The hobby of stamp collecting is called philately, and collectors are known as philatelists. Stamp collecting focuses on the collection of stamps used for postage, and some collectors also include the actual envelopes that carried the mail. Other collectible items include the markings and labels from postage meters.Continue Reading
Stamp collecting has been a hobby since the first use of issued stamps. The Penny Black was the first postage stamp issued and was produced in Britain in 1840.
The United States first issued postage stamps in 1847. Two stamps were issued, with the 5-cent stamp featuring Benjamin Franklin and the 10-cent postage featuring George Washington.Learn more about Stamps
The American Stamp Dealers Association is a professional organization that promotes stamp collecting in a safe, reliable and honest way by overseeing the standards and business ethics of dealers of philatelic matter. Membership in the association is a privilege and only granted to dealers deemed worthy.Full Answer >
Stanley Gibbons Ltd. is primarily associated with stamp collecting. It has been in business since 1856 and sells a wide range of stamps and stamp collecting accessories.Full Answer >
Collectors can find stamp collecting price guides online at PostBeeld.com and Hobbizine.com. These guides offer filters and show the collector the current value of the stamp, which can change depending on demand.Full Answer >
Philately is the study and collection of stamps and other postal material as a hobby or an investment. For example, postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers and similar materials relating to postal or fiscal history can all be included in the subject of philately.Full Answer >