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 June 3, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collection, Tips and Tricks

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.


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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Where to Find Stamp Collecting News

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If you are a stamp collector who is looking for the latest on new releases, and overall stamp news, then check out the below method for finding out where to find stamp collecting news.

The first and most commonly used method to find out the latest news on stamp collecting is through the internet. There are thousands of websites that specialize in stamp collecting and offer an array of news about stamp releases, recent high value sells, and overall trends within the stamp collecting community. To find a good website to help you find the latest in stamp collecting news, you can utilize any basic search engine by typing in the search box stamp collecting news source. Once you have found a reliable website you can check into joining their mailing list both email and personal to help you find out the latest information on what is happening with your hobby.

Aside from the commonly and easily accessed internet utilization to help you find the latest is going-ons within the stamp collecting community, looking in the magazine section of your local collection shop, or online source can help you find out the most recent in stamp collecting news. While stamp collecting is a simple hobby enjoyed by hundreds of thousands, there are not a whole lot of mainstream magazines that can be used to find out the latest in stamp collecting news; however if you are fortunate enough to have a collectors shop in your local area, you can be sure to find a magazine on stamp collecting that you can subscribe to. While there are only a few hard copy magazines on stamp collecting and collecting in general, you can turn again to the internet and the online magazines that are based on there for all the latest news on stamp collecting.

A final option of finding out about what's happening in the stamp collecting community is through your local post office. Paying a visit and inquiring with a worker who works with the stamps is a great way to get a direct source of what is going on in the stamp collecting community. It is however a bit pestering to the workers at the post office, so it is advised to utilize the internet for your information needs.

Overall if you are a stamp collector in search of the news on what's happening with your hobby in terms of high value sells and new releases, check out how the internet and collectors shops can benefit you.

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Originally posted 2010-09-08 03:52:15.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on June 3, 2015 in Stamp Collecting

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

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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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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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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10 Stamp Collecting Tips

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Stamp Journal

The following is a list of things to keep in mind when collecting stamps.

1. The First step behind starting a collection is by buying or looking for stamps to add to your collection. Buying stamps is easy, many stores sell stamps by the kilo which is known as kiloware. A kiloware will not cost very much, usually only a few dollars and they will contain around 1000 stamps. Another obvious place to start looking for tamps is in ones home. Going through the mail that arrives each day is an excellent source of free stamps. One can also buy stamps directly from the post office, but this can become costly.

2. Some people strike up a pen pal friendship with somebody within or out of the country. This way by sending mail to each other, you will get stamps to add to the collection.

3. It is always a good idea to look for friends who collect stamps or join a stamp collecting club. This way you will be able to exchange stamps with other collectors. This is also a good way to get rid of duplicate copies.

4. Look through the news paper for any stamp shows in your area. If there is one, sign up and go see and learn about stamps. This is a great way to meet people who know a lot about stamps.

5. Not all stamps you get will be taken off the envelope. In order to do that you need to soak them in either lukewarm or warm water for a few minutes. In most cases the stamps will slide right of the envelope.

6. Once this is done dry them on a piece of paper. All handling must be done with tweezers.

7. Afterward you should arrange them in alphabetical order in an album. Whatever you do, not clump them all together in a box, this will damage them.

8. Stamps are graded as very fine, fine, good and poor. Very fine stamp will be almost perfect with the color being little shaded. Fine will have no blemishes, almost as good as very fine. A good stamp will have faded color and the postmark will be dark. A poor stamp will be thorn and full of blemishes.

9. When starting a collection, start small. If it there is too many stamps to sort out you may get disinterested.

10. Purchase a magnifying glass. A magnifying glass is an important tool for any serious stamp collector.

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Originally posted 2010-08-14 03:14:44.

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

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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How to Find Stamp Values

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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.


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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