Post by denverdave on Apr 27, 2018 22:39:43 GMT -5
I am happy to be here and tap into the expertise of this community. I recently came across my grandfathers stamp collection and am in the process of sorting them. Presently I am sorting them by country. Is this a good way to get started?
The stamps are completely unorganized and there are thousands and thousands of them, most seem to be from the 1920s-1970s.
Any advice on how to sort/organize would be really appreciated.
Thanks very much. I look forward to chatting with you all.
Indeed, sorting them by country is the easiest/fastest way to start.
You can take a couple of simple pictures of a few batches, so we can get a very rough idea of what you have, and can then make further suggestions/comments. Meanwhile, feel free to ask specific questions, or just post pics of those stamps.
Before you know it, you'll be past 50 posts and totally hooked on stamps!
You can check to see if your local library has any Scott stamp catalogs available for check-out or in the reference section. You may find them useful in your stamp endeavors.
Looking forward to reading more of your posts and pics of your stamps!
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Welcome! After sorting by country, it might help to sort be apparent age, and by faces, pictures, airmails. For stamps of the United States, then sort by denomination (3c, 5c, 39c etc). Those will generally but not always correspond to the main postal rate of a period, which will make them much easier to find in a catalog.
I collect each country, dead or alive, but focus on France, French African colonies, older German area, allegorical men, carnivorous plants, Vikings, rock art, engraved pictorials.
denverdave, Welcome to this online stamp club. I have been here since Dec and have found it is a wealth of information from novice to expert. I fit somewhere in between. I would suggest for your accumulation that you sort it first by country by all means. Then you can pick a system that suits you. Denomination breaks it down to a point so that helps when putting them in order by catalog. I always sorted regular postage in one pile and then back of the book in another (Semi-Post/Airmail/etc) Then comemoratives from definitives and eventually you will have a bunch of manageable piles to work with. Then dig into that Scott and put them all in order. With the dates you posted, you have a bunch of stamps from a great time period. On the other hand it was also a time period when some countries were cranking out stamp sets on a hourly basis. (or so it seems) Anyway happy stamping and main thing is to have fun. That's what this hobby is all about.
Post by crazyquilter on Apr 28, 2018 14:55:47 GMT -5
Hello and denverdave, we are very happy you joined our little den. Hope we can answer any questions you might have. A good magnifier would be a great tool to have. I like to sort the countries A-Z and place the loose stamps in business size envelopes. Did you inherit any stamp albums and catalogs?
I am a used World wide stamper. Always have been and always will bee.
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