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Some Thoughts On Housing Your Stamps
Before you decide how you are going to store your stamps, you need to do some pre-planning. One of the first things you need to do is to make sure that your storage location is dry and not subject to extreme temperature changes.

Stamp Collecting Colors
When you first start to collect stamps, the color of a particular stamp will not be of any importance to you. Until you start searching for different varieties of a given stamp, only then will color differences become significant to you.

Types Of Stamp Dealers
Stamp collecting has traditionally been conducted through the mail and dealing with local stamp dealers. For those collectors who have a dealer in their local, buying stamps is generally pretty easy.

Soaking Your Stamps
Soaking stamps might seem to be an oxymoron idea, but in reality, it isn’t. This refers to the process of removing stamps that have been used for postage from the envelope they are attached to.

Selling To A Stamp Dealer
Selling your stamp collection to a dealer can be a challenging adventure. Many issues will arrive that you will not have anticipated. One problem is that your stamps won’t be worth as much as you expect them to be.

Stamp Collecting Encourages Family Discussions
Getting the whole family involved in stamp collecting can spur a host of discussion possibilities between family members. Under the “talking about stamps” umbrella, an abundant stimulation becomes available.

Detecting Forged Stamps
If you don’t know which stamps in your collection are subject to forging, you may not realize that you may have any fakes in your collection until you decide to sell off your collection. Once a fake is spotted in your collection, your whole collection will come under a greater scrutiny.

When To Consult An Expert
At some point in a stamp collector’s life he or she may need to consult an expert. Fortunately stamp collecting as a hobby has plenty of such experts.

Collecting Stamps That Interest You
Finding the stamp materials that you want can be a challenge for any collector, especially a beginning one. You have to know what is available, as well as where to obtain it. If you collect topical stamps the challenge is even greater, as there is so much material available to collectors.

Creating Collection Boundaries
If you are collecting flags on stamps, you can easily pick out the red-white-and-blue U.S. flag. The U.S. has issued dozens of stamps depicting our glorious flag. As such, anytime you see a U.S. stamp with the familiar symbol, you will likely add this stamp to your collection. Most U.S. stamps depic

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