Starting a Historical Stamp Collection
Postage stamps have been compared to miniature art works or an exotic museum display of worldwide icons. Stamp collectors say that find entertainment and knowledge in stamps, in addition to its investment potential. Investment wise, based on the most expensive auction for a collector’s stamp, a postage stamp is the worlds most expensive object by unit weight.
Stamps are like educational tools. When we see a sheet or series or stamp album page, we have insights to different countries and their culture, history or environment. Researchers learned that stamp collectors pupils are more knowledgeable in geography and history and learn faster in these fields other students. Many topics such as of historical figures, important events, the plants and animals, science and space exploration, and film are illustrated on postage stamps. Therefore, many stamp collectors focus on historical stamps.
This stems from the primal urge to collect. Also, there is the romance of collecting different stamps, of course, the historical significance, the interest in color and overall design, and the love of things from the past.
There are many ways that a philatelist decides to work on a historical stamp collection. Sometimes, irregularities or print errors in stamps immediately attract the attention of a philatelist. Off-colored postage stamp, for instance, are particularly significant and often a valuable addition to a collection. The strength of the philatelist is seen in a mind and eye trained for minutiae.
To a philatelist, certain historical stamps have a deep significance. A rare and especially delightful example is one of the old United States carrier stamps printed in Baltimore in 1856, or the triangular “Cape of Good Hope,” stamp that is prized by all collectors.
Once a novice has taken an interest in stamp collecting, it is a good idea to buy a large package of assorted stamps, perhaps in the hundreds or thousands for a moderate price. This process will familiarize him with stamps in general and help him in the final choice of a specialty.
In historical stamp collections, one of the more interesting specialties is U. S. stamps collecting. These can be envelope stamps, official departmental stamps, and colonial stamps such from Puerto Rico, the Philippines islands or Hawaii. On the other hand, Confederate States stamps is a very interesting, but very expensive specialty.
When seriously improving the collection, avoid large units of stamps from known dubious categories, such as Central or South America. Also, work on stamps that gain most value, such as from countries that rarely renew entire postage stamp collections. Be especially wary of large supplies of unused stamps.
Enhance your interest in history and the world by starting on a Historical Stamp Collection.