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US Stamps 1991

Stamp Var Face Cond Type Price High Low
2186 dennis chavez 0 35c used regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2186 dennis chavez 0 35c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2189 hubert humphrey 0 52c used regular $0.56 $0.00 $0.00
2189 hubert humphrey 0 52c unused regular $0.62 $0.00 $0.00
2192 wendell wilkie 0 75c used regular $0.19 $0.00 $0.00
2192 wendell wilkie 0 75c unused regular $0.96 $0.00 $0.00
2451a steam carriage 1 4c unused pair $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2451b steam carriage 2 4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2451bPNC1 steam carriage 2 4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2451PNC1 steam carriage 0 4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2453 canoe 0 5c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2453a canoe 1 5c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2453b canoe 2 5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2453PNC1 canoe 1 5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2453PNC2 canoe 2 5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2453PNC3 canoe 3 5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2454 canoe additional non profit 0 5c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2454PNCS11 canoe additional non profit 0 5c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2457 tractor trailer 0 10c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2457a tractor trailer 1 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2457PNC1 tractor trailer 0 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2464 lunch wagon 0 23c unused regular $0.40 $0.00 $0.00
2464b lunch wagon 4 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2464PNC2 lunch wagon 2 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2464PNC3 lunch wagon 3 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2477 kestrel 0 1c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2478 bluebird 0 3c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2479 fawn 0 19c unused regular $0.25 $0.00 $0.00
2479b fawn 2 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2480 cardinal 0 30c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2484 wood duck 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2484a wood duck 1 29c unused booklet pane $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2484b wood duck 2 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2485 wood duck 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2485a wood duck 1 29c unused regular $4.24 $0.00 $0.00
2485b wood duck 2 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2485c wood duck 3 29c unused booklet pane $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2517 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2517a f flower 1 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2517b f flower 2 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2518 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2518a f flower 1 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2518PNC1111 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2518PNC1211 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2518PNC1222 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2518PNC2211 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2518PNC2222 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2519 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2519a f flower 1 29c unused booklet pane $4.98 $0.00 $0.00
2520 f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2520a f flower 1 29c unused booklet pane $13.83 $0.00 $0.00
2520b f flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2521 rate makeup stamp 0 4c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2521a rate makeup stamp 1 4c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2521b rate makeup stamp 2 4c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2522 f self adhsive 0 29c unused regular $0.42 $0.00 $0.00
2522a f self adhsive 1 29c unused regular $5.35 $0.00 $0.00
2523 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2523A flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2523APNCA11111 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523APNCA22211 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523b flag mt rushmore 2 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523c flag mt rushmore 3 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC1 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC2 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC3 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC4 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC5 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC6 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC7 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC8 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2523PNC9 flag mt rushmore 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2524 flower 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2524A flower 1 29c unused regular $0.46 $0.00 $0.00
2525 flower 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2525PNCS1111 flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2525PNCS2222 flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2526 flower 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2526PNC2222 flower 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2527 flower 0 29c unused booklet $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2527a flower 1 29c unused booklet pane $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2527b flower 2 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2527c flower 3 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2527d flower 4 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2528 flag olympic rings 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2528a flag olympic rings 1 29c unused booklet pane $4.01 $0.00 $0.00
2528b flag olympic rings 2 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2528c flag olympic rings 3 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2528d flag olympic rings 4 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2528e flag olympic rings 5 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2529 fishing boat 0 19c unused regular $0.25 $0.00 $0.00
2529b fishing boat 2 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2529bPNCA5555 fishing boat 2 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2529PNCA1112 fishing boat 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2529PNCA1212 fishing boat 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2529PNCA2424 fishing boat 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2530 hot air ballons 0 19c unused regular $0.25 $0.00 $0.00
2530a hot air ballons 1 19c unused booklet $2.08 $0.00 $0.00
2531 flag 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2531A liberty torch 1 29c unused regular $0.42 $0.00 $0.00
2531Ab liberty torch 2 29c unused booklet $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2531Ac liberty torch 3 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2532 switzerland joint issue 0 50c unused regular $0.59 $0.00 $0.00
2532a switzerland joint issue 1 50c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2533 vermont statehood 200th 0 29c unused regular $0.42 $0.00 $0.00
2534 savings bond 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2535 love 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2535b love 2 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2536 love 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2536a love 1 29c unused booklet $4.01 $0.00 $0.00
2537 love 0 52c unused regular $0.69 $0.00 $0.00
2538 william saroyan 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2539 usps logo w/ olympic rings 0 $1 unused regular $1.33 $0.00 $0.00
2539a usps logo w/ olympic rings 1 $1 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2540 priority mail 0 $2.90 unused regular $3.79 $0.00 $0.00
2540a priority mail 0 $2.90 unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2541 express mail 0 $9.95 unused regular $11.52 $0.00 $0.00
2541a express mail 0 $9.95 unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2542 express mail international service 0 $14 unused regular $13.73 $0.00 $0.00
2542a express mail international service a 1 $14 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2545 fishing flies royal wulff 0 29c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2545a fishing flies royal wulff 1 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2546 fishing flies jock scott 0 29c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2546a fishing flies jock scott 1 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2547 fishing flies apte tarpon fly 0 29c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2547a fishing flies apte tarpon fly 1 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2548 fishing flies leftys deceiver 0 29c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2549 fishing flies muddler minnow 0 29c unused regular $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
2549a fishing flies 1 29c unused regular $2.20 $0.00 $0.00
2550 cole porter 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2550a cole porter 0 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2551 operation desert storm 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2551a operation desert storm 0 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2552 operation desert storm 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2552a operation desert storm 1 29c unused booklet $2.07 $0.00 $0.00
2553 1992 olympics pole vault 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2554 1992 olympics discus 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2555 1992 olympics womens sprints 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2556 1992 olympics javelin 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2557 1992 olympics womens hurdles 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2557a 1992 olympics 1 29c unused strip $2.07 $0.00 $0.00
2558 numismatics 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559 wwii 50th anniversary sheet 0 29c unused regular $4.01 $0.00 $0.00
2559a wwii burma road 1 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559b wwii peacetime draft 2 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559c wwii lend lease agreement 3 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559d wwii atlantic charter 4 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559e wwii arsenal of democracy 5 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559f wwii sinking of the reuben james 6 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559g wwii civil defense 7 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559h wwii liberty ships 8 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559i wwii pearl harbor 9 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559j wwii declaration of war on japan 10 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2559k wwii 50th anniversary sheet 11 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2560 basketball 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2561 district of columbia bicentennial 1 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2561a district of columbia bicentennial 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2562 comedians laurel hardy 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2563 comedians bergen mccarthy 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2564 comedians jack benny 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2565 comedians fanny brice 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2566 comedians abbott costello 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2566a comedians 1 29c unused booklet $4.24 $0.00 $0.00
2566b comedians abbott costello 2 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2566c comedians abbott costello 3 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2567 jan matzeliger inventor 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2567a jan matzeliger inventor 1 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2567b jan matzeliger inventor 2 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2567c jan matzeliger inventor 3 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2568 space exploration mercury 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2569 space exploration venus 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2570 space exploration earth 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2571 space exploration moon 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2572 space exploration mars 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2573 space exploration jupiter 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2574 space exploration saturn 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2575 space exploration uranus 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2576 space exploration neptune 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2577 space exploration pluto 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2577a space exploration a 1 29c unused booklet $4.24 $0.00 $0.00
2578 traditional christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2578a traditional christmas 1991 1 29c unused booklet $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2578b traditiona christmas 1991 2 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2579 non traditional christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2579a non traditional christmas 1991 1 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2579b non traditional christmas 1991 2 29c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2580 christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $1.33 $0.00 $0.00
2581 christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $1.33 $0.00 $0.00
2581a christmas 1991 0 29c unused pair $2.08 $0.00 $0.00
2581b christmas 1991 0 29c unused booklet $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2582 christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2582a christmas 1991 1 29c unused booklet $1.55 $0.00 $0.00
2583 christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2583a christmas 1991 1 29c unused booklet $1.55 $0.00 $0.00
2584 christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2584a christmas 1991 1 29c unused booklet $1.55 $0.00 $0.00
2585 christmas 1991 0 29c unused regular $0.43 $0.00 $0.00
2585a christmas 1991 1 29c unused booklet $1.55 $0.00 $0.00
2602 eagle shield bulk rate usa 0 10c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
2602a eagle shield bulk rate usa 21 10c unused pair $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC1412111111 eagle shield bulk rate usa 1 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC21112 eagle shield bulk rate usa 2 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC22112 eagle shield bulk rate usa 3 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC32333 eagle shield bulk rate usa 4 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC33334 eagle shield bulk rate usa 5 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC34426 eagle shield bulk rate usa 6 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC43326 eagle shield bulk rate usa 7 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC43334 eagle shield bulk rate usa 8 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC43426 eagle shield bulk rate usa 9 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC53335 eagle shield bulk rate usa 10 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC54444 eagle shield bulk rate usa 11 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC77777 eagle shield bulk rate usa 12 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC88888 eagle shield bulk rate usa 13 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNC89999 eagle shield bulk rate usa 14 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNCA1010101010 eagle shield bulk rate usa 15 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNCA1111111010 eagle shield bulk rate usa 16 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNCA1211101010 eagle shield bulk rate usa 17 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNCA12213 eagle shield bulk rate usa 18 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNCA1411101010 eagle shield bulk rate usa 19 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2602PNCA99998 eagle shield bulk rate usa 20 10c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2605 flag presorted first class 0 23c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
2605PNC212 flag presorted first class 0 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2605PNC222 flag presorted first class 0 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2605PNC333 flag presorted first class 0 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2605PNCA111 flag presorted first class 0 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2605PNCA112 flag presorted first class 0 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
2605PNCA122 flag presorted first class 0 23c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK173 wood duck 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK174 wood duck 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK175 wood duck 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK182 f stamp 0 $2.90 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK183 f stamp 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK184 f stamp 0 $2.90 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK185 rose 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK186 flag olympic rings 0 $2.90 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK186A flag olympic rings 0 $2.90 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK187 ballon 0 $3.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK188 heart shaped earth love 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK189 fishing flies 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK190 desert storm 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK191 comedians 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK192 space exploration 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK193 christmas 1991 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
BK194 christmas 1991 santa chimney 0 $5.80 unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
O144 official mail f 0 29c used coil $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O144 official mail f 0 29c unused coil $0.57 $0.00 $0.00
O145 official 0 29c used coil $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O145 official 0 29c unused coil $0.49 $0.00 $0.00
O146 official 0 4c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O146 official 0 4c unused regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O147 official 0 19c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O147 official 0 19c unused regular $0.27 $0.00 $0.00
O148 official 0 23c used regular $0.18 $0.00 $0.00
O148 official 0 23c unused regular $0.40 $0.00 $0.00
PB2 postal buddy card 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
RW58 king eiders 0 $15 used regular $0.17 $0.00 $0.00
RW58 king eiders 0 $15 unused regular $16.15 $0.00 $0.00
U619 star usa 0 29c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
U619a star usa 1 29c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
U619b star usa 2 29c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
U620 birds on wires nonprofit 0 11.1c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
U621 love in script 0 29c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
U622 american magazines 0 29c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
U623 star with bars 0 29c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
U624 country geese 0 29c unused regular $0.54 $0.00 $0.00
UC63 eagle 0 45c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UO83 great seal envelope 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UO84 official envelope 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UO85 savings bond envelope 0 29c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX153 flag 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX154 carnegie hall 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX155 old red 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX156 bill of rights 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX157 notre dame administration building 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX158 niagara falls 0 30c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UX159 old mill university of vermont 0 19c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UXC25 yankee clipper 0 40c unused regular $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
UZ5 eagle 0 19c 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.