Stamp Databases

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If you are into stamp collecting or philately as it is known, then looking into a tool such as stamp databases is well worth it. This is especially true if you are a serious collector. The fact is stamp collecting is not just a hobby. If properly done and you do your research, it can even be a lucrative business. Rare stamps can cost thousands of dollars and if you happen to chance upon one, then your profit can be many folds. Databases that are created for stamp collectors are tools that can help you greatly towards this quest.

Stamp databases were first introduced in 1984. When it was first launched it was the only one of its kind and also the first commercial database. Over the years many companies have come out with databases for stamps. Some of these companies have been providing updates to customers at least once year to its customers. One of the top databases is known simply as Stamp Collectors Data Base. This one has made it to the number one spot most of the time and is still considered to be the best one. It can be run on most versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, such as Windows XP, 2000 and so on.

Now let us look at why having a database for you stamp collection is important. A good database will maintain a detailed record of your stamp collection. It will help you with keeping track of the stamp collection and also let you know how much it is worth. With some databases you will have access to an unlimited number of data, which means both serious collectors and novices alike will be able to keep track of what they have. If you want you can even divide your collection into separate groups and catalogs.

Most stamp databases will come with a set of fields allowing you to catalog a large set of information such as face value, date of issue, country of origin, catalog number, design, color, topic, watermark, condition, purchase date, perforation, price, present market value and so on. It will have search and filter options which will make it a lot easier to find the information you are looking for. This is in a way a built in search engine feature. After you get used to this kind of tool, you may wonder how you kept track of your collection all these years.

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Originally posted 2010-09-09 03:55:34.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 20, 2014 in Stamp Collecting

How To Select Stamp Collecting Software

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There are many programs out there that stamp collectors have to choose from. So many collectors are left wondering how select stamp collecting software. We will go over some things to consider and features offered by different types of software. This should help you select the package that is right for you.

First you need to figure out what type of collector you are. What matters to you? Do you care about the value of your stamps? Do you want to be able to view your stamps on your computer? Do you want a program that will automatically tell you all sorts of information about your stamps? Do you want software that will print out albums for you? These are all questions you need to answer before we can move to learning how to select stamp collecting software. There are different types of software for different types of collectors.

Inventory programs will keep track of all of your stamps. These programs are very useful for dealers and collectors primary interested in investment. Most investment collectors will be happy with simple spreadsheet software. Some more advanced inventory programs will automatically update prices and other variable information for you. These programs are also very useful for insurance valuations.

People who collect for more aesthetic reasons will want album software. Album software can be very complex. These programs are used to display your stamps. They will automatically fill in historic information about each stamp. Many of these programs will offer you various ways to display your stamps.

A feature you may want to look for is the ability to print out albums. Many programs will allow you to build an album and print it. This will allow you to show your collection without taking the risk of transporting your collection. If you want to build a website for your collection there are several programs that will do that for you.

Now that you have evaluated your needs and learned about some types of software it is time to go online and start looking. First figure out how much you want to spend. Next make a wish list of features. Start comparing packages. Pay attention to features, but also pay attention to how much control you have over each feature. Many software packages offer free trial periods, whenever you can use a trial before you make a purchase. Also ask other collectors, go to stamp collecting forums and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most collectors love giving advice.

You should now have all the tools you need to select the right stamp collecting software for you. It is easy once you have evaluated your needs and narrowed the field.

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Originally posted 2010-05-30 03:32:08.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 19, 2014 in Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

Online Stamp Collection Price Guide

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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 October 19, 2014 in Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collecting Tools

So You’re Looking for the Best Stamp Collecting Books

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Finding the right books for your hobbies can be tough sometimes. Many books are outdated, and some are just plain wrong. We decided to look through some of the top selling stamp collecting books so that you don't have to. Shopping around for the correct book will save you a lot of time and money in the end, and you can save space in your house for more stamps. Because that's what your really after anyway.

If you are looking for an all around book that will introduce you or a loved one to stamp collecting, our recommendation goes out to "Guide to Stamp Collecting" by Janet Klug. A great gift for a grandson or niece would be some nice stamps and a copy of this book. Janet has an all-star record in the stamp collecting world. She writes regularly for stamp publications and is the vice-chairman of the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists. She goes through everything you need to know in the stamp world. How to find stamps. How to take care of them once you've got them. The tools that you'll need as a stamp collector. One excellent section of the book shows different myths about stamps, and about stamp collectors. She gives you the myth and then explains the truth and it is a really enlightening section. Another reason we loved this book is that, while it's a great introduction to stamps, it doesn't just dumb down the stamp world for kids. Many books fall into this trap. That is why "Guide to Stamp Collecting" is one of the best stamp collecting books.

Another great book is the in the "For Dummies" series. "Stamp Collecting For Dummies" This no-nonsense guide is another great tool on the road to becoming a real stamp collector. Something great about the "For Dummies" series is that all the books follow the same format. That way, if you've read one, you know how to read all of them. Something we loved about this book was the tone and the humor that the author used. Stamp Collecting is a fun and exciting hobby and this book reflects that more than other books do. It is clearly one of the best stamp collecting books.

There are many others out there. These are just some of our favorites. Don't spend too much money on books guys. Save some for your stamps!

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Originally posted 2010-07-25 03:54:12.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 19, 2014 in Stamp Collecting

Types of Philatelic Literature

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Used Spanish Stamp - 1936

Philatelic literature is in abundance and serves as a very important resource for stamp collectors and dealers. There are different types of philatelic literature to cater for the different needs of postal stamp enthusiasts. Below is an overview of the most common types.

Stamp Catalogs

Catalogs are the main types of philatelic literature. They are a resource on the different types of stamps available and where they can be found as well as their values in the market. The catalogs can be further classified as world wide catalogs, geographic area catalogs, time period catalogs or single country catalogs. There are also specialized catalogs as well. Time period catalogs are those that were issued at a particular time in history, e.g. during the reign of a famous king, war time period, etc.

Books

Philatelic books are more into the history of particular kinds of stamps. Unlike catalogs that usually dwell on date, market value and denominations, books usually delve into the history behind a stamp. Books explain how, when and where particular stamps were used, as well the reason for their being issued. There are also books that are guides to collectors on how and where to find stamps, how to care for one’s collection, etc.

Auction Catalogs

When stamp dealers are having auctions of famous stamps, they usually publish catalogs of the available stamps that will go on auction. The catalogs are a specialized type of philatelic literature that deals with a particular event, in this case a public auction. They give a brief history of the stamps to underscore their importance and in the process raise their auction value.

Periodicals

Another type of philatelic literature is periodicals. These may be society newsletters or even journals. Postal societies usually publish newsletters for their members to appraise them on the state of their movement as well as what’s new or being planned for the coming period. Journals too serve the same purpose though these are not confined to a society as they can be general.

There are other types of philatelic literature like bibliographies that offer a guide to literature material available in the market. Then there are other resources that are not directly related to stamp collecting but nonetheless important. These are newspapers, currency exchange rates, maps and other such info.

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Originally posted 2010-08-22 03:38:04.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 18, 2014 in Philately, Stamp Collecting

Finding Famous People Stamps

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Ludwig van Beethoven - First Day of Issue: 20th of January 1970

Stamp collecting has been a hobby of choice for thousands of people around the world ever since the postal system came into being. It is perhaps a way of honoring the timeless ‘messenger’ entrusted in delivering messages from one place to another. We have perhaps heard that in ancient times if a chief or a king wanted to send a message to another chief (friend or foe,) they used the swiftest messengers. But the responsibility did not come without risks as the messenger was expected to be swift and thus would only be allowed to carry very light weapons. The messenger had to at times pass through dangerous jungle with wild animals and there was also the risk of capture by enemy tribes. Thus underlines the importance of the stamp when it came into being as it was a sign of the trust placed on the postal system by the sender.

Today, globally there are thousands of philatelists who will guard their stamp collections jealously. Among the most collected stamps by many philatelists are stamps with famous people. Famous people may be politicians, war-time heroes and leaders, musicians, athletes, writers and scientists and many others. Here we are talking people like Ludwig Beethoven, Albert Einstein, George Washington, Jesse Owens, William Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and even Adolf Hitler for those with a convoluted sense of dry humor.

But how does one go about finding famous people stamps? This requires patience and dedication. The stamps are a bit rare though there are unscrupulous business people who make replicas that are way far from the original stamps. Collectors are an option from where one can find the famous people stamps. But not many collectors will be willing to part with prized antique stamps even for large sums of money. There are stamp dealers that deal with all kinds of stamps to quench any philatelist’s thirst. And these have become even easier to find with the online revolution as there are websites dedicated to helping collectors find the stamps they may be looking for.

Perhaps more interesting is that many famous people today are into the craze of finding famous people stamps as well. Though they may not talk about it as openly as any regular collector would, they may be an option on where to get the much treasured stamps. For these kinds of stamps, once one gets them it’s very important to take good care of them as replacing them may not be a walk in the park.

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Originally posted 2010-07-26 03:00:43.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 18, 2014 in Famous People Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collection, Tips and Tricks

Stamp Collecting Accessories to Make Your Hobby More Enjoyable

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Stamp Accessories For Increase Hobby Fun

If you are taking more interest in your stamp collection chances are you are looking for accessories to keep each of your stamps in pristine condition. Stamps should be maintained in a proper fashion and the cost is not so great that you cannot afford the stamp collecting accessories you need to make it more enjoyable.

You can start by purchasing a stamp album, often called an archival album. These are available at hobby stores and shops that sale coins and stamps. Like most of the other stamp collecting accessories they can also be purchased online. You can purchase stamp mounts or hinges. These will keep each stamp in place.

Since most collectors usually end up with duplicates, sometimes a large number if it is a stamp that has been printed many different times, these stamps can be kept in another of your stamp collecting accessories - the stock book album. No matter the value of your collection you want to make certain you always keep them in an environment that will not expose them to heat or humidity.

If your stamp collection becomes larger than you ever imagined it could be you might want to consider purchasing a binder or two. These usually come in a variety of colors and they offer different numbers of slipcases in which you can store your stamps.

You will eventually want to add some other items to your stamp collecting accessories. One of these will be a fairly strong magnifying glass. This is important so that you will be able to read the very fine detail found on some stamps. Also, there are often ridges, markings, and so forth that you cannot clearly see with the naked eye, particularly on used stamps.

Another item that will come in handy is your stamp collecting book of values. You will want to choose the one that will be most beneficial to you. Some books are very large and try to cover every stamp every printed. These are not necessarily the type of book you want. For example, if you are specializing your collection according to country, or however, then you will not need information on every printed stamp; instead, you will be wiser to purchase a book that limits stamps to the U.S. or whatever specific type stamp you have decided to collect.

There are always fascinating things available in the line of stamp collecting accessories. You will be excited the first time you find the store that stocks a number of these items.

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Originally posted 2010-08-12 03:59:05.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 18, 2014 in Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

How to Display Stamps

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If you are a stamp collector in search of a way to house and display your stamps, then check out the modern and eccentric methods below of display.

When looking into stamp collecting and stamps in general your first priority is to make sure the stamps are properly maintained in their collection place. Once you have assured that the place they are stored in is not going to cause any damage you can begin taking a look into the display methods for your stamps.

The first and most common way to display stamps is through a binder or portfolio with clear inlays that allow you to place the stamps in between two sheets of plastic-like wrap that both protect the stamps, while allowing them to be seen both front and back. This is a great way to display your stamps because the binder method allows for easy removal and placement of stamps, as well as a compact setting for your stamps to be housed. The only downside to using a binder to display your stamps is that some stamps may not fit in right with the plastic inlays, so you may end up having to cut the inlays or purchase custom ones for a proper collection and display.

Aside from the common binder method of displaying your stamps, if you are an avid collector with a well built collection, you can choose to do a more unique approach of display. A display case for your collection is a great way to keep the stamps safe in a stable environment. The most common type of display case is similar to the plastic inlays, in that the case will have several compartments for the stamps to be housed in, and can be opened and closed with a snapping motion. The more modern display cases can be as simple as to be a plastic case that houses a single stamp, or as ornate as to be made of glass that encases thousands of stamps and is placed upon a wall for decoration.

When looking to display your stamps, the choice on how ornate or how basic a housing unit is, is all up to you, your personal preferences, and most importantly your budget. The larger your collection becomes the more eccentric you may like to go with your collection, but in the end whether you choose a plastic binder with inlays, or a glass wall, displaying your stamps is a personal choice and the method you choose is all up to you.

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Originally posted 2010-08-27 03:54:11.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 18, 2014 in Stamp Collecting, Stamp Organization

How can you tell the difference between fake and real stamps?

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A forgery of one of Hannover's first stamps.

So you have your new stamp, and you're ready to mount it, but you find out its fake! How can you find out beforehand whether the stamp you want to buy is real, or fake? What are some warning signs? Should you always take your questions to an appraiser?

There are a few types of fake stamps, and it helps to know the difference. One is just a simple fake stamp, which are real stamps altered to look like a more valuable stamp. Forged stamps are stamps that are created to fool collectors, and counterfeit stamps are those that are made to defraud collectors.

One way to protect yourself is to become familiar with the popular type of fake stamps out there. Knowing what the most commonly fake stamps are may help you not to buy one. Remember, if a stamp is selling for a price that is too good to be true, it probably is. Always have stamps with high asking prices appraised before you buy.

Fake stamps have hallmarks, though, and a few of them are easy to spot. For example, regumming is common often because the gum has degraded due to poor preservation. If there are different colors of gum on the back of a stamp, it's likely the stamp's a forgery. If for some reason you can't look at the back of the stamp, you can also look for stamp curling, thinning, or sharp perforation tips. Replacing torn bits is common, too, but that can be spotted by looking for an application of a false cancel mark over the area. Usually, though, stamps are altered by putting perforations on the edges of real stamps that originally didn't have any. Use a magnifying glass to look for misaligned holes or even misshapen holes.

There are other less obvious ways to fake it, like cancels and overprints. Knowing correct dates is helpful, and being able to compare the stamp to other cancels or overprints will help you figure out what's going on with your stamp. Sometimes cancels are painted in, and discrepancies with printing are also a clue.

The best way to make sure your stamp is not a fake, though, is to have it examined by a reputable appraiser who's an expert on your stamp type. Some imperfections can only be found under high powered microscopes or scanners, so if you're not sure, call an appraiser.

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Originally posted 2010-08-15 03:25:12.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 18, 2014 in Fake Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

Why Collect Stamps?

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The first postage stamp was printed in England in 1840 and is known as the Penny Black. The famous stamp depicts Queen Victoria. The birth of the postage stamp brought with it a hobby that would grow in popularity to epic proportion.

Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Collectors range from the casual, who collect for sheer enjoyment, to the serious, amassing huge collections with significant monetary value. Locating rare stamps can be as thrilling for some as hunting lost treasure or going on safari.

Casual collectors generally get their start by saving stamps from letters. They can be easily removed from envelopes by soaking them in warm water and placing between two paper towels to dry. These collectors will look for Commemorative Stamps which tend to be more colorful, like the Love stamp or a holiday issue. They may pick a common theme to collect like animals, nature, or sports. Some exclusively collect stamps depicting famous athletes, musicians, or actors.

Rare stamp collectors are not as likely to search for used stamps as they carry a lower value than those in “mint” condition. These collectors are on the lookout for old stamps, stamps with printing errors, or those that hold a high catalog value. While these collectors truly enjoy stamp collecting, they are also attempting to build a tangible asset that can be sold, preserved, or handed down to future generations.

Stamp collecting can be a solitary hobby and many collectors enjoy the relaxation and quiet of working with their hands. For others, the ability to share their hobby with others is a great advantage. There are Stamp Clubs located across the world where collectors can meet, share their finds, and enjoy the company of people with similar interests. Stamp Shows are also a major draw and allow collectors to buy, sell, and view collections of all varieties.

One reason the hobby of stamp collecting has stood the test of time is the fact that it takes very little investment to start collecting. An album and photo corners, tongs, and a magnifying glass are the only real requirements. More serious collectors will also keep transparent protective envelopes and watermark fluid on hand. A perforation gauge will measure the perforation marks on a stamp to help in identifying its value, and of course a catalog with current pricing and identification are helpful.

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Originally posted 2010-07-31 03:42:37.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on October 18, 2014 in Philately, Stamp Collecting