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Amateur Collector Getting Back Into The Hobby After A Few Decades

 
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Posted 10/06/2022   07:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ShadowRogue75 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all,

I'm an amateur collector who dusted off the stamp collection during the pandemic and am getting back into the hobby after a few decades.

I prefer to collect used stamps because I like to see where the stamp has been (if there's a nice cancellation!) and because I like how a cancellation can sometimes add visual interest to the base stamp design (I have one stamp where three people are looking up into the corner of a stamp and a cancellation happens to track their line of sight). I also have a soft spot faulty/imperfect/damaged stamps (not errors) because I think they need love too and those are very welcome in my collection. Same with back-of-book and Cinderellas.

I have a respectable collection of Canadian classics and am looking to build out my collection into recent years. I also have a solid slice of South African stamps and those hold a particular interest for me. After catching up sorting items I had on hand, I realized that I love the luck-of-the-draw with mixed packets and kiloware. A local collector recently told me that 'you'll never be bored collecting worldwide', and, after reflecting on this, I agree. So I'm right at the start line of collecting worldwide with some kiloware on the way. I'm hoping to especially build a robust collection of Japanese stamps.

Looking forward to being part of the community,

Shadow
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Posted 10/06/2022   08:11 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome.
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Posted 10/06/2022   09:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome. Sounds like you have a solid game plan in place.
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Posted 10/06/2022   09:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
ShadowRogue75

Collecting for the enjoyment of collecting, whatever that might be, is the name of the game. Don't hesitate to ask questions especially if you need basic information and especially more advanced sources of information for any possible topic. You should be able to find folks on this board a little further along on their collecting journey glad to share experiences.

My personal bias is a used stamp loses the story of its journey in the postal service when it is removed from the cover it transported to its destination. Collecting postal history adds a whole new aspect to your journey in our hobby.

Wishing you many enjoyable future days in our hobby. Russ
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Posted 10/06/2022   9:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Going Postal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome to the forum! It sounds like you and I are on the same or similar path in our collecting.

- Lance
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Posted 10/07/2022   07:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 10/07/2022   09:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add l2y to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome ShadowRogue75,
You are a collector of my dreams..
I also prefer used stamps and agree that damaged and abused stamps deserve love and attention just like their mint brothers and sisters.
I have been collecting US stamps and like you I am beginning to collect worldwide stamps.
It has been nice to meet you and I hope you enjoy your time here.

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Posted 10/07/2022   09:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mainer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Shadow,

This all resonates with me. I agree with you on used vs mint and how stamps can tell a story. I'm from an old NS stamp collecting family but sort of lost interest after high school. I have picked it up again in the last few years and I couldn't be happier.

As others have said there's a lot of good info on this forum and that has been helpful in catching me up to the state of the art.

Good luck!
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