My Inventory shows some 40,000 stamps in 349 Countries. However, many Countries just have 5-20 stamps while others have 1,500. I had started to downsize last Summer (2019) - One day, I have to really decide which ones to let go......decisions !! Lots of Countries do not have full inventory yet - like Hungary
I'm not sure what constitutes an "entity" or stamp issuing country. Never really understood it. However, I keep track of everything, including each province of say China, or colony of any country, individually. So far I have stamps mounted for 99 "entities" and a total of 30,0079 stamps, for an average of 303/entity. But, as was mentioned, some only have a few stamps and others have a couple thousand. My largest so far are Spain at 2349 (not including colonies) and US at 2426 (not including much BOB).
But to answer the original question, I will be collecting everything included in Scott or on Steiner, to some degree. I just haven't gotten around to processing (sorting, id'ing, making pages) for most of what I have.
As to specific country collections , the answer is one!
We shall not go into the Countries we collect - it is all in "how you inventory" and I happen to have an objective idea of what I have - numbers mean nothing - unless you look at your favorites (Countries) and Systems (how you get to a "count") and your idea of a CV.
I believe each one of us (members) have our own "system" - and my post was just a sharing (not necessarily the GOD truth....if this exists) and we have our favorites - the beauty of stamp collecting !!
I sold and traded away the countries I didn’t want to keep. A few collections I recently broke up are sitting in my Colnect inventory waiting for international shipping to return to normal. I have oodles of trade requests on hold. Most of those other collections from years back weren’t all that spectacular. I started pruning way back in the 1980s. I had one trading friend who took all of my CTOs, Burundi and stuff like that and sent me an equal catalog value in various used Scandinavian.
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2020 17:21:01 GMT by philatelia
My new profile pic is my Irish Captain Jack, the withdrawn issue, which was my best kiloware find ever!
Interesting question. What constitutes a stamp issuing entity is somewhat undefined, and varies from catalog to catalog, and from collector to collector.
Personally I collect basically everything except Cinderellas, and have about 800 different entities defined in my database, of which I have stamps from more than 500. And 190.000 different stamps. To no surprise, it's Russia that have the highest number in my collection, with about 6000 different. (Russia has issued a crazy amount of stamps!!!!) In any case I really stopped the 'counting' and lost interest in the numbers game a few years ago. Now I am trying to find inspiration and be brave enough to do as many other more wise collectors, to downsize. But it's so hard to let go.... Would be a relief to get away with a lot of bulk (like Russia after 1950 for instance), and rather focus on the classical stuff, not least have more focus on all the tiny but interesting stamp issuing entities still missing in my albums.
I used to collect anything and everything, but age and experience has brought me to settling down to focus a bit more. I now collect:
U.S.: pretty much anything. Wish I could afford more classics. I have need of those, and keeping up with new stuff. Canada: mint/unused singles preferred, but used is ok. Souvenir sheets when I can get them. Great Britain: used singles, mint/unused if I can get them. GB is a little tougher to get here in Ohio. British Commonwealth: a new endeavor, and I'm not yet sure how I'll proceed with it. It started with discovering that I had about half of the 1937 omnibus, and I'm still looking for those. France: mint or used singles. I'm mainly looking for the engraved issues from the 1930's up into the 1980's, but I'm sure I'll go farther than that. I LOVE the French engraved stamps. U.S.S.R.: I have a thing for space stamps with CCCP on them. I think that comes from my inner 12 year old. I like those, or really anything with CCCP on them. Comes from growing up in and era with the Soviet Union being the "bad guys".
I'm sure when I'm more organized, I'll start trading away the stamps I have from other countries, except for the ones that have some personal meaning. Example: My sister served in the Air Force in Iraq, and brought me back a lot of stamps from there. Older stuff, newer souvenir sheets, quite an assortment. I'd probably keep those. I also have a bit of stuff from the Vatican that I may keep. My daughter visited there in college, and brought me some nice stuff. Seems like I have a small bunch of UN stamps, too. Probably won't keep those.