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Making Stamp Collecting Friends Online
No matter how many local stamp clubs exist or how many people may attend the various stamp shows and bourses week to week, stamp collecting is generally a haven for introverts.

Taking Note Of The Stamp Market
While a stamp catalog value represents a theoretical approach to the worth of a given stamp based upon research and calculations, the market value is closer to reality. A stamp’s “market value” is the amount that you will pay a stamp dealer for a stamp, set, lot, collection or whatever.

Selling Your Stamp Stash
One good thing about stamp collecting is that you can sell off your collection whenever you desire to do so. Of course you may be disappointed at what your collection will bring if it only consists of common stamps. Commonly available stamps rarely appreciate significantly in value. There is nothing

Stamp Faking Versus Improving
In some hobbies, enhancing and older item is condoned and generally considered to be part of doing business. In stamp collecting it is considered to be unethical at the least if not outright fraud.

Prepostage Versus On Receipt
Before postage stamps arrived on the scene in 1840, whoever received the mail had to pay for the postage. Think what a nightmare this would be today with all of the junk mail that you receive, especially the political junk mail. You would be required to pay the postage on all of the junk mail that y

A Hobby The Whole Family Can Enjoy
While many people think stamp collecting is an individual undertaking, it doesn’t have to be such. Stamp collecting is a great hobby for the entire family to enjoy. It is one way to become aware of history, geography, and much more.

Is Collecting Stamps Expensive
Every hobby has its expenses and stamp collecting is no exception to this rule. With a hobby, you have some control over how much money you want to spend on it. Granted you may not have any judgment and just jump in and spend your money recklessly. But stamp collecting can be done on the cheap.

Fake Stamps
You could collect stamps for a very long time and never even come across a fake stamp. But if you actually encountered one, how would you know it is a fake? What about it should arouse your suspicions? After all a fake stamp isn’t going to come with a warning label stating that it is a fake.

Looking Through A Stamp Catalog
Stamps have three basic values: • Catalogue value. • Market value. • Resale value.

Preserving A Stamp’s Condition
Once a stamp comes off the printing press the direction its condition can go is down. However there are a number of things that you can do to slow down this inevitable process

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