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Explanation that first day covers without cachets are, as a rule, not sought after and worth very little
Learn what a First Day Cover or FDC is, get example, and why it's popular amongst stamp collectors.
Limit yourself to collecting a particular type of first day cover and learn to be a selective and frugal buyer.
A bit of planning ahead will add to your enjoyment of the stamp show
How to Soak Stamps - Getting Stamps off Paper
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.
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 Valuable Stamps
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 can be an intimidating task, but there are ways to go about it that will reduce the stress and tension involved.
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.
Overprints are put on stamps for a number of reasons, from changing denomination, to making money for charity
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.
Learn the basic rules of eBay selling to transition from stamp collector to stamp collector-stamp dealer.
A recently discovered error version of the U.S.'s Lindbergh airmail stamp has sold for $14,000.
What are Back of Book Stamps?
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.
Protect yourself and your collection's value by becoming familiar with the basic good practices of stamp collecting.
Keeping up with the latest in stamp storage can save the collector from the heartbreak of damaged and ruined stamps.
What is a Non-Profit stamp? Stamps.
First day covers (FDC's) are having a hard time holding their place in today's stamp collecting world, as interest in them fades and FDC collecting groups lose members.
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 are Bulk Rate Stamps
Make sure your collection is well-organized and neat before you go to sell.
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.
Plate Block - What is a Plate Block
Update to article dealing with valuation of first day covers.
Penny Black - The First Postage Stamp
Know what your stamp collection is worth by consulting catalogs, but also be aware of the things that can impact a stamp's value.
Cachet - What is a Cachet. Stamps.
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.
Free Stamp Collecting Periodicals and Magazines that you can find online
Proper repairing of stamps and covers is part of the serious collector's world.
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.
A look at types of philatelic covers -- those created especially with the collector in mind.
Necessary tasks to prepare for selling your stamp collection include making sure you are emotionally ready to say goodbye
What are Airmail Stamps?
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.
Different generations don't always see eye to eye in their collecting habits and pursuits.
The Discovery Channel's Auction Kings deals with philatelic concerns.
Media becomes more interested in the U.S. Postal Service as its plight becomes more dire.
Technology has made it increasingly easy for collectors who wish to become part-time stamp dealers to realize their dream.
Mystery surrounds the recent sale of the world's most valuable stamp. Stamp auctioneer David Feldman says all will probably be known in time.
Rare stamps, while out of the reach of many, can be had in less expensive versions.
What is a Special Delivery Stamp?
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?
Real stamp collectors are children of the golden age of the Thirties through the Fifties; a time when philatelic history was made.
A review of the stamp catalog Collect British Postmarks, published by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd.
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.
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.
The World Cup offers an opportunity for the collector to put together an impressive topical collection featuring soccer.
Online Stamp Galleries & Exhibits - A list of web based galleries, museums and exhibits of stamps
Christmas Seals - Cinderella stamps that help fight lung disease
A review of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamps & Coins by Dr. James Mackay
Handling Stamps - How to Handle Stamps safely using tongs
Error 4¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 5.
Duck Stamps - Stamps For Collecting and Hunting
A definition of what topical stamp collecting is.
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamps
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 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.
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.
Adding stamp related philatelic items to your collection, can also add interest to it and help your stamps tell their stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A stamp that is a non-postal migratory bird hunting license.
Things that can lead to damaged stamps
Creating a healthy stamp collection requires knowing where to find the information and the stamps that will make it grow.
A brief guide into the essentials of collecting stamp issues of the United States.
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.
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.
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 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.
$2 U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 14.
Event Day Cover - What is an Event Day Cover or EDC
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.
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.
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.
Dag Hammarskjold Invert Issue. Stamps.
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.
First day covers, in their scope and variety, prove a rich collecting byway for stamp collectors.
As first day cover collecting gains respectability, fakers will take notice and create more fraudulent items.
Joining a stamp club can add to your pleasure and knowledge and will consequently help you put together a collection of greater than average value. And in stamp collecting every friend, acquaintance and contact is another source of information and stamps.
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.
Glossary Entry for Color Guide. Stamps.
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.
World War II makes an excellent topical collecting area for stamp collectors.
Join a stamp club after you have learned the basics of stamp collecting.
5¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 6.
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.
What is a Postage Due Stamp? Stamps.
Review of UltraOptix Lighted LED Wallet Lens
Semipostal Stamp - What is a Semipostal Stamp
The stamp collector should not think of first day covers as kids' stuff in relation to their serious stamp collecting. Respected philatelists find the collection and study of first day covers to be a worthy pursuit.
Women came a long way in gaining postal recognition for their work and achievements, and now, especially in the U.S., they are as well represented on stamps and covers as men.
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.
Postal services remember science fiction and fantasy writers, by commemorating the likes of Poe, Verne, Wells.
Covers of the future will show current usages of stamps to be scarce.
The commemoration of people on stamps is not necessarily a welcomed honor for some.
Not postage stamps, revenue stamps paid tax on many items including pictures, cigarettes, playing cards and liquor.
Inexpensive gifts for the stamp collector in your life.
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.
An introduction to the hobby of stamp collecting and what it consists of.
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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.
Review of Guide to Stamp Collecting by Janet Klug, an introduction to philately
The beginning stamp collector may be tempted by the glamour items of philately, but in the first days of stamp collecting they must be forgotten for less expensive -- and less risky -- collection foundation stamps.
Rare stamps have been found in the most unusual places.
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.
Aspects of the popular area of topical stamp collecting.
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.
Mail art can help the post office, but it won't save it from its financial troubles.
Protect yourself by knowing the quality of the stamps you buy, whether it is in person or online.
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.
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.
Civil War Buffs that are also stamp collectors are looking at a lot of action in the next several years as the United States -- and many other stamp-issuing entities of the world -- will mark the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States with a flood of philatelic items.
Virtually all of the U.S. authors depicted on USPS stamps have had their works banned.
Beware misdescribed stamps and those with hidden faults when buying online. Legitimate dealers will always back up their stamps with a guarantee.
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.
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.
Finding and buying good stamps for your collection, especially those that are good investments.
Glassine Envelope - What is a Glassine Envelope
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.
Glossary definition of Souvenir Sheet What is a souvenir sheet?
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.
A stamp -- often of rarity or expense -- of lesser condition, used to fill a space in an album until a better copy becomes available.
What is a stock book? Stamps.
Review of The Error World - An Affair with Stamps by Simon Garfield
U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamped Envelope. Page 18.
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.
1975 Continental Marines Bicentennial Commemorative. Page 5.
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.
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.
Where once collectors explored the world through covers carried by adventurers, the adventure now in stamp collecting is finding how to bring back the excitement.
1937 U.S. Army Commemoratives - Sherman, Grant and Sheridan
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.
A description of the properties and uses of United States commemorative stamps.
Sometimes philatelic items held in low esteem can gain new respect with collectors.
How do I get free stamps? - How to get free stamps from your friends, neighbors and associates
The journey from beginning stamp collector to true philatelist is an exciting one, even as hard lessons are learned along the way.
Certain stamps issued by the USPS have met with resistance, if not disdain, for reasons of religion, politics, design and featuring controversial personalities. It is impossible to please everyone and there is usually a stamp in current use that causes deep feelings of dislike in some.
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.
With the issuance of a stamp honoring openly gay politician Harvey Milk, the USPS has done its part for furthering the cause of LGBT equality.
Stamp collecting, like all hobbies, take you out of your daily life and bring you to a special place. But stamps can also help the collector find his place in the real world.
3¢ U.S. 1893 Columbian Exposition Stamp. Page 3.
Stamps provide an education about important world progress and events, perhaps more today than ever before.
The World's First Airmail Stamp: You wouldnât think that the first airmail stamp could have been produced