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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Posted by Collectible Stamp on November 21, 2015 in Insuring Stamps and Collections, Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collection

Stamp Collecting Tools of the Trade

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Poland Soccer Stamp - 1959

Stamp collecting is a popular hobby with millions of people engaging in this activity. While you may not need any tools to collect stamps, there are few that most serious collectors would recommend. If you are interested in stamp collecting, then here are a few tools of the trade you may want to pick up:

Magnifying Glass

Obviously, stamps are small and their print is tiny as well. If you want to admire your stamps or show them to anyone else, then you’re going to need a magnifying glass. Of course, there is more to it than that. A magnifying glass will allow you to see any flaws or special markings that could affect the value of the stamp. It’s probably the most essential stamp collecting tool of the trade.

Stamp Tongs

Stamp tongs are kind of like tweezers made specifically for handling stamps. It is actually real important to handle stamps with tongs, especially if you’re dealing with an expensive stamp. If you handle stamps with your hands, you could easily damage one.

Stamp Albums

This is really an essential stamp collecting tool of the trade. A stamp album gives you a place to display your stamps while also keeping them safe. You can organize your stamps in any category or any way you please within the album. All serious collectors use them.

Stamp-lifting Liquids

Stamp-lifting liquids are a chemical designed to soften up a stamp’s glue, making it easier to remove from paper or an envelope. Since you will frequently come across stamps that need to be removed from an envelope, it’s worth buying some stamp-lifting liquid.

Watermark Detector

A watermark detector can do a lot of good for a collector. This will allow you to see transparent prints and watermarks. It will also help you find out the value of an individual stamp. Furthermore, sometimes stamps are forged, and this will help you identify if any of your stamps are actually forgeries.

These are some of the stamp collecting tools of the trade. They are used by many, if not all, collectors. In addition, I’m sure all of them would say that they are essential. It’s far better to have them than not. Now that you know some of the stamp collector’s tools of the trade, you can give them a try for yourself.

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Originally posted 2010-09-04 03:40:27.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on November 21, 2015 in Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collecting Tools, Tips and Tricks

Finding Stamp Collection Buyers

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Magyar Posta - Colt Race

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 November 21, 2015 in Selling and Buying Stamps, Stamp Collection

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 November 21, 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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Posted by Collectible Stamp on November 21, 2015 in Rare Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Valuable Stamps

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Free Stamps

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Where do you go for free stamps?

Well stamp collectors, whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran of this fine and time honored tradition, everyone is interested in finding free stamps. Unfortunately, in this day and age, legitimate people offering free stamps, or free anything for that matter, are hard to find.

The easiest way to get free stamps is to simply go to your mail box. Although this won't yield any rare stamps it can certainly get you off to a good start. You can also ask a friend to save their stamps and to be on the lookout for any interesting ones. If you have pen pal from a foreign country or a friend who gets letters from out of country that's even better!

Another option is your place of business or, for the younger generation, your parents work. If you or your parents have international or even local business contacts they may be more than happy to give you some of their stamps to help your collection. Some options are a little more fun, especially if you're a youngster just starting out.

To start you can ask your parents or grandparents if they have any old letters with the stamps still on them. Nine chances out of ten, they will. Second, if you have a relative or an elderly neighbor that collects stamps, he or she would most likely be very happy to give you some of their duplicates, or a special stamp, to help you on your way. An even better option, for parents and children, would be to start your own local stamp collecting club. These methods are only useful if you are interested in used stamps.

Finding free stamps is a little more difficult if you want to collect mint stamps. You can consider going on the internet and joining one of the many stamp clubs advertised. A lot of them offer a free set of stamps simply for joining. However, you must be careful of scams and the like when choosing one, or more, clubs to join.

There are quite a few clubs that will send you the free stamps, but also other stamps that you have the option of buying or returning. The best, and probably safest, way to get free stamps is trading. If you are in a club or have friends in the area, trading is a great way to get free stamps.

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Originally posted 2010-08-07 03:35:25.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on November 21, 2015 in Free Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

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 November 21, 2015 in Philately, Stamp Collecting

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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Posted by Collectible Stamp on November 21, 2015 in Selling and Buying Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Stamp Show, Tips and Tricks

10 Great Stamp Blogs

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Stamp blogs are important for those who are interested in the topic or who are heavy stamp collectors. Not only can you get tips for trading stamps and networking with other traders, but you can increase your visibility by commenting on blogs and looking for sound advice. Here are the top 10 great stamp blogs:

Stamp Collecting Blog by Keijo Kortelainen- This blog originated from Keijo in Finland. The author mixes wit and humor when it comes to learning about postage stamps. She writes about her favorite stamps and the type of designs she likes. One of the most useful information she puts on her site is reviews on different types of stamps, like the 'Norma 2010' Specialized Catalog of Finnish Stamps review she did last July. This author deserves to be a part of the top 10 great stamp blogs list.

Philatelic Tidbits- This general stamp blog goes into the world of stamp-collecting. Some of the authors topics include an in-depth analysis of old postage stamps. The author also mixes stamp collecting with philanthropy topics.

Stamps Blog- this blog is dedicated to understanding the current state of stamp collecting. The administrator/author collects information such as statistics and facts about the infamous hobby of collecting postage stamps.

The Stamp Addict Blog- The author of this blog is not known, however the topics are great; the blogger mixes in every day talk of Facebook and modern activities along with information about stamp events including detailed photos of stamp collections.

Stamp Lists- This blog site is more like a news/blog that provides country listings of various stamps and also free resources for finding out stamp values.

The Stamp Collecting Round-Up- Don Schilling Glendale is a member of the American Philatelic Society, the Glendale Stamp Club and Bunker Hill Stamp Club. His blog is a great resource for updates on stamps, stamp collecting and postal operations.

eGlobals Stamp Collecting Blog- This blog keeps all of the stamp collectors up-to-date on stamp news and trends. Here, collectors can learn about selling stamps, rare stamps, software and estimated stamp value. They really deserve to grace the great stamp blogs list.

2 Clicks Stamps- This blog will let collectors know about the history of postage stamps and the art of stamp collecting.

E-Stamps Net- This blog is for those who really love stamps and appreciate stampless covers.

Stamp Collectors Corner- Here, collector can learn about rare stamp collections that are available on the market.

What stamp blogs do you visit?

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Originally posted 2010-08-29 03:02:39.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on November 21, 2015 in Philately, Stamp Collecting

Finding Other Stamp Collectors

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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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Posted by Collectible Stamp on November 21, 2015 in Stamp Collecting