Do you have one or more rare postage stamps in your collection? If so, you could have a few valuable stamps. You will need to avoid letting anything bad happen to them though or they'll quickly lose their value. Here are some of the most important things to know when it comes to caring for rare postage stamps.
Guide to Caring for Rare Postage Stamps
First of all, you will want to ensure that your hands are as clean as possible before handling your stamps. Even with clean hands, there may still be residue on them that can affect your stamps. That's why it's best to use stamp tongs when you need to handle your stamps.
Regular tongs have relatively sharp edges that can easily puncture your rare postage stamps. Avoid using them in favor of stamp tongs that have flat, safe edges. There are all sorts of tongs that you can buy. An inexpensive design will do the trick just as well as a fancy one though.
Keep in mind that you'll need to clean your tongs on occasion. If you don't, then they'll accumulate debris that will get on your stamps. Just use a little mild dishwashing liquid and warm water to clean them. Don't use them with your stamps until they've had a chance to dry thoroughly though.
You can store your rare postage stamps in a variety of places. Don't just toss them haphazardly in a shoe box though. Whenever the box moves, the stamps will be tossed around, possibly getting damaged in the process.
There are plenty of types of damage that you can do to reduce the value of your rare postage stamps. Bending them isn't a good idea. It's also important to keep the perforations intact too. You can avoid the possibility of damage by mounting your stamps properly in an album.
If you plan on using an album to house your rare postage stamps, then you'll be presented with options on how to secure them to the pages. Some people use tape or glue for that purpose. If you do use either one of these adhesives, then you should never plan on removing the stamps. If you try to, then you will undoubtedly damage them.
Instead of using an adhesive for your stamps, use a special mount instead. You can find them at hobby shops or order some online. They are available in different sizes to fit your needs. If you need something special, then you'll have the option of cutting the mounts yourself.
Be careful that you don't use a mount that's not the right size. If you do, then you may damage your rare postage stamps. When starting your collection, you should try to have a variety of mount sizes at your disposal. That way, you won't have to worry about not having the right size available.
When keeping rare postage stamps in albums, only use one side of the page. Some people use both sides which will cause damage to one or both stamps that come in contact with each other.
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