FAQ-Should I repair or restore my stamp?

Do not repair stamps yourself!
Do not repair stamps yourself!

This is a very touchy and controversial subject. In short, if you have a rare, valuable, or classic stamp and you want to preserve its original value—the answer is «NO». The only time you should consider restoring such stamps is if they urgently require preservation, and then, only by a highly qualified professional.

Even if a stamp isn’t extremely valuable, many philatelists believe that altering a stamp in any way reduces its value and many don’t even want such stamps in their collection. For this reason, the American Philatelic Society stipulates that its members must identify a stamp that has been repaired or restored with an indelible ink mark—so that future buyers will know exactly what they are getting.

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FAQ-How to preserve your stamps

Stamps are a major investment!
Stamps are a major investment!

You’ve invested in a stamp collection—now you want to keep it in pristine condition. Here are some tips to help you keep your stamps in tip-top shape.
Keep your stamps somewhere where you can control the temperature. Ideally, you should keep the room your stamps are in at 18°- 20 °C. Extreme heat or cold, or constant temperature fluctuations, can damage your stamps. If you store your stamps in bookshelves,

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FAQ-What is the difference between a postmark and a cancellation?

Understanding Cancellation vs Postmark
Understanding Cancellation vs Postmark

The words “cancellation” and “postmark” are often used interchangeably, although strictly speaking this not completely accurate. This article will attempt to explain the actual difference between the two, while not establishing any hard and fast rules. After all, stamp collecting is supposed to be fun!

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Kids Corner-Where do I get my stamps?

Get stamps from envelopes and postcards!
Get stamps from envelopes and postcards!

Lots of famous people have collected stamps. For example: Queen Elizabeth, President Roosevelt and John Lennon! Some of them started collecting stamps when they were very young and by the time they were adults they had a collection worth thousands, sometimes millions of dollars! But they had to start somewhere. Where did they get their stamps? Where can you get your stamps?

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Kids Corner: Important stamp words

Stamp words
Stamp words

Now that you have started collecting stamps, here are some important stamp words that you can learn. Then you can impress everyone with how much you know!!

Adhesive: the glue on the back of a stamp (there are different kinds)

Block:
a set of stamps still attached to each other in the shape of a square or a rectangle (usually in a square of 4 stamps)

Booklet:
a little book of stamps, the cover is usually cardboard

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Kids Corner: What do I do with my stamps?

Have fun collecting stamps!
Have fun collecting stamps!

Now that you have your very own stamp kit, you’ll want to learn how to use it properly.

Your stockbook is a special kind of book to keep your stamps clean and safe. It’s up to you to decide how you want to organize your stamps inside of it. Try to make the arrangement as pretty as possible–you want to show off your best stamps!

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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.

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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

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2018 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps – Now Available!

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.

UPDATE: The 2018 edition is now available!

Reserve your copy now!

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.

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