insightsSelling your stamps? Consider all options
December 25, 2000 11:33 AMYes, sometimes you hear that a stamp collector scored a tidy profit when he sold his collection, but those stories are outnumbered by tales of stamp collectors who thought the sales of their collections would bring in much more money than they did.
insightsU.S. definitives offer collecting challenges
November 20, 2000 10:47 AMCommemorative stamps from the United States are often larger and more colorful than U.S. definitive stamps, but the real telling feature is that commemorative stamps are normally sent to press only once and remain on sale for a shorter time.
insightsThis is the place to start looking for stamps
November 06, 2000 10:28 AMWhat's the one thing that every stamp collector wants?
insightsThere's no end to the varieties of booklets
September 25, 2000 09:11 AMThe booklet format, with small panes of stamps between thin cardboard covers, makes it convenient for postal customers to carry and store unused postage stamps. They remain clean and undamaged, even when carried in a pocket or purse.
insightsSocieties help you learn about your hobby
August 28, 2000 08:39 AMFor example, there are topical stamp collectors, single-country collectors, postal history buffs, airmail collectors, meter stamp collectors, collectors of transit markings, revenue stamp collectors, souvenir card collectors, students of stamp design and collectors of precanceled stamps.
insightsGet more involved with the stamp hobby
July 17, 2000 11:35 AMYou can start your stamp collection by going to the post office and buying the most interesting stamps you see. If you live in the United States, that might be an issue such as the new 33¢ Legends of Baseball stamps that were placed on sale July 6. Putting new issues like these in an album or stock book is the next step in building a collection.
insightsCheck watermarks to identify valuable stamps
July 10, 2000 11:29 AMThe watermark found in postage stamp paper can make a big difference in the process of properly identifying a stamp. Some postage stamp varieties occur when identical stamp designs are printed on different kinds of stamp paper.
insightsSouvenir sheets come in all shapes and sizes
June 26, 2000 11:10 AMThe designs of most commemorative stamps are developed with this aim in mind. Even a definitive (regular-issue) stamp, which generally remains on sale for a longer period, may show a past or present political ruler or some other prominent figure. Souvenir sheets take this commemoration one step further, by announcing or promoting a present-day event.
insightsRevenue stamps present a dazzling selection
June 12, 2000 10:54 AMA printed label would be affixed to the reverse of the document to cover the attaching bit of metal and prevent any tampering with the secured revenue stamp. This second label is known as a cypher stamp, for it was imprinted with the Royal cypher of the reigning British monarch.
insightsMost postage stamps have security features
June 05, 2000 10:36 AMThe early revenue stamps and postage stamps of the United States shared many characteristics with United States currency, from their portraits of honored statesmen to the fine line engraving used to create intricately detailed designs.
insightsEven stamp collectors need the right tools
May 29, 2000 10:04 AMBy their nature, stamps are fragile items. Because damage can reduce a stamp's value and desirability, collectors are always concerned about keeping their stamps safe and free from harm. A number of different stamp collecting tools help collectors preserve their stamps and handle them with minimal risk.
insightsIs it time to start your next stamp collection?
May 22, 2000 09:55 AMHave you ever completed a stamp collection? Most collectors haven't. There always seem to be stamps so rare that you can't afford them, or covers that you can't find anywhere, or just so many stamps to collect that it would take forever to fill the pages of your stamp album or albums.
insightsInternational Reply Coupons are collectible
May 15, 2000 09:49 AMInternational Reply Coupons have two uses for collectors of stamps and postal history. They can be saved as interesting collectible items, and they can be useful when conducting mail correspondence or transactions with people in other countries.
insightsStamp hobby abbreviations can be decoded
May 08, 2000 04:25 PMThe stamp hobby has a language all its own. Collectors and stamp dealers regularly discuss their interests using terms that are quite unfamiliar to noncollectors. That language becomes even harder to comprehend when the terminology is abbreviated in print.
insightsLike stamps? You'll love stamps-on-stamps
May 01, 2000 09:38 AMIf you purchase and save the pane of 15 Celebrate the Century stamps shown in this issue of Linn's, that's 15 first-class letters that the United States Postal Service doesn't have to deliver, even though it was paid in full for the service.
insightsUnited Nations opens up a world of collecting
April 17, 2000 09:13 AMThe stamps of the United Nations often feature designs that promote the world causes of peace and justice, international cooperation, environmental and health issues, assistance for developing countries, and similar concerns.
insightsPostal authorities offer special mail services
April 03, 2000 08:58 AMEarly U.S. Express Mail covers (envelopes) bearing postage stamps are great collectibles, and the stamps on these envelopes shouldn't be soaked off. Any special delivery and most early Express Mail covers should be saved intact to show how the service was actually used. A soaked-off stamp usually provides far less interesting information.
insightsMany sources exist to determine stamp values
March 27, 2000 08:49 AMHow do you know what you should pay for that stamp? Are you paying too much? A story on page 1 of last week's Linn's Stamp News (March 20) described how the next edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue will show an increase in the minimum retail value for any listed postage stamp.
insightsShould you collect mint, used or covers
March 13, 2000 08:31 AM
insightsSets and series are tailor-made for collecting
January 17, 2000 04:28 PMStamps issued in sets and in series appeal to many collectors for a variety of different reasons.
insightsChances are you're already a philatelist
January 10, 2000 04:21 PMIs there a big difference between a stamp collector and a philatelist?