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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.
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
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.
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.
Essential Tips for Caring for Your Stamps
Soaking the stamps - Putting stamps in warm water to separate them from the paper
Free sources of information about stamps
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
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.
The Collector Finds Many Pleasures at the Stamp...
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most...
Blue Mauritius - The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
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.
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.
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.
Stamp Catalog
What is a stamp catalog? Stamps.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
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.
Back of Book Stamps
What are Back of Book Stamps?
Whither First Day Covers in the Post-Modern...
First day covers (FDC's) are having a hard time holding their place in today's stamp collecting world, as interest in them fades and FDC collecting groups lose members.
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.
Know How and When to Turn Your Stamp Collection...
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
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.
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.
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.
Beat the Stamp Dealers to the Punch
Get old stamp albums before stamp dealers have skimmed off the cream.
War and Stamp Collecting
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
Honest Fixes for Stamps In Need of Help
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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.
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.
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.
Discovery's Auction Kings' Potential \$1,000,00...
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
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
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.
What Is Stamp Collecting?
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
Ebay Helps Stamp Collectors Become Part-time...
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
The Rare Stamp Collector
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
You Can Bring Order to Life with Stamp Collecting
Stamp collectors have always been guaranteed fun and pleasure, though claims for the hobby often stress knowledge and self-improvement.
Non-Profit Stamps
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
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.
A Book About Collecting
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
Collect Postal History for Stamps and More
While stamp collectors and postal history collectors share philatelic concerns, they are more accurately defined by their differences.
The Basics of Your Philatelic Library
Knowledge is power in the philatelic world, and philatelic literature is the way you gain that power.
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.
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.
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.
Stamps Over, Fingers Now to Move the Mail
To cut costs the USPS says it will stop issuing stamps and ask their customers to ink a new deal every time they mail: with their fingers.
Don't Be Left Holding The Bag (of Worthless...
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
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?
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 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.
Plate Block
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
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.
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.
Christmas Seals
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
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.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Modern Stamp Storage Concerns
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
Philatelic Trash: A Challenge For Stamp...
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
Collect British Postmarks from Stanley Gibbons
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
Getting to Your Next Level of Stamp Collecting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Handle Stamps
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
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.
Internet Stamp Sales Have a Long History
Online stamp selling has now left traditional stamp collecting behind, leaving those who cling to the old ways struggling to build their collections.
Duck Stamps
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
Collecting Different Types Of Philatelic Covers
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
World's First Stamp, the Penny Black, is an...
James Chalmers' contributions to the Uniform Penny Post in Britain remain little noted, even as the Penny Black stamp's 175th anniversary approaches.
Consider More Than The Stamp When Buying US...
There is more to consider when buying U.S. covers than the stamp. Cachets can cause confusion for the beginning or casual collector and cause him to purchase a cover that is not what he thinks it is.
When Stamp Collecting Rocketed into the Future
The reader of genre literature can be a natural stamp collectors with little effort.
Finding Stamp Displays Online
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
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.
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.
Air Mail -- an illustrated history 1793 - 1981...
A book covering the history of air mail and the collection of it, known as aerophiltately.
Event Day Cover
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
The World of First Day Covers and Fakes
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
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 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.
Glassine Envelopes
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
175 Years of Philatelic Iconography
The stamp collecting world is currently engaged in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
Honesty in the Stamp World
Not proceeding with honesty in the stamp collecting world can produce dire results.
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.
Color Guide
Glossary Entry for Color Guide. Stamps.
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.
One Stamp Collection the Ultimate Specialization
The stamp collector specializes with a well-focused collection of fewer stamps, including examples of their usages on examples of postal history.
Compromise to Acquire the Stamps You Want
The stamp collector must reconcile his desire for the best with the reality of what he can afford.
How to Start Collecting United States Stamps
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
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.
Bulk Rate Stamps
What are Bulk Rate Stamps
Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
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
Pleasures and Pitfalls of Topical Stamp...
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
Cinderella Stamps
Cinderella Stamps - What are Cinderella Stamps
The Wartime Stamp Collector
The world’s conflicts -- its battles, victories, and surrenders -- are well documented on stamps and covers; both special and ordinary mail pieces.
How To Get Free Stamps
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
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.
Stamp Collecting with Tech Tools Brings Glitches
Technology, while it makes much easier for both collector and dealer of stamps, there are some downsides.
Know the Heritage of Legitimate Stamp Collecting
The heritage in libraries that are the repositories of philatelic knowledge and history is worthy of the attention of stamp collectors of every level.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
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.
No Quick Pay-Off Found in Stamps
Speculation in stamps can benefit only the speculator. The practice is bad for the health of the hobby and should be avoided by the collector,
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 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.
Commemorative Stamps
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
Work With Stamp Dealers For Your Best Deal
If you want to buy a stamp, chances are great that others do too. Make sure your good purchasing practices will pay off when you want to sell later.
Things to Avoid With Your Stamps
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
\$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
Inverted Jenny
The United States air mail error.
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.
Stamp Collectors Find Human Interest in Postal...
Stamps can be positive triggering devices for collectors as they send them in search of postal history and the story behind the stamp.
Philatelic Traditions Die Hard
The world's postal services, dealing with financial shortfall, through their actions are changing the way stamp collectors go about collecting.
Stock Book
What is a stock book? Stamps.
Hinge (Stamp)
Stamp Hinges. Stamps.
Get The Most Bang for Your Buck with Alternativ...
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.
Stamp Mentors and Sharing Philatelic Knowledge
The old days of the kindly stamp dealer are just about over. You are now on your own to buy on the Internet, without the personal guidance that was once abundantly available in stamp shops.
The Stamp Show Dealer: First Contact
Learn to listen to stamp dealers to determine what stamp collecting area is right for you.
Perforation Gauge
What is a Perforation Gauge? Stamps.
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.
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.
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.
Stamp Marketing Research Fails
Stamps are marketed to collectors and others in various ways, sometimes with success, sometimes without.
The Duck Stamp
A stamp that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
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.
Stamp Collectors Guard Their Privacy
Privacy, including not divulging important information about stamp purchases, is vital to the safety of stamp collectors and their collections
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.
Revenue Stamps
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
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.
\$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp
$5 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 17.
UltraOptix Linen Tester Loupe
Review of the UltraOptix Linen Tester Loupe
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.
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.
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.
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.
Solving Stamp Mysteries
What to do when you find a stamp that isn't listed in any catalog.
Buried Philatelic Treasures Require a Bit of...
Rare stamps have been found in the most unusual places.
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.
1975 Continental Marines Bicentennial...
1975 Continental Marines Bicentennial Commemorative. Page 5.
Smart Collectors Appreciate Their Post Offices
The role of postal officials through history has changed from exclusively moving the mails to also selling stamps to collectors.
Chalmers versus Hill: Who’s the Father of...
James Chalmers, who for 175 years has stood in the shadow of Rowland Hill, the man identified with the first postage stamp, also deserves credit.
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.
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.
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.
Buying Stamps Online Is Not Without Pitfalls
Beware misdescribed stamps and those with hidden faults when buying online. Legitimate dealers will always back up their stamps with a guarantee.
Buying Stamps in Person Versus Online
Protect yourself by knowing the quality of the stamps you buy, whether it is in person or online.

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