Stamps and Anticipation

I’ve waited all week to get back to my Mongolia collection only to find that I was out of time. There’s just something about securing a chunk of time for organizing and researching new stamps.

I have 5 new packets and I’ve only sneaked a peek at one of them so far. I could rush it and just go over a few stamps. But I won’t.

I’d much rather save the time for being well spent than rushed. I think Deanna B explains the feeling of looking forward to new stamps best in her September blog about checking the mail for new stamp approvals.

— James the Web guy

Stamp Topics

There are so many different types of topics one encounters when collecting stamps. In fact, the number of topics is limitless. For example, the topic art on stamps can be further subdivided and specialized into pop art, paintings, portraits, nature scenes, etc. I am still pretty new to this and haven’t really spent much time on any one topic enough to call myself a topical collector. But I do plan to focus on a particular stamp topic soon. When I can, I plan to begin collecting stamps featuring the Resurrection. I suppose if there’s any place to start, that has to be it.

One of the reasons I am excited about getting the chance to build a collection of resurrection stamps is simply the various subtle differences in how each artist views the resurrection. Also, I’ll suddenly find myself no longer confined by a particular country, territory, or region. I’m guessing that my chosen topic will expand to include all Easter stamps, stamps depicting the life and ministry of Jesus. Who knows where it will stop…or if it will. In my travels, I’m sure I’ll pick up a few seemingly unrelated topical favorites to explore in the future as well.

Is Stamp Collecting for Nerds

What makes something for nerds anyway? Let me retape my glasses and address this question. I could list famous people who have collected stamps but that would be reversing the same ridiculous stereotype. Hobbies simply don’t make people cool or uncool. This is common sense and we all know this. But none of us particularly enjoy appearing uncool. For this reason very few of us would wear a shirt that proclaims, “I am a Geek”. The opposite would probably also lead to unfavorable comments…wearing a shirt that said “I am Cool”. Regardless of which category you might think you fall into, boldly proclaiming either will probably not pan out in your favor. Just the same, it would be ill advised to carry a perforation gauge to the high school prom. This is common sense.

So, what do you do if you are interested in stamp collecting but fear being labeled a geek? That’s simple. People don’t need to know everything about you. But it’s pretty tough to share the love of the hobby when you feel you can’t talk about it. The Internet is a great place where you can communicate with like minded people. Just don’t get carried away or you may find yourself hiding the fact that you’re actually cool.

Now, if you’re a die hard stamp collector and could care less what people say, kudos. By all means take your stamp album on your first date or your Scott Catalogue on your honeymoon. If you can find one, you may wish to pick up a tie with perforations and watermarks. Seriously, be real and enjoy one of the oldest hobbies known to man.

Stamp Game

I found this MSN Group called the Stamp Game while searching the Web today. It sounds very interesting. It’s always nice to see how stamp collectors leverage the power of the Internet to enjoy their hobby. If anyone has tried this or knows of something like it, please leave a comment. Our comments are moderated which means that comments must be reviewed before they appear.

CD Stamps

Would these be classified as CD Stamps, CDs on Stamps, or Stamps on CDs?  Either way, the Hartford Courant reports today about these Canadian Easy Listening Stamps.  By the way, the first I heard of Joni Mitchell was last night via an old Alias episode.  I’ve never been an easy listening type of guy.  But the souvenir stamp sheet concept is pretty neat.  And I’m a huge fan of collecting Canadian Stamps.

No matter what types of stamps you like to collect, we can help you build the perfect stamp collection.  Give our Stamp Collecting Approval Service a try.  Just tell us which categories of collectible stamps you like.  We’ll do the rest.  It’s easy and fun!

Stamp Collecting Where to Begin

So, you have decided to give one of the oldest known hobbies a try. But how does one begin stamp collecting? What do you need to begin?

Perhaps the best place to start is with a general idea of what types of stamps you will most likely be interested in…US or Foreign Stamps. Once that is covered, all you need is something to put the stamps in and, of course, the stamps themselves.

If you decide upon collecting stamps from the USA, you could begin simply by soaking the stamps off your current mail. If you have a particular foreign country in mind, beginning with a stamp packet may be your best bet to a hit the ground running. We also have a great offer on Worldwide stamps for new stamp collectors that includes our stamps on approval service. Whatever you decide, we would love to hear how it goes. Please use the comment feature below to share your experience with us and other new stamp collectors.