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Cozying Up To A Postal Clerk
No matter how you start collecting stamps you are going to have to venture out further to find new specimens for your collection. Once you have exhausted your own mail and whatever your friends, neighbors, and relatives save for you, you will need to think a bit out-of-the-box.

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

Dealing With Stamp Dealers
Working with a stamp dealer is not the same as going down to your local hardware store to buy a screwdriver. A good stamp dealer will take an interest in what you are collecting.

Detecting Forged Stamps
If you donít 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.

Difference between A Stampís Condition And Grade
In essence stamps are nothing more than small pieces of paper. One can not emphasize the fragile nature of stamps enough.

Different Types Of Stamps
For many years, stamps have been a significant part of manís history. In fact, it has been known as the single most motivating force for people to infuse history into the modern world of information technology. This goes to show that in spite of the various gadgets and mechanisms that we have been a

Do You Need Stamp Expertizing?
Stamp expertizing is needed when a stamp cover looks too good to be true, when an unlisted error is "discovered" for an old stamp, and when the stamp issue has a history of being subjected to a lot of fakery. Underlying these reasons are two others: you don't have the experience to authenticate a st

Donít Forget Your Local Postal Clerk
Have you ever had something you wanted to do but the task has the appearance of a daunting threshold--something like wanting to be a stamp collector to actually becoming one. Perhaps you have other desires that are similar in nature. Well no matter how you begin or in which direction you go to colle

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.

Early Advertising Covers
Some of the most attractive and interesting early United States postal products are advertising covers that are not addressed to a specific person but to an entire class of people. These ad covers were sent to people who would have been the likely consumers of the product advertised. the modern eq

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