Stamp collecting is a great hobby or pass time and there are many themes to the varied collections that have been put together over the years. But where does the newcomer to stamp collecting start? Well assembling a wide based collection with many themes that can then be individually added to is one way. An idea to get you started is to collect
Mint U.S. Stamps
Why I hear you ask, well because generaly stamps that are in mint condition are more valuable than a dog eared example of the same one. This clearly makes them easier to sell on once you have decided the theme for your collection.
USA STAMP: 1902 watermarked Special Delivery Scott # E6 10c Near Mint condition!
This particular stamp was auctioned on e-bay recently and fetched $1.99 and I would bet good money that the seller paid no more than that when he bought it. He probably broke even. Now here is the point, if you invest say $500 over a period of a few years in buying only mint U.S. stamps you will begin to see the many possibilities for a theme for your collection. Once you have decided on that theme your more recent purchases will be on theme, and you may think that it is a good idea to sell on some of the other stamps in your collection. Now there is always a market for mint U.S. stamps so with a little luck and planning you should get at least some of your money back to re-invest in your new themed collection. Does that make sense to you?
So now for your next question - why specifically mint U.S. stamps? Sure you can buy mint stamps from any country that issues postage stamps but is there a ready market for the ones that end up being not on theme here in the United States? Well that depends on the number of collectors who are interested in that country's stamps or the theme that the stamps show. Here there are more collectors of U.S. stamps than any other countries postage stamps, and again this will help you to move on those stamps.
When you have decided on the theme for your collection you will already have the basis of your collection in mint U.S. stamps so the chances are that your theme will be more readily available here. There are more collectors who, like you, started by collecting mint U.S. postage stamps and its more than likely that they did not end up choosing the same theme as you did. Great, that means that when they sell off their off theme stamps with a little bit of luck a few might be right on theme for you. This helps you to add to your collection at reasonable prices.
Why do I need a theme any way? Ihear you ask. Well of course you do not need to have a themed collection, you could continue to only collect mint U.S. stamps but you would end up with a collection that is probably lacking in interest to others, and therefore value.
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