How to Make the Most Out of Your Stamp Show Experience

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Stamp collectors all recognize the words “stamp show”; many of us get excited over them. But how can you make the most out of your stamp show visit?

The answer is simple, short and sweet: preparation.

First off, do your research. Find out who is going to be there. Learn which dealers and which stamp collecting organizations will be in attendance. Once you learn that, you can do a little research amongst your fellow stamp collectors and online to find out what those dealers specialize in, which will help determine which dealers you will want to visit first. Once you get the stamps you want, you will be able to explore the other dealers. And, on the other hand, by finding out what organizations are there, you will be able to fraternize with any you might belong to or you might find a group with which to affiliate yourself. By planning ahead of time and making sure you find at least some of the stamps you want, you will have more time left over to be social.

The second step in preparation is gathering your materials prior to the show. Make sure you have your tools – magnifying glass, loupe, tongs, etc. – and a way to transport your new collectibles safely and securely. This will assure that you are completely prepared and ready to take on the show, all without wandering around aimlessly and hoping to come across a stamp you want by chance and without destroying any of your new items.

Another step in preparation is to make a checklist of stamps that you would like to add to your collection. No, you might not get them all at once, but keeping the checklist will make sure that you will get the stamps you want and help you keep organized the ones you have and do not have. This will last you not only the soonest upcoming show but for many shows afterward.

And make sure you prepare for the day of the show. Double-check that you don't have any previous engagements, chores or obligations. After all, you want to enjoy the show worry-free.

Finally, be prepared to enjoy the show! After all, it isn’t business; it’s a hobby, and we all have our hobbies to keep ourselves entertained. Preparation will ensure that you get to enjoy the show to its fullest without missing out on anything fun!

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Originally posted 2010-07-27 03:07:43.

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A Brief History of Stamps

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Penny Black

When coming up with a brief history of stamps, most investigators will find that they were used for postal services. Stamps are defined as a small piece of adhesive paper that was use to pay for postal services such as the mailing of a letter. These stamps are often used on envelopes and lets the postal staff know that their mail being sent has been paid for. There are alternatives available for postage stamps such as prepaid-postage envelopes and postage meters. Stamp collecting is one reason why someone would want a brief history of stamps.

Stamps were first invented by Rowland Hill. He was an Englishman who took a small interest in postal reforms. He also provided multiple documents. He also participated in detailed studies that were later called, "Post Office Reform its Importance and Practicability". Around 1987, he decided to send a copy to the Spring Rice. After having a meeting about the publication that Hill produced to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, they decided to use the stamp and they later put it on the market to the rest of the public. One of the first documents produced to tell about the production of postage stamps was James Chalmers. The documentary examined the Scotsman claim to the creation of the postage stamps. The documentary outlines how James was aware of Hill's proposals to use the postage stamps and to put them on the market. Chalmers was also responsible for coming up with petitions in order to lower the rate of postage stamps. At the exact same time, other people were doing the same thing (organizing petitions).

Chalmers son wrote a book called, 'The Penny Postage Scheme of 1837" which spoke of the inventor of stamps. The son claimed that the first stamp was introduced by his father. There has been no evidence to back up the claims of the book. The son of James, Patrick Chalmers, later died in 1891. He was unable to successfully have his father recognized as the original inventor of the stamps.

Despite who truly invented the postage stamp, they were first introduced to The United Kingdom of Great Britain. Ireland was also introduced to them in 1840. The postage stamps were promoted and advertised by a man called Sir Rowland Hill. The first stamp was called the 'Penny Black.' About two days after the invention of this stamp, the 'two pence blue' was introduced and had an image of Queen Victoria. Today, over 21 billion items are mailed each year using postage stamps.

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Originally posted 2010-07-30 03:36:19.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on September 17, 2015 in Philately, Stamp Collecting

Finding Other Stamp Collectors

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Stamp Collector

Finding other stamp collectors is essential when you want to trade amongst other collectors. Thanks to the Internet, it is now possible to connect with other collectors very easily without problems. It is also easier to find rare and quality stamps that you wouldn't be able to find with any other resource. Here are some common methods to finding other stamp collectors:

Bidding sites-

Sites like Ebay and Atoncer holds multiple stamp collectors. All you have to do is become a member and start browsing the 'collectibles' section to find other stamp holders. These bidding sites are perfect to find other collectors because you can ask specific questions to members using the contact form that is found on each member's selling page. It doesn't take much to introduce yourself and let them know why you are contacting them.

Social Media Sites-

Facebook and other social networking websites have a plethora of resources for those who may be interested in the same things, including stamp collecting. Joining facebook groups related to stamp collecting is a good idea to network with others. Also, many groups on these social networking platforms allows members to post updates in message boards or walls. Here, you can tell the rest of the members what specific stamps you are selling or looking for.

Local Newspaper-

Finding other stamp collectors can be made easy with local newspapers. They are cheap to purchase and they have an entire list dedicated to those looking to sell their stamps. Most newspapers often have a classified section where locals can post items they want to trade or buy. This is a cheap resource for hooking up with other stamp collectors.

Stamp Collector Associations-

Some associations have certain members. It is easy to find these members by looking at the association's website. Many of these members are also looking for other collectors and don't mind you contacting them. Stamp collecting associations are perfect for networking and trading stamps.

Online Classified Ads-

Internet classified ads work the same as your local newspaper. The site is filled with items that are being sold by sellers, including collectible items such as stamps. Online classified ads are free and it is easy to send messages to other collectors without revealing your personal information such as phone numbers, addresses and email addresses. The classified ad site will allow you to message the seller without revealing your actual email address.

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Originally posted 2010-08-06 03:30:59.

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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 September 17, 2015 in Famous People Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collection, Tips and Tricks

How to Frame a Stamp Collection

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A Framed Stamp Collection

Stamps are, more or less, an understated art form for many, but for the collector they are so much more. Though a product with a definite and necessary function, stamps end up being more than the representation of purchased mail shipping. Stamps serve as a snap shot of history, a memorial of years and great people gone by, and creative and expressive art in a miniature format. Framing a stamp collection is an ideal way to preserve the tiny treasures and have them on display or give them as a gift. Learning how to frame a stamp collection is simple and once learned will never be forgotten.

Often times framed stamps are placed together in a theme. If used to decorate a room, the stamps may be chosen by color or subject element (tropical themed room, than beach and palm tree stamps). If the framed stamps will be given as a gift the theme may be chosen by the subject (music, then Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, musical notes, and instruments). For land mark stamps and collections a sheet of hard to find stamps or just one stamp may be framed for not just artwork but protected memorabilia.

Learning how to frame a stamp collection is as simple as learning how to frame a picture. After choosing a frame and a mat board for the stamps, it is best to plan out the layout of the framed stamps before affixing them to the mat board. This can be easily done with paper cut to the dimensions of the mat board and pieces of paper cut roughly to the size of the desired stamps. With these cut outs the stamp collector may choose from different layouts without any commitment. Other items may be arranged with the stamps such as a photograph or a description of the stamp issuance. For an extra touch, along with the optional pictures and information the mat board may be covered with a piece of theme-matching decorative scrap-book paper to give dimension to the collection.

Once the layout has been chosen, the stamps may be placed in stamp mounts, specially made pockets that protect and adhere the stamp to the mat board without the need to use the stamps original adhesive. Once in the stamp mounts the stamps may be placed on the chosen mat board. Afterward the mat board with the stamps may be placed into the picture frame, with the stamps pressed against the picture frame glass. Afterward, the picture frame backing may be placed over the back of the mat board. The framed stamps are now ready for display to enhance the décor of a room or for giving away as a gift.

Once a stamp collector learns how to frame a stamp collection, they will be able to create timeless displays that will last a lifetime.

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Originally posted 2010-05-29 21:30:25.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on September 17, 2015 in Framing, Stamp Collection

Soaking Stamps

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Once you have selected the stamps to be soaked there are certain guidelines you should follow in order to take them off the envelope with minimal damage. The first thing to do when soaking stamps is to trim the edges. Be sure to leave approximately a quarter of inch of paper around the edge. Do not cut the stamp or its perforations. After you do the soaking it is important to remember that the stamp will be weak when it’s moist. The following part of the article will deal with a simple and basic way to soak stamps.

The first step is to get a container and fill it with water. What type of water will depend on the stamp. If it is a self adhesive stamp then hot water should be used. If the stamp is on manila or colored envelopes, then cool water should be used. If it is regular stamps being soaked glued on plain envelopes, then lukewarm water will do. Next put some of the stamps in the bowl. You should not put more that 15-20 stamps at a time. The reason why few stamps are done at a time is because they may clump together. Of course if you are using a large container then more stamps can be put. If the stamps are on colored paper then putting fewer stamps in the water the better.

Leave the stamps in the water until they get unstuck by themselves. This may only happen after changing the water a few times. The important thing is the water must stay clean. As soon as the stamp detaches from the envelope, take out the envelope from the water. If it is a colored envelope the color runoff from soaking stamps may stain the stamp. After you take out the stamp carefully rinse them in some clean water. Be prepared with a separate bowl of clean water to do this. Self adhesive stamps are generally the most stubborn. They can take up to 25 minutes before detaching from the paper. Sometimes they may not detach at all so be prepared for this.

Once the stamps have been taken out of the clean bowl of water you should dry them by putting them face down. For this part it is better to use a clean and colorless object such as a paper towel. You should also only dry one layer of stamps at a time. Do not stack them on top of each other. After you have done all this the stamps will be ready for flattening.

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Originally posted 2010-09-01 03:27:09.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on September 17, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks, Used Stamps

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 September 17, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

Finding Stamp Collection Buyers

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Finding stamp collection buyers is quite easy. There are many who advertise themselves as buyers in newspapers and online. Jump online and do a quick search and you're bound to come up with thousands of results to choose from. The trick is actually finding honest and fair buyers. While many claim to be buyers, what they really mean is "I'll buy your stamp collection for as far under it's actual value as I can."

That isn't to say these people or companies are swindlers; they're just businessmen (or women.) We all know the most basic principle of earning a profit is to sell a product for more than you bought it for. If someone in the stamp business expects to sell a collection for whatever its value, then they need to buy it for less than that value. So if you want a quick sale, and don't mind losing a few bucks in the process, this type of buyer may be perfect for you.

If you're ok with a longer sale process, however, and expect to get the most out of your collection, it is better to find a buyer who is not interested in reselling. These buyers are strictly hobbyists and/or collectors, and want to buy collections simply for the love of them. They are willing, and even expect to pay the market price for collections.

The first step to selling your stamp collection is knowing exactly what it's worth. Looking up prices and values in a Scott Catalog or other resources can help you get a firm idea of what to expect for your stamp collection. Be sure to factor in the condition of your stamps when you are finding the value.

Once you've discovered just how much your collection is worth, you can begin searching for a buyer. If you wish to sell quickly, you may contact any number of buyers online or locally and barter a price which suits both of you. If not, you can begin calling local stamp clubs and informing them what you have and what's it worth. Someone in the club may be interested in purchasing right away, or the word may circulate for awhile before any takers speak up.

You may also wish to list your collection using online ads or ebay, but be wary of shipping dangers, and ship your collection as "delicate." Even finding a buyer the "hard way" will typically take just a few weeks, and can be a very rewarding process!

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Originally posted 2010-08-21 03:34:58.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on September 17, 2015 in Selling and Buying Stamps, Stamp Collection

Insuring Your Stamp Collection

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Do you know how much your collection is worth?

If you are a stamp collector with a built up collection that has turned into almost an investment, and you are looking to protect yourself financially in the case the collection is damaged, then be sure to check out how you can insure your stamp collection.

The first thing you want to do when looking to insure your stamp collection is to have the stamps appraised. There are several catalogs on the market that list the value of each and every stamp ever produced, and there are people who are experts who specialize in stamp values that can do the appraisal for you. Deciding to either do the appraisal yourself, or have an expert can all be determined by the budget you have. If you are looking to save some money, then doing the appraisal stamp by stamp yourself, making sure to add up the total value is the way to go, but if money is no object, then an appraiser can be hired to do the job for you.

After you have the stamps appraised you want to call up the various insurance companies in your area to determine what kind of collectibles insurance they have to offer. While it is possible to go with the same insurance company that insures your house, or your car, make sure that you go through all the possible insurance companies and see their offers before you make a decision. When asking around to see what kind of deal you can get on collectibles insurance, you want to make sure that there are no strings attached to the insurance you buy. Making sure that you purchase the coverage you want, and at the price you think you can afford is important in making your decision of which company to go with.

After choosing a company you can tell them what the value of your collection is, and what type of coverage you are looking for. The next step to insure your stamp collection involves writing up the paperwork and sign off on the payment process you choose to go with. If your stamp collection is very large and is of high value then a monthly payment plan may be preferred. With the paperwork all taken care of, you can begin making payments, and sleep easy knowing that your stamp collection is financially protected.

Overall insuring your stamp collection can be a tiresome process with the appraisal process, but once the coverage is done, you can relax knowing that you have financially protection in the case your stamp collection is ever damaged.

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Originally posted 2010-07-23 03:29:39.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on September 17, 2015 in Insuring Stamps and Collections, Stamp Collection

A list of Stamp Collection Appraisers

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Italy World Cup Soccer Stamp - 1934

Many time's the owner of a stamp collection is not aware of the true value of his or her collection and must seek the advice of a skilled stamp collection appraiser. Appraisers are experts who will examine a collection and give a written estimate of it's value.

A list of Stamp Collection Appraisers is always a good item to have because it give's the owner of the collection the opportunity to get various opinions from more than one source about the collections value. That's not to say that all appraisers will miss inform you, but, most appraisers are indeed stamp collectors themselves and make a living by buying and selling stamps and some will offer to pay you as little as possible for your collection.

A stamp collection can be brought and sold above or below the price that's listed in the stamp catalog. That decision is completely determined by the collector, however appraisers determine market value by using criteria such as, 'What condition is the collection in?', 'How has it been stored?' and 'Did the collector spend a lot of money establishing his collection?' These are just a few ways, there are many more that the appraiser uses to determine value.

Within your list of stamp collection appraisers should include those who are members of The American Philatelic Society. These appraisers adhere to a strict code of ethics and will generally give you an honest appraisal.Here's a list of a few very reputable Stamp collection Appraisers.

The American Stamp Dealer's Association (ASDA): Appraisal fees vary depending on the size of the collection.

The Mystic Stamp Company: A very reputable company with over 35 years experience valuing and buying stamps.

The American Philatelic Society: Excellent company will well established code of ethics, will appraise some collections for free.

If you are a stamp collector seeking to know the true value of your collection, the three companies listed above are all excellent choices for you to consider. Always remember that there are those out there who are only interested in lining their pockets with your hard earned money and if they can do that by cheating you out of your stamp collection, they will. Remember to always have a list of stamp collection appraisers, so you will always know the true value of your collection.

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Originally posted 2010-08-30 03:17:29.

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