How to Start Collecting Stamps
If you’re looking for a hobby that combines entertainment and education, stamp collecting fits the bill. It doesn’t require a lot of space or expensive equipment, and there is a never-ending supply of material. You can start your own collection or share with your children or other family members.
Stamp collecting is so easy that you can begin as soon as you finish reading this. The American Philatelic Society, a national organization for collectors, offers some valuable tips to get you started.
- Your first source of material is just steps away. Check your incoming mail for interesting or unusual stamps. Let friends and family know that you’re starting a collection so they can save stamps for you.
- There is such a vast supply of stamps that it makes sense to focus your collection on a particular theme. As your collection grows, pay attention to which types of stamps appeal to you the most. You may decide to concentrate on certain countries, topics or shapes and colors.
- At some point you’ll want to purchase an album or stock book to display your stamps. Other helpful supplies include a magnifying glass, pair of tongs and catalog to identify your finds.
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