What Supplies Do I Need To Start A Stamp Collection?

What supplies do I need to start a stamp collection? If you are collecting worldwide stamps, you may want to acquire a stamp identifier, a book listing that would help identify the countries. You probably...

You probably want a stock book or some stock pages to help you arrange your stamps initially and eventually you may want to get one or more albums for a specific country or specific topic to help to store your stamps.


If you are collecting used stamps, you may want to purchase fringes, which are little pieces of a gummed paint paper which are commonly used to affix used stamps to an album or to an exhibit page. If you have unused stamps more commonly people will use mounts, which are sort of little plastic pockets, which a stamp can sit in and it protects it, makes it less likely the gum will stick to anything.




You may want to purchase tongs, which are sort of like tweezers except they have flat edges. They are used for holding stamps so that hopefully any dirt or oil from your fingers won't transfer to the stamps. For common stamps routinely I just use my fingers, but if somebody comes in here with a thousand dollar stamp, I am going to use tongs. I don't want any chance of accidentally damaging it.

If you are collecting worldwide stamps, you may want to acquire a stamp identifier, a book listing that would help identify the countries. For example, if you have a stamp with Eire on it, the stamp identify will tell you it's from Ireland. Eventually you learn some of these, but at least starting out the stamp identifier is going to be of great benefit.

You may also want some of the clear or semitransparent envelopes, which you can store stamps in. This is good for a preliminary method of sorting and the envelopes are relatively inexpensive. You can see through them and denote somewhat what you have in them, so they may be better than a standard envelope.

Another thing I would recommend if you are serious about stamp collecting is subscribing to a publication and/or joining a society or local club. All those will certainly help you enjoy the hobby and learn a lot more about the hobby.

Is stamp collecting an expensive hobby?

It can actually be very inexpensive. There is no reason that you can't collect on $50 a year or $100 a year, if that is what you want. If you want it to be expensive, it could also be very expensive. I would argue that's the good thing about stamp collecting, it can be done in regardless of weather, it's something that is accessible to most people, and it does not need to be expensive.

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