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How to Clean Stamps: Dos and Don’ts

2013
07.03

Stamp collectors know there is a skill to selecting which stamps will increase in value. Stamps are printed in limited issues which makes them valuable when they go out of print. The less stamps printed during the run, click here, the more rare they become over time, which also adds to their value. Valuable stamps can come from all over the world with different images and amounts printed on them. As countries change governments and economies rise and fall, the pictures and prices on stamps change to reflect these conditions. Stamp collectors try to stay on top of the changes so they can purchase stamps at a low price and have them increase in value after the changes take effect. In addition to out of print stamps increasing in value, there are some stamps which have great value right from the start. These are misprinted stamps which have some type of flaw in the design. Most misprinted stamps have inverted images which make them both rare and valuable. The stamp with an inverted image of Richard Nixon is estimated to be worth about ten thousand dollars. An inverted stamp with an inverted picture depicting Columbus’s landing is worth about two hundred seventy-five thousand dollars.

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Stamp Collecting- It’s for Kids Too

2013
05.17

Stamp collecting is a pastime that can become all-consuming, but it also is one of the simplest hobbies a child can start. Everyone gets stamps, and most people don’t pay any attention to them, so it shouldn’t be difficult to get a collection started.

While buying stamps can be fun, a kid should start collecting with just the stamps that arrive in the mail. Parents can solicit used stamps from friends and relatives; many people are more than happy to contribute to Read the rest of this entry »

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Essentials: Supplies All Collectors Should Have

2013
03.30

A few basic supplies are needed for stamp collecting. The activity has no limits. Collect stamps by the theme or country. Regardless of your reasons for being interested in the hobby, use the appropriate tools. If you do not, you will cause irreversible harm to the stamps.

Use stamp tongs to pick up and put down the stamps safely. Choose ones with rounded tips to prevent tears and damage with liquids or chemicals. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the stamps.

To see delicate details, use a magnifying glass and clean stamps with gentle cloth. Buy a scrapbook or Read the rest of this entry »

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The Real Deal: Making Sure Your Stamps Authentic

2012
10.25

Stamp collecting has been a hobby for many generations; in recent years though fake stamps have plagued stamp collectors. There are several things one should look for when trying to spot a fake from an authentic stamp. One thing to look for is the gum on the back of the stamp. Some forgers will regum a stamp to cover up damages. The color and texture of the gum will want to be examined when trying to determine if the stamp is a fake. Another way to tell if a stamp has been regummed is to look at Read the rest of this entry »

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Buying Guide: Where to Find the Best Stamps

2012
10.21

Stamp Collecting is one of the few hobbies that can be rewarding and fun to do. There are over a million people who collect stamps and have created elite clubs to share ideas as well as collections among members. The first club in the United States was officially established back in 1862 but there are records indicating that collection began in Europe dating back to 1840.
Prior to starting a stamp collection, the theme of the collection should be established. There are many areas to chose from, such as collecting historical stamps, animal stamps, floral stamps Read the rest of this entry »

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Five Stamps Every Collector Should Have

2012
10.18

Five Stamps Every Collector Should Have

For some people the art of stamp collecting is a passion. Look around you and you may see people young and old scanning through catalogues trying to find that precious stamp for their collection. What is the big deal about collecting stamps? Ask any stamp collector and you will get many different answers.

The older generation may tell you it gives them a reason to get up in the morning. As people grow older Read the rest of this entry »

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Stamp Collecting: How to Get Started

2012
10.15

Stamp Collecting: How to Get Started

Beginning a stamp collection is one of the most wonderful pastimes known to man. The beauty in collecting stamps is that there is a lot of information out there, so you never feel like you have mastered the art of collecting stamps completely. That also brings me to the next point which is collecting stamps can be a hobby or a vocation. There are many annual stamp collection shows, where people who buy and sell in stamps make a Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Stamps Increase in Value Over Time

2012
10.11

Stamp collectors know there is a skill to selecting which stamps will increase in value. Stamps are printed in limited issues which makes them valuable when they go out of print. The less stamps printed during the run, the more rare they become over time, which also adds to their value. Valuable stamps can come from all over the world with different images and amounts printed on them. As countries change governments and economies rise and fall, the pictures and prices on stamps Read the rest of this entry »