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Your Guide To Stamp Collecting Supplies

Dec 1, 2007
All you need are a few supplies to turn a few postage stamps into a full-fledged hobby. Musicians, athletes and hikers need the proper equipment and so do you as a stamp collector. This article will look at some of the supplies you will need as a collector of stamps.

You will need to get some essential items like archival stockbooks, albums, and some software to help you organize your collection. Your collection can be worth a lot of money so anything that helps protect it is a wise investment.

An archival stockbook is good for the person who likes to move the stamps to different places with its pockets where stamps can be kept without the need for any sort of glue. As you get more serious you may want to take a look at an album. This can be either the preprinted type or one that is blank. Some people like the printed type because they often have information about certain stamps. The next thing you may want is some good software to help keep track of your stamp collection.

A very important part of your stamp collecting supplies is stamp hinges. Stamp hinges are small pieces of paper that have glue on them. It is wise to purchase hinges designed to prevent damage to your stamps.

In order to properly examine your stamp collection you will need to purchase some must have supplies. Number one on almost anyone's list should be a magnifying glass. You should buy one with a lens power of at least three or four. This will help reveal unseen details that may not be noticeable to the naked eye. If you really get into collecting stamps you should consider a Perforation Gauge and a Watermark Detector to really get a feel for how valuable your stamp really is. Stamps have features that you cannot see without the proper equipment.

Do not forget information, as this is essential to the stamp collector. To become knowledgeable in any subject takes a lot of reading and stamp collecting is no different. If you want to learn the fine details of this wonderful hobby you need to spend time reading books and magazines. Do a search online and you will find a whole world of information awaiting you. The stories you will find can both entertain and educate you at the same time.

Do your homework and get the supplies that fit you. Collecting stamps is a wonderful hobby that can last you a lifetime.
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