Stamp Collecting - What To Collect
When you have decided to start a stamp collection you can get overwhelmed very quickly. People get discouraged quickly due to the large options to collect.
What to collect? Do I collect a single country, or the world? What about a topic? What topic? You can collect the country you live in. What about your ethnic background? How about the country of your ancestors? Do you like to travel? What about countries you've been to or want to visit.?
As you can see, there are many options when it comes to country collecting. If you can think it, you can collect it.
For some people country collecting can be very boring. They can still collect stamps and do by collecting topics on stamps. Butterflies, boats, trains, cars, anything you can possibly think of has been issued on stamps.
The standard catalogue in North America for stamps is the Scott Catalogue. It can be found in local libraries in the 383 section. I know of a librarian that collects stamps of countries with the Scott number of 383. Again, if you can think of it you can collect it.
The best way to get started is visit a club, show, or contact a dealer that you or someone you know is familiar with.
In the next article I will explain what you need to get started, how to get started and how best to store your collection. Until then, happy collecting