Why Collect Postage Stamps?

Many people consider stamp collecting as a personal hobby. To get started, collecting stamps can be fun and exciting. It is important to be sure about the type of stamps to search for and collect. He must also know how to secure and preserve them. Then he will be able to present them in a very organized and well-presented compilation of stamp collections.

A mail cannot be delivered if it has no postage stamp. It is a small square or rectangular piece of paper pasted on the right part of a mail. Postage stamps are very important to make a letter or message inside the envelope delivered to a certain person or organization at a certain location. Postage stamps may feature many designs like cars, flowers, landmarks, animals, persons, places and events are the most common themes of these stamps.

One of the main reasons for the people to go for postage stamp collection is because of its price value. The most famous items, like the sports collectors? stamps, icons, landmarks, places, and famous celebrities, which are still available. One of the most sought stamps for the collection is the 1993 Elvis Presley postage stamp. The philatelic collectors have popularized this stamp by insisting to include the image of Elvis for postage stamp circulation all over the country.

Other famous celebrity postage stamps are the sexy pictorials of Marilyn Monroe issued in the year of 1995 and the James Dean stamp of 1996. There was also success by releasing the cartoon postage stamps, especially those with featured images of Bugs Bunny in 1997 and the peanuts postage stamp in 2001. The world of sports also has its share for issuing stamps that were widely accepted by sports enthusiasts like the Centennial Olympic stamps of 1996 and the Summer Olympics stamps in 1992.

The Post Office also gave importance to the American community, when they issued the Black Heritage series of postage stamps in the 1970?s. They featured great African Americans like Otis Redding and Harriet Tubman. These postage stamps are still widely recognized as collectors? items.

Other postage stamps may seem to have considerable costs besides these special commemorative postage stamps. Some of these stamps are valued because of the errors while making these stamps. The United Post office may have released them and they have considered as collectibles because of the errors in the images and probably the imperfection on the stamps. The uniqueness of these postage stamps makes them valuable and considered as special editions of stamps.

For the aspiring stamp collectors, they may want to avail of some limited edition stamps from the main United States Post Office, which have released commemorative stamps in the year of 2005 and still making these featured postage stamps. The value of an average stamp is less expensive than a commemorative stamp and difference in the price is noticeable.

For most collectors, the ideal collections are the stamps that were not used yet for the mailing purpose. Most used stamps in mails may have already been creased or worn out. However, a collector who goes for collecting because of the fun and pleasure may accept the used stamps. Others may go for the stamps that are not yet used because their mind is behind the profit and price value of limited edition stamps.

For those collectors, who want to pursue their interest for making money by these collections, they should remember some important thing to make the price value for their collected stamps. A collector should know how to keep the stamps clean and keep them away from dirt and creases. If a person is lucky enough to avail initial release of stamps, he should preserve the new issues with plastic coverings. He may also secure them by the use of wax paper bags that he can buy from the post office.

He should make sure to secure and preserve the postage stamps properly. He must find a place without any disturbance, where he can store them. Stamp albums will help him to organize and compile the items safely and display them proudly. He must make sure the album is acid-free to ensure that it will not alter any sensitive prints or any markings on the postage stamps.


 

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