Stamp collection is mainly concerned with the collection of postage stamps and other related materials like envelopes or covers containing stamps and it has been the business of interest for two types of people i.e. the stamp collectors and the philatelists. However, both of them vary in their purpose as philatelists collect stamps for research and the later merely collects them for the sake of their hobby. But a stamp collector intending to get into the profession of stamp collection always needs the philatelic knowledge to explore business prospective in it. In fact stamp collection items provide stamp dealers a better business opportunity from that of other arts and collectible items.
In earlier days, stamp collecting was a bit difficult, since it needs stamp collectors to go places to collect rare postage stamps. Nowadays, the rapid expansion of internet world has made it easy for stamp enthusiasts to access, search and gather stamps from the comfort of their homes. They are increasingly using e-mail and other electronic means of communication to find and approach their favorite stamp websites on the online world and get delivered with the desirable stamps at their door-step.
How to Start with Stamp Collecting?
Stamps found on your everyday mail are usually the first and simplest ones to start with your hobby of stamp collecting. You can even order a stamp dealer with a list of stamps you want. He will supply the desirable stamps from his stock which you need to place in the correct spaces in your custom-made stamp album. Again stamp shops and stamp shows can be a great source of collecting stamps with a certain postal marking or a special symbol that is somehow related to your collection pattern. Here, you can search for a particular stamp from several boxes of stamps and envelopes thereby spending hours.
Stamp Collection can be both structured and unstructured depending upon whether you want to keep and maintain them in an organized manner or in random order. You even have the option to make your personal hobby of stamp collecting a unique one from that of others. It is purely based on personal preference and anyone having a sound knowledge on it can grow into a veteran stamp collector.