Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. In the United States, it has been estimated that over 20 million Americans are into stamp collecting.
Stamp collecting for beginners
Most stamp collectors who are just starting out should just first focus on collecting stamps. They should not be discriminating about the stamps they collect. Sometimes it takes a while for stamp collectors to figure out what type of stamps they want to focus on collecting.
Refer to a stamp catalogue
For those who want more information about stamps, and are curious about the value of the stamps they are collecting, they should get themselves some stamp catalogues. This is where collectors get the lowdown on stamps. A stamp catalogue contains various information about stamps such as its cost, background, history, identification, etc. Often these stamp catalogues are categorized by time period, country, etc. These catalogues can be purchased in stamp shops, and stamp shows.
Make money by selling your stamps
Those who have multiple copies of stamps, or stamps that they do not want could always sell these to stamp collectors or dealers. Since stamp collecting is a serious hobby for most people, chances are that there will always be those who would be interested in acquiring your unwanted stamps. As the saying goes, one man's garbage is another man's treasure.
Stamp should be handled with care
Stamps should be kept in a safe place, such as an album, container, pressed inside clean notebooks etc.
Remember that stamps that are in excellent condition are more valuable that those wrinkled, torn, dirty stamps. So individuals should always handle their stamps with care.
Get stamps from friends, family, stamp clubs
- A great way to get stamps for free is to inform friends and family about your hobby. They might have stamps from old envelopes that contain all kinds of stamps. This is also a great way to get your hands on international stamps.
- Tradings stamps from fellow stamp collectors is also a great way to get new stamps.
-Those who are really enthusiastic about stamp collecting should join a stamp collector's organization, or club. This is a great way to meet other stamp collectors, and be updated with the latest news and events concerning stamp collecting.