Post by philatelia on Aug 20, 2022 13:44:29 GMT
NEW COLLECTORS - Please remember that you are the caretaker for your stamps. Think of being a collector as the same as a museum curator. You are taking care of collectible items that will one day be handed down to the next generation. There are a limited number of each stamp - if you destroy a classic, you’re destroying a bit of history.
First - before you touch your stamps WASH YOUR HANDS! The oil and grime can transfer to the stamps. Yuck!
Use care so that perfs are not snagged when moving into and out of cards, envelopes, etc.
Carefully separate stamps - fold back and forth to weaken perfs
MINT NO HINGED STAMPS - MNH means post office fresh, not just pristine gum.
Do not hinge
Do not touch the gum - use tongs. You can leave fingerprints on the gum which lowers their value.
Do not write on them
Do not over moisten mounts - the gum might get wet and then you have a type of damage called Disturbed gum”.
Store stamps in a climate controlled location. Avoid dank basements and hot attics and excessive direct sunlight.
Learn how to properly soak and dry stamps. I’ve been finding a LOT of improperly soaked and dried stamps. The forum has several excellent threads on how to soak.
DO NOT WRITE ON THE BACKS - the writing can “emboss” the paper, thus ruining the stamp
Do not try to peel off a hinge. Peelable hinges are no longer available. Either leave the hinge fragment, resoak the Stamp or use a product like “stamp lift”.
Don’t smoke heavily in your stamp area. Paper absorbs odor - your stamps will start to reek. That smell is a big turn off to buyers and trading friends.
This list is a work in progress. Please add your suggestions below and I’ll compile this into a nice list for our newer collectors. Thanks for your contributions!
What I collect: GB Unmounted mint & Machin definitives Q.E.II Used commemoratives
Post by drblade on Aug 20, 2022 18:41:28 GMT
NEW COLLECTORS - Please remember that you are the caretaker for your stamps. ...
Hi philatelia, great idea for a thread. When I first started collecting stamps I read many & varied articles on the do's & don'ts of the hobby. Starting off with an old used GB collection then moving onto unmounted mint only, so the principals of both were perused & most remembered.
SOME OF THE "RULES FOR USED/MINT" were. 1. Learn from other collectors (as your examples above demonstrate).
2. Seek out the best example of each stamp you want, (if a better example comes along, try to replace it).
3. Stamps should be as clean as possible without tears, cuts, missing or torn perforations, thins, toning, stains, pencil or ink annotations on the back or front unless catalogued as such.
4. Pin holes can de-value stamps. in Victorian times it was fashionable to make decorations from stamps, the decorations being hung up using pins.
5. Most stamps should be well centered with a good crisp fine cancellation. The term sock on the nose has always annoyed me, because advice to many GB collectors is that the monarchs head should be mainly clear of cancellation marks on MANY certain types of stamps, making them better quality. Apologies to collectors who prefer to collect. cancellations.
6. Try to keep your stamps/collection in good atmospheric conditions & definitely away from any moisture/damp.
7. When purchasing stamps use the catalogue values as a guide only, not as set in stone.
8. Beware of forgeries/fakes there are many on the markets.
9. Use the best accessories you can afford such as perforation gauges, albums, tweezers (tongs). When handling stamps, acid (sweat) or dirt on your fingers can spoil stamps.
10. Handle stamps as little & as carefully as possible. Keep drinks/liquids away from stamps.
11. Don't overfill your albums & store them upright. Slip cases for albums add extra protection for them.
12. Sunlight can damage stamps keep them away from it. (stamps are not just made from paper).
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What I collect: currently focused on most of western Europe, much of which is spent on France, Belgium, Germany and Great Britain Queen Victoria
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Post by stainlessb on Aug 20, 2022 20:07:57 GMT
Great thread! I'm probably rambling here- edit, ignore or incorporate as deemed appropriate
Remember- this is a hobby for most (in varying degrees of interest ranging from a casual curiosity to a life-long obsession) There are no absolute rules for what you should collect or how you collect, it is after all YOUR collection, but these guidelines are meant to protect these small bits of printed paper/history which have survived many many years that many of us find immensely interesting and are our own little treasures.
For those beginning collectors who someday believe their collection may have value and leave it to an heir:
If you collection is mounted in albums, make certain that the correct stamp(s) are in the correct space. If using pre-printed pages, it is better to have blank spaces, than to have spaces filled with the wrong stamp.
If you have duplicates* or unmounted stamps, organize them into stock books, Varios, and/or glassine envelopes. (Organized means not just sorted and separated, but labeled so someone else will know what they are looking at). Your heir may know very little about philatelics, let alone stamps from countries that no longer exist.
A catalogued inventory will help your heir if they should decide to sell much more than a bunch of boxes with stamps!
Catalogues are just as much a part of your collection as your stamps. Take good care of them!
*duplicates - your mounted stamps should be your best examples. If you mount duplicates, there should be something about that particular stamp that is of interest. Stacking duplicates atop each other could well end up damaging them.
Regardless of whether you are a new young or "new" older collector, What you collect now will be that much older when your collection is passed on (and the time passes quickly!)