Category Archives: Stamps FAQ

Answer some of the more Frequently Asked Question about stamps. Wether you want to learn more about the tagging or perforation, it’s all here!

FAQ: 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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FAQ-What is a die-cut stamp?

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 … Continue reading

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UPDATE: How to remove self-adhesive stamps from a paper backing?

Canada Post is issuing more and more self-adhesive stamps and a lot of you have asked how to remove them from a paper backing (such as an envelope). A previous article discussed how to do this using Bestine, a chemical … Continue reading

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FAQ-How to care for your stamps properly?

Now that you have spent good time and money on your stamp collection, you want to take care of it! What are some of the things you should never do a stamp? Some of these points may seem basic to … Continue reading

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FAQ-Why should I use stamp tongs?

If you are going to invest in a hobby like stamp collecting, it only makes sense to take care of it. One of the worst things you could do when sorting and handling your stamps is to use your bare … Continue reading

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FAQ-Is a stamp catalogue really necessary?

The short answer is YES! I’m not just saying that to sell catalogues. I really believe it to be true. I was only introduced to philately in my 30’s and if it hadn’t been for catalogues I would have been … Continue reading

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FAQ-How do I detect a stamp watermark?

Now that we know what a stamp watermark is, let’s talk about how we can detect one. A previous article briefly outlined how you can use watermark detector fluid (see article FAQ-What is a stamp watermark?). Is this the only … Continue reading

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FAQ-What is a stamp watermark?

Watermarks can significantly increase the value of a stamp. For example, Canada stamp #28 in Mint VF (Unitrade listing) has a catalogue value of $1,400, but the same stamp with a watermark (#28a), is listed at $6,000! Obviously, it’s a good … Continue reading

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FAQ-What makes up a postage stamp?

So you’ve decided to start stamp collecting…congratulations! The mark of any good collector is a thorough knowledge of the object of his interest. You will find that learning about postage stamps and all their difference aspects is something that can … Continue reading

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