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Posted 12/06/2022   6:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Callon to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi All,
I've posted a few times and decided to introduce myself. I collected stamps through much of my childhood, soaking US and worldwide stamps off of envelopes and getting the latest US yearbook every year for Christmas. In the decades since then all I'd done until recently was buy some older US yearbooks.

Fast forward to this year. It may sound silly, but what sparked my interest again was seeing the stamp releases coming out of Ukraine during the Russian invasion. I've made a couple purchases from their postal service, and am really liking the souvenir sheets with postcards and envelopes that they're putting out.

Very recently, I started getting in the US mint commemorative year sets prior to 1968. The rest of the 1960s arrived last week and I got those nicely arranged in stock pages. Now I'm impatiently awaiting the '40s and '50s sets that I just ordered.

I know, I know, I'll run out of the really cheap US year sets to buy soon. What's next? I don't know yet. I've got a lot to learn and I'll be reading here with interest.

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United States
630 Posts
Posted 12/06/2022   9:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add centerstage98 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hardly silly that the Ukraine stamps sparked your interest - very news items! Welcome back to the hobby. This forum has many smart folks so do check in whenever you have questions. (Big hint - they always like to see images of items you might have questions on.) Good luck and enjoy!
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Lebanon
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Posted 12/07/2022   03:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mazdoc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome back to the hobby.
From here, you can either go topical, country based, or general interest.
Some may chose a specific topic to collect (penguin stamps from around the world, cartoons, heraldry...etc).
Others may chose to focus on a country (existing or not). The Soviet Union and Bangladesh are 2 countries that can easily be collected in one's lifetime.
And then you have special interest collections where anything that looks nice regardless of country or topic gets a place in the collection.
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United States
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Posted 12/07/2022   05:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome!

Dale
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Posted 12/07/2022   06:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome!
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Posted 12/07/2022   09:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome Callon,

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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