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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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Stamp album slipcases – luxury or necessity?

I guess you could say that slipcases are a «necessary luxury». Does that make any sense? Actually, I do believe that slipcases are a worthwhile investment. After all, they are made to protect your stamp album binders and after all … 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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Third known 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper sold at auction

The third known example of the green 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper (Scott #32) discovered on July 16th, 2013 (see our previous article) just sold at Eastern Auctions this past weekend. The winning bid for this rare Canada stamp was $215,000 + … Continue reading

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Canada 1851-12d Black stamp sold at auction

Over this past weekend, Eastern Auctions sold a mint copy of the 1851 12d black Queen Victoria (Scott #2). Though in mint condition, the stamp was quite off-center and had a mark on the gum side. It sold for $70,000 + … Continue reading

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Canada 1851 12d black mint stamp for sale!

An example of one of the most valuable Canada stamps will be going on the block on October 16th with Eastern Auctions as lot #60. The 1851 12d black Queen Victoria could soon become Canada’s most valuable stamp ever–even more … Continue reading

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