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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.
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.
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.
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.
Cachet
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
Are Your First Day Covers Worthless? -- Update
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
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 Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
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
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.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
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.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
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
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
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.
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.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
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.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined 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.
World Cup 2014 A Philatelic Celebration
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
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.
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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.
Revenue Stamps
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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.
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.
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.
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?
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
The Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
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.
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.
Semipostal Stamps
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
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.
Cinderella Stamps
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
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.
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.
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.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
Builders Of The House of Stamps
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Buffalo Balloon Stamp
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldn’t think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced
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.
Ephemera Labels Are Not Stamps
Ephemera can be added to a collection to add interest and meaning to a collection of stamps.
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.
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.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
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.
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.
Stamp Investing's Tender Traps
There are no guarantees in stamp investing, although picking the right stamps is a good start. While the collector may love his stamps, when he decides to become an investor he must become knowledgeable about what makes a stamp important and investment grade. While there are many gurus in the philatelic woods ready to sell you their investment grade stamps, there is no substitute for the investor to be able to know what stamps may offer him financial returns in the future.
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.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
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.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
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?
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.
Stamp Collecting with Tech Tools Brings Glitches
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
Stamp Condition Heartbreaks
There are many ways a stamp or cover might be abused, lessening its condition and value. Those who give stamps a good home and see that their collections get the proper care, maintaining the best condition, should be considered heroes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate 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.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
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.
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential \$1,000,00...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
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.
Topical Stamp Collecting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
Are the Young Turning Their Backs on Stamp...
The hobby of stamp collecting needs an infusion of youth to stay strong.
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.
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.
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.
Perforation Gauge
What is a Perforation Gauge? Stamps.
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.
Crash Cover
A definition of the term Crash Cover.
Overprinted Stamps Reflect History's March
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
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.
\$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$3 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 15.
Lack of Catalog Listing Doesn’t Indicate...
That stamp you found in large mixture may not be in your catalog, but that doesn't mean you've found a rarity. And it may not even be a postage stamp.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
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.
Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on
Digitizing philatelic literature will help avoid loss of publications of the past.
Inverted Jenny
The United States air mail error.
Traveling Stamp Dealers Disappear in Tech Wave
Stamps today are big business, while dealing is electronic. But there’s still a place for the small time independent stamp dealer.
Today Stamp Condition is More Important than...
Buy stamps in good condition and then take care of your stamps -- and your investment.
Event Day Cover
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
Modern Stamp Error Sheet from USPS Changes Hands
Stamp collecting emerges from the shadows once again as philatelic philanthropist Bill Gross pays $51,000 for Inverted Jenny reprint sheet.
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.
Stock Book
What is a stock book? Stamps.
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.
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.
Stamp Marketing Research Fails
Stamps are marketed to collectors and others in various ways, sometimes with success, sometimes without.
Postage Due Stamp
What is a Postage Due Stamp? 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.
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.
Close Your Album and Live Your Stamps
There's more to stamp collecting than putting little pieces of paper in albums. Stamps can become an integral part of one's daily life and you can go as far as your interest will take you. Philately is not a dry and boring pursuit. And collecting with passion is the best revenge.
Can Five Million U.S. Stamp Collectors Be Wrong?
Where did fifteen million stamp collectors go? A new estimate of the U.S. stamp collecting community has cut collectors’ numbers drastically.
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 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.
The Setting Sun of Airmail; The Bright Future...
With the glory days of airmail behind it, collectors are waiting to see if a new era of space exploration, travel and possible colonization will engender an astropost serving those living in space stations and beyond. Well before that, of course, will be flights that will be commemorated with stamps and special covers, privately issued, that will help pay for the launches and exploration.
WWII Produced New Stamp Collectors
Along with victory in WWII, The Greatest Generation also brought home a new-found interest in the world, which they exercised in stamp collecting.
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.
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.
\$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
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.
Collect Stamps for Fun, Not Financial Return
Figuring out what current stamps have a chance of appreciating in value requires expertise beyond that possessed by the everyday collector.
Author Chris West Looks for America, Finds it...
Every stamp collector/history buff will find more than enough to enjoy in Chris West’s book A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps.
Buried Philatelic Treasures Require a Bit of...
Rare stamps have been found in the most unusual places.
Lincoln: Still a Favorite in the Hearts of...
From the time when his campaign covers were in the mail, to Civil War patriotics, to the 15 cent memorial stamp after his death, to the many postal tributes the USPS has bestowed on him, Abe Lincoln is the man, as far as stamp collectors are concerned.
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
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.
Is It Time to Rejoin the Ranks of the Stamp...
If you collected years ago and have been on sabbatical from the hobby, there have been some changes you should know about before you dive back in.
Janis and Jimi Only the Latest to Rock Stamp...
The tone of stamp collecting is changing as entertainers -- especially rock musicians -- now appear regularly on worldwide new issues.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.

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