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A Closer Look At Magnifiers star
You may already be familiar with the types of magnifying glasses that one normally associates with Sherlock Holmes. This would be a round convex glass or plastic lens attached to some type of handle.

A Hobby The Whole Family Can Enjoy star
While many people think stamp collecting is an individual undertaking, it doesn’t have to be such. Stamp collecting is a great hobby for the entire family to enjoy. It is one way to become aware of history, geography, and much more.

A Stamp-Ede in San Antonio! star
San Antonio, Texas, is just one of the many places worldwide that is hooked on the more-than-century-old craze of philately—the study of stamps, and stamp collecting. It had its beginnings alongside the national consolidation of stamp collectors and enthusiasts.

A Stamp’s Appreciating Value star
One of the most frequently asked question by new collectors about a stamp is, “What is my stamp worth?.” Not an easy question to answer. Of course any given stamp is worth its face value, and every stamp catalog does list a minimum value for all stamps.

About Your Own Stamp Exhibit star
Once you have your own stamp exhibit on display at a stamp show, you will most likely be spending a fair amount of time nearby your exhibit, watching the reactions of onlookers.

Advanced Stamp Collecting Terms star
Stamp collecting terminology does not end with the basics. As you become more sophisticated in your collecting endeavors, you may be motivated to begin visiting stamp dealers and some stamp shows.

Allied Occupation Stamp Collecting star
On May 7, 1945 Field Marshall Alfred Jodl signed an unconditional surrender on behalf of Germany’s military forces. The signing took place at General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Rheims, France. This event marked the end of Hitler’s ambitions.

Amassing A Collection Of Stamp Sources star
Even if you receive a lot of mail regularly from a country you intend to collect stamps from and you have relatives or friends in said country, you probably won’t be able to amass the variety of stamps you want to collect. You are going to need a more organized method of acquiring stamps.

An Age Old Hobby star
Thanks to the advent of technology that has made almost any chore less time consuming. Now, more people can indulge more on various hobbies. One age-old past time that never loses its luster is stamp collecting.

Art Collectibles In The Form Of Stamps And Coins star
By definition, when an object is considered as a work of art, it simply means that the object is the result of a creation of an item using the valuable application of a mass of expertise along with an array of talents and cleverness.

Art Collectibles In the Form Of Stamps And Coins star
By definition, when an object is considered as a work of art, it simply means that the object is the result of a creation of an item using the valuable application of a mass of expertise along with an array of talents and cleverness.

Attending Your First Stamp Auction star
If you have never attended a public auction--one where the bidding is done right there before your very eyes--do not jump into the stamp auction without understanding what you are getting yourself involved in. If it is possible you should attend a few stamp auctions as an observer first before you d

Basic Tools A Stamp Collector Needs star
Always handle your stamp[s like a pro, always use the proper stamp tools. Stamp collecting can be one of the most stimulating and enjoyable hobbies in the world. And though it may not seem as exciting as most people picture it to be, there is a quiet, and almost otherworldly exhilaration and satisfa

Beginner's Guide To Stamp Collecting star
Through stamp collecting, one discovers educational information about sports, science, history, arts, currency, animals, rituals and customs of different countries and their people.

Bisected Stamps star
The use of bisected stamps has a long but less than honorable history in the United States. Bisect refers to stamps that have been cut in part, most commonly in half, but into other fractions also, and postally used for the proportionate value of the stamp.

Bringing Out The Stamp Collector In You star
Not everyone who is interested in stamp collecting is a collector. Seems somewhat strange, doesn’t it? If you are interested in stamp collecting, wouldn’t you be considered to be a collector? You can be interested in stamp collecting for many reasons and still not be a stamp collector.

Buy and Sell Stamps star
Stamp collecting is considered to be one of the most popular hobbies in the world. This is despite the fact that there is not that much money that can be made from it even if the person has some of the oldest stamps dating back to the 19th century.

Buy and Sell Stamps star
Stamp collecting is considered to be one of the most popular hobbies in the world. This is despite the fact that there is not that much money that can be made from it even if the person has some of the oldest stamps dating back to the 19th century.

Buy and Sell Stamps star
Stamp collecting is considered to be one of the most popular hobbies in the world. This is despite the fact that there is not that much money that can be made from it even if the person has some of the oldest stamps dating back to the 19th century.

Buying And Selling As A Dealer star
Stamp collecting is considered to be one of the most popular hobbies in the world. This is despite the fact that there is not that much money that can be made from it even if the person has some of the oldest stamps dating back to the 19th century.

Buying Stamps On The Internet star
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.

Canadian Stamp Collecting Tips star
Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies among Canadians. Canada has great respect on Stamp collecting which dates back to as early as the 17th century.

Collecting And Investing In Rare Stamps star

Collecting Coins And Stamps star
People who have plenty of time to spare can do a lot of things. Some suggest of getting of getting into sports while others can get a hobby.

Collecting Specialty Stamps star
Many stamp collectors observe the price value of special stamps and limited edition stamps. They take it as an important source for their investment and profit. Specialized collectors limit their interests on searching only the stamps that they may think have great values and price.

Collecting Stamp Booklets star
Postage stamps have been issued in several different formats, all of which are collectible. Many stamp collectors focus solely on stamp booklets as their collecting specialty. For a postal customer, buying a booklet stamps is more convenient. Most stamp booklets will fit into a wallet or a purse. Th

Collecting Stamps That Interest You star
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.

Collector Dealer & Stamp Supply star
Stamp collecting has been one of the most favorite legacy hobbies among stamp enthusiasts. This hobby dates back to as early as 15th and many interesting stories related to this hobby abound.

Confusion Over New Metered Postage Rate star
On January 26, 2014 the USPS added a new pricing category called “metered mail” for a single first-class letter. For letters up to the 3.5 ounce weight limit franked with a meter imprint or any “postage evidencing system postage,” the first ounce cost is 48 cents.

Congo Free State Created Bicolored Stamps star
From 1185 to 1908, the Congo Free State was a corporate state owned by the Belgian King Leopold II. The king was the sole shareholder and chairman of the Association Internationale Africaine, a dummy corporation with no direct connection to the Belgian government.

Council Of Hobby Proposed star
Mark Reasoner, president of the American Stamp Dealer’s Association, is proposing the creation of a standing council of 11 hobby leaders and representatives. The purpose of the proposed council has three goals to accomplish: recruit Internet-only collectors and dealers into organized philately, recr

Creating Collection Boundaries star
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 star
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 star
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.

Difference between A Stamp’s Condition And Grade star
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 star
For many years, stamps have been a significant part of man’s 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

Don’t Forget Your Local Postal Clerk star
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 star
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.

EBay Scraps Stamp Review Program star
The giant online Internet auction site eBay, has discontinued two programs that were created to protect collectors from fake and questionable sales. The two programs reviewed stamp and coin sales on its auction website. The closings were not well publicized to the public at large.

End Of Domestic Airmail Service star
As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and such came to pass for domestic airmail service on May 1, 1977. This was two weeks shy of airmail’s 59th birthday.

Entering The Auction Type That You Like star
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.

Essential Supplies for the Stamp Collector star
Collecting stamps is a widely loved hobby all over the world. Stamps are pieces of history which has value that is sought after by the whole world. Collecting stamps is also a hobby that most people can engage into because of the minimal expenses that it requires.

Essential Supplies for the Stamp Collector star
Collecting stamps is a widely loved hobby all over the world. Stamps are pieces of history which has value that is sought after by the whole world. Collecting stamps is also a hobby that most people can engage into because of the minimal expenses that it requires.

Essential Supplies for the Stamp Collector star
Collecting stamps is a widely loved hobby all over the world. Stamps are pieces of history which has value that is sought after by the whole world. Collecting stamps is also a hobby that most people can engage into because of the minimal expenses that it requires.

European Prelude To Stamp Collecting star
The world’s oldest stamp collection is believed to belong to the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. It is an album of revenue stamps and handstamped chargemarks compiled in 1774 by John Bourke, Receiver General of the Stamp Duties.

Evaluating Your Business star
You should continually evaluate your auctions. You must figure out what wording and what pricing works best. Are all of your stamp auctions selling successfully?

Exhibiting Stamps By Function star
There are many reasons why postal history exhibits dominate most stamp shows. Perhaps the story is easier to tell, or maybe it is something of a more cyclical nature. Whatever the reasons, postal history exhibits try to tell a precise story of how covers or postal markings make their way through the

Exhibiting With Some Class star
The display class is a newer exhibit category. No doubt it will continue to evolve over time. The Display Class blends together two distinct aspects of stamp collecting into one exhibit.

Fake Computer Generated Stamps star
Many varieties of computer-vended stamps can now be found on mail. Some of the computer-generated fakes feature the Mr. ZIP design that are sold in the Automated Postal Center machines found in many post office lobbies. It is not that uncommon to encounter fake Stamps.com postage labels.

Fake Stamps star
You could collect stamps for a very long time and never even come across a fake stamp. But if you actually encountered one, how would you know it is a fake? What about it should arouse your suspicions? After all a fake stamp isn’t going to come with a warning label stating that it is a fake.

Faking It star
You could collect stamps for a lifetime, while enjoying the collecting experience immensely, and never come upon a fake stamp. . But if you come upon one, how would you know that the stamp is a fake?

Faking Versus Improving A Stamp star
In some hobbies, enhancing or repairing an older item is a common and approved practice. When it come to collecting stamps such practices are simply not tolerated. Refinishing an antique piece of furniture is considered to be OK. Refinishing a rare or antique stamps and offering it for sale as being

Father Of American Stamp Collecting star
At the end of the Civil war in 1865, the stamp hobby had arrived and had taken root in America. Enterprising dealers in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia responded to the new demands of collectors. The stage was set for growth which was going to require a durable infrastructure, professional style,

Finding Buyers For Your Collection star
When you started your stamp collection, you may have anticipated keeping it forever. However the time may come when you will have to dispose of your collection for anyone of a number of reasons. You may need the money, you got tired of collecting, health reasons, it doesn’t really matter what the re

Finding Stamps star
Many beginning stamp collectors believe it is best to collect stamps within a group or at least in some type of environment within which they can share their experiences and question with a group. For some collectors, this is the best way to start.

First Day Covers Grace Period star
A first-day cover is supposed to be cancelled on its first day of being issued. The chances are great that any modern first-day cover you have in your collection may not have been cancelled on the first day of its issuance. Why is this you may ask?

First-Day Cover Collectors Have Their Own Lingo star
Much as mainstream stamp collectors have their own terms for their collecting, first-day cover collectors have their own language. This is especially true here in the U.S. The Postal Service guidelines allow quite a bit more latitude for creating FDCs than collectors will find in other countries. He

Forever Stamp Helps Post Office’s Bottom Line star
Amid of all of the red ink that the United States Postal Office has racked up recently, there is a bit of good news about stamps. The major news is that the Post Office has announced a seventh consecutive year of losses.

Free Stamp Collecting Catalogues star
Stamp collecting is a worthwhile hobby. Stamp collecting and philately as well are popularly shared by many people all over the world as their favorite past time. It is one educational endeavor where a person can spend considerable effort and time.

Further Preparations To Sell Your Stamps star
After scanning the stamps, you may need to do some tweaking to the various stamp’s images. If the images are not straight, you will need to rotate the image until it is straight in appearance.

Future Postage Increase Is Up In The Air star
The United States Postal Service recently announced that it will not raise stamp prices in January of 2015. As such you can expect the current stamp pricing to remain in effect through the holiday season and into the early part of 2015.

Get Started with Your Stamp Collection star
Collecting stamp is a very famous hobby. It is a very easy activity that provides fun to many. If you would like to start your own collection of stamps, here is how to get started

Getting Bids For Your Auction star
With a great auction title and a good description you should have gotten some bids on your auction. Once the auction has ended you need to contact the winning bidder and provide them with a complete price including the shipping costs and how to send their payment to you.

Getting Stamps from a Reputable Supplier star
The internet has changed how people send mail. Until such time that technology finds a way to transport packages in the same manner, stamps will still be used to get documents and parcels from one destination to another.

Getting StampsFfrom A Reputable Supplier star
The internet has changed how people send mail. Until such time that technology finds a way to transport packages in the same manner, stamps will still be used to get documents and parcels from one destination to another.

Getting Your Stamp Collection Appraised star
There may come a time when you need to find out how much your stamp collection is worth. Depending on where you live, there may not be a company near you that you could trust to do an appraisal of your collection.

Going...Going...Yours! star
Auctions can be a fun way to add stamps to your collection...unless your emotions get the best of you and cause you to overspend beyond your budget

Growing A Stamp Collector star
Getting children hooked on stamp collecting at an early age can be a challenge. You have to keep from being too judgmental in there collecting endeavors. When you are both engaged in the hobby the children should be considered to be as equal as much as possible.

Growing Up With A Stamp Collection star
Helping your children start and grow a stamp collection can be a big positive factor in reading development.

Guide To Stamp Collecting And Stamp Values star
Through stamp collecting, one discovers educational information about sports, science, history, arts, currency, animals, rituals and customs of different countries and their people.

Guide To Stamp Values star
Through stamp collecting, one discovers educational information about sports, science, history, arts, currency, animals, rituals and customs of different countries and their people.

Gumming Things Up star
Stamp collectors refer to the adhesive substance on the back of a stamp, which traditionally needed to be moistened to stick the stamp to an envelope as “gum.” The term is taken from the words gum arabic, which is a derivative of the acacia tree.

Harry Potter Stamps Still Controversial star
There is still a lot of controversy about the Harry Potter Stamp Series. Traditionally, only famous dead people, events, things worth commemorating, etc. have been featured on American stamps.

Have A Plan For Your Exhibit star
At any stage of building your stamp exhibit, keep track of your budget and expenses. Building a competitive exhibit is great but you have to keep the cost into perspective. You should distinguish your exhibit through the level of research and knowledge involved rather than how expensive the material

Hobbies in the Form of Stamps and Coins star
Life is an art. And so goes a saying. But where people find things of profound interests, experts say that it is a form of art as well.

Hobbies in the Form of Stamps and Coins star
By definition, when an object is considered as a work of art, it simply means that the object is the result of a creation of an item using the valuable application of a mass of expertise along with an array of talents and cleverness.

Hobbies in the Form of Stamps and Coins star
By definition, when an object is considered as a work of art, it simply means that the object is the result of a creation of an item using the valuable application of a mass of expertise along with an array of talents and cleverness.

How Are U.S. Stamps Designed? star
The U.S Postal Service takes total responsibility for all postage stamp designs. However the government does not review or accept unsolicited artwork or other types of designs. One reason for this, would be the sheer number of submissions that they would likely receive if they did review unsolicite

How Does A Stamp Appreciates In Value? star
A stamp will appreciate in value when the demand for it exceeds the supply. The stamp collecting community realizes this fact and makes adjustments accordingly. This process happens for some stamps that are traded regularly

How Stamp Collecting Should Work star
Stamp collecting is a very old hobby and is considered to be one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Though there is not that much money that can be made from this hobby unlike collecting coins, some people just do it for the fun of it.

How Stamps Are Valued star
Stamp collecting is not exactly a new trend sweeping through the world; In fact, philately (or the study of stamps), and stamp collecting have been of interest to many enthusiasts for over centuries. In fact, the American Philatelic Society (APS), which is the biggest congregation of philatelists an

How the Stamp Collector Should Work star
Stamp collecting is a very old hobby and is considered to be one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Though there is not that much money that can be made from this hobby unlike collecting coins, some people just do it for the fun of it.

How to Become a Stamp Collector star
Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies of many Americans and other cultures. It may be weird to some people who do not understand the joy people get from collecting stamps. Stamp collectors find it satisfying to see their huge collection of stamps from different countries, each depictin

How To Build A Competitive Exhibit star
Presenting the important components of a competitive stamp exhibit is relatively simple. Refining these components, to make your exhibit a contender for the top award in any competition is another matter. However, you have to start somewhere.

How To Care For Your Stamps star
Collecting stamps, for some people, is more than just a hobby—it’s a lifestyle. In fact, the world has been witness to decades upon decades of stamp collecting.

How To Collect Coins And Stamps star
People who have plenty of time to spare can do a lot of things. Some suggest of getting of getting into sports while others can get a hobby. Those who want a good challenge can do more than one hobby at the same time. A good challenge will be in two of the most popular hobbies in the world namely co

How To Collect Specialty Stamps star
Many stamp collectors observe the price value of special stamps and limited edition stamps. They take it as an important source for their investment and profit.

How To Do It star
Now that you have acquired some stamps and have them organized, it is now time to prepare them for resale. Remember to always handle your stamps with stamp tongs! This point can never be emphasized enough. Next we will cover some steps on how to sell your new stamps for a profit.

How to Get Started With Your Stamp Collection star
Collecting stamp is a very famous hobby. It is a very easy activity that provides fun to many.

How To Judge And Grade Stamps star
As you already know, stamp collecting is a worthwhile and fulfilled hobby. But you may not be aware that collecting stamps could be a lucrative hobby.

How to Keep Stamps Fine-and-Dandy! star
Collecting stamps, for some people, is more than just a hobby—it’s a lifestyle. In fact, the world has been witness to decades upon decades of stamp collecting. Case in point: the American Philatelic Society (APS) with its 44, 000 members—the biggest membership in the entire world—was founded as ear

How to Keep Stamps Fine-and-Dandy! star
Collecting stamps, for some people, is more than just a hobby—it’s a lifestyle. In fact, the world has been witness to decades upon decades of stamp collecting.

How to Keep Stamps Safely star
Collecting stamps, for some people, is more than just a hobby—it’s a lifestyle. In fact, the world has been witness to decades upon decades of stamp collecting.

How To Learn To Love Cancels star
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.

How To Make Money With Stamps star
Throughout the last century, fortunes have been earned and lost with stamps. Many collectors have made significant amounts of money over time, while others have lost money as well. The main group that has made money consistently have been stamp dealers. The ability to buy at wholesale prices and sel

How To Make Your Stamp Collection Pay For Itself star
Once a stamp collector gets beyond the beginning stages of stamp collecting, the urge comes to make the hobby pay for itself. Of course this isn’t as easy to do as one might think. There are purists that believe it is sacrilege to try to make money collecting stamps.

How To Process Stamps star
One of the most exciting ways to collect stamps is to process them while they are still attached to envelopes. It’s a bit like detective work, and doing so is pretty fun and exciting.

How To Sort Stamps Into Lots star
If you have been online for any length of time, I am sure you are aware there a number of online auction sites in existence. Of course nearly everyone has heard of eBay, but it isn’t the only auction site on the web, just the biggest and most well known.

How To Spot A Fake Or Forged Stamp star
Much like coins are counterfeited or altered, stamps can also be faked, altered, and forged. Since stamps are one of the most collected items in the world, you really need to learn how to spot a fake or altered stamp.

How To Start Collecting Stamps star
Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies of many Americans and other cultures. It may be weird to some people who do not understand the joy people get from collecting stamps.

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Disposing of “any” stamps is not in the nature of a stamp collector. Emotionally, a stamp collector does not really trade or sell off an item.

Insuring Your Stamp Collection star
Stamp collecting is a hobby that can appreciate over time. That is, if you purchase your material wisely and increase the size of your collection accordingly. With the right effort your collection could easily grow in value.

International Reply Coupons And Ponzi Schemes star
In mid-December 2008 the Media repeatedly used the term “Ponzi Scheme” to describe Bernard L Madoff’s investment scandal. Few people are even aware of what the original Ponzi scheme was. The original scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant.

Inverted Jenny Collector’s Set Sold Out star
The United State Post Office had planned to create 5,000 sets of Inverted Jenny stamp if the demand warranted it. As such, only 1,900 sets of the $200 sets have been sold.

Investing In Stamps star
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.

Is A Stamp worth Expertizing? star
In order to expertize a stamp, you need the right tools available to you. These tools are readily available to most stamp collectors. Once you have acquired them you need to learn how to use them, in order to make the types of judgment real expertise’s make.

Is Collecting Stamps Expensive star
Every hobby has its expenses and stamp collecting is no exception to this rule. With a hobby, you have some control over how much money you want to spend on it. Granted you may not have any judgment and just jump in and spend your money recklessly. But stamp collecting can be done on the cheap.

Is Your Stamp An Overprint? star
What is an overprint? An overprint is an additional printing on a stamp that was not part of the original design and causes the stamp to be considered to be a new stamp. After the overprint is applied, the stamps takes on a new identity.

It All Hinges On The Gum star
The adhesive substance on the back of stamps is called bum. The term derives from the words gum arabic which is a derivative of the acacia tree found in Africa. Before the introduction of self-adhesive stamps, additional forms of gum came into use in stamp production.

Keeping An Inventory Of Your Stamps star
When analyzed from the outside, stamp collecting is little more than a bunch of data, text and illustrations. Over the years a number of software programs have been introduced for stamp collectors.

Land of the Free and Happy Philatelists star
Philately, or the study of stamps, is a huge field of study that has captured the attention of many Americans over the years. This fascination with stamps and the history that surrounds them has led to a hobby related to philately, which is collecting stamps.

Land of the Free and Happy Philatelists star
Philately, or the study of stamps, is a huge field of study that has captured the attention of many Americans over the years. This fascination with stamps and the history that surrounds them has led to a hobby related to philately, which is collecting stamps.

Land of the Free and Happy Philatelists star
Philately, or the study of stamps, is a huge field of study that has captured the attention of many Americans over the years. This fascination with stamps and the history that surrounds them has led to a hobby related to philately, which is collecting stamps.

Lay The Foundation star
Before you decide to start housing your stamp collection, you need to do some preplanning. This can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. One of the first things you need to consider is to make sure that your storage location is dry and not subject to extreme temperature swings.

Laying The Proper Foundation star
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

Learning The Lingo star
Like any hobby, stamp collecting has its own lingo. If you are going to be a serious collector, you need to know the lingo. Stamp collecting as a hobby dates back to the 1840s, when the first stamp known as the “Penny Black” was issued by Great Britain.

Locating A great Stamp Dealer star
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

Looking Through A Stamp Catalog star
Stamps have three basic values: • Catalogue value. • Market value. • Resale value.

Make Stamp Collecting A Family Affair star

Making Stamp Collecting Friends Online star
No matter how many local stamp clubs exist or how many people may attend the various stamp shows and bourses week to week, stamp collecting is generally a haven for introverts.

Making The Grade star
Most postage stamps are nothing more than small fragile pieces of paper. One cannot emphasize the “fragile” nature of stamps enough. While stamps are nearly always printed on high-quality paper which should last for a very long time, a stamp’s longevity can be cut short by improper care.

Matching Stamp Parameters With Finds star
You will find stamps in a variety of forms. The same design that you can find on a single stamp could also be on a souvenir sheet, and/or part of a miniature sheet.

Meeting Stamp Collectors Online star

Nail Your Topic star
A topical or thematic exhibit should incorporate an understanding of how a stamp is produced with the development of a story based on the stamp designs. Topical/thematic collections are normally devoted to a single subjects such as ships, soccer, primitive crafts, or music.

New Tools For Stamp Collecting star
Most examinations of stamps have not progressed very far from using a magnifying glass, perforation gauge, or watermark fluid, or some combination of these techniques. The previous two decades have witnessed several remarkable advances in the use of analytical methods to study stamps.

Not So Surprising Postal Legislation Proposal star
Nearly everyone know about the Post Office’s financial woes and the inability of Congress to do anything constructive towards it. The latest legislative proposal is more evidence for this statement. House Speaker John Boehner and the Majority Leader Eric Cantor adopted an idea to use the estimated s

Obstacles To Merging Regular And Airmail star
While merging airmail service with the regular services would seem to have been easy on paper, it was anything but in reality. Just two months before the postal services had switched from government stewardship to something of a more independently supervised business arrangement, the railroad passen

Other Online Ways To Connect With Stamp Collectors star
There are a number of ways to use the Internet to connect with other stamp collectors. There are specialty clubs online that one can join, depending on what your particular interests are.

Paper For Stamps star
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.

Picking your Exhibit’s Category star
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.

Planning And Theming Your Collection star
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 star
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 star
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.

Post Office Leaves Tradition Behind star
Traditionally, the U.S. Post Office has catered to stamp collectors rather than marketing stamps towards non-collectors. Apparently this tradition is falling by the wayside.

Postage Stamp Collecting star
Stamp collecting has become one of the most loved hobbies of people throughout the world. A stamp contains a piece of time and a piece of place and that’s why people love collecting them.

Postal Mail Examination Program star
This article is a bit off-topic, but one you will certainly be interested in. You may think you have privacy with your mail delivery, but such isn’t the case at all. Recently the United States Postal Service’s Inspector General found a number shortcomings in a particular program that allows the Post

Postal Union At Odds With Post Office star
The on-going saga of the Post Office continues onward. The American Postal Workers Union is butting heads with The Post Office over a USPS plan to sell stamps and other postal items through Staples, which is a retail office supply chain of stores. The Post Office’s plan is to equip 84 Staples stores

Posting Your Stamp Lots Online star
When you have your stamp lots sorted out and made up, you will need to scan them or take clear photos of them. Once this is done you are ready to start posting them to the online auction. In order to sell your stamps at an online auction site you will need to register as a seller.

Prepostage Versus On Receipt star
Before postage stamps arrived on the scene in 1840, whoever received the mail had to pay for the postage. Think what a nightmare this would be today with all of the junk mail that you receive, especially the political junk mail. You would be required to pay the postage on all of the junk mail that y

Preserving A Stamp’s Condition star
Once a stamp comes off the printing press the direction its condition can go is down. However there are a number of things that you can do to slow down this inevitable process

Rare Stamp Investing star
Most people who get into stamp collecting do so for the fun of it. A few people buy stamps in the hopes of making massive profits. Sadly most of these individuals are going to be disappointed when they attempt to cash their “rare” stamps in for the jackpot.

Real Deal about Stamp Collecting Prices star
Stamps have been a ubiquitous part of everyday life. After all, stamps are one of the ingenious ways devised by the postal services in order to facilitate payment for the delivery of letters, mail equivalents, packets, and the like. Because of the ubiquity of stamps, it is inevitable that many indiv

Real Deal about Stamp Collecting Prices star
Stamps have been a ubiquitous part of everyday life. After all, stamps are one of the ingenious ways devised by the postal services in order to facilitate payment for the delivery of letters, mail equivalents, packets, and the like. Because of the ubiquity of stamps, it is inevitable that many indiv

Real Deal about Stamp Collecting Prices star
Stamps have been a ubiquitous part of everyday life. After all, stamps are one of the ingenious ways devised by the postal services in order to facilitate payment for the delivery of letters, mail equivalents, packets, and the like.

Reprinting Classic Stamps star
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.

Resources For Stamp Collectors star
Stamp collecting is an enriching hobby because it has educational and cultural value. In about six months, you will have learned about countries and special events, and a lot about the stamp collecting industry as well.

Rhodes Knights Hospitaller Stamps star
Rhodes is an island that lies 11 miles off the southwestern coast of Turkey. It is the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands. Rhodes has changed ownership many times over the centuries. It has been part of the Persian, Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.

Scammers Targeting Self-Service Kiosks star
There have been reports that self-service kiosks at post offices in 13 state and the District of Columbia have been targeted by criminals who place devices on the machines that record debit card information. One postal official has stated that an investigation is underway, but offered no details on

Scott Pocket Stamp Catalog star
If you are a budding stamp collector or one who has been away from collecting for a while, the Scott publishing Company has a new catalog out you may be interested in. Scott Publishing Company is well known for the stamp catalogs they print that are the premier reference works on stamps and their va

Searching For Stamps Beyond Your Home star
It used to be that you could get a lot of stamps from the mail that you receive. With the advent of the Internet, times have changed. It isn’t possible to receive the amount of used stamps that was possible just a few years ago.

Seeking Out Stamp Collecting Buddies star
Although being a solitary stamp collector has its advantages, the time will come when you may want to find some other folks to share the joys of your hobby with. Man is not a solitary creature we crave social interactions, no matter how much some people claim otherwise.

Selling A Stamp Collection star
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I am sure you have heard this time worn words of wisdom. This can apply to you if you inherited a stamp collection from a relative.

Selling Your Stamp Stash star
One good thing about stamp collecting is that you can sell off your collection whenever you desire to do so. Of course you may be disappointed at what your collection will bring if it only consists of common stamps. Commonly available stamps rarely appreciate significantly in value. There is nothing

Set Up Your Own Stamp Export Business star
Exports of various collector items such as antiques, artwork, and stamps can be a thriving niche market.

Setting Up A Workspace star
You will need to set up some type of a work area where your stamps can be spread out and not be damaged. Ideally this would be a separate room with a big desk and a computer. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world, so you will have to make do with what you do have available.

Showing Off Your Stamps star
As you build up your stamp collection over time, you may develop a strong desire to show off your collection to other collectors, your friends, and family. You may even fantasize about showing your collection to people beyond your immediate circle of friends and family.

Soaking Your Stamps star
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.

Some Stamp Collecting Terms star
Like any hobby stamp collecting has its own jargon and terminology that the beginning collector needs to learn. Terms that relate to stamp collecting are very important and help the collector know more about the particular stamps they are collecting.

Some Stamp Collecting Thoughts star
Stamp collecting does not have any rules! You are free to collect how and what you want, only limited by your budget. Of course with that said, you really need to know what stamps are available to collect.

Some Things About Exhibiting Stamps star
Once you decide to start exhibiting your stamps, you will begin to find out many of the things that are involved in the process. You will discover things, like how other collectors look at your stamps, finding out more about the stamps you are showing, and other similar stuff.

Some Things Coin And Stamp Collectors Need To Know star
Being in charge of their busy lives, most people would find the enticement of other activities that would fill the emptiness that stress and pressures could bring into their existence.

Some Thoughts On Stamp Collecting star
through stamp collecting, one discovers educational information about sports, science, history, arts, currency, animals, rituals and customs of different countries and their people.

Some Ways Of Collecting Stamps star
For the uninitiated, stamp collecting is the hobby of collecting stamps from around the globe. Technically, a stamp collection is a philatelic collection.

Specialty Stamp Groups star
Specialty stamp groups are as varied as the stamps they specialize in, and of course they vary considerably in size.

Stamp Club Hopping star
You can make stamp collecting friends many different ways, both locally, or from far away. You never know when a fellow stamp collector can help you complete a part of your collection.

Stamp Collecting 101 star
Thanks to the advent of technology that has made almost any chore less time consuming. Now, more people can indulge more on various hobbies. One age-old past time that never loses its luster is stamp collecting.

Stamp Collecting And A stamp's Value star
In stamp collecting, stamps do not have to disappear or go kaput before somebody knows or understands their value. In fact, people had long been knowledgeable about the value of stamps that is why stamp collecting was born in the first place.

Stamp Collecting and Value star
As the old adage goes, you will never see or realize the value of something unless it is gone.

Stamp Collecting As A Family Affair star
Over the years, much has been said and written about involving the youth in stamp collecting. A true interest in stamp collecting is best developed from within one’s own family.

Stamp Collecting as a Fun Activity star
Many consider stamp collecting as a fun activity not only for older people but also for kids. It provides a person the pleasure of collecting different types of stamps that he may find in ordinary binders or through his received mail.

Stamp Collecting As A Money Making Venture star
Some people find that they want to move on to other interests. If they like collecting truck memorabilia, they have probably collected everything imaginable within their budget.

Stamp Collecting Buzz star
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.

Stamp Collecting Can Be Fun star
Stamp Collecting may start on a simple gift of stamps given to another person. This can give him the interest in becoming a stamp collector. He could also start collecting by considering it as a hobby.

Stamp Collecting Colors star
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.

Stamp Collecting Details star
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.

Stamp Collecting Ecosystem star
In a recent article I discussed the graying of stamp dealers and collectors. One could consider these components of a larger ecosystem of sorts. Some experts claim that the stamp collecting ecosystem consists of three major components.

Stamp Collecting Encourages Family Discussions star
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.

Stamp Collecting in Channel Island star
People have different hobby. They can dedicate their free time to anything that makes them interested and happy. As such, the choice of hobby of any person will also tell a lot about his or her personality.

Stamp Collecting is Fun star
Stamp Collecting may start on a simple gift of stamps given to another person. This can give him the interest in becoming a stamp collector. He could also start collecting by considering it as a hobby.

Stamp Collecting is Fun! star
Stamp Collecting may start on a simple gift of stamps given to another person. This can give him the interest in becoming a stamp collector. He could also start collecting by considering it as a hobby.

Stamp Collecting Not An Investment star
Stamps have been in and out of the media of late. In June an 1856 one cent British Guiana Magenta stamp fetched around $9.5 million at auction. The selling price no doubt put rare stamp investing into the media spectrum.

Stamp Collecting Prices star
Stamps have been a ubiquitous part of everyday life. After all, stamps are one of the ingenious ways devised by the postal services in order to facilitate payment for the delivery of letters, mail equivalents, packets, and the like. Because of the ubiquity of stamps, it is inevitable that many indiv

Stamp Collecting Resources star
Stamp collecting has a much larger body of literature and resources than most other hobbies. There are specialized stamp-collecting libraries, which are open as research facilities, and have handbooks and monographs numbering well into the thousands.

Stamp Collecting Tools And Supplies star
One good thing about stamp collecting is that the tools and supplies for it do not cost a lot in comparison to taking up golf for example. Golfers can spend an amazing amount of money on new clubs, pitching wedges, putters, and other golf accessories.

Stamp Collecting Tools Required For Collecting star
Thank goodness, stamp collecting is not as expensive to pursue as skiing or golf, where the tools and equipment can cost thousands of dollars. Plus ski and golf clothes can be expensive in their own right.

Stamp Distribution System Mess star
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 star
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 star
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 star
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 star
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 star
Much like coins, stamps also have grades assigned to them. The grade of a stamp refers to the stamp’s condition.

Stamp Investing star
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.

Stamp Organization And Acquisition star
There are many reasons why people collect stamps. Some people collect stamps to learn history, to relive their own histories. Other folks like to look at stamps and enjoy the feelings and emotions that they evoke. And other people collect stamps for investment purposes.

Stamp Paper And Watermarks star
Stamp paper comes in so many varieties that you would need at least a couple of days just to lint them. However a decent understanding of the basics of stamp paper is useful. Paper identification can be a critical factor if you intend to collect early issues of some countries.

Stamp Sought For Gay Leader Bayard Rustin star
Several groups are lobbying the Post Office to issue a stamp to honor Bayard Rustin who was gay and one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Many of these groups were among the groups that had pressed the Post Office to issue a stamp to honor Harvey Milk, a gay San

Stamp Swapping star
When you were a child you may have traded and swapped bubble gum cards, sports cards, marbles, or any number of items that interested you. You can carry this childhood experience into your hobby of stamp collecting. Of course swapping stamps does require a bit more formality than what you probably e

Stamps And Stamp Values star
As the old adage goes, you will never see or realize the value of something unless it is gone.

Stamps That Reach Maturity star
The age of a stamp does not determine its ultimate value. Much like books, just because a stamp could be 100 years old, it still will not make it rare or valuable.

Standing Out From The Crowd star
If you want to stand out from your competition, you are going to have to do some things to do so. This article will show you how to get ahead of your competition.

Start Your Stamp Collection In 5 Easy Steps star
While stamps are the fuel that runs our modern postal system, they didn’t always exist. In the 1840s British letter recipients had to pay to receive their letters.

Starting Your Stamp Collection star
Obviously the first step in starting your collection is to acquire some stamps. Many beginning collectors hardly pay for anything when they are just starting their collection.

Supplies You Need for Your Stamp Collection? star
Compared to other collectible items, stamp collections only require inexpensive supplies and accessories. These tools are essential in securing, protecting, and preserving any kind of stamps. Each stamp should be handled and cared using these tools to ensure that stamps would last a long time.

Supplies You Will Need To Collect Stamps star
Compared to other collectible items, stamp collections only require inexpensive supplies and accessories. These tools are essential in securing, protecting, and preserving any kind of stamps. Each stamp should be handled and cared using these tools to ensure that stamps would last a long time.

Taking Care of Stamps Using an Album star
In order for the hobbyist to maintain an existing collection, this should be stored in a safe place free from dirt and other problems.

Taking Note Of The Stamp Market star
While a stamp catalog value represents a theoretical approach to the worth of a given stamp based upon research and calculations, the market value is closer to reality. A stamp’s “market value” is the amount that you will pay a stamp dealer for a stamp, set, lot, collection or whatever.

Taking Note Of The Stamp Marketplace star
While a stamp’s catalog value represents a theoretical approach to the worth of a stamp, the market value is the true reality of a stamp’s “real” value. Market value is the amount that you pay a dealer for a stamp, set, lot, collection, etc.

Ten Ways To Get Rid Of A Stamp Collection star
Disposing of a stamp collection isn’t in the nature of most stamp collectors. From an emotional viewpoint stamp collectors do not really trade or sell stamps.

The 1971 Airmail Transit Test Mailing star
Between May and September 1971 a scientific management team conducted extensive tests to evaluate the overnight efficiency of intercity airmail deposited in dedicated collection boxes by 4 p.m.

The Anatomy Of A Stamp star
Identifying a stamp can sometimes be a tricky process. Even some of the smallest details can make a big difference. There are two Christmas stamps that feature a picture of Santa Claus on a roof. The only difference between the two is that one of the stamps shows an extra brick in the picture.

The Buzz About Collecting Stamps star
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

The Land of the Free and Happy Philatelists star
Philately, or the study of stamps, is a huge field of study that has captured the attention of many Americans over the years. This fascination with stamps and the history that surrounds them has led to a hobby related to philately, which is collecting stamps.

The Land of the Free and Happy Philatelists star
Philately, or the study of stamps, is a huge field of study that has captured the attention of many Americans over the years. This fascination with stamps and the history that surrounds them has led to a hobby related to philately, which is collecting stamps.

The Market Value Of a Stamp star
The market value of any stamp is what you pay for the item. That price could be above or below catalog value, particularly if the grade is higher than called for in the stamp catalog.

The New Tax Threat To Stamp Collecting star
Perhaps you have seen one of those TV ads about identity theft protection? I would suggest you pay attention to the next one that comes on TV or Radio; you may soon need their services!

The Pros of Stamp Collecting Albums star
Since the dawn of postage stamps, stamp collecting had been one of the most popular hobbies since then. With over 20 million of stamp collectors in the United States alone, stamp collecting is definitely a solid form of leisure pursuit that nobody can easily eliminate in the American history.

The Real Deal about Stamp Collecting Prices star
Stamps have been a ubiquitous part of everyday life. After all, stamps are one of the ingenious ways devised by the postal services in order to facilitate payment for the delivery of letters, mail equivalents, packets, and the like. Because of the ubiquity of stamps, it is inevitable that many indiv

The Real Deal about Stamp Collecting Prices star
Stamps have been a ubiquitous part of everyday life. After all, stamps are one of the ingenious ways devised by the postal services in order to facilitate payment for the delivery of letters, mail equivalents, packets, and the like.

The Rise And Fall Of Domestic Airmail Service star
On July 1, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon announced the opening of the New United States Postal Service to supersede the old Post Office Department. Nixon’s announcement heralded the change as way to replace the old bureaucratic and obsolete cabinet-level government operation with a more nimble. a

The Scoop On Stamp Prices star
Stamps have been a ubiquitous part of everyday life. After all, stamps are one of the ingenious ways devised by the postal services in order to facilitate payment for the delivery of letters, mail equivalents, packets, and the like.

The USPS and the World of Stamp Collecting star
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.

Things That Pose As Stamps star
In stamp collecting terminology there are stamp-like items that purport to be stamps but are not considered to be legitimate postage stamps. These stamp-like items are not fakes, counterfeits, or forgeries. They are called “labels.”

Things To Know About Collecting Stamps star
A stamp is a small piece of paper that is glued to the envelope whenever a document or a letter is sent via the post office. This is used both locally and internationally as a fee for the service rendered.

Tips on Collecting Canadian Stamps star
Stamp is one of the most popular hobbies among Canadians. Canada has great respect on Stamp collecting which dates back to as early as the 17th century.

Too Many Ways Of Collecting Stamps star
No doubt you have seen letters posted in various stamp collecting forums by disgruntled beginning stamp collectors who proclaim: “I am going to quit stamp collecting!” for whatever reason. Somehow, I just can’t relate to their comments. There are so many different and interesting ways to collect sta

Tools You Will Need To Sell Stamps star
To really make money selling stamps, there is some equipment that you will need. You may already have some of these items in your possession right now.

Two Things Collectors Should Know star
Being in charge of their busy lives, most people would find the enticement of other activities that would fill the emptiness that stress and pressures could bring into their existence.

Types Of Stamp Auctions star
Many types of stamp auctions exist, but what you need to know about them is what are the gray areas relative to each type of auction. The terms of sale for each auction types is either in the printed auction catalog or somewhere on the auction’s website.

Types Of Stamp Dealers star
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.

Types Of U.S. Postage Stamps star
When you think of a “postage stamp,” you will probably think of that little piece of paper you stick on the corner of an envelope that you intend to put into the mail.

U.S. Post Office Teams Up With SpongeBob star
The United States Postal Service has teamed up with SpongeBob and the Nickelodon television network in a new campaign that will encourage children to write letters and use the mail.

U.S. Postage Increasing star
So much for the non-existent inflation rate that the government keeps trying to convince us does not exist. The price to mail a first-class letter is going to jump to 49 cents.

USPS and the World of Stamp Collecting star
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

Various Types Of Postage Stamps star
Most stamp collectors are aware of the basic purposes that most stamps have such as air mail, general postage, stamped envelopes, post cards, etc.

Varying Stamp Values star

Venturing Beyond Your Neighborhood. star
Once you have exhausted your own neighborhood, it is time to venture further out to look for new acquisitions for your collection.

Watermarks On Postage Stamps star
Laid paper comes to be via larger, parallel wires that form a design, which, in theory is a “watermark.” A watermark is an intentially thin area in the finished paper. To put it a different way, a watermark is something that “isn’t,” rather than something that “is.”

We Need New Stamp Dealers star
If you have attended a recent stamp show, perhaps you noticed that most of the dealers were sporting gray hair, and without a doubt, most stamp collectors are of the older persuasion to boot. Much has been commented about the lack of young people taking up stamp collecting. Complaints like these hav

What Are Special Stamps? star
While snail mail has been on the decline since the advent of email, a lot of people still value and cherish old fashioned writing. Ask anyone in this high-tech world, and most would admit to be excited to see real mail in their old mail box, instead of the usual “junk” mail that we are constantl

What Constitutes A Stamp? star
Before postage stamps were adopted in Britain in 1840, whoever received the mail had to pay for the postage due. Imagine having to pay the postage on all of the junk mail you receive these days. You would have to pay the postage on all of the junk mail, postcards, bills and other letters you receive

What Is A Letter? star
Beginning in 1852, federal law required full postage to be paid on all letters transported and delivered out of the mails by enclosing them in sealed, dated, and canceled stamped envelopes.

What Is A Stamp Worth? star
“What is this old stamp worth?” is a question often posed by noncollectors. Unfortunately there isn’t an easy answer to this question. The noncollector has visions that his old stamp is worth an astronomical amount of money compared to the face value listed on the stamp. How much a given stamp is wo

What Makes A Stamp Collection Valuable? star
Collecting stamps and coins are two hobbies that have more in common than either type of collector might believe. We will consider the idea of “value” or “valuable.”

What Makes A Stamp Collector? star
Not every person who is interested in stamp collecting is in fact a collector. Some people are simply pack rats, which seems to be a cousin to a collector. Still other folks cannot bear to keep anything that doesn’t have a perceived use.

What Makes A Stamp Expert? star
Whether you are a novice stamp collector or a seasoned one there may come a time in your life when you will need to consult with a real stamp expert. So what makes one an “expert?”

What Story Is Behind My Stamp? star
A stamp has many stories it can tell you, if you only look behind it.

When Stamp Collecting Becomes Profitable star
Ever since the world began, humans were born to get busy. This is the main reason why most of the people are engaged into different activities life sports and different hobbies especially if they have nothing to do.

When To Consult An Expert star
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.

When Your Stamp Collection Becomes Valuable star
Once people have their basic survival needs met, they often turn take up hobbies and sports activities to fill up their spare time. Many people take up stamp collecting as a hobby. Of course most people collect stamps for the fun of collecting rather than having any financial gain in mind.

Where To Get Stamps star
As a budding stamp collector, you will want to get started on your collection. So where do you start? Well first you need to decide why you are collecting stamps. Some people collect stamps as an investment, hoping that the increased value of these stamps will accrue with age and will pay of dividen

Which Country To Collect From star
Deciding which country to collect stamps from is not an easy decision. After all you have so many choices to choose from. In fact you could collect stamps from countries that no longer exist for one reason or another.

Why Sell Stamps star
Stamps are one of the easiest and most lucrative items yon can sell at an online auction. They can easily be sold for many times the amount that is paid for them, if you know how. Once you do know how it is possible to sell the stamps for up to 100 times the amount you paid for them.

William H. Johnson Flowers Stamps star
On April 11, 2012, the U.S. Postal Service issued a nondenominated (45cent) Flowers by William H. Johnson forever stamp in the long-running American Treasures series. William Henry Johnson was an African-American painter born in Florence S.C. in 1901.

Writing A Great Auction Description star
The auction title’s job is to attract the attention of prospective bidders. Once that is done, it is the auction description’s job to get them to place a bid on your stamps.

Your First Stamp Album star
Collecting and bringing stuff together is fun and it can be rewarding too when your collection gets noticed by other people who may even want to buy your collection. People collect all kinds of things like dolls, cars, toys, etc. But for some, there is nothing like collecting stamps.

Your First Stamp Club Meeting star

Your Online Auction Policies star
Once you have picked a suitable category for your stamp auctions and have written a good description, you need to state what your auction policies are towards the end of the description.

Your Other Stamp Exhibit Pages star
Opinions vary as to what you will need for the remainder of your exhibit pages. Most exhibiting and judging guidelines are not very specific on this matter. Therefore you are free to use what you like. Remember that everything in your exhibit must be designed to enhance what your exhibit is all abou

Your Stamp Exhibit Title Page star
Once you have your text under control, You face the issue of placing it on the page. As long as you are comfortable with the content of the text itself, then the text block should be considered as a component of the finished page and should be treated in much the same manner that you treat your stam

Your Stamp Exhibition Write-Up star
The explanation that surrounds a stamp or a set in your exhibit, and why it is included is called the “write-up” in the vernacular of competitive stamp exhibiting. Using a daily newspaper as an example, the exhibit write-up is more closely related to photo captions than to a news article.

Yucatan Set Worthy Of Attention star
The social structure of Yucatan, which is on the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has long been dominated by Hacendados, owners, and managers of large henequen plantations. Tensions between the Hacendados and the native Mayan peasant farmers ran high, resulting in the Caste War of 1847 to

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