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Stamp Collecting 101

Updated on March 28, 2013

Learning More About Stamp Collecting

Stamp collecting is so exciting to do. Stamps are interesting to collect as they come from all over the world and are often colorful. More varieties are sold in stamp shops, by post, at stamp exhibitions and auctions.

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Learn an Easy Way to Remove Stamps

Stamps comes in a great variety of shapes and sizes. It's nice to see each of it in a neat, organized album but before you put it in there, you must remove it first from the envelopes unless the envelope or postmark is unusual or valuable.

  • Use tweezers rather than fingers.
  • Remove stamps from envelopes by soaking them.
  • Dry your stamps between sheets of blotting paper.
  • Never throw away any stamps without finding their value.
  • Mount your stamps more carefully.
  • Make your album interesting.

Learning A New Kind of Hobby? - Try Stamp Collecting with so much fun.

Beginner's Stamp Collecting Fun Kit: Everything You Need to Start a Fun and Fascinating Hobby
Beginner's Stamp Collecting Fun Kit: Everything You Need to Start a Fun and Fascinating Hobby

This fun kit is perfectly for beginner's in stamp collecting especially kids.

 
Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping
Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping

Top trend spotters in the craft and greeting card industry say that consumers are showing a real passion for texture. Crafters can easily satisfy that craving with this treasure trove of 40 elegant card and gift projects. It teaches plenty of texture-making techniques that utilize the magic of stamping in all its forms.

 
Greeting Card Magic with Rubber Stamps
Greeting Card Magic with Rubber Stamps

Greeting card prices keep going up, but with a little imagination the clever crafter can make customized cards. The cards in these books go beyond simple greetings, however, and are small works of art. Twenty-two designers contributed projects to Gilchrist's book using collage, fabric, printing, and photocopies decorated and embellished to make one-of-a-kind creations.

 
A First Stamp Album for Beginners: Revised Edition (Dover Children's Activity Books)
A First Stamp Album for Beginners: Revised Edition (Dover Children's Activity Books)

An ideal introduction to the educational, fun-filled hobby of stamp collecting! With pictures of more than 1,100 stamps from nearly 200 countries (and spaces for at least 2,600 more!), this inexpensive album and guide also contains hints and tips on building a collection, plus an easy-to-use Stamp Identifier Table and Index.

 
Stamp Collecting For Dummies
Stamp Collecting For Dummies

Interested in starting a stamp collection, but not sure where to begin? This is the guide for you. Expert Richard Sine fills you in on everything you need to know about selecting, finding, buying, presenting and caring for stamps. An internationally recognized collector and author on stamp collecting (he used to write the New York Times stamp column) he also has much wisdom to impart to collectors who've been at it for a while.

 

This is For All The PRO in Stamp Collecting

Official Stamp Collector's Bible
Official Stamp Collector's Bible

This book is jam-packed with practical advice on every aspect of collecting and trading. Novices will learn how to start a collection, how to buy and sell, how to develop good Internet auction strategies, how dealers price stamps, and how to find the best insurance. Experienced collectors will find a thorough history of mail and stamp collecting, sources for stamps worldwide, and tips to finding valuable treasures.

 
The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums, and More
The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums, and More

Photo-packed chapters focus on exciting projects-beads, bracelets, pins, pendants, and boxes--and showcase new techniques, including image transfers, surface treatments such as stencils, stamps, paints, and inks, sculpting, inclusions, special effects, and finishing.

 
Scott 2007 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, Vol. 1: United States, United Nations & Countries of the World- A-B
Scott 2007 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, Vol. 1: United States, United Nations & Countries of the World- A-B

Very informative with lots of color photographs and descriptions of the stamps. It make it easy to identify the country and stamps.

 
Stamp Artistry: Combining Stamps with Beadwork, Carving, Collage, Etching, Fabric, Metalwork, Painting, Polymer Clay, Repousse, and More
Stamp Artistry: Combining Stamps with Beadwork, Carving, Collage, Etching, Fabric, Metalwork, Painting, Polymer Clay, Repousse, and More

Stamping is among the most popular artistic techniques, because its uses are virtually limitless. No matter what medium they work in, artists and decorators alike can use stamping to create one-of-a-kind pieces with simple techniques.

 
Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting
Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting

"History, Production and Technology" claims twenty-four chapters and covers the history of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, United States Postal Service, and technology of stamp production.

 

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The Difference Between A Stamp Collector and A Philatelics?

Stamp Collecting and Philately is commonly misused. But what is the difference?

Philately is the study of revenue and postage stamps. This includes the design, production and uses of stamps after they are authorized for issue, usually by the government authorities, the most common one being postal authorities. While stamp collecting is the hobby itself or the distinct activity in collecting of postage stamps and other related objects. That's why many equate it as the same references. For instance, a philatelics will study extreme rare stamps without expecting to own copies of them, whether because of cost or because the sole survivors are in museums. Conversely, a stamp collector may choose to acquire and arrange the little pictures without being much troubled about their origin or usage. In practice, the basic knowledge of a philately will save the collector from spending a great deal of money on a stamp that is really almost worthless.

Now You Know...

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Calling All Stamp Collectors, Philatelics!

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      madoc 5 years ago

      Maybe new collectors should not rush to remove stamps from envelopes but should check first on their potential value. some may be more valuable on the envelope, and some may be so valuable they should only be removed professionally. Speaking philatelically, I suppose, rather than as a dedicated collector.

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      David Gardner 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow! Another great lens, Naiza! I didn't know the difference between "stamp collecting" and "philately" either. Good stuff to know. I visited "Old Sacramento" recently with a Danish houseguest--a friend of my daughter's. His tour was mostly restricted to the San Francisco area of California... so for a little adventure, we drove north up the Central Valley of California and we stayed for a while exploring in Old Sacramento. He was amazed at the "cowboy" and rustic look of the place--and in one of the museums we learned that Sacramento was the western-most hub of the Pony Express mail system. We saw letters/envelopes that had the Pony Express stamps on them. Thanks for your lens that has added a new perspective to that visit!

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      OldGrampa 9 years ago

      I was a big stamp collector when I was a kid, now my grandson likes to collect them.

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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      Amazing how stamp collecting is so international. My very first job was in a company called "Stamphouse" (translated) and they had One single stamp as security for the whole company. They kept it in a safe. I is called yellow shilling banco.

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Hmmm, I had always thought Philatelics and stamp collecting were the same...thanks for setting me straight on that!

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      hearthealth lm 9 years ago

      Wow, 5*! theres nothing else like a lens to remind me of an early hobby from way back! If I got a bunch of stamps that (unfortunately) got pasted together, what should I do? Dip them all in water (which will make them crinkle) or expose them to steam (which will get the same results)?

      Please drop by my lenses!

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      hearthealth lm 9 years ago

      Wow, 5*! theres nothing else like a lens to remind me of an early hobby from way back! If I got a bunch of stamps that (unfortunately) got pasted together, what should I do? Dip them all in water (which will make them crinkle) or expose them to steam (which will get the same results)?

      Please drop by my lenses!

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      mosaic lm 9 years ago

      Hmm. I'd like to see more detailed instructions on how to start collecting stamps. Also, not sure if your Amazon is on automatic or something but what's with all the rubber stamp items? This lens seems to be a start, though. Keep going!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Welcome to the group!

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      GramaBarb 10 years ago from Vancouver

      I had forgotten all about stamp collecting my kids started when they were little and then eventually lost interest in. Instead they wanted to actually travel and they did. Do you collect stamps Naiza? I'll send you some if you want?