5 Ways to Use Affordable Vintage Postage Stamps to Transform Letters & Invitations

Vintage Christmas Stamps

Vintage Christmas Stamps

As a long-time stamp collector I have been asked some funny questions over the years such as “does Rite Aid sell stamps?” or “where can I buy stamps?” which has nothing to do with stamp collecting whatsoever. Recently however one of my friends asked if vintage stamps are still valid to send letters which reminded me of something I use to do to make letters a little more personalized. Continue reading

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The 5 Most Famous Stamp Collectors from the Past 100 Years

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

One of the wonderful things about stamp collecting is that anyone can do it. It is a hobby that appeals to a wide range of age groups, nationalities, and personalities. In fact, you would be surprised to learn just how diverse some of the world’s most famous stamp collectors really are.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or FDR, is best known as the only Continue reading

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2018 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps – Now Available for Pre-orders!

2018 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

2018 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

The 2018 edition of the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps will be available in early November 2017. We are now accepting pre-orders. This is a limited edition as usual. Many collectors were disappointed in the past for missing an edition.

This is the ultimate reference for Canadian stamp collectors.

Reserve your copy now!

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The Stamp Collecting Explosion in China and Its Effect on Prices Around the World

Chinese stamps

Chinese stamps

Stamp collecting has been around for a long time. The first known stamp collector is recorded as early as 1774 in Ireland. The concept began to catch on over the next century, spreading through Britain, the United States and the rest of the world. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that China has discovered a fascination with the hobby. Continue reading

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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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