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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.
First Day Cover
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
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.
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.
Cachet - What is a Cachet. 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.
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.
Blue 2p Stamp Rarity Embodies the Height of...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
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.
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.
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.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
Stamp Collectors Become Dealers on Ebay
Ebay makes it easy for stamp collectors to sell their stamps and covers themselves, but rules.must be followed to find success.
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
Avoid Pitfalls of Philatelic Gifting
It is doubtful you know what your stamp collector would like as a gift. And buying him actual stamps just asks for trouble. So here's what you do.
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.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
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.
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.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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.
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 Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
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 Postal History for Stamps and More
While stamp collectors and postal history collectors share philatelic concerns, they are more accurately defined by their differences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
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.
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.
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.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
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.
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.
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.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
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.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
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.
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.
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?
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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
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
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!
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
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.
Stamp Collecting with Tech Tools Brings Glitches
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
A Brief Guide to Better Stamp Collecting
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.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
The Future of Stamp Collecting Includes Video
Through philatelic offerings on YouTube viewers can learn about stamp collecting or simply be entertained by videos of the hobby’s storied history.
Stock Book
What is a stock book? Stamps.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hinge (Stamp)
Stamp Hinges. 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.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
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.
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.
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.
To a Variety of Collectors Stamps are the Spice...
If you are not a traditional stamp collector you may be one of the interesting types that populate the hobby, giving it vitality and zest.
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.
Mount (stamp)
Stamp Mounts. Stamps.
Max Kronstein Lived Nearly a Century of...
Max Kronstein became an authority on philatelic flight from balloons and zeppelins to the Space Shuttle in a life that spanned nearly a century.
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.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Timeless Stamp Collecting Lessons from...
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An Image of King George V is Seen Through His...
The stamp collector who prompted the phrase “the hobby of kings,” King George V simply took what he wanted for his collection, without apology.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
The Penny Black of Britain is a One Stamp...
You don’t need a copy of the expensive Penny Black stamp to enjoy the history and lore behind the coveted world’s first postage stamp.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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
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.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
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.
A Great Variety of Stamps is Available at Large...
Large stamp shows offer better quality stamps than the norm, with the option of buying from multiple dealers a feature making the trip worthwhile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crash Cover
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
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.
Don't Neglect Security Measures to Protect Your...
Protecting your identity and being discreet about your collection online and in real life is the beginning of keeping your stamps safe from theft.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
For Stamp Collectors Everything Old is New Again
With stamps as his inspiration, the collector is a citizen of the world; though it's a world, like the real one, that he must meet on its terms.
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.
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.
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.
Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail Stamps?
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Unrecognized Smithsonian Balloonist Cover...
The seller didn't know that the rather ordinary Smithsonian cover was tied into major personalities and events of the Civil War. But two bidders did.
Stamp Collecting in the US: On with the Show
The Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum should serve as a model for how stamp collectors can keep their collections vital, historic and interesting.
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.
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.
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.
Rockers and Musical Postal Messages of Love
Email has made stamped envelopes carrying letters quaint relics of the past. But they were once subjects of love, loss and longing in pop songs.
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.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. 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.
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.
The Duck Stamp
A stamp that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
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.
Solving Stamp Mysteries
What to do when you find a stamp that isn't listed in any catalog.
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.
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.
When Buying FDCs Is an Investment in Art
Have your first day cover collection your way, but first decide if it is just for fun, or one you can consider an investment.
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?
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.
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.
Cinderella Stamps
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
Inverted Jenny
The United States air mail error.
Fight Negative Stereotypes of Stamp Collectors...
Philatelic knowledge and joining others to further your collecting -- and the stamp collecting hobby as well -- will put negative stereotypes on the run.
Once Stamp-Rich Mail Now Dominated by Meters...
Covers of the future will show current usages of stamps to be scarce.
1948 Four Chaplains Commemorative
1948 Four Chaplains Commemorative. Page 6.
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition...
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
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.
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.
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.
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
2¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 2.
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.
Your Summer Stamp Collecting Adventure
If you have hours to fill when you're out of school this summer, consider taking up stamp collecting. It's easy to start a collection, while many philatelic activities are open to active stamp collectors, including visits to postal museums, partcipating in first day cover ceremonies, going to stamp shows large and small, joining a club and attending meetings as well as many more activities and events where you can be with people who share your interest in stamps.
Stamp Collector Friends Keep Each Other’s...
Stamp collecting can be a solitary pursuit. But philatelic friends can help each other stay on top of the news on their areas of interest.
Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
Don’t Mistake Souvenir Items for...
Some collectors enjoy made-up philatelic souvenirs of an event, while others find satisfaction only through collecting true postal history.
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.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
Stamp Collectors Enjoy Challenges of Their Own...
In stamp collecting no one but you decides what is enough to make a collection, though you must have the right items to call it complete.
Stamps of Mystery and the Imagination
Postal services remember science fiction and fantasy writers, by commemorating the likes of Poe, Verne, Wells.
1¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exhibition Stamp
1¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exhibition Stamp
Stamp Words, Serious and Otherwise
Monsieur Herpin coined the word philately more than 100 years ago so stamp collecting might have a fancy title for itself. There are other words unique to the hobby not so elegant. In fact, they can be downright scary.

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