BY: The News Voice
The first thing you need to decide while collecting stamps is what type of stamps you want to collect. Commemorative, Definitive or Special ones (Holiday Editions).
You can find the stamps anywhere, in post office, local stamp dealer, local businesses, stamp clubs or stamp shows.
If you are collecting used stamps, you need to know how to remove them from envelope. Cut the stamp and soak it in cool water. When the stamp floats dry it with paper towels and voila.
You will need a magnifying glass to examine, tongs to pick them up, perforation gauge to measure and watermark detector fluid.
You can store these stamps in an album using stamp hingers, gum or stamp mounts. Transparent glassine strips protect your stamps from grease and air.
Get yourself a stamp catalogue so it gives you an idea of the stamps worth based on rarity, usage and condition.
There are lots of stamp clubs online and local. You can get the list from post master or librarian. You can get support and guidance from them.
If you are collecting rare stamps, you need to protect your investment with insurance. Choose an insurance company that will give you all-risk coverage.
When the first stamp appeared in Britain, no one would have guessed it would be collector's item. But here we are!