Newbie - how do I start on forming a stamp collection?

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Newbie - how do I start on forming a stamp collection?

Post by VelmaDoo »

Hello,

You say that no question is silly but I am still a little afraid to be laughed at.

Why? Because my question is basically...how do I start? I was lurking on this board, I was talking with my gramps and I feel the urge, no, the need to do what he did when he was young.

I want to start collecting. There is no higher purpose just the feelings and emotions connected with it.

But, how do I start? Is it okay to remove stamps from old postcards (I have lots of them) or should I buy a starting set?

There are some stores around that have little packs of stamps with animals etc.

Is that okay too?

Thank you and sorry.

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Hi VelmaDoo

First go to https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10277

and say ''hello''.

How about showing what you have, what you're interested in, and not worry so much about price.
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Welcome to Stampboards VelmaDoo. You will slowly get the hang of things. After all, you already have your avatar.
In relation to the stamps on postcards. Do not remove them.
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You start at the very beginning
It's a very good place to start.

Everything and anything is ok when starting a collection.

But like any hobby, it's wiser not to focus on too narrow a speciality before you find your comfort space.

If you like birds, start with them. If you've always wanted to go to Scandinavia, collect Sweden or Denmark or Norway or all three.

If you play an instrument, collect stamps depicting harps or flutes or musical scores.

Just don't spend big money until you've found your passion.

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satsuma wrote: ↑
30 Jun 2020 20:21
You start at the very beginning
It's a very good place to start.

Everything and anything is ok when starting a collection.

But like any hobby, it's wiser not to focus on too narrow a speciality before you find your comfort space.

If you like birds, start with them. If you've always wanted to go to Scandinavia, collect Sweden or Denmark or Norway or all three.

If you play an instrument, collect stamps depicting harps or flutes or musical scores.

Just don't spend big money until you've found your passion.

This is soooo true, where I started, what I started with in mind, has changed and I continue to add to this. Regarding the postcards (as above - I find leave it unless you have good reason).

Do you have a scanner? We'd love to see some pics.
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Not advising against others but some aspects regarding the old postcards.

Where do you get those postcards? If they are grand parents postcards or something similar, most of the stamps on those cards sell for pennies per 100. The emotional value of the cards is much higher than the stamps (with or without the card). I would keep them as such. In case there are some rare stamps, they are worth more on the card. So, keep them intact although you may want to include them in your collection.

If you found then in neighbour's recycling paper, or you have few cubic meters of cards you cannot keep, then tearing of the corners of common stamps may be a good idea while trying to keep the more rate ones on cards (if possible).

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Some random thoughts...

What interests you?
Starting with what you are passionate about is always a good start. If you just love stamps period, then you might want to start a world collection. Or, you might be passionate about a particular topic or theme. If so, collect that; e.g. bird stamps, or dogs, or horses; or anything to do with politics, tennis, golf, or blood; or perhaps pink stamps or blue; or stamps from island nations, French colonies, or dictatorships. Some people only collect engraved stamps! There really is no limit to the themes you can collect.

Establish some boundaries.
Stamps are being produced at such a rate, you can easily spend all your money on stamps, so what are the limits? For example, you might decide to collect only water birds on postally used stamps issued in Europe between 1930 and 1960 for no more than €3 per stamp.

Stamp collecting needn't just be stamps.
Instead of collecting just the stamp, consider collecting the stamp used for its intended purpose - on an envelope or postcard that went through the postal system. You say you already have a lot of postcards... consider building on that! That can also open rich and rewarding avenues of discovery into postal routes, postal rates, postmarks & cancellations, and even the social histories of the correspondents.

Read.
You have been lurking on the board, so you have read or followed a few threads. Keep reading and participating and asking questions. Knowledge of the hobby increases your enjoyment of it so much more.

I'll stop there for now. Good luck.
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Moderator Comment,

Hi VelmaDoo,

Welcome to Stampboards and to the wonderful world of stamp collecting! :)

Please make your next post in the, Hello All NEW Members - please briefly introduce yourself! since you have not done so.

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My first recommendation would be to leave the stamps on the old postcards. You can revisit this question again, here on Stampboards, once you have been collecting for a while. Why? Well, because the old postcards could have unique stamp rate usage, contain interesting postmarks, depict places that are long gone, etc... So, please leave the stamps on the postcard for now. :)

How do you start collecting stamps?

Just like a stamp collection, this is also unique for all stamp collectors. I started when I discovered my Mom's stamp albums at my grandparent's house. My Mom had a worldwide collection, sorted by countries and themes within each country. It wasn't anything specific, it was just stamps that she liked. :) So, I also became a worldwide collector. Looking for stamps from around the world. I stopped for a period of time, but eventually I returned to the hobby. :D

At present, I am still a worldwide collector but now I select countries, time periods or some themes that I like to know more about and/or collect. I also collect stamps on covers (envelopes) and stamps on postcards. I do not remove any stamps form covers or postcards.

All of that said, you will get to know what you like or what your collecting interests are once you have immersed yourself in the hobby. But how do I start? Easy, you can either purchase a kiloware lot of worldwide stamps from ebay, delcampe, or NordFrim (this is just a recommendation, you can get it from other sources). In a worldwide mixture, you will get stamps from different countries covering many themes. If that does not work for you, there are also theme specific lots. The bottom line is to get some stamps so that you will see what is out there. :)

If you want, I can send you some Canadian stamps?
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Post by ebay »

Hi VelmaDoo

I guess you just need to know which stamps interest you the most, And only you can answer that.

I started collecting my own country GB as it seemed the right thing to do.

After a while i realized the " older " stamps interested me more then modern
i still collect the modern stamps of GB but its older stamps ( pre-1940 ) that i really enjoy collecting and looking at.

I often wonder collectors who collect Thematic stamps eg: horses, butterflies, space ect on stamps
are they more interested in the horses, butterflies then the actual stamps ?

This maybe a stupid question but if say i couldn't collect Queen Victoria anymore i could happily move to King Edward, KGV or if i couldn't collect British Commonwealth i could just as happily move to older European countries.

If someone who collects say boats on stamps if for some reason they couldn't would they give the hobby up or move onto lets say flowers ect ?

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I think the best thing to do would be to buy some packs of mixed stamps - known as kiloware in stampspeak. Buying them from tourist shops will probably cost you 10x more than buying them from a stamp shop, if you have one nearby, or on the internet. Ebay has a large stamp section. Some stamp dealers also sell packs of mixed stamps.

As you're starting out, don't think too much about specialising or spending money on accessories or "doing things the right way". Is there anyone that didn't make some rookie mistakes when starting to collect? (I would suggest keeping the postcards intact, though.)

After you have spent some time on various stamps without a particular focus, you will probably notice that some of them interest you more than others. You don't choose what you will specialise in - it chooses you.

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Post by Andy McPandy »

Hi, VelmaDoo, The best advice (which I received way too late) I have got, is to purchase the rarities whenever possible. The cheaper stamps are easily found, and often found in the millions.

Catalogues are your friend. They pay for themselves many times over.
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Post by Shryder »

Hi VelmaDoo,

Start with Kiloware off paper, places like ebay will supply, and go for a good mix of old/new. Use catalogues and online catalogues like Stampworld to help sort stamps. Once you've done this for a while, you'll have a good idea of what you like and perhaps what you can specialise in (if you want to go that way). :)
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Post by Anita »

Hi VelmaDoo,

Welcome to the hobby :D

It's fun to collect whatever grabs your interest. I started off collecting Australian stamps (because that's where I'm from and what I collected as a kid). But now I also collect stamps on particular themes like birds or gardening or volcanoes and stamps that evoke memories for me eg like Winnie the Pooh or London landmarks or libraries. I also hold on to a bunch that I really like, but that don't fit into any of my categories yet.

I'll never complete any of these collections because there's just too many to collect. But I have fun with them and having such a broad interest means I can always find something to add.

Have fun!
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