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Explanation that first day covers without cachets are, as a rule, not sought after and worth very little
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.
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
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.
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
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.
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
Limit yourself to collecting a particular type of first day cover and learn to be a selective and frugal buyer.
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soaking the stamps - Putting stamps in warm water to separate them from the paper
Collecting stamps for pleasure is simple. But if it is a profit you are looking for, you have your work cut out.
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.
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
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.
A recently discovered error version of the U.S.'s Lindbergh airmail stamp has sold for $14,000.
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.
Know what your stamp collection is worth by consulting catalogs, but also be aware of the things that can impact a stamp's value.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
The public and U.S. stamp collectors don't want trivialities on stamps, but serious American subjects, says former Postmaster General Bailar.
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Protect yourself and your collection's value by becoming familiar with the basic good practices of stamp collecting.
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.
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.
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
What sort of stamps do today’s collectors want: traditional showing presidents and strictly American topics, or those with broader subjects?
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
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.
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
Real stamp collectors are children of the golden age of the Thirties through the Fifties; a time when philatelic history was made.
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.
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Will the USPS close the historic B Free Franklin post office in Philadelphia as a cost cutting measure?
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
Aside from stamps there are a great number of philatelic items, the products not of postal agencies, but stamp shows, that are collection-worthy.
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
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.
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
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.
Necessary tasks to prepare for selling your stamp collection include making sure you are emotionally ready to say goodbye
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.
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
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.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
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.
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?
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
Adding stamp related philatelic items to your collection, can also add interest to it and help your stamps tell their stories.
The return of About.com Stamps.
Philatelic information and knowledge is for the collector’s taking thanks to mentors, libraries and publications that are integral to the hobby.
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.
Mystery surrounds the recent sale of the world's most valuable stamp. Stamp auctioneer David Feldman says all will probably be known in time.
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.
What are Airmail Stamps?
Technology has made it increasingly easy for collectors who wish to become part-time stamp dealers to realize their dream.
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
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.
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway for stamp collectors.
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
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.
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.
Lacking a definitive guide, prices for philatelic covers are often arrived at by collectors and dealers following their gut.
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.
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.
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.
Fly-speck philately refers to the study of a stamp's tiny details
Mail art can help the post office, but it won't save it from its financial troubles.
Glossary Entry for Color Guide. Stamps.
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
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.
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
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.
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
The hobby of stamp collecting needs an infusion of youth to stay strong.
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 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.
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 World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldnât think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
Besides the buying and selling at a stamp show, the other major offering is fun.
How one stamp collector progressed in the hobby.
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
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?
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
You needn't spend a lot of money to have a great stamp collection. There are many good alternatives to high priced stamps that limit your purchases.
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.
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.
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
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.
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.
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
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.
The commemoration of people on stamps is not necessarily a welcomed honor for some.
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
New types of stamps make philatelic covers more collectible.
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.
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.
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
The United States air mail error.
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.
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.
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
Modes of communication and information gathering, as well as information dissemination in the 21st century have greatly benefited stamp collectors and dealers.
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
Another of Herst's books is called Still More Stories To Collect Stamps By . And there is no better philatelic
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
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.
Payment for postal transportation by air.
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.
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.
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
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 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.
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.
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
The role of postal officials through history has changed from exclusively moving the mails to also selling stamps to collectors.
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.
The ideal for stamp collectors, once we move beyond the beginning stage of our hobby, is to make the
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
Earlier days of buying and selling stamps was a slower, more personal and sometimes exotic way of adding stamps to your collection.
Privacy, including not divulging important information about stamp purchases, is vital to the safety of stamp collectors and their collections
Collecting stamps vs. collecting postal history.