Is Stamp Collecting Dying?

This is a question many stamp collectors have been asking in the recent years. And no wonder—how often do you find stamps on your mail? Probably very rarely, which is the case for most people–including myself. While businesses are using metered postage or postage permits, everyone else is primarily using …

Forever Stamp Price is Going Up

The price of Forever stamps will increase by 2 cents on Sunday, January 22nd. Forever stamps will cost 49 cents, instead of the current 47 cents.   In April 2016, the U.S. Postal Service was pressured to reduce the price down to 47 cents. Last October, the USPS filed notice …

Hinged vs Never Hinged Stamps

Today I’ll be explaining what “hinged” and “never hinged” stamps are, and the differences between them. It’s very important to understand the differences between the two, because one is more collectible (and pricier) than the other.   What is a Hinged Stamp?   A hinged stamp is a stamp that was, …

7 Super Stamp Collecting Forums

Stamp collecting forums are a great way to network with other collectors from around the world. Stamp collectors oftentimes run into problems with their collections, many times due to lack of knowledge. By asking questions and helping others out on stamp forums, you can usually get timely answers and make friends with …

How to Grade Stamps Yourself

Just as coins and cards each have a grading system, stamps have a grading system as well. Although grading stamps is a complex and subjective process, I’d like to explain how it’s done in a way that’s easy to follow and understand. When I first took an interest in the …