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A Guide to Stamp Collecting For Beginners

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Stamp collecting is a simple hobby, if you have a little patience in the times when you look for new unique stamps to adorn your collection. To begin with, take the following steps to establish an initial stamps’ collection:

o When you start collecting stamps, purchase the largest packet of worldwide stamps that you can afford to purchase. This gives you the initial inspiration for going ahead. When you are new, if you start buying small packets of stamps, there is often a chance that you tend to get more that one copies of several stamps. A large packet would prevent this.

o Along with the stamps, purchase an album where you can collect the stamps. Try that this album is of good quality, as you will keep the stamps in it for long to come. If it is a good one, you will not have to be concerned about the quality of the album when you grow more professional in stamp collecting.

o Buy many hinges. This will help you to fix the stamps to the album. Pasting the stamps with the help of gum is not advisable as this makes it a permanent arrangement and you can not reclassify the stamps and change their positions when your understanding about them matures.

o Keep the album in which you keep the stamps in a polythene packet so that they are not wetted by water.

Once you have a starter stamp collection, you can always add new stamps to it and if you have used hinges, you can even change the position of the existing stamps in your album according to your convenience.

You can get new stamps from three major sources:

1. From the Shops – This is the most common way to purchase packets of stamps for addition into your stamp collection. When you go for this, prefer buying the collections that, you find are the most different from the stamps in your collection.

2. From Friends – Stamp exchanging is another good way of stamp collecting. You always some stamps in more than one copy. Your friends may have some stamps in multiple copies. If you need a stamp, which is double with your friend, and he needs the ones in doubles with you, you can exchange stamps with each other.

3. From Postal Envelops – You can browse through the old mail envelops in your home and can find some unique stamps that you don’t have in your collection. You can remove it from the envelope and add it to your stamp collection.

Making Money With Your Collect Stamps

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Millions of people all over the world collect stamps as a hobby, and the number is growing every day. It is indeed an exciting and rewarding hobby, and it can also be extremely profitable. The price of stamps vary with supply and demand due to the number of collectors increasing. The price of stamps is steadily rising, as the supply of stamps diminishes and more people want to acquire them. Most people start a collection for the pleasure and education just like any other hobby, but this hobby offers a financial reward as well, as collections experience a steady increase over the years.

Some people very early in life collect stamps, it often begins as a gift of a small package of stamps given to a child, and the child becomes a collector for life. As the collection grows, some tools become essential: They can be obtained from a stationary store or your local stamp dealer. You can find albums at any price, starting from about $5.00 to the most expensive one at about $200.00. Stamps Should always be handled carefully, because the condition is a very important factor to determine the price of resale value.

The various grades of stamps are: mint, very fine, fine, good and poor. Specimen in outstanding condition often sell at many times their catalog value, which is the reason not to mishandle any stamp, which could drastically reduce their value. If you want to know if you have valuable stamps in your collection and are really serious about persuing this hobby, you can buy the Scot’s Standard Postage Stamp catalog which lists every stamp in the world. This is a three volume encyclopedia and is the complete reference. You can also consult it at your local library if you don’t want to go into the expense for the time being.

To start your collection, ask everybody you know to save you stamps they get from different countries, also go through old letters and small boxes hidden in your attic, chances are that you will be surprised to see how much you can find. Other cheap sources of supply are flea markets and garage sales. Start swapping when you have doubles. There are many philatelic clubs all over the country and it would be very advisable for a serious collector to belong to one. This way you will become educated in this field and learn everything you can before you spend money on your collection. Stamp clubs also provide their members with possibilities to exchange and sell your stamps.

You should also read as much as you can about stamps by subscribing to a philatelic magazine. Stamps are like any other commodity, you can always go to a dealer who will offer you the current wholesale value of your stamps, but you can do much better by selling to other stamp collectors by advertising in magazines and newspapers specialized in stamp collecting. Check several current issues of those magazines, it will enable you to compare the ads with what you have to offer. If you want to buy stamps as an investment, try to buy few moderately expensive stamps a year. Always buy quality instead of quantity, and diversify, do not invest heavily in a single area.