Stamp Collection - How to Produce and Improve Your Assortment

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | comments

Most serious stamp collectors have a theme that they follow in their stamp album - it could be a picture, a definitive period, old and rare, color scheming, country, area etc. These individuals often attend stamp-collectors meetings and gatherings to display their own and admire each other's collection.

However that being said, it should also be emphasized that those who collect ordinary stamps or common stamps for fun from every day mail, aren't doing anything wrong either. If you like to collect stamps, then the first thing that you, too, should understand is that there is no right and wrong in the collection of stamps - you can have it any way you like it. Nonetheless, if you want to produce a rare collection, then you have to be careful about a few things; like the rarity, originality and appearance of the stamp.

Make sure that you have all the right tools that you need in order to produce a rare stamp collection. You are going to need:

· A stamp album or a container to store your stamps in. Of course an album is a better choice because it not only collects but it also displays your collection carefully and keeps each stamp apart minimizing the risk of damage.

· A tong that doesn't have rough, tarnished or sharp edges. A tong is used to lift, hold and place a stamp in its right place or even for examining it from both sides. Artful collectors, who make up a priceless and rare collection, take a lot of care to ensure that the stamps are not damaged or torn in anyway. In fact, they don't even keep stamps which have marks of glue on the back. It is only the very old, unique, blemish-free stamps that make up a rare and priceless collection which is actually worth some good amount of money.

· A magnifier to examine the stamps. Consider it as your weapon that you must have with you at all times if you want to become a serious stamp collector. Buy one that is between the strengths of 5 to 10 and one that has been color corrected. At home you can keep a hands free magnifier that is going to aid you in appreciating the stamp properly, but when you are on the go, a handy magnifier is fine.
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