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Getting Started in Stamp Collecting

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Author: Chris Bednarz


Stamp collecting used to be regarded a childish hobby as during the mid 1800's it was mostly pursued by children and teenagers. As those children grew into adulthood, they remained avid collectors effectively transitioning stamp collecting into an adult pastime.

Some transitioned the simple pursuit of stamp collecting into the field of philately; carefully collecting and studying the stamps for flaws and inconsistencies.

Stamp studying and collecting soon became peer accepted with articles written on different aspects of stamps being researched stamps and being published. It was not until the 1920s that the value of stamps started being appreciated; stamp collection then moved from a pastime hobby to a profitable endeavor.

Equipment Needed to Start a Stamp Collection

There is no standard equipment needed to start a stamp collection. It is as simple as finding a method that can effectively display and preserve the stamps. A serious collector may invest in a climatically sensitive stamp album while those with less money may store stamps in glassine envelopes.

Both methods store the stamps in a low humidity, out of direct sunlight and cool place. This ensures that the stamp collection remains in pristine condition.

Where to Find Stamps

Stamp collectors start by collecting stamps that are readily available; from friends and relatives. The prized stamps of a new collector's include stamps of visual appeal, international stamps or stamps that have a historical interest to the collector.

Stamp collectors then move onto swapping or selling extra or duplicate stamps with other novice collectors. The next level in stamp collecting involves purchasing stamps and stamp collections from stamp dealers.

Stamp dealers offer rare and older hard to find stamps. Stamp dealers can be found online or at stamp shows.

Choosing a Focused Collection

Most novice stamp collectors collect stamps that are easily obtained with no specific rhyme or reason to their collection. In order to transition to a more seasoned stamp collector, the collector decides on a focus.

More expert stamp collectors tend to focus their collection collecting from a specific niche such as location, subject matter or time frame. Some common niches include postage stamps, definitive stamps (which are the more commonly found stamps), revenue stamps and commemorative stamps (printed in smaller quantities).

These niches can be further subdivided into themes such as an animal postage stamp collection, a stamp collection focused on transportation, sports or focused in history.

Sharing the Stamp Collection with Others

Stamp collection clubs are ways for collectors to get together to discuss information related to stamp collecting. Information about stamp groups can be obtained from the internet or by checking at local libraries or community bulletin boards.

There are also different stamp collection events that are sponsored by associations related to stamp collections. At these events dealers show and sell their rare and antique stamps and stamp collectors show off their collections.

Stamp collection is an interesting hobby to start that can eventually blossom into a lucrative investment. It is a hobby that can be started by anyone on any kind of budget; even a limited one.

The equipment required is inexpensive and can be obtained easily. Stamp collecting has come a long way; from a child's simple collection to a aficionado that is willing to spend a fortune on a rare stamp.     


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