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-How to use a perforation gauge?

In our last article we discussed what perforations are. If you remember, perforations are the tiny punched out holes that permit us to tear our stamps from a stamp sheet. Sometimes, two stamps may seem identical, but actually have a … Continue reading

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FAQ-What are stamp perforations?

One of the aspects of correctly identifying your stamps which requires a bit of skill is measuring perforations. Before we get to that however, it’s a good idea to understand what stamp perforations are.

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FAQ – How are stamps printed by lithography produced?

In our last article we learned that engraving was the method of choice for printing early Canada stamps. However, in the 1950’s, Canada Post also introduced printing by lithography. While lithography has been around for a long time, it was … Continue reading

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FAQ – How are engraved stamps produced?

If you examine the description of each Canadian stamp in your Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps, you will notice that the printing method of each issue is always stated in the heading. Many different printing methods exist; this article … Continue reading

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FAQ-How do I sell my stamp collection?

So you’ve inherited a stamp collection from Uncle Bob and you don’t know what to do with it? Well, don’t despair! This article will help you to decide the best way to go about selling the stamps (if you decide … Continue reading

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FAQ-What is the difference between a stamp cover and a First Day Cover?

In addition to collecting individual stamps, many people also specialize in collecting different forms of postal material. One form of postal material is a First Day Cover. Although interest in collecting modern First Day Covers has somewhat diminished nowadays, it … Continue reading

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FAQ-What is the difference between a stamp block, a plate block and an inscription block?

Probably one of the most common ways of collecting stamps is individually, as singles. However, many collectors also like to collect blocks of stamps. Stamp blocks make for an attractive display in a collection and in some cases, even turn … Continue reading

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Stamp FAQ-What is the difference between a full pane and a souvenir sheet? Part 2

Another question that collectors often ask is: What is the difference between a full pane (sometimes just called a pane) and a souvenir sheet? Granted, it can be a little tricky sometimes to tell the two apart. For the purposes … Continue reading

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Stamp FAQ-What is the difference between a stamp booklet and a booklet pane? Part 1

It can sometimes be difficult to correctly differentiate one stamp format from another, especially when some of them are so similar. Many new collectors often wonder what is the difference between a stamp booklet and a booklet pane (these guidelines … Continue reading

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FAQ : What is the difference between a coil pair, a line pair and a se-tenant pair?

There are many different types of stamp formats to collect—singles, coils, and blocks to name a few. Sometimes the differences can be confusing to the novice collector. This article will attempt to explain the difference between coil pairs, line pairs … Continue reading

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