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STAMP COLLECTING

The Definitive-Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

This New Edition of Stamp Collecting has a photo section illustrating what better stamps look like. The writer, Michael DuBasso has been an International dealer and Foundation Director for forty years. This book has been ten years in the writing and covers everything that a collector or dealer would want to know about stamp collecting and dealing. It is an important tool and no collector or dealer should be without it. Here is some of subject matter covered.

ADVICE FOR THE BEGINNER
How to get started
Where to go for stamps
Categories of stamp collecting
Where to find albums & supplies
Stamp newspapers & magazines
Recognizing valuable stamps in an inherited collection
How to mount stamps
How to use stamp tools & supplies
National List of stamp clubs & Organizations
How to buy*** Protecting your collection
How to use a stamp catalog
How to correctly identify stamps
How to become a better collector
Stamp terminology


ADVICE FOR THE ADVANCED COLLECTOR
Improving your collecting habits
Safeguarding a valuable collection from dampness & mildew
How to use the German catalogs
How to use the British catalogs
Buying through dealers
Bidding tips at auction
Why to use a bidding agent
Lists of ethical auction firms
Lists of expertising organizations


ADVICE FOR THE BEGINNING DEALER
Categories of dealers
Specialization
Advertising
Professional organizations
Buying at auction
Dealer ethics
Buying stamps from a private party or estate
Percentage levels to acquire stamps in different conditions and categories
Forgeries in stamps
Expertising information


ADVICE FOR THE ADVANCED DEALER
Becoming a better dealer
Specialization at a higher level
Sensitive information: inside the auction house
Advertising
Dealing directly with your customers and keeping them
 

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