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									Comparing Apples, Oranges and Grapes:
How to Distinguish Different Kinds of Stamps
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Before you begin with your new hobby, you must first familiarize yourself
with the various kinds of stamps that are out in the market. You’ll be
better able to appreciate the value and beauty of your collection when
you can correctly recognize the classification of the stamps in your
possession.
Philately is a marvelous hobby to have and it need not be expensive at
all! When you’re able to identify the different kinds of stamps, you’ll
no doubt have an easier time as well finding the right price for buying
and selling.
STAMPS ACCORDING TO TYPES
Definitive – The first of all stamps was called Penny Black from Great
Britain; it was also a definitive stamp. Definitive stamps are often
small-sized and monochromatic. Definitive stamps are not printed in
limited editions; they are in fact sold widely and in various
denominations for them to be used in different types of mails.
Commemorative – These stamps on the other hand are often produced in
honor of a certain figure or event. The first commemorative stamps ever
produced in the United States in 1893 memorialized the discovery of the
New World by Christopher Columbus. Since then, production of
commemorative stamps has never ceased. If you would care to observe,
you’d see that commemorative stamps are generally bigger than the usual
type of stamps – definitive – that we are used to. They are also printed
in smaller quantities – around a hundred to two hundred million and in
comparison with the billions of printings of definitive stamps. It’s very
rare if commemorative stamps that ran out of stock are actually
reprinted. These stamps are tagged with standard first class rates.
Special – This is a fairly recent classification used for stamps; special
stamps possess characteristics of both definitive and commemorative
stamps. Most of these special stamps in the United States tend to contain
Christmas or love themes. Although larger than commemorative stamps,
special stamps are generally sold at common rates. Only when they become
very much in demand are they reprinted and sold for higher rates.
STAMPS ACCORDING TO FORMAT
Sheets – Most stamps are generally printed in this format, also known as
panes.
Coils – Lengthy strips or rolls of stamps that are sold in vending
machines; they present a convenient way of purchasing stamps even during
non-working hours of the postal office.
Booklets – Another convenient method of buying and owning stamps,
booklets can be rather easily kept in one’s wallet or bag.
STAMPS ACCORDING TO PURPOSE
Regular – Regular stamps for regular mail
Special Delivery – Issued in the 1800’s, these stamps are – naturally –
used for special deliveries
Postage Due – Stamps that indicate the amount due for postage
Airmail – Stamps that are specifically designed for various airmail and
special services such as parcel post
STAMPS ACCORDING TO CONDITION
Unused – Stamps that you purchase from stores – online or offline – that
are brand new are also called unused stamps. These stamps therefore have
higher rates than second hand ones – unless the former is a definitive
stamp while the other comes from a special or limited edition.
Used – These stamps have been used; placing stamps in albums are not
counted of course. Since these stamps are secondhand, it’s more difficult
to find them good buyers unless – again – they’re extremely in demand
Mint – When stamps are described in mint condition, they have never been
used NOR damaged in any way. Naturally, stamps of this ilk always fetch a
higher price than what’s usual.
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