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.


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.


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 December 19, 2014 in Philately, Stamp Collecting

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 December 19, 2014 in Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

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 December 19, 2014 in Famous People Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Stamp Collection, Tips and Tricks

Why Collect Stamps?

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Is stamp collecting for you?

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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How to Display Stamps

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Stamp Stock Book

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 December 19, 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 December 19, 2014 in Fake Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Tips and Tricks

Collecting Used Stamps for a Hobby and for Money

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Used Kitten Stamp

Stamp collecting can be rewarding as both a hobby as well as for a collection that can be saved or sold in the future. Used stamps are fairly easy to come by; you just watch for letters in the mail and remove the stamp that has received a cancellation from the post office.

When you start collecting stamps you should try to have some kind of organization, otherwise you might lose a stamp or even damage a good, used stamp. You might consider storing them in a large manila envelope. Then, when you are ready to work with your stamps they are there waiting for you. When you remove the stamp from an envelope you should try to leave about one-half an inch all the way around the stamp. When you first begin your journey with this hobby it is wise to read books that tell you the best procedure to use for removing and maintaining your stamps. If you are just starting to collect used stamps you need to realize there is a lot to learn and understand - however, all stamp collectors had to have a starting point.

There are ways that you can successfully remove used stamps from an envelope. You begin by filling a small bowl with warm water. Try to keep the water luke warm as hot water can damage a stamp. When you put the stamp in the water you should place the picture so it is facing upwards. It generally takes about 30 minutes for the stamp to start separating from the envelope. Carefully remove the stamp from the envelope. If it is difficult to remove then you should soak it a little longer. As you learn to collect used stamps that you want to keep you will soon feel the excitement when you come across a stamp you want to add to your collection.

Once you remove the stamps you can place them on a paper towel on a flat surface. The stamps need to sit for a while and not be disturbed. This time you should place the stamp so the picture is facing down. Let each stamp dry for as long as it takes. Next you are ready to place the stamps on another paper towel that is dry. To flatten out any stamp that might have curled you can place a heavy book over it.

Now your fun begins. The longer you collect used stamps the more fun you will have. You are ready to sort your stamps. You will need to decide what you plan to collect - by country, by denomination, by year; whatever. Once you have made these decisions you are ready to place each stamp in some type of album. Most coin and stamp collecting stores carry a variety of albums that will meet your needs. Also, while you are in the store you might want to browse all the different books they have on stamp collecting.

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Originally posted 2010-05-31 03:37:57.

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Posted by Collectible Stamp on December 16, 2014 in Stamp Collecting, Used Stamps

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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How to Start a Used Stamp Collection

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Used Stamps

If you are fascinated with stamps and the thrill of collecting, and are looking into starting a stamp collection of your own, then check out the below guide on how to start a used stamp collection.

Collecting stamps is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby that can fulfill a need to purchase without having you spending hundreds of dollars a month. When looking to start a stamp collection the first thing you want to do is purchase a binder or portfolio to house the stamps in. The great thing about a binder is that you can purchase custom made plastic inlays that allow you to keep the stamps safe between two sheets of plastic, while letting you view the front and back of the stamps at the same time.

After you have a binder or place to keep the stamp collection safe in, you can begin your collection by setting up a budget for your stamps. The great thing about stamps is that they are relatively inexpensive which allows even someone on a budget to avidly collect. With a budget in set and a place to securely house your collection, you can either turn to the internet with auctioneer and specialty websites, or turn to your local post office to make your first purchase.

When making purchases of stamps you can benefit yourself by looking up the value of a stamp before you buy with either a search in a search engine, or with a stamp collectors value guide. Either method is great for finding out how much a stamp is worth, and can lead you to make secure purchases for your used stamp collection.

Once you have a collection started you want to make sure that you keep it properly maintained with arrangement and cleaning of the stamps and the collection. When cleaning your collection you want to get rid of all dust and possible moisture from your binder housing, and make sure to rearrange your stamps in their place to assure they don't become victim to staleness.

Overall starting a used stamp collection is a relatively simple and inexpensive process that nearly any adult or child can accomplish. Start with the purchase of a place to keep the stamps, keep the stamp keeper in a safe place, and then begin filling your keeper with purchased stamps and watch your collection grow with each purchase. Maintaining a clean collection and keeping the stamps away from possible harm, and there you have it, a simple way to start a used stamp collection.

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Originally posted 2010-08-31 03:24:26.

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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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