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Introduction to Stamp Collecting

What can you call a hobby which teaches so much and offers pleasure and fun. Stamp collecting helps educate the collector in biography, geography, art, history, and culture. Stamps are little gateways to the world.

Stamp collecting has practically no rules. You don’t have to purchase pricey rackets and sneakers to enjoy it. Though, there are some things to remember when collecting stamps.

WHICH STAMPS TO COLLECT?

One of the critical rules to remember is that the condition of a stamp is a vital consideration. Seriously mis-handled stamps and torn stamps are not only not pleasant to the eyes, but they aren’t worth much when compared to undamaged ones. Try to get the finest possible specimens. Stamps are rated in condition from poor to spectacular.

A stamp which can be called superb is one of the best quality, meaning it has brilliant colors, perfect gum, and perfect centering.

A used stamp can also be called spectacular, if it is good-looking, undamaged, and perfectly centered. Stamps are good when they are fairly attractive and off-center. There may be little blemishes like thin areas, huge hinge marks, and disturbed gum. Stamps which aren’t up to par should be discounted and aren’t worth buying by a serious collector. However, folks sometimes collect them as starters.

Since a stamp’s condition is crucial and stamps are only made of paper, when handling them it is vital to use caution. The best way to carefully handle stamps is with tongs.

Because stamps are tiny, it is hard to see all their smallest details with the naked eye. Magnifying glasses will aid you in seeing the design better and find small details which can help tell one stamp from another. You’ll soon find out that there are times when stamps look to be the same, but aren’t.




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