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

Le Philatéliste-François Barraud (1899–1934) Source:Wikipedia
Le Philatéliste-François Barraud (1899–1934) Source:Wikipedia

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 out to be a valuable investment. Several different types of stamp blocks exist and this article will help you to understand the difference between a regular block, a plate block and an inscription block.

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

USA Booklet of stamps-image courtesy of Wikipedia
USA Booklet of stamps-image courtesy of Wikipedia

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 apply primarily to Canadian stamps)?

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New Canada Stamps Quarterly Packs!

Canada Quarterly Pack #1 for 2007
Canada Quarterly Pack #1 for 2007

Arpin Philately is pleased to announce the new arrival of Canada Quarterly Packs. These handy collections are sure to please many collectors. Each Quarterly Pack contains all the stamps issued by Canada Post in its corresponding quarter (for example: Quarterly Pack #1 for 2007 contains the stamps issued from January to March). These packs contain all of the postal issues that were released throughout the

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New 2011 supplements for Popular World albums have arrived!

CWS World stamp supplements
CWS World stamp supplements

Now that colder days have arrived, it’s an ideal time to organize your stamp albums! Arpin Philately is happy to announce that the 2011 CWS stamp supplements for Popular World stamp albums have arrived. These supplements are made to fit some of the most popular World stamp albums such as: Planet Earth, World Travel, World Deluxe, World Senior, Olympian, World Nations, World Phoenix, 21st Century, and others as well. They are available in 3 formats to fit your specific album.

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2012 Edition of the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

2012 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps
2012 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps

The 2012 edition of the very popular Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps is expected very soon. It is expected to start shipping to stamp dealers by mid October and is now available for pre-orders. This is the ultimate reference for every Canadian stamp collector, including BNA colonies: British Columbia & Vancouver Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland . It is printed in full color. Most varieties and errors are listed. It also includes booklets, FDC, blocks, postal stationery & Canada Post souvenir articles. All stamps are numbered according to the established Scott numbering System.

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Glassine envelopes and stamp collecting

Glassine envelopes-various sizes
Glassine envelopes-various sizes

One of the most practical tools in stamp collecting is the glassine envelope. This handy item is a popular seller and has many uses, especially for storage. We at Arpin Philately cannot sing its praises loudly enough. Glassine envelopes are what we use to store all of our bulk stock. What makes them so ideal?

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