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Other Types Of U.S. Postage Stamps
While you may start out collecting single copies of stamps to get your stamp collection started, the time may come when you will want to collect multiples of a given stamp. In the case of stamp multiples, you do not want to separate them to retrieve a single stamp for your collection. We will cover

Overprints And Surcharges Great To Collect
Defined simply, a stamp overprint is one that has any printing added over the original completed design of the stamp. This overprinting can include a surcharge which is an overprinted marking that changes or restates the stamp's denomination. Also included in this definition are other images or word

Paper For Stamps
Paper comes in such a wide variety of different types it is hard to say how long it would take you to list all of them. Fortunately, you only need to be aware of only a few types.

Philatelic Book Of Secrets
With the publication of Vol. 2 of the Philatelic Book of Secrets stamp collectors can become more knowledgeable about stamp expertizing. This book is a special edition of Stamp Market Quarterly, the expertizing firm's official publication.

Philatelic Buzz
In most states and counties, it is common to find a variety of groups catering to the hobby of collecting stamps. People engage in stamp collecting as a general interest; other times they are in it because of the possibility of profit in collecting rare stamps. This profit comes from the fact that s

Picking your Exhibit’s Category
Competitive stamp exhibiting continues to evolve as time goes on. Each country’s national philatelic federation sets the guidelines for the shows that are under its control, while the International Federation of Philately sets its guidelines for the shows for which it gives patronage to.

Plan A Productive Stamp Collecting Winter
Winter can be a great time to work on your stamp collection, especially if the weather in your area keeps you indoors. There will always be something in your collection that needs attending to. But with the busy lives that we lead today, we tend to put these chores off. Don't procrastinate and set

Planning And Theming Your Collection
If you plan on collecting a particular country’s stamps, you will be seeking out stamps that are indentified as being issued by that country. If you are collecting stamps as a particular topic, then you are seeking stamps that have as part of their design, a recognizable depiction of a person, place

Post Office Breaking With Tradition
Recently the Post Office issued a series of stamps that honors the Harry Potter characters. What is radical about them is that some of the stamps feature the images of the actors playing the various Harry Potter characters. Here the Post Office is getting into a grey area.

Post Office Has No Clout
We all know about the financial woes of the Post Office and Congresses’ seeming inability to deal with the issues. The simple fact is that the Post Office is powerless in asking Congress to deal with the continuing deficits it keeps facing.

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