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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

Reprinting Classic Stamps
Reprints of original stamps are another form of stamp forgery, but only if the reprints are not identified as being a reprint or replica. The country that originally issued the stamps that are valuable may often offer reprints.

Locating A great Stamp Dealer
Working with a stamp dealer is not the same as dealing with your local hardware when you decide to purchase some electrical tape or a similar item. A good stamp dealer will take an interest in what stamps you are collecting. He should be keeping an eye on what items that you may be interested in add

Laying The Proper Foundation
If you have ever built a home, had a house built for you, or watched the construction of any building, you know that site preparation and building a proper foundation are essential to the overall structure. Before the labor on the aesthetic elements of the building begins, considerable attention mus

Donating Stamps To A Charity
Now that is it is tax season, a discussion on donating a stamp collection may be in order. I am not a tax expert and am not offering legal advice here.

Buying Stamps On The Internet
Today some auction firms conduct that conduct public auctions post their sales on the Internet and accept bids online as well as by fax, telephone, and in person.

Entering The Auction Type That You Like
Many types of auctions exist, and finding out which type is right for you can be a challenge. Each type of auction has its own gray areas relative to type. The terms of sale are usually stated in the printed auction catalog or on the auction's website.

How To Learn To Love Cancels
Many stamp collectors, particularly newer ones, generally pass up canceled stamps for mint stamps. Mint stamps have obviously missed out on being sent through the mail and are not defaced by postal markings.

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