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How to Start Collecting Stamps

by James on March 29, 2013

Although the advent of the Internet, electronic mails (e-mails), cellphones, and instant messaging services (IMS) ignited the four corners of the world to develop into one huge wireless global village. The high technological communication advancements slowed down the use of postage stamps. Nonetheless, stamp collecting is still one of the most popular hobbies worldwide. Stamp collecting to some individuals is more than just a fascinating hobby. Stamp collecting can also be a good form of investment.

 

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Stamp collecting with used stamps
To start a collection need not to be expensive. As a neophyte, you can make do with what you can grab at hand. The cheapest way to begin stamp collecting is to utilize the stamps in your mails. Well, if you haven' been receiving much mails lately, you can ask other people to send you their used postal stamps. In this way, stamp collecting is fun yet inexpensive. For beginners, stamp collecting might appear as something like a straining hobby or interest - with myriads of themes, subjects, and a large number of countries producing postal stamps. Nonetheless, stamp collecting can be a quite a fulfilling experience once you learn which of the stamp subjects you want to include in your stamp collection.

Collecting specialized stamps
More advanced stamp collectors narrow their collections to specific specialized stamp categories. Specialized stamps range from airmail stamps, to errors, and to proofs. Moreover due to the difficulty in identifying these stamps, and their rarity, avid stamp collectors must have some good background on stamps before focusing on specialized stamps. Specialized stamp collecting might be costly, but these stamps can be a good investment for long-term stamp collecting.

Stamps from all over the world
Of the 190 countries all over the world, a great percentage of them have a postage stamp program. While stamp collecting from every country can lead to financial strains, it is feasible to attain a more manageable yet impressive stamps collection. You can simply purchase a set of worldwide stamps at an affordable price depending on the postage stamp grading and condition. In some cases, stamp collecting is easier since some stamp albums have kits. Along with the stamp albums are some packets of worldwide stamps to help you start-off in your stamp collecting pursuit. It provides collectors access to a plethora of stamps sold at affordable prices.

Collecting stamps by topics
Topical stamp collecting gave this hobby a crucial makeover. Enthusiastic individuals who are into stamp collecting have an option to collect stamps that have a certain appeal or topic. This stamp collecting trend prompted countries to cater to the stamp needs and wants of enthusiastic collectors. In the United States, stamps featuring popular comic heroes had been issued much to the delight of eager stamp collecting individuals.

Stamp collecting by country
Intermediate stamp collectors have the option to narrow down their collection to a specific country. Narrowing your stamp collecting options allows you to have a manageable collection. Depending on the condition, stamps issued earlier can be more costly and painful in the pocket. Moreover, stamp collecting by country can be interesting. Collectors will have the oppotunity to find some rare postage stamps from a certain country.

First day covers stamp collecting
First day covers are special envelopes that have postage stamps and with a unique one-day- only cancel. First day covers usually have designs printed on them pertaining to the stamp also known as cachets. Due to their price and rarity, first-days stamp collecting is suited for intermediate stamp collecting individuals.
 

Children Discover the World Through Stamps

by James on August 26, 2012

In a world dominated by electronic communications, the only postage stamp likely to cross a child's line of vision these days might be affixed to a birthday card from a relative. And usually, the stamp goes unnoticed. Yet these tiny bits of sticky-backed art are so much more than charming relics of a bygone era.
Stamps have the potential to teach everything from geography and history to world culture, says Janet Houser, program and youth coordinator with the American Philatelic Society (stamps.org).

"Imagine a child seeing a stamp with a depiction of the Louisiana Purchase on it, (which) might spark an interest in that event, the era or the countries involved," Houser said. That same child, she added, could be inspired to collect stamps of the same issue year, other commemorative stamps or different stamps from each of the countries involved in the transaction.

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The beauty of the designs and the fact that they're collectible drew Jim O'Donnell, museum specialist at the National Postal Museum (postalmuseum.si.edu) inWashington, D.C., to stamp collecting. But he says the hobby can be practiced on many different levels.

"Casual collectors might concentrate on acquiring stamps from certain time periods, or focus on particular subject matters such as birds or trains," he said. "Serious collectors, or philatelists, study stamps, including history and usage, ink and paper varieties, and printing techniques."

The American Philatelic Society website also suggests that kids might want to collect stamps from the countries where their ancestors were born.

Houser, who wants "to help parents put stamps in kids' hands instead of hand-held games," suggests introducing them to famous stamps with stories all their own, including Penny Black (the first adhesive stamp used in a public postal system — in this case, Britain) or Inverted Jenny (a botched stamp that is worth a fortune). Or visit the website of the American Topical Association to see the first stamps issued for a Summer Olympics (americantopicalassn.org; go to "Youth" link).

O'Donnell recommends that as young collectors' interest in the hobby grows, they join groups that "assist and support like-minded collectors, such as the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, the American Topical Association and the American Air Mail Society."

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