What Makes a Good Stamp Collector?

Stamp collecting is one hobby that is preferred and loved by the people throughout the world. In addition to the wonderful experience that stamps give to the collectors, it is also a very inexpensive hobby.

Stamp collecting does not only involve collecting the stamps but also included the collection of stamp-related things like envelopes and packages which carried the stamps. It is unbelievable but true that the stamp collectors are revenue-generating agents for countries, especially which make limited editions of stamps.

There are collectors who are involved in collecting stamps for the sheer fun of it. There are kinds of people who have adopted the stamp collection in a professional way or a philatelic way of stamp collection. Philately is basically the study of the complete details of a stamp. Many have become philatelists because they are aware about the value of the stamps.

If one is starting to collect stamps, he can ask his family members or friends for the stamps if they are not in the field of stamp collection. Many people use to throw away the stamps without realizing that there are people who may be interested with them. One can ask his grandparents for the stamps received from the mails, they may have saved some stamps of years ago. Old stamps are harder to find and more expensive than the common one, which are produced at present.

There are certain basic things that a stamp collector needs to be able to do, which will make someone to enjoy stamp collection and preserve the integrity of his stamps. Whether a collector is a casual stamp collector or a philatelist, some procedures must be followed in stamp collection.

A good stamp collector:

- keeps his collections safe

Collecting stamps or anything in general is about not only gathering the items and leaving them somewhere carelessly but the items must be kept safely in a container also. The proper storage of the collected stamps is most important to keep the things away from being damaged or destroyed. The slightest tear or scratch on a stamp will definitely decrease its value.

-has the right supplies

In relation to the previous trait of a good collector, he must have the proper tools to be able to handle his collection properly. Having the right tools does not mean that spending more than the affordable. Stamp collecting supplies are relatively inexpensive and one can avail them without digging too much into there pockets.

-knows what to collect

There is nothing wrong with collecting any kind of stamp in general, especially if one is just beginner to collect stamps. However, the time would come for a collector to feel the need to target specifically for a certain set, which he wants to collect. There are many different kinds of stamps, which are out there for collection. There are postage stamps, postal stationery, revenue stamps, first day covers, and other stamp collectibles.

If there are duplicate stamps, one might consider selling or exchanging the duplicates for other kinds of stamps. This will avoid redundancy in the collection and allow it to expand.

-know how to assess the value of his collected stamps

Stamps can be very much valuable. One needs to have basic knowledge on how to evaluate the value of the stamps. He can learn it by reading stamp catalogs and other detailed study materials about the stamps. Stamp catalogues having the list of price of different kinds of collectible stamps, they also give some nifty facts about certain stamps. One can also ask the help of experts about the values of certain stamps, which are not included in the catalogues.

These are just a few traits of a good stamp collector. No matter how he collects or what he collects, the important thing is that he must enjoy what he does and finds meaning in it.


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