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How to Start a Stamp Collection?

Updated on March 1, 2016
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She's a children's author who collected stamps from her youth! She enjoys sharing the art in savoring a historical stamp album.

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A United States four cents stamp of the 1960sA project Mercury four cent stampA Rasal Khaima stampA French stampRoyal British StampsA foreign stampA stamp of Revolutionary timesAnother Revolutionary stampA stamp about the RenaissanceAnother stamp about the RenaissanceA European stampA Magyar Poster stampAn African stamp of UgandaAnother  Uganda stampA Republic of Niger stamp
A United States four cents stamp of the 1960s
A United States four cents stamp of the 1960s | Source
A project Mercury four cent stamp
A project Mercury four cent stamp | Source
A Rasal Khaima stamp
A Rasal Khaima stamp | Source
A French stamp
A French stamp | Source
Royal British Stamps
Royal British Stamps | Source
A foreign stamp
A foreign stamp | Source
A stamp of Revolutionary times
A stamp of Revolutionary times | Source
Another Revolutionary stamp
Another Revolutionary stamp | Source
A stamp about the Renaissance
A stamp about the Renaissance | Source
Another stamp about the Renaissance
Another stamp about the Renaissance | Source
A European stamp
A European stamp | Source
A Magyar Poster stamp
A Magyar Poster stamp | Source
An African stamp of Uganda
An African stamp of Uganda | Source
Another  Uganda stamp
Another Uganda stamp | Source
A Republic of Niger stamp
A Republic of Niger stamp | Source

The First Step to Stamp Collecting is to Get Heaps of Stamps.

The first step to stamp collecting is to get a lot of stamps. You can buy stamps at the post office, in a hobby store, in packages or order them by mail. The best time to buy stamps is right before the price of the US first-class stamp increases. You can also collect them in your home by collecting the stamps that come in the mail.

All you need is an album to put to put your stamps in, so you don't lose them. You'll need hinges to attach the stamp to the pages. You'll also need a pair of stamp tongs to carry them around, and a table to observe them. Stamp albums come in a variety of themes: for instance, there are nations of the world's stamp albums, Olympic stamp albums and even celebrity stamp albums.

Next, You Need to Sort Your Stamps

Once you have a plethora of collected stamps, the next step would be to sort them. First set aside the stamps that have paper attached to their backs. You can dip them in warm water until the paper comes off, or only cut those proportionally off a letter envelope. When all the paper is off, take the wet stamps and allow them to dry completely.

When your stamps are dry, take your stamps and put them in alphabetical order. By looking at what country they come from and putting Alaska under pile A, for instance. The stamps you can't identify put them in a different pile.

When you finish, you can either mount the stamps in your stamp album, or put them into separate envelopes and mount them another time.

However, before you mount your stamps in your stamp album, you'll need to sort them, and make sure they are in good condition.

You'll have a lot of stamps that will be the same. You have to pick the best one for your stamp album.

There are five different conditions for stamps.

  • Stamps are either Superb, which means they are like new and have a fresh, clean color.
  • Very-fine is an ideal stamp with the color a bit shaded.
  • Fine, is a stamp that has no blemishes? It's not as excellent as a very-fine stamp.
  • A Good stamp is not torn. Its color is usually faded, and the postmark is very dark.
  • A Poor stamp is a stamp that is torn and not usable. Keep these stamps only if you can't replace them.

Show Your Stamps Off to Your Friends

Stamp collecting is loads of fun and extremely educational, once you research the stamp's origin. You can learn about the history of nations, the world and important individuals, including celebrities and stars.

Showing off your stamp albums to your friends and family is a great way to share your new-found knowledge of stamp history. Surely, you’ll impress your teacher too!

You may even earn heaps of cash for saving a very unique stamp for a long, long time!

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© 2010 Sheila Craan


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