Beginners

Stamp Collecting is a Hobby for Everyone!

Few hobbies match the flexibility of stamp collecting. It is suitable for nearly all ages. You can collect stamps all 12 months of the year regardless of the climate where you are located. It does not require any special skills or great wealth. Some individuals begin as young as age 4 and continue for their entire life.

William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum produced this video about stamp collectors, including youth, talking about what and why they collect postage stamps.
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What to collect?

This is a very personal and difficult topic. We strongly encourage you to join your local stamp club and discuss this with the other members. Ask 100 stamp collectors and you will get 110 different answers! The APS has a great “What to Collect” page to help you decide.

COLLECT WHAT INTERESTS YOU!!!

Where to get stamps?

Local Stamp Dealers

Other Recommended Dealers

Hipstamp

Ebay


Basic tools you will need to get started with your Stamp Collection!


Pages

Sites where you can get Free Downloadable Album Pages

How to Hinge Stamps

How to properly attach your stamp to your album pages

Soaking Gummed Stamps

How to soak gummed stamps off of paper (US stamps up to 1994)


Stamp Collecting
Merit Badge book
Removing Adhesive Stamps

How to remove self adhesive stamps off of paper (US stamps after 1994)


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