By Cathy Richey, the Cathy Factor
Stamp collecting is a hobby that has been enjoyed by many generations of
people. The most important component of developing a successful stamp
collection is that of actually collecting the stamps. To get started, you may
want to start collecting any stamps that you can find, even the
stamps that come with your mail. What is nice about this approach is
that you never know what you may receive. After all, a piece of mail
may have a limited edition stamp that may be profitable in the
A good step in starting a stamp collection is developing a
plan. Although having a set plan in place is not required, it can
assist you as a stamp collector. One of the first points that you
will want to examine is if you want to collect stamps for profit or
for the sole purpose of enjoying it as a hobby. This question is one
that can enable you to determine which type of stamps you should
acquire for your collection.
If you are interested in collecting stamps as a hobby, you may be
interested in focusing on a particular theme.
For example, you may want your collection to include limited
edition stamps, stamps with flower themes, and so on. There are many
different themes in stamps. You can start by collecting a theme of
your choice, then, later on, add more to your collection. You may
find that most of the fun is hunting for the type of stamps that you
In addition to collecting stamps from your mailings, you will also
want to examine expanding your collection through purchases. Stamps
and older stamp collection sets are easy to come across, especially
when using the internet. For starters, you may want to examine the
online websites of stamp collecting dealers. Online auction websites
may also be a great source of affordable stamps for your collection.
In addition to building your stamp collection, the next most
important component of stamp collecting is research. In fact,
research cannot be emphasized enough. Research is particularly
important if you are looking to build a profitable stamp collection,
such as one that can be sold at a later date. With research, you can
know which type of stamps have the best values, conditions you
should look for when making stamp purchases, and so on.
After doing research, it is important to use the knowledge that
you have to the best of your ability. This involves inspecting all
stamps before you buy them. Never, for your own safety, take the
word of someone else. When buying stamps for your collection,
especially those of great value, be sure to examine the stamp
collection in person. Do you notice any damage or irregularities? A
damaged stamp should decrease in value; therefore, you should never
pay the full value.
Whether you are interested in stamp collecting simply as a hobby or
for profits, it is important to take proper care of your stamp
collection. You should start with storage. All stamps, especially
those that are valuable or have the potential to become valuable,
should be kept in a clean and dry environment. Stamps should always
be heat and humidity free.
It's also important that you invest in stamp collecting tools and supplies.
Although these are not required,
any series stamp collector makes the investment. For an affordable price, you can
purchase stamp tongs, magnifying glasses, and stamp storage books. The books are
also commonly referred to as stamp stock books. These tools, if used
properly, should help you increase the value of your stamp
It's important that you be on the lookout for ways to expand your
stamp collection. This is the best way to see success as a stamp
collector. Of course, you will want to visit stamp collecting
dealers, but you may also want to look for full stamp
collection sets for sale. This is best done online. Check out the auction Websites. This approach is
nice as many are hobbyists who may no longer be interested in stamp
collecting or those who are too old to continue on with their hobby.
other reasons that stamp collections go up for sale include:
- The collector has IRS problems and needs cash to buy food, so is
selling possessions not already taken by the IRS.
- The collector has died, so his/her children have a stamp collection
- The Unaffordable Care Act has caused the collector to lose his/her
full-time job and work one or two part-time jobs; money is tight.
- A juvenile collector has moved on in life; that aquarium, model
airplane collection, and coin collection are also up for sale. Going way
to college, joining the military, moving away for job prospects, and
getting married are all life events that precipitate a selling off of
- As interests sometimes do, this one simply faded. That stamp
collection sits tucked away, with nobody to enjoy it and the owner wants
someone else to have it to enjoy.