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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
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.
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.
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.
First Day Cover
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
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
A Rich Philatelic History is Seen in Airmail...
The excitement of airmail is kept alive by stamp dealers and collectors through covers of the past and present.
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
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.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
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.
World Cup 2014 A Philatelic Celebration
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
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
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
Stay a Step Ahead with Useful Stamp Information
With the wealth of philatelic literature and knowledge within the collector’s reach there is no reason to not be well-versed in the stamps you love.
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.
Aging Colletors Choose Between Stamps and Cash
In your retirement years a stamp collection can be a liquid source of funds through sales, or kept for your ongoing enjoyment. The choice is yours.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
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.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential \$1,000,00...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
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.
Get Creative with Topical Stamp Collecting
Put your interests on display with topical stamp collecting, while illustrating them and telling their story with the world's postage stamps.
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.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
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.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition 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.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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.
Cinderella Stamps
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella 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.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
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.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
The Compleat Philatelist by Herman Herst
Herman Herst was a remarkable fellow, who knew almost every philatelic angle and used his knowledge to teach and inform; a stamp dealer whose charm and trustworthiness served him well in the stamp trade. He had a bit of time for everyone who had a philatelic question. His books, including The Compleat Philatelist are full of the answers to the questions that collectors asked, as well as the information Herst had learned the knowledgeable collector needs to know.
Your Collection as a Philatelic Ambassador
If a collection of everything philatelic is for you, put together a stamp collection about aspects of all stamps, without collecting all stamps.
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.
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
The Philatelic Money Machine: Myth or the Real...
The ideal for stamp collectors, once we move beyond the beginning stage of our hobby, is to make the
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.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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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.
The Story of a Stamp Exhibit
Let your stamps speak for you in an exhibit of your own making.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
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.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
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.
The Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
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.
Revenue Stamps
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
Collecting Philatelic Covers: To Cut or Not to...
New types of stamps make philatelic covers more collectible.
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?
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
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.
New Collectors' Misconceptions About Stamp...
New collectors suspect dealers of all sorts of strange thoughts and deeds. There are those who think all dealers are crooks. The truth is that your stamp dealer can be a mentor and someone to help you build a better collection.
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
Franking the Unmailable with Stamps
Unusual uses of stamps is nothing new. You may use them for your art or, literally, for wallpaper. There's no law against putting a stamp...wherever!
A Postal Covers Topical Stamp Collection...
How do you like your philatelic history? You can buy covers that are a real part of it, or stamps that view postal history from a distance.
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
A Brief History of U.S. Space Stamps
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.
Expensive Stamps Require More Care
Get on the good stamp handling bandwagon early in your collecting journey to avoid accidents when expensive stamps raise the stakes.
That Stamp May Not be a Stamp After All
Not every stamp a collector finds is a postage stamp. But that's fine because the hobby and catalogs recognize other types as legitimate collectibles.
Stamps' Sweet Charity
Stamps have always been a dependable means of raising funds for those in need or suffering. It started during the U.S.'s Civil War and is still going on today.
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
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.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Use the Internet to Form a Better Stamp...
The Internet is a real boon for stamp collectors, allowing them to add to their knowledge of the hobby, purchase stamps with ease and connect with other collectors.
You Don’t Have to Be a Philatelist to...
It takes little effort to enjoy your stamps. But unless you know their subject’s backstory and importance, you’re missing a major part of the fun.
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.
The Airmail Stamp
Payment for postal transportation by air.
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 Not-So-Simple Appeal of First Day Covers
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway for stamp collectors.
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.
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.
Could Stamp Collections Exist Only Online?
Aging stamps cannot last forever, so collectors with the oldest may see the day when sending them to a climate-safe holding place is a necessity.
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.
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.
Stamp Collecting with Tech Tools Brings Glitches
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
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.
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.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
Get More out of Stamp Collecting with...
The history of publishing philatelic literature; the meaning of philatelic literature to the interested stamp collector.
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
Airmail Stamps
What are Airmail 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are the Young Turning Their Backs on Stamp...
The hobby of stamp collecting needs an infusion of youth to stay strong.
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.
Space Filler
A stamp -- often of rarity or expense -- of lesser condition, used to fill a space in an album until a better copy becomes available.
Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
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.
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.
\$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
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.
Rounding Up the Usual Stamp Subjects
Some topics and personalities have appeared on stamps more than once. Is a repeat philatelic honor always justified for those not of royalty or presidential?
Knowing The Parts That Make Up a Cover
Those who know how to read a cover are better able to gauge its worth, while understanding why it may or may not be a fit for their collection. And knowing a covers' parts is a basic skill for the knowledgeable philatelist.
Buying Books for Back to School, Be Sure One is...
Back to school time can be a stressful time. But it doesn't have to be full of academic worries and concerns about social status. There are plenty of real world activities that connect nicely with stamp collecting. The cliche that stamp collecting is also a teaching hobby is actually true. It is also true that stamp collecting includes many of the student's extracurricular concerns, among them sports, music, the movies and other well known ways to just have fun.
Stamp Collectors Living in Interesting Times
Collectors can claim stamps as their own by understanding their use and importance and creating a collection demonstrating postal progress.
Special Delivery Stamp
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
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.
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.
Buried Philatelic Treasures Require a Bit of...
Rare stamps have been found in the most unusual places.
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.
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 Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
Event Day Cover
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
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.
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.
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.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
Numerous Benefits for Collectors at Larger...
Collectors who go to larger shows staged by stamp dealers reap numerous benefits.
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.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate Stamps

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