Attending a Stamp Exhibit

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Stamp Exhibit

Stamp collecting is fun for beginners and collectors alike, and going to a stamp exhibit can spark a new interest in the art of stamp collecting. At an exhibit you can view exhibits from other collectors, buy stamps and trinkets to add to your collection and network with other collectors and collaborate.

Attending a Stamp Exhibit

Attending a stamp exhibit is an excellent way to introduce you to the world of stamp collecting and shop the mall of stamp emporiums. Hard to find stamps can be found, discounted supplies, rare and out of date stamps from different themes and time periods. The first thing you want to do when attending a show is to go to the registration table and pick up whatever they have, a schedule of events, souvenir cards etc. The schedule shows schedule of events, meetings, exhibit titles, and vendors. This will come in handy when you’re walking around to different locations. Also while at registration ask to put your name on a mailing list this way you can be informed of all upcoming events and shows in your area.

Types of Exhibits

There are so many types of exhibits at a stamp show, that it takes all day to drink it all in. There are traditional exhibits where the stamps tell a story about the history of a stamp or stamp series, the artwork, production and usage of the stamp. There are divisional exhibits that may deal with postal stationary, documents, illustrated mail etc. There are also single frame and youth exhibits. A single frame exhibit usually involves one frame that consists of up to 16 pages of one stamp type. Then there is the youth exhibits which may consist of one or multiple frames of any division type.

Conclusion

There are stamp exhibits that take place just about every week all around the country and they are filed with curious consumers, collectors and enthusiast from all around the world. Attending a Stamp exhibit is a great way for beginners and experienced alike to meet mingle and purchase rare stamps and stamps that cannot be found anywhere else. These shows offer a smorgasbord of stamps for the most avid collector and it is a treat for the eyes, the soul and the pocket. There are so many deals to be found and sites to see that anyone that goes should have an adventurous time. So go and enjoy yourself.

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Originally posted 2010-08-23 03:41:27.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on May 3, 2015 in Stamp Show

A Guide to Stamp Collecting for Beginners

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Victorian Toronto Stamps

If you are an avid collector of items, or are particularly interested in stamps and their collectible value and are interested in getting involved in stamp collecting, then check out the below guide on stamp collecting for beginners.

The first thing you want to do when looking to collect stamps is purchase or make a portfolio to house your collection. There are several custom made binders that can be purchased online or through a collection specialty store in your local area that are great for housing your stamps while allowing you to easily access and view the entire collection. When looking at binders you may need to purchase more than one depending on how many stamps you intend to collect, and the size of the binder that you prefer.

After you have purchased a binder or portfolio to house your collection, you can begin placing any stamps you have laying around into the portfolio for safe keeping. Once you have all the stamps that you have begun your collection with stacked away in safekeeping, you can concentrate on growing your collection.

When looking to collect stamps you can benefit greatly by purchasing a value placing guide on stamps to help you in your future stamp purchases. Some stamps can be as valuable as several thousand dollars, while others can be worth as much as the paper they are printed on. With a guide in hand and a place to house your collection, you can begin building your collection through paying visits to your local post office, or by searching online. The internet is a great place for you to find collectibles and hard to find stamps through the utilization of specialty and auctioneer websites.

When looking to create a stamp collection you want to have an array of stamps that reflect several years of history, as well as stamps that reflect modern times. When building the collection you can choose which stamps you like and which you don't, so essentially your collection becomes a reflection of yourself. When purchasing stamps for your collection you want to make sure you are paying a fair price and to reflect upon your buyers guide with each purchase.

Overall stamp collecting can be an enjoyable hobby for children and adults alike, and as long as you have a place to stash your stamps and a constant income so you can purchase more, you can put yourself on the road to having a well fulfilled collection.

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Originally posted 2010-08-24 03:36:47.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on May 3, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collection, Tips and Tricks

Online Stamp Collection Price Guide

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Stamps on Envelopes

Stamp collecting is not only an interesting hobby but an intriguing and educational one too. The greatest significance of stamp collecting is its historical importance and understanding of different cultures. Philately is not really an expensive hobby. There are stamps that cost from tens of dollars to thousands of dollars. It depends on the rarity of stamp, its importance in history and politics, the condition of stamps and various other factors. In the online stamp market, hundreds of worthy stamps are churned out everyday. You can add them to your collection of US and world stamps. Several sites offer an online stamp collection price guide; and there you can get a glimpse of the rarest stamps and learn how to compare the rates between same kinds of stamps.

A serious philatelist will understand the true value of stamps and how they should be priced. However, new hobbyists and collectors need the help of an online stamp collection price guide to ensure that any stamp stores do not dupe them. Once you get into one of these sites, they have a list of stamps and their prices based on the year they were produced. You can also read some interesting stories and facts about these stamps in the online stamp collection guide. These guides are also very helpful in providing translation for all those stamps from non-English speaking countries. Online stamp collection price guide is very crucial to evaluate the grade and condition of the stamps you are about to sell or buy. It depends on the condition of the stamp, whether there are rips or tears in it, the colors in the stamp and how far they have faded, the hinge marks, where the image is placed on the stamp and so on.

Did you know that stamp collecting is an investment that will reap great rewards later on? Prices of stamp are bound to rise; so if you have a unique and rare set, then its going to fetch you a fortune. For that, however you should know the true value of your stamp collection and make sure there are no duplicates in it. If you regularly keep track of an online stamp collection price guide, then you will know how much to earn from it. When you plan to earn money through your stamps, then there are certain conditions of which you should be aware. The most important factor of them all however, is the rarity of those stamps. Availability and age of stamps comes next in the priority list, the origin of the stamps should not be forgotten and it is a matter of great importance whether your stamp is in mint condition or used.

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Originally posted 2010-09-05 03:44:01.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on May 3, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collecting Tools

Where to List Stamp Collections for Sale Online

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Where do you sell your stamps?

If you are a stamp collector who has a built up collection ready to sell, or an investor who buys and sells for profit and are looking for a place to list your stamp collection for sale online, then check out the below process for finding a well fit place.

The first thing you want to do when looking for a place to list your stamp collection for sale online is to determine whether you want it placed in an auctioneer website, or sold for a set price at another location. After that decision has been made you can continue on your path to sell by searching for the perfect place in a search engine.

If you decide to sell in an auctioneer website you can go about searching in a search engine for the most popular ones and check out their listing fees and see what forms of payment you can receive. Ebay is by far the most commonly used auctioneer website with buyers and sellers from all over the world, so if you are looking to get the most exposure to your collection, then that website is going to be your best option in form of auctioneer. There are however auctions that have online listings that specialize in collectibles, so checking with those and seeing their basic information for comparison is a great way to find the best place online to list your stamp collection for sale.

Aside from the all to common auctioneer websites, you can check out specialty websites that focus on buying and selling collectibles for a set price. With these types of websites you can check into selling either locally with a website like Craigslist and online classifieds, or to people from all over the world with non auction collectible listings. When looking to sell stamps online you want to get the most exposure, as to allow you to get the price you are asking, so taking both the local and global route is a recommended path to take when selling online.

Overall if you have a stamp collection you are looking to sell online, check out the auctioneer and the specialty websites available to you. When selling online it is important to have your collection properly described and appraised, as well as to check into the legitimacy of the buyer assuring a clear payment before you send them any form of your collection.

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Originally posted 2010-08-18 03:49:29.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on May 3, 2015 in Selling and Buying Stamps, Stamp Collection

Top 10 Most Rare Stamps

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Inverted Airmail or the Inverted Jenny

Stamp collecting is something that some people go crazy for. I mean, auctions, galleries, and hair pulling (just kidding about the hair pulling). But for most stamp collectors it's just a hobby. If you're one of those people, maybe you're curious about it, maybe you want to get serious, here is a list of the top ten most rare stamps out there, and not to mention the most expensive.

1. British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta- 1856, alleged to be the rarest stamp ever to be. These were limited to begin with, but now appears that there may only be one left in existence.

2. Treskilling Yellow- Issued in 1855, this stamp won the record for the highest paid price for a stamp in 1996. This one was one of the first of five postage stamps released in Sweden, this yellow stamp was actually meant to be green.

3. Post Office Mauritius (Blue Penny/Red Penny)- 1847, issued in Ireland and Britain. The stamp was supposed to say "post paid", but instead said "post office". Only 26 are still around now.

4. Inverted Airmail (The Inverted Jenny)- 1918, perhaps the most famous US error in stamps. The picture of a Curtiss JN-4 plane was accidentally printed upside down.

5. Perot Provisional Stamps- 1848, one of the first stamps of Bermuda. It's face value at only one penny, there are only 11 left in the world. One of which was said to be owned by Queen Elizabeth. This stamp was named after it's printer William Perot.

6. Hawaiian Missionary stamps- From 1851, these stamps were brought to Hawaii by American missionaries (if the title wasn't enough). The first to be released in Hawaii and seeing how there are very few left, I'd say this qualifies for spot #6. The three units were for 2-cents, 5-cents, and 13-cents.

7. Inverted Airmail (The Inverted Jenny)- 1918, perhaps the most famous US error in stamps. The picture of a Curtiss JN-4 plane was accidentally printed upside down.

8. Inverted Swan- Released in 1855, this Australian stamp was printed with the upside down picture of a swan. Only 15 in mint condition are still around today.

9. Penny Blue Stamps- First issued in 1840, this British stamp lacked the name of it's own country. It was one of the first stamps in history ever to be released. Well, you can't win 'em all.

10. Benjamin Franklin Z-Grill stamp- Issued in 1868 in the US. only two exist in the world.

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Originally posted 2010-08-10 03:43:15.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on May 3, 2015 in Rare Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Valuable Stamps

Buying Stamp Collections: How and Where?

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Stamp collecting is one of the largest and most popular hobby that all types of people do these days. So with this being one of the most popular hobbies, where and how can you buy stamps for stamp collections? There are many different ways to buy stamps but one of the first items that you may want to purchase to assist you with the collection process and what to look for when collecting would be a guide book. You can purchase the guide book anywhere where books are sold such as a discount store, bookstore, or online. With the guide book in hand, you can be assured that you are getting a great deal.

Let us look at where and how we can buy stamps online. There are several websites, but one of the best would be ebay. Ebay is an online marketplace where people list their items for sale and where a buyer can come in and bid on the item. Here you can bid on the stamp collections and find really great deals. Your guide book will also list some places online where to buy stamp collections. There are also Auction Houses where you can bid online. How do you purchase stamps and stamp collections online through an Auction House? You can order an online catalog to be mailed to your house, and then there is a schedule available on the website where the auction will be held. You can place a bid on an item before the bidding starts and then just as you were in person, you can bid higher or stop bidding on that stamp you are interested in. There are also websites that buy, sell and trade stamp collections as well.

One other way that you can buy stamp collections are at local shops in your area. The advantage to this is that if you are a novice stamp collector, you can examine the stamp in person. This can work to your advantage if you are interested in purchasing pricier stamps. There are also stamp shows across the country where you can find a large amount of dealers in one location, and you can buy, sell and even trade your stamps. Your guide book will tell you how you can find a listing of the dates and location of these types of shows. One last place where you can find stamps are through your friends and family. Especially your older relatives may have some great stamps that may be worth a bunch of money. These days it doesn't really matter if there is a post mark on it.

Stamp collecting is a fun hobby for all ages, the young and the old, female or male. The great thing about stamp collecting is the hunt of finding that one that will complete your collection.

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Originally posted 2010-09-03 03:36:46.

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How to Get the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge

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Stamp Collecting Merit Badge

The Boy Scout Stamp Collecting Merit Badge has been around since 1932. It has continued to be updated ever since. To be honest, this merit badge is not one of the easiest badges around to earn. It has a reputation for being a challenging and tough one. For those who can stick it out, you will be rewarded with a very comprehensive knowledge that you can be proud of for a lifetime. Especially during times when current interests in stamp collecting seems low among today's youth, earning this badge will surely set you apart from your video gaming peers.

To help assist candidates for the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge the Boy Scouts of America publish the 40 page long, Stamp Collectors Merit Badge Pamplet. Costing $2.40 (isn't that the cost of a stamp these days?) you can find this pamphlet at your local Council offices, or Scout Distributors.

Never underestimate the value in someone else's knowledge in this area. Find a lifetime collector, a hobbiest, someone who has a true passion for stamps and spend the afternoon with them. Spend a few afternoons with them. Most people love to share their knowledge about their hobby. It is always easier to learn from someone one on one, than from reading a book or website.

There are many sources out there to help assist with your pursuit of the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge. Use your local library, check for local clubs, use the vast services the internet provide, check your local Post Office for suggestions, ideas and assistance.

Like anything, your commitment, motivation and determination will be the keys in completing the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge. Easy, isn't what you are going to find here, but learning how people, history, geography are all represented within the world of stamp collecting will help to drive your interest.

In the end you will master a large volume of knowledge and hands on skill through this hobby. You may even be inspired to start your own stamp collection or who is to say you won't be the next stamp designer.

To view the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge pamphlet and the list of requirements toward earning your Stamp Collecting Merit Badge visit the Boy Scouts of America website and be on your way to completing your goals!

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Originally posted 2010-08-13 03:05:49.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on May 3, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

Where to Find a List of Stamps

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Do you know what stamps you want to collect next?

In the world of stamp collecting, it is always great to be able to know where to go to be able to find your treasured stamps. Although stamp collecting can be an inexpensive hobby that has endless possibilities to it, you need to have a general idea of what types of stamps you want in your collection. Then of course, you need to know what you are willing to pay for your treasures. Never forget, that what may be ones person’s trash could be someone else’s treasure.

You may need a list of stamps. So, where do you find a list of stamps? Well, the list you need is going to be compiled from your collection, what do you need and want. It is going to be your own want list, collectors have been creating them and using them since the 1840’s when the second postage stamp was released. Very simply put, a want list is just an easy way for collectors to ensure that they get what they need without buying duplicates or trading for ones that they do not need.

You can compile your list by either listing every stamp in your collection, or by listing only the ones that you want and still need to complete that part of your collection. Your want list can be done in whatever fashion that you prefer and find easier to maintain. You can do it in a simple notebook, on a computer or type it on an old fashioned typewriter. You can list just the easy to follow catalogue numbers or get really technical and have illustrations of the stamps you desire also for easy reference.

It all just depends on how you will be using your list to help you in your collection. For example if you need to contact a collector to find out if he may have the stamps you are looking for, you may want to send a short version of your list that contains what he may be collecting. Of course you can always let them know that you do have a longer list in case they may have other things on your list.

Try to keep you want list request to other collectors as simple as possible, make it neat and easy to read. Eliminate the margin for error and possibility of you ending up with the wrong stamp. You may want to invest a little money in a computer program that helps compile your list for you; these are very easy to use.

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Originally posted 2010-07-29 03:33:04.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on May 3, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Stamp Organization, Tips and Tricks

Caring For Your Stamps

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Stamp Collection Preservation

If you are an avid stamp collector well on your way to forming a personalized collection, then check out how to care for your stamps as your collection grows.

The first thing you want to do when looking to get involved in stamp collecting is to make sure you have an area designated for each and every piece. A binder or a notebook with clear plastic placers is a perfect example of a baseline protective area for your stamps, but really anything that has room to house your stamps and not damage them can be used.

After you have an area created to house your stamps, you want to turn your attention to placement of each piece. Whenever you add a piece to your collection, you want to note its measurements and how well it will fit in your designated area. It is important that when forming your collection that you make space for each stamp to fit in, and take note of the possibility of adding a whole roll or row of stamps. Whenever you are adding to your collection, you want to make sure that the stamps aren't damaged in their placement, and if you have to fold a row to fit in, that you fold on one of the crease lines between stamps. It is recommended to keep all stamps in as pristine condition as possible, so if the option to not fold is available, take that method of placement.

With the collection well placed in a safe area, you want to make sure you monitor and clean out your collection from time to time. Going through your collection, and making sure that each piece is properly placed and that no damage has occurred to the collection is important when caring for your stamps. Every so often you may have the need to rearrange your stamps in order to keep them fitting well in your collection, this is normal and can be beneficial to the care of your stamps to help with keeping up the cleanliness of the collection, and to avoid allowing the stamps to sit in one place for too long.

Overall, caring for your stamps incorporates an attention to detail, and proper placement, but as long as you create a safe place for your stamp collection to grow, and monitor each and every page from time to time, you will find yourself with a well kept highly maintained collection.

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Originally posted 2010-07-24 03:36:21.

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How to Find Stamp Values

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1893 - Columbian Exposition Stamp

Some people collect stamps as tradition or because they think it is fun. Why not turn those stamps into cash? Of course, learning the value of your stamps doesn't have to be for monetary gain, but just to ease your curiosity. Each year, stamps vary in value based on a number of factors. Here is how to find stamp values:

Stamp Dealers

These can be used to appraise your stamp collection. The appraiser will use many different factors to determine the value of your stamp collection. The dealer may appraise a certain stamp for a certain amount, but this does not mean they will pay that actual amount. Any retailer will usually pay around 25%-70% of what the collection 'book value' is. The best way to make money from stamp collections is to sell them online. Most people are willing to bid on collectible items and you will be paid more than from a retailer who is usually interested in reselling.

DIY

You can also determine the value of a stamp on your own with a little bit of investigation. To do this, you must determine the stamp's country of origin, whether the stamp is new or used, condition of the stamp and how rare it is. These are all conditions that are used when deciding how much a stamp is worth.

When wondering how to find stamp values, it is also important to investigate small details, such as the country where the stamp hails. Most stamps have the name of their country printed on the stamp, except for Great Britain. If a stamp is from the United States, it will more than likely read U.S. postage or USA. If the stamp is from a country and the first language is not English, then the stamp will have the name printed in their original language. There are some online International stamp guides that provide free translations from country names. Stamp collectors can also use other free resources such as Google Translator.

When looking at the condition of the stamp, it is important to understand the difference between good, bad and fine condition. The smallest detail can mean a difference of 10%-75%. It is also important to look for image, size, damage, color fading and hinge marks when looking over stamps. Most buyers will pay top dollar for stamps that are in mint condition. If you are wondering how to find stamp values, it is in the best interest for the stamp collector to take good care of their stamps if they are looking to make a profit in the future.

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Originally posted 2010-08-08 03:38:24.

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