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Tips For Storing Your Stamp Collection

Jul 9, 2008
When ever stamp collectors get ready to store their stamps they will want to ever precaution they possibly can to ensure that no damage will come to their investments. Professional stamp dealers or any experienced collector will be more than happy to give any valuable advice needed to properly store your stamps.

The Library of Congress has books full of old documents and newspapers, but over the years through being handled and improperly stored many of these valuable documents have begun to turn brittle and discolor. As a collector of stamps this is not what you want for your own valuable collection, so learning how to properly store your collection is a must for any collector. Even if you want to mount covers onto a page in your stamp album you should be sure to attach them correctly and carefully. With mounts pressure sensitive mounting corners or gummed corners need to be used, instead of using hinges to mount these covers. No cover should have any type of residue on the back of a hinge, because this may damage other stamps within your album.

One type of album set that is perfect for any novice or expert stamp collector has plenty of room for the collection to grow with three volumes. Most catalogs today use the famous Scott numbering system and this album set also uses the same numbering system, which makes identifying stamps easy. Your album will be organized with your collection easier and quicker using this set. This new technology allows collectors to display your stamps in a more detailed manner.

Select an album that contains interesting stamp information, instead of just an album with nothing for you but empty pages. Learning the stories that are behind and surround your stamps can be fun and exciting for any collector. Some albums come with catalogs of stamps that have all kinds of postage stamp illustrations and some even contain every stamp ever issued within the United States, which is great for the beginner stamp collector. These illustrations might include many rare and unusual stamps, which are a real treat for any collector. There are even albums that are designed especially for collectors who are specializing their collection in United State stamps, which have fully illustrated pictures and historical detail with guides that help identify valuable issues.

Albums that are three ringed and have a stay flat design will allow your album pages to lie completely flat, plus it will be easy to mount and view your stamps. The collector will be able to add yearly supplement pages as needed to some of these albums, which will lie flat. Other albums that will help you protect and display your investments is the hinge less albums that provide a quick and convenient way to arrange your precious collection.

Often albums have the ability to hold thousands of stamps from countries all over the world. Stock sheets can be purchased to add more convenience and flexibility with handling stamps that can take up to four or five slots per page. This type of album usually have a three hole format that allows the collector the capability and freedoms to quickly arrange and rearrange their collection with ease.

All albums should always be kept upright, unless they are the three ringed type with the flat design. This keeps the pressure from its weight off your stamps when they are stacked horizontally, which may cause stamps to stick to other pages. Although the most affordable method to safely mount stamps is with a pre-folded stamp hinge, however be extra careful because this can damage other stamps within your collection.
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