Collecting Stamps is a Hobby That is Not Only Fun But Also Interesting

Stamp collecting is a great hobby that people from all over the world enjoy. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old. This hobby is not only fun, interesting but you can also learn a lot. There is a worldwide community of stamp collectors for you to join. The key to collecting stamps is the variety you can collect. In this case you can certainly say the more the better. If you’re new to this hobby, you should be aware that you’ll need to have your stamp collecting kit ready before you start collecting stamps.

Here is a list of the equipment you will need for your hobby. Stock book, stamp hinge, stamp clamp, magnifying glass, glass envelope, blank page, dryer book, perforation gauge, watermark detector, stamp holder, stamp catalog, binder and of course stamp album.

It may look like a huge grocery list but there’s no reason to panic. Unlike other collecting hobbies, this hobby doesn’t have to be expensive at all. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive equipment and supplies. Of course there is a list of things that a stamp collector cannot do.

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Let’s start with one item that collectors can’t do without and that is the stamp album. The stamp album keeps your stamps safe while at the same time allowing you to organize your collection and display your stamps in an attractive way. Look for something high quality.

What you should be looking for is an album that contains plenty of room for your stamps and has a strong bond with thick pages made of good quality acid-free paper. Another clever item you can’t do without is the stamp hinge. A stamp hinge is a small, folded, rectangular sheet of paper or glass covered with gum. One end of the hinge is attached to the back of the stamp and the other end is attached to the album page.

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This helps to hold the stamp on the page firmly. These hinges are very cheap and around a thousand can be purchased for a few dollars. Stamp tweezers look like tweezers, but are specifically designed to pick up and handle stamps. The clamps are available in stainless steel and plastic. Both types work, but make sure you choose a tweezer that doesn’t have sharp edges, as they can tear and damage your stamp.

If the value of your collection is important to you then a stamp catalog is a must. The stamp catalog will help you identify the stamps and will also give you a rough indication of their current value. So you know exactly how valuable your collection is in the world of philately. What you also need is a magnifying glass. This will help you to carefully examine the inscriptions and designs, features of the stamps as well as their condition.

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Also a magnifying glass will help you see any creases or stamping errors. All of these factors have an impact on the value of the postage and its value. Glassine envelopes are see-through and come in a variety of sizes. They are useful for sorting and storing stamps before you place them in an album. You can also send stamps in this envelope. Some of the other gadgets that you will need are perforation gauges. It measures the number of holes per two cm of perforation length on the side of the stamp.

Stamps differ in the number of perforations each have, which even helps distinguish between two identical-looking stamps and also affects their relative rarity. Watermark detectors are useful in detecting counterfeiting and identifying stamp varieties.

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In hobby shops and on the internet all these tools are easy to find. Remember that these tools do not need to burden you with arms and legs. To start your hobby, you will need these stamp collector supplies and have fun while collecting.