Beginner's Guide to Stamp Collecting and Stamp Values

Through stamp collecting, one discovers educational information about sports, science, history, arts, currency, animals, ritual, and customs of different countries and their people.

The hobby of collecting stamps is also recognized as the world's most interesting and popular hobbies. Collectors find them attractive and fascinating at the same time the illustrations given on the stamps are educational.

The tastes of the collectors are different. Some collector will focus for the traditional stamps or the basis of country. Some other collector will prefer to collect the topical stamps by design. At the same time the specialized collectors may collect the copies of one kind of stamp (specialist), and there are some who collect stamps from all parts of the world or all types of stamps that they can find (worldwide).

It all really depends on one?s interests. For example, when one is fascinated with boats, he will collect stamps with the illustration of boats.

There are many stamp collectors those are specialized in collecting presently existing ?commemoratives? as their pastime. Commemoratives are special stamps, which are released for a restricted time by the ?post office?. They generally commemorate or celebrate special events or people, such as artists, wild life, antiques, and many others.

A beginner philatelist or collector can start collecting stamps from the received mails. To take off the stamp from the envelope, cautiously rip the envelope surrounding the stamp. Then soak it in warm water to dissolve the adhesive lotion. When the piece of the paper support will get loosen, you can carefully lift out the stamp with the use of tongs. Set the stamp on a piece of absorbent paper, and set down a thick book over it when dry to flatten it.

As a hobby, collection of stamps requires neatness and precision. Place the flattened and dried stamp in your album with hinges, or store it inside small 'glassine envelopes' designed for stamp collecting.

Stamp values:

Stamps do not become more valuable automatically or expensive as per the age. Valuable stamps are different types that will always be holding a high value; the time can possibly increase their value. However, the ordinary stamps, common stamps and low value stamps will stay with that low value regardless of time.

Collections of valuable stamps are considered as precious or expensive, today. If the original stamp collector is purchasing stamps, which are valuable and expensive before and at present, the stamps will definitely be holding a great value.

You can typically tell what kinds of stamps are to be displayed in the collection by simply looking at the collection?s presentation. When presented in a careful and meticulous manner, then there is the possibility for some stamps in the collection are to be valuable.

If one has some commercially ordinary stamp albums with several gaps omitted on its pages, you do not have the look or search for a ?valuable collection?. Whereas, if the albums have created pages with many complete sets as well as duplicates with ?minor variations?, etc then most probably, you can find a good collection of valuable stamps among them.

Almost all stamps of most countries, especially Russian stamps, are of very little value whether it is used one or new.

If the collection are displayed and kept in a proper manner that every stamp is assigned with a catalogue number, then, this becomes easy for somebody to view it and know what they want to add in their collection. If the stamps are loose, then they are of very little value.

In stamp collection, the most basic rule is to enjoy by collecting the stamps to get satisfaction and pleasure from it. Value is not necessarily a factor here. So go ahead and collect whatever stamps that interests you and display your collection in whatever manner you like.


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