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Stamp Collecting With The USPS
Even before many philatelists thought up the hobby of stamp collecting, it is rather obvious that the act of exchanging letters through a centralized system that would recognize stamps as payment to cover carriage costs would have to be put in place. The American Philatelic Society (APS), which is t

Stamp Color Expertizing Issues.
A stamp collector who specializes in collecting 19th century U.S. stamps, stationary, and postal history keeps running into the issue of what colors should the authentic stamps he collects actually appear as? The colors seem to vary making it difficult for him to expertize these stamps on his own.

Stamp Distribution System Mess
The Inspector General of the U.S. Post Office says that the post office’s stamp distribution is a mess. Commemorative stamps are failing to reach many of the post offices in a timely manner for distribution after the series is issued. The report states that “Significant Improvements” will be require

Stamp Fakes
You would have to question the sanity of people who choose to forge stamps. One only has to consider how many things have to be done to make a stamp look like the real thing.

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.

Stamp Globe Trotting
Over 260 countries issue postage stamps of one kind or another. As the world continues to change, with nations combining, breaking apart, or changing governments, the number of stamp issuing countries will always be in flux.

Stamp Grades
Perhaps you have been wondering how stamp dealers grade stamps. Well this article will provide and overview of this process

Stamp Grades And Stamp Grading
Much like coins, stamps also have grades assigned to them. The grade of a stamp refers to the stamp’s condition.

Stamp Huck Lines
There are two types of varieties that are more than 45 years old that often cause confusion among stamp collectors who like to catch printing flaws: joint lines where they are not expected and plate numbers or design elements with a ghost impression.

Stamp Investing
Stamp collecting is a very popular hobby that has been around for a long time. The hobby has been so popular that some philatelic enthusiasts take it to serious levels involving money. Stamp investing has become a serious business, so serious that it goes way beyond normal stamp collecting.

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