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US Stamps 1980

Stamp Var Face Cond Type Price High Low
williamsburg 15c 1980 postage stamp williamsburg 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
williamsburg 15c 1980 postal stamp williamsburg 0 15c used regular $0.05 $ - $ -
portsmouth 15c 1980 postage stamp portsmouth 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
portsmouth 15c 1980 postal stamp portsmouth 0 15c used regular $0.10 $ - $ -
eastham 15c 1980 postage stamp eastham 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
eastham 15c 1980 postal stamp eastham 0 15c used regular $0.05 $ - $ -
windmill illinois 15c 1980 postage stamp windmill illinois 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
windmill illinois 15c 1980 postal stamp windmill illinois 0 15c used regular $0.10 $ - $ -
windmill texas 15c 1980 postage stamp windmill texas 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
windmill texas 15c 1980 postal stamp windmill texas 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
windmills 15c 1980 postage stamp windmills 1 15c unused booklet pane $2.08 $ - $ -
windmills 15c 1980 postal stamp windmills 1 15c used booklet pane $0.10 $ - $ -
windmills 15c 1980 postage stamp windmills 2 15c unused strip $1.11 $ - $ -
windmills 15c 1980 postal stamp windmills 2 15c used strip $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics speed skating 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics speed skating 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics speed skating 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics speed skating 0 15c unused regular $0.25 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics speed skating 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics speed skating 1 15c unused regular $0.62 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics speed skating 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics speed skating 1 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics skiing 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics skiing 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics skiing 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics skiing 0 15c unused regular $0.25 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics skiing 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics skiing 1 15c unused regular $0.62 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics skiing 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics skiing 1 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics jumping 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics jumping 0 15c unused regular $0.25 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics jumping 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics jumping 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics jumping 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics jumping 1 15c unused regular $0.62 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics jumping 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics jumping 1 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics hockey 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics hockey 0 15c unused regular $0.25 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics hockey 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics hockey 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics hockey 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics hockey 1 15c unused regular $0.62 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics hockey 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics hockey 1 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics hockey 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics hockey 3 15c unused block $ - $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics 15c 1980 postal stamp 1980 winter olympics 2 15c unused block $1.11 $ - $ -
1980 winter olympics 15c 1980 postage stamp 1980 winter olympics 2 15c used block $0.19 $ - $ -
wc fields 15c 1980 postal stamp wc fields 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
wc fields 15c 1980 postage stamp wc fields 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
wc fields 15c 1980 postal stamp wc fields 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
ben banneker 15c 1980 postage stamp ben banneker 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
ben banneker 15c 1980 postal stamp ben banneker 0 15c unused regular $0.25 $ - $ -
ben banneker 15c 1980 postage stamp ben banneker 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postal stamp national letter writing 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp national letter writing 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postal stamp national letter writing 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp national letter writing 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postal stamp national letter writing 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp national letter writing 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postal stamp national letter writing 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp national letter writing 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postal stamp national letter writing 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp national letter writing 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postal stamp national letter writing 0 15c used regular $0.17 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp national letter writing 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postal stamp national letter writing 1 15c unused strip $1.40 $ - $ -
national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp national letter writing 1 15c used strip $0.19 $ - $ -
quill  inkwell 1c 1980 postal stamp quill inkwell 0 1c used regular $0.17 $ - $ -
quill  inkwell 1c 1980 postage stamp quill inkwell 0 1c unused regular $0.18 $ - $ -
quill  inkwell  1c 1980 postal stamp quill inkwell 1 1c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
weaver violins 3.5c 1980 postage stamp weaver violins 0 3.5c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
weaver violins 3.5c 1980 postal stamp weaver violins 0 3.5c unused regular $0.19 $ - $ -
weaver violins 3.5c 1980 postage stamp weaver violins 1 3.5c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
weaver violins 3.5c 1980 postal stamp weaver violins 2 3.5c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postage stamp b stamp 0 18c unused regular $0.25 $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postal stamp b stamp 0 18c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postage stamp b stamp 0 18c unused booklet $0.27 $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postal stamp b stamp 0 18c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postage stamp b stamp 0 18c unused booklet $ - $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postal stamp b stamp 0 18c unused coil $0.27 $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postage stamp b stamp 0 18c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
b stamp 18c 1980 postal stamp b stamp 0 18c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
francis perkins 15c 1980 postage stamp francis perkins 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
francis perkins 15c 1980 postal stamp francis perkins 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
dolley madison 15c 1980 postage stamp dolley madison 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
dolley madison 15c 1980 postal stamp dolley madison 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
emily bissell 15c 1980 postage stamp emily bissell 0 15c unused regular $0.25 $ - $ -
emily bissell 15c 1980 postal stamp emily bissell 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
emily bissell 15c 1980 postage stamp emily bissell 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
helen keller 15c 1980 postal stamp helen keller 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
helen keller 15c 1980 postage stamp helen keller 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
veterans administration 15c 1980 postal stamp veterans administration 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
veterans administration 15c 1980 postage stamp veterans administration 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
veterans administration 15c 1980 postal stamp veterans administration 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
bernardo de galvez 15c 1980 postage stamp bernardo de galvez 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
bernardo de galvez 15c 1980 postal stamp bernardo de galvez 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
bernardo de galvez 15c 1980 postage stamp bernardo de galvez 1 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
bernardo de galvez 15c 1980 postal stamp bernardo de galvez 2 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
coral reefs us virgin islands 15c 1980 postage stamp coral reefs us virgin islands 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
coral reefs us virgin islands 15c 1980 postal stamp coral reefs us virgin islands 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
coral reefs florida 15c 1980 postage stamp coral reefs florida 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
coral reefs florida 15c 1980 postal stamp coral reefs florida 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
coral reefs american somoa 15c 1980 postage stamp coral reefs american somoa 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
coral reefs american somoa 15c 1980 postal stamp coral reefs american somoa 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postage stamp coral reefs hawaii 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postal stamp coral reefs hawaii 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
coral reefs 15c 1980 postage stamp coral reefs 1 15c unused block $0.96 $ - $ -
coral reefs 15c 1980 postal stamp coral reefs 1 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postage stamp coral reefs hawaii 2 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postal stamp coral reefs hawaii 3 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postage stamp coral reefs hawaii 4 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
organized labor 15c 1980 postal stamp organized labor 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
organized labor 15c 1980 postage stamp organized labor 0 15c used regular $0.17 $ - $ -
organized labor 15c 1980 postal stamp organized labor 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
edith wharton 15c 1980 postage stamp edith wharton 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
edith wharton 15c 1980 postal stamp edith wharton 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
education 15c 1980 postage stamp education 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
education 15c 1980 postal stamp education 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
education 15c 1980 postage stamp education 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
american folk art heiltsuk 15c 1980 postal stamp american folk art heiltsuk 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american folk art heiltsuk 15c 1980 postage stamp american folk art heiltsuk 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
american folk art chilkat tlingit 15c 1980 postal stamp american folk art chilkat tlingit 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american folk art chilkat tlingit 15c 1980 postage stamp american folk art chilkat tlingit 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
american folk art tlingit tribe 15c 1980 postal stamp american folk art tlingit tribe 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american folk art tlingit tribe 15c 1980 postage stamp american folk art tlingit tribe 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
american folk art bella coola 15c 1980 postal stamp american folk art bella coola 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american folk art bella coola 15c 1980 postage stamp american folk art bella coola 0 15c used regular $0.17 $ - $ -
american folk art 15c 1980 postal stamp american folk art 1 15c unused block $0.96 $ - $ -
american folk art 15c 1980 postage stamp american folk art 1 15c used block $0.18 $ - $ -
american architecture smithsonian 15c 1980 postal stamp american architecture smithsonian 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american architecture smithsonian 15c 1980 postage stamp american architecture smithsonian 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
american architecture trinity church boston 15c 1980 postal stamp american architecture trinity church boston 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american architecture trinity church boston 15c 1980 postage stamp american architecture trinity church boston 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
american architecture penn academy 15c 1980 postal stamp american architecture penn academy 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american architecture penn academy 15c 1980 postage stamp american architecture penn academy 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
american architecture lyndhurst 15c 1980 postal stamp american architecture lyndhurst 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
american architecture lyndhurst 15c 1980 postage stamp american architecture lyndhurst 0 15c used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
american architecture 15c 1980 postal stamp american architecture 1 15c unused block $0.96 $ - $ -
american architecture 15c 1980 postage stamp american architecture 1 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
american architecture lyndhurst 15c 1980 postal stamp american architecture lyndhurst 2 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postage stamp christmas 1980 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postal stamp christmas 1980 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postage stamp christmas 1980 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postal stamp christmas 1980 0 15c unused regular $0.38 $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postage stamp christmas 1980 0 15c used regular $0.18 $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postal stamp christmas 1980 1 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postage stamp christmas 1980 2 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postal stamp christmas 1980 3 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
christmas 1980 15c 1980 postage stamp christmas 1980 4 15c unused pair $ - $ - $ -
windmills $3 1980 postal stamp windmills 0 $3 unused regular $ - $ - $ -
mallards $7.50 1980 postage stamp mallards 0 $7.50 used regular $0.19 $ - $ -
mallards $7.50 1980 postal stamp mallards 0 $7.50 unused regular $10.78 $ - $ -
highwheeler bike 15c 1980 postage stamp highwheeler bike 0 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
americas cup 15c 1980 postal stamp americas cup 0 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
honeybee 15c 1980 postage stamp honeybee 0 15c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
usa 30c 1980 postal stamp usa 0 30c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
1980 olympics  figure skating 14c 1980 postage stamp 1980 olympics figure skating 0 14c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
salt lake temple salt lake 10c 1980 postal stamp salt lake temple salt lake 0 10c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
count rochambeau 1780 10c 1980 postage stamp count rochambeau 1780 0 10c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
battle of kings mountain 10c 1980 postal stamp battle of kings mountain 0 10c unused regular $ - $ - $ -
golden hinde 19c 1980 postage stamp golden hinde 0 19c unused regular $ - $ - $ -

Find Valuable Postage Stamps from 1980 with the stamp collecting Stamps Catalogue and Online Stamp Price Guide.
Stamps Catalog Postage Stamps Price postage stamps for the year 1980 includes the Williamsburg 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 Williamsburg 15 cent postal stamp, the portsmouth 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 portsmouth 15 cent postal stamp, the eastham 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 eastham 15 cent postal stamp, the windmill illinois 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 windmill illinois 15 cent postal stamp, the windmill texas 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 windmill texas 15 cent postal stamp, the windmills 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 windmills 15 cent postal stamp, the windmills 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 windmills 15 cent postal stamp, the 1980 winter olympics speed skating 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 1980 winter olympics speed skating 15 cent postal stamp, the 1980 winter olympics skiing 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 1980 winter olympics skiing 15 cent postal stamp, the 1980 winter olympics jumping 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 1980 winter olympics jumping 15 cent postal stamp, the 1980 winter olympics hockey 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 1980 winter olympics hockey 15 cent postal stamp, the 1980 1980 winter olympics 15 cent postal stamp, the 1980 winter olympics 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 WC Fields 15 cent postal stamp, the wc fields 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 wc fields 15 cent postal stamp, the ben banneker 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 ben banneker 15 cent postal stamp, the ben banneker 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 national letter writing 15 cent postal stamp, the national letter writing 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 quill inkwell 1 cent postal stamp, the quill inkwell 1c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 quill and inkwell 1 cent postal stamp, the weaver violins 3.5c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 weaver violins 3.5 cent postal stamp, the b stamp 18c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 b stamp 18 cent postal stamp, the francis perkins 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 francis perkins 15 cent postal stamp, the dolley madison 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 dolley madison 15 cent postal stamp, the emily bissell 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 emily bissell 15 cent postal stamp, the emily bissell 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 Helen Keller 15 cent postal stamp, the helen keller 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 veterans administration 15 cent postal stamp, the veterans administration 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 veterans administration 15 cent postal stamp, the Bernardo de Galvez 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 bernardo de galvez 15 cent postal stamp, the coral reefs us virgin islands 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 coral reefs us virgin islands 15 cent postal stamp, the coral reefs florida 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 coral reefs florida 15 cent postal stamp, the coral reefs american somoa 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 coral reefs american somoa 15 cent postal stamp, the coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 coral reefs hawaii 15 cent postal stamp, the coral reefs 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 coral reefs 15 cent postal stamp, the coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 coral reefs hawaii 15 cent postal stamp, the coral reefs hawaii 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 organized labor 15 cent postal stamp, the organized labor 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 organized labor 15 cent postal stamp, the Edith Wharton 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 edith wharton 15 cent postal stamp, the education 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 education 15 cent postal stamp, the education 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american folk art heiltsuk 15 cent postal stamp, the american folk art heiltsuk 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american folk art chilkat tlingit 15 cent postal stamp, the american folk art chilkat tlingit 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american folk art tlingit tribe 15 cent postal stamp, the american folk art tlingit tribe 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american folk art bella coola 15 cent postal stamp, the american folk art bella coola 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american folk art 15 cent postal stamp, the american folk art 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 American Architecture Smithsonian 15 cent postal stamp, the american architecture smithsonian 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american architecture trinity church boston 15 cent postal stamp, the american architecture trinity church boston 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american architecture penn academy 15 cent postal stamp, the american architecture penn academy 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american architecture lyndhurst 15 cent postal stamp, the american architecture lyndhurst 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american architecture 15 cent postal stamp, the american architecture 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 american architecture lyndhurst 15 cent issue postal stamp, the christmas 1980 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 christmas 1980 15 cent postal stamp, the 1980 windmills $3 cent postal stamp, the mallards $7.50 1980 postal stamp, the 1980 mallards $7.50 seven dollar fifty cent issue stamp, the hunting permit duck stamp, the highwheeler bike 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 Americas Cup 15 cent postal stamp, the honeybee 15c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 usa 30 cent postal stamp, the 1980 Olympics Figure Skating 14c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 salt lake temple salt lake 10 cent postal stamp, the Count Rochambeau 1780 10c 1980 postage stamp, the 1980 battle of kings mountain 10 cent postal stamp, the golden hinde 19c 1980 postage stamp, official stamp price and revenue stamp.
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More US Stamps 1979 and US Stamps 1981

Stamp Collecting Old US Postage Stamps

Stamp collecting can be a absorbing and rewarding pastime. While spending many wonderful moments with this fascinating hobby, you become familiar with the culture of many lands, their arts, traditions and folklore. You man also find yourself devling into various topics such as: politics, history, biography, zoology, architecture, painting, botany and geography.

While this hobby may be popular with the well-to-do, a large stamp collection can be built with minimal resources. There can be just as much enjoyment out of the lower-grade stamps as from the rarest of the rare.

Stamp Collecting Equipment and Supplies

Some supplies may be useful for the proper care of your stamps.

Stamp Tongs - Tongs (or tweezers) are an important instrument in the proper handling of your stamps. They enable the stamps to be handled without coming into contact with dirty or greasy fingers.

Magnifying Glass - Useful for reading and identifying various types and marks on a stamp.

Stock Books and Binders - The sheets of a stock book have rows of transparent plastic pockets which stamps can be placed into. This allows the collector to preserve the the stamps without the use of hinges or other adhesives.

Stamp Albums

Many stamp collectors start out with an illustrated stamp album. These albums are normally organized by country. Each page contains pictures of stamps corresponding to that denomination. To place a stamp into your album, simply look for the design that matches your stamp. The more advanced the stamp album is, the more complete it will be. It is usually recommended to start with the most complete album you can afford.

If there is no particular place for a stamp, you can use whatever empty slots are available. This space problem can be overcome by purchasing a loose-leaf edition of a stamp album. In this way, you can add extra sheets as needed.

How to Hinge Stamps

Stamps should never be glued down into your album. Although there is some controversy regarding the use of stamp hinges, for used stamps, hinges are an economical way of mounting your stamps.

You should never apply glue, tape or adhesive to a stamp. Good hinges are available from stamp dealers or stamp supply companies. The adhesive on the hinge should allow for the hinge to be easily removed, thus avoiding damaging or taking off part of the stamp.

To apply the hinge, fold back the top portion of the hinge and moisten the gummed side. Apply this moistened part to the back of the stamp; on the top, below the perforation. The remaining portion of the hinge can then be moistened, and the stamp placed in your album.

Do not remove a moistened hinge from a stamp. If you need to remove a hinge, wait a couple of hours until the hinge is dry and then it should come off with ease.

Stamp Hinge Controversy

Gum or paper loss can make a stamp less valuable. Old style hinges are very difficult to remove and improper hinging can increase the chance for damage to a stamp. If one carelessly moistens the stamp in addition to the hinge, the stamp may stick in the album, increasing the chance for damage to the stamp with it comes time to be removed. Also, hinging a stamp too high may damage the perforations.

Collectors seek stamps which are closest to original condition as possible. Stamps in mint condition, that have never hinged or mounted, and still have the original gum intact, will maintain a higher value in the marketplace.

For the more valuable mint stamps in your collection, the ease and convenience of hinges is not a real benefit when compared to the potential for damage and loss of worth.

Stamp Mounts

Stamp mounts are transparent pockets in which your stamps can be placed. The mounts are pregummed and some mounts are also available with a black background. To fit various sizes of single stamps, strips or sheets; mounts may also be cut from transparent acetate.

Mounts offer better protection because your stamps can be viewed and examined with no need to actually touch them. Hinges may be inexpensive and easy to use, but mounts are a much better way to display the more valuable stamps in your collection.

Stamp Collecting Categories

There are numerous ways to categorize your stamps. A very good way to start is to categorize by the types of stamps you wish to collect. Broad categories might include:

By Country - Most countries have a postal system. It's easy to start collecting stamps from the country where you reside. Stamps can be purchased new at the Post Office or from local dealers who will normally offer wider selection of stamps to choose from, albeit at a higher price.

Worldwide - It has become far easier to find and purchase stamps from around the world. You can buy stamps from numerous online dealers and Internet auction sites like eBay.

By Topic - These are stamps issued to cover a special subject matter. The "Elvis" stamp is probably the best example of stamps in this category. Stamps are printed covering a wide variety of special subjects including art, architecture, history and famous personages.

Service Type - Most stamps are issued for ordinary use. But the Post Office also issues various types of stamps for specialized services such as Airmail, Air Post, Express Mail, Priority Mail and Certified Mail.

Stamp Dealers and Stamp Auctions

StampWants, stands out in the industry with great selection and customer service and low selling fees. Gary Posner Inc, www.StampWants.com is an online marketplace and community connecting stamp collectors and dealers around the world; offering auction, fixed price, and store inventory listings as well as free tools and services. Henry Gitner Philatelists, www.hgitner.com, buys and sells wholesale postage stamps to stamp collectors and dealers. One of the largest independent wholesale and retail stamp dealers in the United States, has an extensive stock of philatelic material ranging from stamps for beginning collectors to rare stamps for the specialist. The Herrick Stamp Company, www.herrickstamp.com, is one of America's leading stamp dealers with over 60 years of New Issue service. The Herrick Stamp Website has over 240,000 stamps and also posts and illustrates new issue stamps. Mystic Stamp Company is one of America's leading stamp dealers and is well known for its expertise, superior customer service, and for its involvement in the most noteworthy events in modern postal history. Prestige Philately brings to the market the best stamp and postal item collections, stamps, philately, stamp, stamp collecting, stamp auction, stamp auctions, postage stamps, postal history, postcards, and worldwide philately. The Kenmore Stamp Company offers stamps, stamp collecting, stamp collector, us stamps, foreign stamps, free catalog, postage stamps, postal stamps, philatelic, catalog and online ordering. Jamestown Stamp Company, www.stamp-co.com, is a mail order stamps, coins, and banknotes dealer.

iHobb, Internet hobby supply, is an Internet shopping source for collecting supplies. iHobb.com services the supply needs of stamp, coin, post card, currency and banknote collectors. iHobb's stock includes Scott, Coin World, White Ace, H.E. Harris, Whitman Press, SAFE, Lindner, White Ace, Showgard, Prinz, SuperSafe, Allsyte, Linns and more. Northland International Trading is a stamp and coin dealer. Northland Auctions specializes in United States, Scandinavia, and Hungary stamps and covers auctions.

Arpin Philately deals in quality postage stamp collecting and collectible stamps. Croton Stamp Co. sells US stamps, Canada stamps, and Newfoundland stamps to collectors by mail, as well as publishes a stamps newsletter about U.S. stamps and Canadian postage stamps. R. Maresch & Son Auctions Ltd., is Canada's largest stamp auction firm and handles Canada, Provinces, British Commonwealth and Foreign material. The auctions are unreserved, offering valuable rarities, large lots, stamps, collections, covers and anything of philatelic merit. Canadian Rare Stamp Auctioneers Sandafayre provides online stamp auctions, stamp collecting, stamps collections for collecting dealers, UK stamp auction, GB, US, british, foreign, rare, old, philatelic material, postal history, postage stamps, topical stamps, canadian stamps and auctions. Jack Nalbandian, Inc. supplies superior quality stamps and services to collectors and dealers and offers Premium Quality Mint and Used, United States Classics, Essays and Proofs, Canadian and Worldwide Listings.

Stamp Collecting Supplies

Stamp Albums

Hingeless Stamp Albums can hold up to 700 stamps on 9x12 inch pages. Stamps are placed behind strips on the page allowing easy mounting and arrangement. Hingeless albums feature semi-transparent glassine strips, crystal clear acetate strips and interleaves. The Kenmore World Album features classic styling and a three-Ring design to provide space for hinge-mounting more than 10,000 stamps and allow for easy updating. This stamp album has over 600 pages, including 230 country pages with flags, histories, and geographic facts, four world map pages, stamp identifier, glossary, page backgrounds and mounting guidelines. The U.S. Liberty Album has quality stamp pages and is illustrated on one side with spaces for all American definitive stamps, commemoratives, airmails and postage due stamps. Stock Sheets provide collectors with the flexibility of utilizing multi-row layouts to protect stamps behind clear acetate overlays. These archival pages fit into three-ring binders and allow quick, hinge-free mounting and display.

Canada Scott Master Album has fully-illustrated pages with stamp descriptions and Scott numbers. Canada Harris Album has over 1200 black and white llustrations printed on one side. Canada Tradition Album is made of light weightpaper and has llustrations in black and white and printed on two sides. The Constitution Canada stamp album has black and white illustrations printed on two sides of lightweight pages. Canada Junior Album has Scott number description and identification for each stamp.

North American Stamp Clubs and Organizations

The American Philatelic Society promotes stamp collecting for people of all ages, offers services to its membership and to philately in general, including knowledge and education, which enhance the pleasure and friendliness of stamp collecting, initiates and coordinates new programs for the benefit of stamp collecting and of all collectors, represents the United States of America in the world body of philately, and assist its members in acquiring and disposing of philatelic materials. The American Stamp Dealers Association is a professional organization serving philately since 1914. The ASDA is dedicated to promoting integrity, honesty and reliability, and we are the hobby builders of philately.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) features membership information and anonline library. The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) is devoted to the collector and researcher of stamps, postal markings, and postal history of Canada, the pre-Confederation colonies, and Newfoundland.