meaning and value clear.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
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.
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.
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.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
Luff Brought Organization to US Slogan...
Slogan cancellation collecting, once a popular area, was helped out by Moe Luff, a cover dealer who cataloged U.S. slogans. His numbering system is still in use today.
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.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
Stock Book
What is a stock book? Stamps.
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.
Once Stamp-Rich Mail Now Dominated by Meters...
Covers of the future will show current usages of stamps to be scarce.
Enjoy Attractive Stamp Images for Free
The enjoyment of stamps' beauty can be had simply, whether via available free images or in the stamps you add to your collection.
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.
The Appeal of Covers to Stamp Collectors: Part II
Stamp dealers have an impact on the collection of covers, whether postal history or philatelic.
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.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition...
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Philately's Generations
Different generations don't always see eye to eye in their collecting habits and pursuits.
Story of One Man's Obsession with Stamp...
The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield pulls no punches in author's personal story of how his stamp collecting addiction hurt him.
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.
Non-Archival Storage Materials May Doom Your...
There is a nostalgic aura to stamps in an antique album. But the possibility of decaying paper and worse puts valuable philatelic material at risk.
Hinge (Stamp)
Stamp Hinges. Stamps.
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.
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.
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.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
Certain Stamp Specialties Not Popular Today
A number of obsessive stamp collecting pursuits, once more popular than today, include specialty areas that are sometimes misunderstood.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
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.
\$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
Be Aware of Fake Stamps Hiding in Inherited...
Inheritors who receive an unexpected low offer for a stamp collection can make them unjustifiably suspicious of the dealer and the hobby in general.
Take a Flight of Fancy on the Wings of Your...
There is no denying that stamp subjects have changed over the years. But the desire to have a unique and personal collection remains.
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.
Stamp Collecting with Tech Tools Brings Glitches
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
1948 Four Chaplains Commemorative
1948 Four Chaplains Commemorative. Page 6.
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!
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative
1946 World War II Veterans Commemorative. Page 7.
\$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$4 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 16.
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
A Stamp’s Value Over Time is Predictable
The collector should acquire older stamps that have been properly cared for over the years. Those of the best condition available are the ones to buy.
1¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exhibition Stamp
1¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exhibition Stamp
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.
The Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
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.
When Stamp Collectors are Ready, Covers are...
On the way from collecting stamps to studying postal history, there's an entry level fun way to get into it by collecting covers that show the progress of the mails and the history of the hobby of stamp collecting.
Condition Problems Not Noted are Deal Breakers...
More can go wrong on a postal history or philatelic cover than on a stamp. Examine those larger philatelic items for faults carefully before buying.
From Packet Stamps to Philatelic Rarities
The new stamp collector’s want list of stamps for his collection will change over time as his collection -- and his philatelic knowledge -- grows.
Stamps and Technology: Strange Bedfellows
Technology has threatened the profitability of the mail system since the telegraph. Now the Internet and other technological advances are causing stamp collectors to wonder if stamps will be around for much longer.

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