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Valuable Information For Any Stamp Collector

Jul 9, 2008
With experience comes knowledge and understanding that collector will gain and continue to increase as they add to their collection. There is no set amount of exactly how many stamps can be included in a collection, however there is valuable information for the collector to learn with each new stamp within their collection.

To start your own stamp collection begin saving any envelopes with stamps on them. By soaking the envelopes for fifteen to twenty minutes in warm water the stamps will remove easily from the envelopes. Inform your family, friends, and neighbors that you have decided to start your own stamp collection and ask them if they will start saving their empty stamped envelopes for you. Soon your collection will begin to grow and you may desire to purchase new stamps and with stamp dealers all over the world it will not be entirely difficult.

Catalogs and newspapers offer individuals the opportunity to conveniently purchase stamps through the mail. Catalogs give collectors the ability to add stamps to their collection as you wish and even to build a type of wish list for your collection. Some catalogs allow collectors to look at stamps before purchasing them, then to keep only the stamps they want. Then the collector returns the unwanted stamps with payment for the stamps that were kept.

Collectors wonder if it is valuable for them to join a stamp club, and the fact is that these clubs are extremely popular and are an easy way gain access to hard to find stamps. Clubs allows collectors to meet and interact with other collectors, which can save them when searching for particular stamps. Other collectors are also a great source of information and knowledge.

The first postage stamp was issued on the sixth of May in 1840 in Great Britain, but up until that time the posting of letters was extremely expensive. The person who received the letter was the one who had to pay for the letter being sent, but this first postage stamp allowed the sender to pay the postal fee and reduced the delivery cost.

The value of a particular stamp is determined basically on the demand of the stamp and its supply, not to mention its condition. If a stamp is high in demand, but the supply is low, then the price will normally increase. The same goes if the supply and the demand is low, then the price will either stay the same or it will decline. Any stamp that has a high quality of condition will generally cost more than those that have a low quality of condition.

Stamps have not always been printed the same way in the United States, because from 1847 to 1922 most stamps were actually produced on a type of flat bed press, which was a slow process. This was due to the presses only being able to print one sheet of stamps at at time, but in 1923 the rotary press began being used. This process proved to be more effective due to the stamps being able to be printed on a continuous roll of paper. These stamps were longer and wider than stamps that were printed on a flat press. Today stamps are printed a new improved way where an inked impression from a plate is first made onto a rubber covered cylinder, then it is transferred to the paper it is being printed in, which is called offsetting. This printing process is less expensive and more flexible in the production of multicolored stamps.
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