No one could have guessed when the first British postage stamp was published in 1840 that stamps would one day become a sought-after collectible. More than 5 million people in the United States alone love stamp collecting, preservation, trading, and selling. If you’re thinking about becoming a “philatelist,” another word for a stamp collector, you’ll need to think about a few things before getting started.
What location will you be using to get your postage stamps from?
There are stamps all throughout the place, including:
- If you’re lucky, the post office where you live will have some fresh new ones.
- Consult with loved ones and local companies to see if they can keep them for you (especially those who live in different locations around the country or the world).
- Go to the American Philatelic Society’s Dealer Directory and type in your state or city to find a stamp dealer nearby.
- Enroll in a stamp club in your area to get experience exchanging philatelic products with other members and to receive guidance on getting started.
- It is easy to find rare stamps at stamp fairs and meet other stamp collectors who share your interests.
What specialized equipment do you need?
- To see your stamps clearly, you’ll need a magnifying lens, and to move them around, you’ll need to use tongs.
- Measure the diameter of your stamps’ perforation holes with this perforation gauge.
- Enhancement of a stamped watermark, design, or pattern is accomplished using watermark detection fluid.
Which stamps of yours will you use up first?
Stamp hinges, stamp mounts, or glassine strips with gum on one side, clear plastic sleeves that retain stamps may be used to maintain stamps in an album or on loose-leaf paper in a binder. There are different sizes for stamp hinges, ranging from small to large.
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