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A quick guide to collecting stamps

A Quick Guide To Collecting Stamps

Stamp collection is nothing new in the society. The world of stamp collection may seem to be easy to get into. However, for some it involves some serious work.
For someone who wants to start a collection, here is a guide in stamp collection.
Stamp collecting does not only involve stamps and a paper where you can paste them. You will first need to buy a couple of supplies to start your new hobby. Before checking out and buying different kinds of stamps, the following are some of the basic supplies you will need:
* Stamp tongs – These are tweezers-like tool used to handle the stamps so as not to be soiled.
* Stamp Album – This is where you will put your stamps. It will provide protection for stamps from dirt and stains.
* Hinges and Plastic Holders – These are used to hold some stamps in place. Although for some stamp albums, there will be no need for hinges and plastic holders.
You may include old or new stamps. You can buy them or you can ask your friends or family members if they can give you the stamps from the letters they receive. If a friend or family member is going to take a trip you can ask them to buy stamps from there for your collection. Arrange your stamps either by country or a theme or even color. It depends on how you want it to be categorized.
The following are terms that you would need to know in stamp collecting:
* Coil stamps – stamps in a roll
* Commemorative stamps – these stamps, that are usually larger than the regular stamps, celebrate special occasions or events.
* Face Value – this is the price written on the stamp. It is not the value of the stamp.
* Pane – separate division of stamps
* Postage Due Stamps – these can’t be bought. These are placed by the post office when the letter or envelope does not have the enough amount of postage on it.
* Postmarks – these are found printed on used stamps. These prevent the stamp from being used again. Re-using stamps are punishable by the law
There are some basic facts that need to be remembered by the average stamp collector. First, when a stamp as a printed defect it is usually more valuable. So watch out for stamps with print defects make them part of your collection.
Second, store your stamps in a cool dry place and away from direct sunlight. Moisture and sunlight will favor stamp deterioration. Use your stamp tongs in dealing with the stamps.
These are simple ways to jumpstart your stamp collection. Have fun!

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