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US Stamps 1985

Stamp Var Face Cond Type Price High Low
1849 walter lippmann 0 6c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
1849 walter lippmann 0 6c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
1849a walter lippmann 1 6c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1850 abraham baldwin 0 7c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
1850 abraham baldwin 0 7c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
1851 general knox 0 8c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
1851 general knox 0 8c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
1852 sylvanus thayer 0 9c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
1852 sylvanus thayer 0 9c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
1854 alden partridge 0 11c unused regular $0.25 $0.00 $0.00
1854 alden partridge 0 11c used regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
1856 sinclair lewis 0 14c unused regular $0.38 $0.00 $0.00
1856 sinclair lewis 0 14c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
1856b sinclair lewis 2 14c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1856c sinclair lewis 3 14c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1856d sinclair lewis 4 14c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1856e sinclair lewis 5 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1863 john j audubon 0 22c unused regular $0.42 $0.00 $0.00
1863 john j audubon 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
1863d john j audubon 4 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1863e john j audubon 5 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1863f john j audubon 6 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1867 grenville clark 0 39c unused regular $0.61 $0.00 $0.00
1867 grenville clark 0 39c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
1867a grenville clark 1 39c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1867b grenville clark 2 39c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
1869 admiral c w nimitz 0 50c unused regular $0.95 $0.00 $0.00
1869 admiral c w nimitz 0 50c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2110 jerome kern 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2110 jerome kern 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2111 domestic mail d postage 0 22c used sheet $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2111 domestic mail d postage 0 22c unused sheet $0.42 $0.00 $0.00
2111a domestic mail d postage 1 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2111b domestic mail d postage 2 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2112 domestic mail d postage 0 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2112a domestic mail d postage 1 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2113 domestic mail d postage 0 22c used booklet $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2113 domestic mail d postage 0 22c unused booklet $0.61 $0.00 $0.00
2114 flag over capitol 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2114 flag over capitol 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2115 flag capitol 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2115c flag capitol 3 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115e flag capitol 5 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC1 flag capitol 1 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC10 flag capitol 10 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC11 flag capitol 11 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC12 flag capitol 12 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC13 flag capitol 13 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC14 flag capitol 14 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC15 flag capitol 15 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC16 flag capitol 16 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC17 flag capitol 17 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC18 flag capitol 18 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC19 flag capitol 19 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC2 flag capitol 2 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC20 flag capitol 20 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC21 flag capitol 21 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC22 flag capitol 22 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC3 flag capitol 3 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC4 flag capitol 4 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC5 flag capitol 5 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC6 flag capitol 6 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC7 flag capitol 7 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2115PNC8 flag capitol 8 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2116 flag capitol 0 22c unused booklet $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2116 flag capitol 0 22c used booklet $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2116a flag capitol 1 22c unused booklet $1.92 $0.00 $0.00
2116a flag capitol 1 22c used booklet pane $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2117 frilled dogwinkle 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2117 frilled dogwinkle 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2118 reticulated helmet 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2118 reticulated helmet 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2119 new engl neptune 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2119 new engl neptune 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2120 calico scallop 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2120 calico scallop 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2121 lightning whelk 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2121 lightning whelk 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2121a lightning whelk 1 22c unused booklet $3.05 $0.00 $0.00
2121b lightning whelk 2 22c unused regular $541.05 $0.00 $0.00
2121c lightning whelk 3 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2121d lightning whelk 4 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2121e lightning whelk 5 22c unused strip $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2122 eagle half moon 0 10.75c unused booklet $14.64 $0.00 $0.00
2122 eagle half moon 0 10.75c used booklet $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2122a eagle half pane 1 10.75c unused booklet $46.75 $0.00 $0.00
2122a eagle half pane 1 10.75c used booklet pane $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2123 school bus 1920s 0 3.4c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2123a school bus 1920s 1 3.4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2123aPNC1 school bus 1920s 1 3.4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2123aPNC2 school bus 1920s 1 3.4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2123PNC1 school bus 1920s 0 3.4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2123PNC2 school bus 1920s 0 3.4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124 buckboard 1880s 0 4.9c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2124a buckboard 1880s 0 4.9c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2124aPNC1 buckboard 1880s 1 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124aPNC2 buckboard 1880s 1 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124aPNC3 buckboard 1880s 1 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124aPNC4 buckboard 1880s 1 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124aPNC5 buckboard 1880s 1 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124aPNC6 buckboard 1880s 1 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124PNC3 buckboard 1880s 0 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2124PNC4 buckboard 1880s 0 4.9c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2126 tricycle 1880s 0 6c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2126a tricycle 1880s 1 6c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2126aPNC1 tricycle 1880s 1 6c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2126aPNC2 tricycle 1880s 1 6c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2126b tricycle 1880s 2 6c unused pair $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2126PNC1 tricycle 1880s 0 6c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2128 ambulance 1860s 0 8.3c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2128a ambulance 1860s 1 8.3c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2128aPNC1 ambulance 1860s 1 8.3c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2128aPNC2 ambulance 1860s 1 8.3c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2128aPNC3 ambulance 1860s 1 8.3c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2128aPNC4 ambulance 1860s 1 8.3c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2128PNC1 ambulance 1860s 0 8.3c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2128PNC2 ambulance 1860s 0 8.3c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2130 oil wagon 1890s 0 10.1c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2130a oil wagon 1890s 1 10.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2130aPNC1 oil wagon 1890s 1 10.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2130aPNC2 oil wagon 1890s 1 10.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2130b oil wagon 1890s 2 10.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2130PNC1 oil wagon 1890s 0 10.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2131 stutz bearcat 1933 0 11c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2131PNC1 stutz bearcat 1933 1 11c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2131PNC2 stutz bearcat 1933 2 11c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2131PNC3 stutz bearcat 1933 3 11c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2131PNC4 stutz bearcat 1933 4 11c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2132 stanley steamer 0 12c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2132a stanley steamer 1 12c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2132aPNC1 stanley steamer 1 12c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2132aPNC2 stanley steamer 1 12c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2132b stanley steamer 2 12c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2132bPNC1 stanley steamer 2 12c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2132PNC1 stanley steamer 0 12c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2132PNC2 stanley steamer 0 12c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2133 pushcart 1880s 0 12.5c unused regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2133a pushcart 1880s 0 12.5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2133aPNC1 pushcart 1880s 0 12.5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2133aPNC2 pushcart 1880s 0 12.5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2133b pushcart 1880s 0 12.5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2133PNC1 pushcart 1880s 0 12.5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2133PNC2 pushcart 1880s 0 12.5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2134 iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2134a iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2134b iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2134bPNC2 iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2134PNC1 iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2134PNC2 iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2134PNC3 iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2134PNC4 iceboats 1880s 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2137 mary bethune 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2137 mary bethune 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2138 duck decoy broadbill 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2138 duck decoy broadbill 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2139 duck decoy mallard 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2139 duck decoy mallard 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2140 duck decoy canvasback 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2140 duck decoy canvasback 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2141 duck decoy redhead 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2141 duck decoy redhead 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2141a duck decoys 1 22c used block $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2141a duck decoys 1 22c unused block $3.05 $0.00 $0.00
2142 1985 special olympics 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2142 1985 special olympics 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2142a 1985 special olympics 1 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2143 1985 love issue 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2143 1985 love issue 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2143a 1985 love issue 1 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2144 rural electrification admin 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2144 rural electrification admin 0 22c unused regular $0.40 $0.00 $0.00
2144a rural electrification admin 1 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2145 ameripex '86 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2145 ameripex 86 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2145a ameripex 86 1 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2145b ameripex 86 2 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2145c ameripex 86 3 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2146 abigail adams 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2146 abigail adams 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2146a abigail adams 1 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2147 fa bartholdi statue of liberty sculptor 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2147 fa bartholdi statue of liberty sculptor 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2147a fa bartholdi statue of liberty sculptor 1 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2149 george washington monument 0 18c unused regular $0.25 $0.00 $0.00
2149a george washington 1 18c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2149a george washington 1 18c unused regular $0.25 $0.00 $0.00
2149aPNC11121 george washington 1 18c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2149aPNC33333 george washington 1 18c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2149aPNC43444 george washington 1 18c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2149b george washington monument 2 18c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2149c george washington monument 3 18c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2149PNC1112 george washington monument 0 18c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2149PNC3333 george washington monument 0 18c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2150 envelopes 0 21.1c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2150 envelopes 0 21.1c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2150a sealed letters 1 21.1c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2150a sealed letters 1 21.1c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2150aPNC111121 sealed letters 1 21.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2150PNC111111 envelopes 0 21.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2152 korean war veterans 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2152 korean war veterans 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2153 social security act 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2153 social security act 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2154 wwi veterans 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2154 wwi veterans 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2155 horses quarter horse 0 22c unused regular $0.59 $0.00 $0.00
2156 horses morgan 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2156 horses morgan 0 22c unused regular $0.59 $0.00 $0.00
2157 horses saddlebred 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2157 horses saddlebred 0 22c unused regular $0.59 $0.00 $0.00
2158 horses appaloosa 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2158 horses appaloosa 0 22c unused regular $0.59 $0.00 $0.00
2158a horses 1 22c used block $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2158a horses 1 22c unused block $4.61 $0.00 $0.00
2159 public education 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2159 public education 0 22c unused regular $0.40 $0.00 $0.00
2160 ymca youth camping 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2160 ymca youth camping 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2161 boy scouts 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2161 boy scouts 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2162 big brother sister 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2162 big brother sister 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2163 camp fire girls 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2163 camp fire girls 0 22c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2163a international youth year 1 22c used block $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2163a international youth year 1 22c unused block $1.79 $0.00 $0.00
2164 end world hunger 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2164 end world hunger 0 22c unused regular $0.40 $0.00 $0.00
2165 christmas madonna 0 22c used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
2165 christmas madonna 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2165a christmas madonna 1 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2166 christmas contemporary 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2166 christmas contemporary 0 22c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2166a christmas contemporary 1 22c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK143 d stamp 0 $4.40 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK144 flag over capitol 0 $1.10 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK145 flag over capitol 0 $2.20 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK146 seashells 0 $4.40 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK147 seashells 0 $4.40 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK148 express mail eagle 1 0 $32.25 unused pane $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
J104 17 cent postage due 0 17c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
J104 17 cent postage due 0 17c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
J38 postage due 0 1c used regular $1.41 $0.00 $0.00
J38 postage due 0 1c unused regular $11.52 $0.00 $0.00
O129A official 85 1 14c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O129A official 85 1 14c unused regular $0.40 $0.00 $0.00
O136 official coil no 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O136 official coil no 0 22c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
O138 post card d 0 14c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O138 official mail 0 14c unused card $4.01 $0.00 $0.00
O139 d stamp 0 22c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O139 official mail 0 22c unused coil $4.01 $0.00 $0.00
RW52 cinnamon teal 0 $7.50 used regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
RW52 cinnamon teal 0 $7.50 unused regular $11.52 $0.00 $0.00
U607 d postage 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
U608 bison 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
U609 uss constitution nonprofit 0 6c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UC59 national tourism week 0 36c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UC60 halleys comet 0 36c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UO74 great seal 0 22c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX105 charles carroll 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX106 charles carroll 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX107 flying cloud 0 25c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX108 george wythe 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UXC22 china clipper 0 33c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UZ3 eagle 0 14c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

US Postal Stamp Collecting

Stamp collecting can be a absorbing and rewarding pastime. While spending many wonderful moments with this facinating hobby, you become familiar with the culture of many lands, their arts, traditions and folklore. You man also find yourself devling into various topics such as: politics, history, biography, zoology, architecture, painting, botany and geography.

While this hobby may be popular with the well-to-do, a large stamp collection can be built with minimal resources. There can be just as much enjoyment out of the lower-grade stamps as from the rarest of the rare.

Stamp Collecting Equipment and Supplies

Some supplies may be useful for the proper care of your stamps.

Stamp Tongs - Tongs (or tweezers) are an important instrument in the proper handling of your stamps. They enable the stamps to be handled without coming into contact with dirty or greasy fingers.

Magnifying Glass - Useful for reading and identifying various types and marks on a stamp.

Stock Books and Binders - The sheets of a stock book have rows of transparent plastic pockets which stamps can be placed into. This allows the collector to preserve the the stamps without the use of hinges or other adhesives.

Stamp Albums

Many stamp collectors start out with an illustrated stamp album. These albums are normally organized by country. Each page contains pictures of stamps corresponding to that denomination. To place a stamp into your album, simply look for the design that matches your stamp. The more advanced the stamp album is, the more complete it will be. It is usually recommended to start with the most complete album you can afford.

If there is no particular place for a stamp, you can use whatever empty slots are available. This space problem can be overcome by purchasing a loose-leaf edition of a stamp album. In this way, you can add extra sheets as needed.

How to Hinge Stamps

Stamps should never be glued down into your album. Although there is some controversy regarding the use of stamp hinges, for used stamps, hinges are an economical way of mounting your stamps.

You should never apply glue, tape or adhesive to a stamp. Good hinges are available from stamp dealers or stamp supply companies. The adhesive on the hinge should allow for the hinge to be easily removed, thus avoiding damaging or taking off part of the stamp.

To apply the hinge, fold back the top portion of the hinge and moisten the gummed side. Apply this moistened part to the back of the stamp; on the top, below the perforation. The remaining portion of the hinge can then be moistened, and the stamp placed in your album.

Do not remove a moistened hinge from a stamp. If you need to remove a hinge, wait a couple of hours until the hinge is dry and then it should come off with ease.

Stamp Hinge Controversy

Gum or paper loss can make a stamp less valuable. Old style hinges are very difficult to remove and improper hinging can increase the chance for damage to a stamp. If one carelessly moistens the stamp in addition to the hinge, the stamp may stick in the album, increasing the chance for damage to the stamp with it comes time to be removed. Also, hinging a stamp too high may damage the perforations.

Collectors seek stamps which are closest to original condition as possible. Stamps in mint condition, that have never hinged or mounted, and still have the original gum intact, will maintain a higher value in the marketplace.

For the more valuable mint stamps in your collection, the ease and convenience of hinges is not a real benefit when compared to the potential for damage and loss of worth.

Stamp Mounts

Stamp mounts are transparent pockets in which your stamps can be placed. The mounts are pregummed and some mounts are also available with a black background. To fit various sizes of single stamps, strips or sheets; mounts may also be cut from transparent acetate.

Mounts offer better protection because your stamps can be viewed and examined with no need to actually touch them. Hinges may be inexpensive and easy to use, but mounts are a much better way to display the more valuable stamps in your collection.

Stamp Collecting Categories

There are numerous ways to categorize your stamps. A very good way to start is to categorize by the types of stamps you wish to collect. Broad categories might include:

By Country - Most countries have a postal system. It's easy to start collecting stamps from the country where you reside. Stamps can be purchased new at the Post Office or from local dealers who will normally offer wider selection of stamps to choose from, albeit at a higher price.

Worldwide - It has become far easier to find and purchase stamps from around the world. You can buy stamps from numerous online dealers and Internet auction sites like eBay.

By Topic - These are stamps issued to cover a special subject matter. The "Elvis" stamp is probably the best example of stamps in this category. Stamps are printed covering a wide variety of special subjects including art, architecture, history and famous personages.

Service Type - Most stamps are issued for ordinary use. But the Post Office also issues various types of stamps for specialized services such as Airmail, Express, Priority and Certified Mail.

Stamp Dealers and Stamp Auctions

Gary Posner, Inc. StampWants.com is an online marketplace and community connecting stamp collectors and dealers around the world; offering auction, fixed price, and store inventory listings as well as free tools and services. StampWants.com stands out in its industry with unrivaled customer service and low selling fees. Mystic Stamp Company is one of America's leading stamp dealers and is well known for its expertise, superior customer service, and for its involvement in the most noteworthy events in modern postal history. Prestige Philately brings to the market the best stamp and postal item collections, stamps, philately, stamp, stamp collecting, stamp auction, stamp auctions, postage stamps, postal history, postcards, and worldwide philately. The Kenmore Stamp Company offers stamps, stamp collecting, stamp collector, us stamps, foreign stamps, free catalog, postage stamps, postal stamps, philatelic, catalog and online ordering. Jamestown Stamp Company, www.stamp-co.com, is a mailorder stamps, coins, and banknotes dealer.

iHobb.com is an Internet shopping source for collecting supplies. iHobb.com services the supply needs of stamp, coin, post card, currency and banknote collectors. iHobb's stock includes Scott, Coin World, White Ace, H.E. Harris, Whitman Press, SAFE, Lindner, White Ace, Showgard, Prinz, SuperSafe, Allsyte, Linns and more. Northland International Trading is a stamp and coin dealer. Northland Auctions specializes in United States, Scandinavia, and Hungary stamps and covers auctions.

Arpin Philately deals in quality postage stamp collecting and collectible stamps. Croton Stamp Co. sells US stamps, Canada stamps, and Newfoundland stamps to collectors by mail, as well as publishes a stamps newsletter about U.S. stamps and Canadian postage stamps. R. Maresch & Son Auctions Ltd., is Canada's largest stamp auction firm and handles Canada, Provinces, British Commonwealth and Foreign material. The auctions are unreserved, offering valuable rarities, large lots, stamps, collections, covers and anything of philatelic merit. Canadian Rare Stamp Auctioneers Sandafayre provides online stamp auctions, stamp collecting, stamps collections for collecting dealers, UK stamp auction, GB, US, british, foreign, rare, old, philatelic material, postal history, postage stamps, topical stamps, canadian stamps and auctions. Jack Nalbandian, Inc. supplies superior quality stamps and services to collectors and dealers and offers Premium Quality Mint and Used, United States Classics, Essays and Proofs, Canadian and Worldwide Listings.

Stamp Collecting Supplies

Stamp Albums

Hingeless Stamp Albums can hold up to 700 stamps on 9x12 inch pages. Stamps are placed behind strips on the page allowing easy mounting and arrangement. Hingeless albums feature semi-transparent glassine strips, crystal clear acetate strips and interleaves. The Kenmore World Album features classic styling and a three-Ring design to provide space for hinge-mounting more than 10,000 stamps and allow for easy updating. This stamp album has over 600 pages, including 230 country pages with flags, histories, and geographic facts, four world map pages, stamp identifier, glossary, page backgrounds and mounting guidelines. The U.S. Liberty Album has quality stamp pages and is illustrated on one side with spaces for all American definitive stamps, commemoratives, airmails and postage due stamps. Stock Sheets provide collectors with the flexibility of utilizing multi-row layouts to protect stamps behind clear acetate overlays. These archival pages fit into three-ring binders and allow quick, hinge-free mounting and display.

Canada Scott Master Album has fully-illustrated pages with stamp descriptions and Scott numbers. Canada Harris Album has over 1200 black and white llustrations printed on one side. Canada Tradition Album is made of light weightpaper and has llustrations in black and white and printed on two sides. The Constitution Canada stamp album has black and white illustrations printed on two sides of lightweight pages. Canada Junior Album has Scott number description and identification for each stamp.

North American Stamp Clubs and Organizations

The American Philatelic Society promotes stamp collecting for people of all ages, offers services to its membership and to philately in general, including knowledge and education, which enhance the pleasure and friendliness of stamp collecting, initiates and coordinates new programs for the benefit of stamp collecting and of all collectors, represents the United States of America in the world body of philately, and assist its members in acquiring and disposing of philatelic materials. The American Stamp Dealers Association is a professional organization serving philately since 1914. The ASDA is dedicated to promoting integrity, honesty and reliability, and we are the hobby builders of philately.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) features membership information and anonline library. The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) is devoted to the collector and researcher of stamps, postal markings, and postal history of Canada, the pre-Confederation colonies, and Newfoundland.