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A Guide To Stamp Collecting

Jun 8, 2008
When was the last time you did something other than your daily routine? Do you have a hobby? If you don't have you ever thought of stamp collecting? Well, I guess not. Why? Because you may think that stamp collecting is a very traditional hobby and it is a hobby usually for senior citizens or u may call it old people. I bet you think it is not cool to collect stamps.

However, what you do not know about stamp collecting is that it will entice you even if you have never thought of it before. The bright colours and fine print on the stamp are after hard to resist. There is something you have to know: Taking up a new hobby takes some guts. You may not know anything about stamp collecting, therefore, this is a guide where you can know everything you need to know about stamp collecting.

The first step is to get the stamps. So, how do you get the stamps? Well, simple. You can purchase a large packet of stamps. You can get these stamps at bookstores or if you prefer, you can get it from a ship where they sell all the collector's stamps. However, it may be costly. If you do not intend to splurge money on your new found hobby, you may remove stamps from packages. This will give you a head start in your stamp collection.

In order to store the stamp properly, you need to purchase an album. By purchasing an album, you can keep your stamps in a safe place. One thing you should note when buying a stamp album it that you need to ensure that the album is large enough to store you stamps in future. Let's face it, your stamp collection is just going to get bigger.

However, there is one other thing you should note too when getting an album. You have to ensure that the album has hinges. The hinges will help you fix the stamps to the album. It is not advisable for you to paste you stamps with glue. Why? It is because, by gluing you stamps to the album, it makes the stamps have permanent positions and thus, you will not be able to classify your stamps in future.

Other things that you should have if you want to start a stamp collection includes: magnifying glass and also stamp tongs. You need a magnifying glass as you may no be able to see the fine details of a vintage stamp with your naked eye. A stamp tong is also essential as this prevents you from damaging the stamp with you oily skin. However, you have to make sure that the tongs have rounded tips.

Stamp collecting can be very simple but it requires a lot pf patience from the collector. It may not be easy collecting vintage stamps and it may be quite difficult for beginners to learn how to grade a stamp. Even some long time stamp enthusiasts get it wrong. So, do not worry about it. You are not alone.

Believe me, once you start collecting stamps and learn how to grade and appreciate them, you will fall in love wih your new hobby. If you doubt me, why not take a chance and take up stamp collecting. Maybe stamp collecting is the hobby you need to spend your free time wisely.
About the Author
Stamp collecting is a great hobby for everyone. It is both educational and can also make you some money. Yes, why not? Find out more about Stamp collecting, visit our website at http://www.stampcollectinghobby.net
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