2017 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps now available!

2017 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

2017 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

The new 2017 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps is now available.
This Catalogue is the ultimate reference for the Canadian postage stamp collector. Canadian Provinces are listed. Most varieties are listed. Also includes FDC, blocks and postal stationery. Featuring the established Scott numbering System. Full color spiral-bound book, measuring 8½ x 11. It is now 736 pages!

The catalogue is currently on sale, get your copy now while supplies last! Continue reading

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New 2017 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps now on Presale!

2017 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

2017 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

UPDATE: The catalogue is now available!

The 2017 edition of the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps should begin shipping on October 14th 2016. We are now accepting presale reservations. This is a limited edition as usual. Many collectors were disappointed in missing the 2016 edition as stocks were gone rapidly.

This is the ultimate reference for Canadian stamp collectors.

Reserve your copy now!

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More than 10,000 Canada Stamp Booklets now available!

Canada Stamp Booklet

Canada Stamp Booklet

It is with great pleasure that we wish to inform you of our
wide selection of Canadian stamp booklets we just
made available on our website. For the last 12 months, we have deployed many efforts to list more than 10,000 items on our website.

To share this event with you, we have reduced the prices of all these booklets for the entire month of February 2016.

Thank you for sharing with us this passion and pleasure to serve you,

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FAQ: What is my stamp worth?

What is my stamp worth?

What is my stamp worth?

The question we get asked the most at Arpin Philately is: What is my stamp worth? Here is a short checklist to help you get going.

1) Begin by auto-evaluating your stamp’s worth. To do this you will need a stamp catalogue. You’ll either want to get the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue for Canadian stamps, the Scott Pocket for U.S. stamps, or a Scott World catalogue for other countries. Continue reading

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Kids Corner: What country is my stamp from?

Many languages, many countries names.

Many languages, many countries names.

There are many different languages spoken around the world. Often, each country has its own language and alphabet. That can make it hard to know which country your stamp is from. Here is an alphabetical list of some of the more difficult to identify country  names–beside each country name, we have shown you how it will most likely be written on your stamp. Hopefully it will make things easier for all of you out there!

Click here to go the Arpin Philately online store and see all the world stamp packets we have to offer, or click on each country name to go directly to that country’s store page.

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Kids Corner: DIY stamp collecting starter kit for kids

Get kids hooked on stamps!

Get kids hooked on stamps!

Let’s get kids hooked on stamps! In this day and age there are a lot of entertainment options for kids–video games, sports, TV etc. How about collecting stamps? Not only is it fun, but they can learn a lot about art, animals, different cultures, history and a ton of other things. Collecting stamps can also teach a child patience, attention to detail, organizational skills, fine motor skills, and how to stay focused on one thing at a time. But it’s up to us to show them how much fun it can be. Continue reading

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Kids Corner: Learning about postage stamps!

Learning about postage stamps!

Learning about postage stamps!

So you want to collect stamps? Get ready for lots of fun!
Stamps can be pretty to look at, but they can also help you learn about different countries, music, animals, art and a whole bunch of other things.

What is a stamp? Well, a long time ago in England, when people would receive a letter, they would have to pay for it themselves when it was delivered to their door! Often, the cost of the letter was really high. Continue reading

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New to Arpin Philately: Kids Corner!

Let's have fun with stamps!

Let’s have fun with stamps!

We’re happy to announce a new feature of our blog at Arpin Philately–Kids Corner!
We’ve developed this new category to help you get kids interested in stamps. It features an information guide for adults on how to build a custom-made starter stamp kit for your child.

Kids Corner will also feature articles explaining stamps and stamp collecting to little ones in simple terms.
Let’s get kids hooked on stamps!

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FAQ-What is a die-cut to shape stamp?

Canada Quarterly Pack

Canada Quarterly Pack

In a previous article we already discussed what a die-cut stamp is (see article: FAQ-What is a die-cut stamp?). Many of you have noticed when shopping for your Quarterly Packs that some stamps are described as «die-cut to shape from Quartely Pack». What does this mean?

Quarterly Packs are prepared by Canada Post as an easy way for collectors to procure all of the stamps issued in a year in tri-monthly installments. A Quarterly Pack contains Continue reading

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FAQ-What is a die-cut stamp?

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Modern printing has had a huge impact on stamp production and philately. Experienced collectors and philatelists are now finding themselves having to learn new philatelic terms and definitions. For example, many new stamps are die-cut. What does that mean?

Simply put, die-cutting is a method of stamp separation designed for self-adhesive stamps. Older, gummed stamps are perforated so that you can separate them one from another (see article: FAQ-What are stamp perforations? ). Modern self-adhesive stamps are very rarely perforated, instead they are die-cut. In other words, a metal die cuts out the sides of the stamps. Continue reading

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