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The best way for someone to start a stamp collection is to pick what sort of stamps he wants to collect. There are certain classifications of stamps a person can start collecting from the mail, or by going to various stores or post offices.

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  • How do I check old postage stamps to see how much they are worth?

    Q: How do I check old postage stamps to see how much they are worth?

    A: To find out what old postage stamps are worth, do a little research into the specific stamps, and be careful in identifying the stamps correctly. Some stamps have common and rare varieties which differ from one another only in minute details. Usually, assessing the value of stamps is helpful in weeding out what is not valuable, while valuable stamps require additional appraisal by experts.
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  • What is the rarest stamp in the world?

    Q: What is the rarest stamp in the world?

    A: The British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp is the rarest stamp in the world, according to ABC News. It is the only surviving stamp of the 1856 one-cent stamp issuance. The stamp was produced in Georgetown, British Guiana. The stamp has an auction value of anywhere from $10 million to $20 million.
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  • What are Elvis stamps?

    Q: What are Elvis stamps?

    A: The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative Elvis stamp in January 1993. Several other countries have also issued commemorative stamps featuring images of Elvis.
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  • What are stamp albums?

    Q: What are stamp albums?

    A: A stamp album is a book designed to display a collection of postage stamps. Stamp albums are available for purchase from stamp dealers. It's also possible to use a photo album with acid-free paper, according to the American Philatelic Society.
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  • What is a person who collects stamps called?

    Q: What is a person who collects stamps called?

    A: A person who collects stamps is called a philatelist. The American Philatelic Society is the world's largest group of stamp collectors, with approximately 32,000 members.
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  • How much is my stamp worth?

    Q: How much is my stamp worth?

    A: To find out how much a stamp is worth, consult a set of Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogues. This resource, which is available at most local libraries, lists and values postage stamps.
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  • What are the dimensions of a postage stamp?

    Q: What are the dimensions of a postage stamp?

    A: There are no standard dimensions for a postage stamp. Stamps are available in many different shapes and sizes. There are even round and triangular stamps.
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  • Where can you find rare stamps?

    Q: Where can you find rare stamps?

    A: The best places to find rare stamps are online and at certain physical locations. For example, Internet sites, such as Stamps2Go and bidStart, can help viewers bid on stamps. Pawn shops, post offices and museums also sometimes sell stamps.
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  • Which country had the first adhesive postage stamp?

    Q: Which country had the first adhesive postage stamp?

    A: According to the Stamp Echo Blog, the first adhesive postage stamp was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on May 1, 1840. The Stamp Echo Blog goes on to say that the first stamps were called "penny blacks."
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  • Where do you sell old stamps?

    Q: Where do you sell old stamps?

    A: There are a number of places to sell old stamps. However, before attempting to sell them, one should do some research to determine if the stamps are of any value. Some old stamps aren't worth as much as one might think, while others can be worth a good amount.
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  • Where can I sell British stamps?

    Q: Where can I sell British stamps?

    A: A person can sell British stamps through the Universal Philatelic Auction web page. The company's web page allows a person to determine the value of a British stamp and sells the stamp directly to collectors.
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  • How do I start a stamp collection?

    Q: How do I start a stamp collection?

    A: The best way for someone to start a stamp collection is to pick what sort of stamps he wants to collect. There are certain classifications of stamps a person can start collecting from the mail, or by going to various stores or post offices.
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  • Where do I find pricing for rare stamps?

    Q: Where do I find pricing for rare stamps?

    A: To find pricing for rare stamps, check the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogues. This resource lists and values postage stamps and is available at most public libraries. Also, contact local stamp dealers and clubs for value estimations.
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  • Q: How do you find federal duck stamp values?

    A: The Federal Duck Stamp Office recommends finding a reputable stamp dealer online or in the Yellow Pages to find the value of duck stamps. While it promotes collecting stamps, it does not give out collectible prices. Michael Jaffe Stamps offers a detailed federal duck stamp price guide at DuckStamps.com
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  • Q: Who was the first actress to appear on a postage stamp?

    A: According to the United States Postal Service, the first actress ever to appear on a U.S. postage stamp was Grace Kelly, on a stamp issued in 1993. Grace Kelly was also known as Princess Grace of Monaco.
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  • Q: What are the golden replicas of the U.S. stamps worth in gold?

    A: Golden replicas of U.S. stamps have an extremely thin layer of gold on them, so they are generally agreed to be practically worthless. As of 2014, they are being sold for 50 cents a piece at stamp-collecting meets to be used as presentation sheets for real stamps.
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  • Q: How can you re-ink a stamp?

    A: Re-inking most self-inking stamps involves removing the small pad and adding several drops of ink. This five-minute process works with stamps that have removable pads, such as date stamps, and it requires an ink bottle with a dropper top.
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  • Q: How do you determine the value of an Elvis Presley stamp?

    A: To determine the value of an Elvis Presley stamp, first determine its country of origin and age. The collectible value of a stamp also depends on the condition of the stamp. Mint-condition stamps are generally more valuable than those in poor condition.
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  • Q: What is an "H rate make up stamp"?

    A: The U.S. Postal Service began issuing the H-rate make-up stamp, with a one-cent value, in November 1998 in anticipation of the postage increase that took place in January 1999. The Postal Service required the addition of a make-up stamp to the previously issued 32-cent first-class letter stamp to send a letter.
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  • Q: How do you create bulk mailing permit stamps?

    A: Bulk mailing permit stamps can be ordered from the post office via an Advance Deposit Account. Alternatively, they simply can be created at home using a word-processing program, such as Microsoft Word.
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  • Q: Can I sell my used stamps for cash?

    A: Used postage stamps can be sold for cash if they are sold to collectors. However, the stamps should either be rare or very old or should otherwise be determined to have additional value beyond that of the postage value.
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