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What Is Your Favorite Philatelic Tool?

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Posted 12/02/2008   2:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stamperdude to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I would have to say the most invaluable tool in my stamp collecting arsenal is this website.
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Posted 12/02/2008   4:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobgggg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My trusty blowtorch..To get those hinges off those
nasty CTO stamps
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A Philatelic mind
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Posted 12/02/2008   4:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add WpgLwr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Whichever catalogue is applicable at the time.
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Posted 12/02/2008   6:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Triggersmob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
With the eyes getting older, I would have to say the magnifying glass.

Steve
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Posted 12/02/2008   9:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add OttawaMike to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My 10X loupe.
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Posted 12/02/2008   9:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
For a more traditional tool I would say a catalog to id my stamps.
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Posted 12/02/2008   10:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'd be lost without my tongs (and keep a spare).
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Posted 12/02/2008   10:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rlorenz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would have to say my magnifier and my tongs I would be lost without either one
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Posted 12/02/2008   11:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
i would say the stamp catalogs !!
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Posted 12/03/2008   07:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Oh may gosh I have to choose

Well then I would say this site and the couple of scotts catalogues that I have.

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Posted 12/13/2008   6:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add outlaw13 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It would have to be the new 4x/10x magnifier with miniature spotlight. It does a beautiful job of illuminating the entire stamp while I look over it.


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Posted 12/13/2008   7:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add David Giles to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Modern said:


Quote:
I'd be lost without my tongs (and keep a spare).




I concur. I would say my dealer tongs.

David
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Posted 12/14/2008   10:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nr-notrare to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
First and foremost is my desire to learn......second is my tongs.
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Posted 12/23/2008   4:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1775mac to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Today my new set of tongs came, kind of bitter sweet though. I have had my other set for 30 years. Forgot and left the office door open and my original set just happened to disappear about 3 weeks ago.
This can happen with a 4 year old little girl in the house.
New ones do not feel right yet so will have to get to mounting some stamps to break them in.

First, yes knowledge is great.
Secondly, I really miss my old tongs.
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Posted 12/23/2008   4:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
This can happen with a 4 year old little girl in the house.


If they're in the house, they might still show up. Unless there
was an "Uh-Oh" moment like in those State Farm commercials last
year or so where the watch went down the toilet. (My son-in-law
never did find his watch.)
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Larry, APS Member

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Posted 12/23/2008   5:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I, unfortunately do not even attempt to sort or mount my stamps if my 2 year old is awake. He will want to help and is still too young to understand that my stamps are not his stickers. LOL

I tried sorting precancels by state one day and he kept reaching closer & closer across the table until he was laying on it and grabbing at a handfull. The "NO, NO, NO's" was not working.
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