Friday, July 02, 2010

Stamp Collecting Methods

For those who are new to this hobby, stamp collecting is the collection of stamps which are originated from around the globe. Scientists have called it as a philatelic collection technically. Did you ever think that this hobby is just for kids and weirdo people? If the answer is yes, you would be surprised at how many people out there, at any age, have been indulging in this hobby for years. People are getting serious with this as there are organizations being setup and maintained to study these postal artifacts with care and respect.

What makes stamps so interesting to collect is the different history and culture that attached to them. You are brought face to face with different cultures and different time periods. Looking over your stamp album is more or less like looking over history itself.

Stamp collecting does not like many other hobbies that require costly equipment. The equipment for stamp collecting are readily availble at low cost. You will find it surprisingly how easy and straightforward it is to set up and manage your stamp collection.

So you have done the initial steps of stamp collection by investing in tools and albums and are intended to build your own stamp collecting career? and your only obstacle is that you have no idea where to acquire your stamps.

Don't worry. As a starting collectors, the followings are tips where you can find sources of collecting stamps to help you build up your stash of postal wonders.

1. Mail - the cheapest and oldest methods of getting stamps is the mails that have posted to the mailbox at your house. Mailboxes are still one of the great way to get stamps even the amount of mails delivered to your mailbox are probably getting lesser since the emergence of the Internet and email. However, Great care has to be taken to handle such stamps as you will have to learn the proper way to soak and mount these stamps for your collection.

Other than stamps from your mails, friends and neighbor are also a potential source of stamps. You can share with them about your hobby, and most likely they would be happy to contribute their unused stamps to you. You may have to request them to give you the whole envelope or have them cut out the stamp from the envelope while leaving some leeway around the stamp to facilitate processing the stamps out later.

2. Trading - You will probably come across some duplicacy of stamps in the process of collecting stamps. Well, If you have duplicate stamps, it's a win-win solutions if you can find another stamp enthusiast and exchange stamps. One of the most exciting activities in stamp collecting is definitely trading stamps with other stamp enthusiasts. It's a good opportunity to meet up with fellow enthusiasts and is a great way to land your hands – I mean stamp tongs (never handle your stamps without them!) on a unique stamp.

It's important to examine the stamps if they look alike before you move forward to trade a stamp. Note that you may overlook that some stamps look alike but they are actually slightly different. Try looking at the perforation count using a perforation gauge, or at watermarks and fine detail. And to top that, look at every minutiae, including wear, tear, and damage. This guidelines will assist you in making decision whether the stamps you are looking into are worth trading after all.

You may also trade some of the unique ones in your collection for unique ones that you like better. But that is a trickier and more complicated story.

3. Sellers – There are some stamp sellers out there who sells stamps either as a collector's item or in bulk. May collectors have stamps of same kind just like what you might have come across. They may offer you a good deals on these stamps especially if they are not rare which are value for money.

Rare stamps, which are difficult to find, will cost a higher deal of money. If you are still in the starting phase of collecting stamps, you may want to target on stamps which are easier to acquire before going after the rare one.

Some will sell bulk orders of assorted stamps. This is a great way to beef up your collection, especially if you are starting out.

Conclusion

Above are three of the most effective methods where you can acquire new stamps to be added into your stamp collecting albums. The trick here is to be consistent in your collecting efforts. Try not to miss any potential opportunities to get new stamps for your collection. You will find it valuable, enjoyable and become more fulfulling as time goes by.


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