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Interested in starting a stamp collection, but not sure where to begin? This is the guide for you. Expert Richard Sine fills you in on everything you need to know about selecting, finding, buying, presenting and caring for stamps. An internationally recognized collector and author on stamp collecting (he used to write the New York Times stamp column) he also has much wisdom to impart to collectors who’ve been at it for a while. A gold mine of expert advice and guidance, Stamp Collecting For Dummies is on how to:
Unlike most authors on the subject who tend to be pretty stuffy—to put it politely—expert Richard Sine focuses on the side of stamp collecting that’s enjoyable, educational, and fun. With humor, tons of interesting anecdotes about stamps and the men and women who love them, and loads of insider tips, he covers all the bases, including:
Stamp Collecting For Dummies is your total guide to starting and building on a really cool stamp collection.
Part I: Getting the Fundamentals Licked.
Chapter 1: Uncovering Stamp Collecting's Coolness.
Chapter 2: A Stamp by Any Other Name.
Chapter 3: Dissecting Your Stamp's Anatomy.
Part II: Making the Most of Your Moolah.
Chapter 4: Raising Their Green Heads: Finances.
Chapter 5: Getting a Grip on Grade and Condition.
Chapter 6: "Appreciating" Value.
Part III: Stampeding Is a Group Thing.
Chapter 7: Leaving No Stone Unturned: Finding Stamps.
Chapter 8: Getting a Little Help from Your Friends.
Chapter 9: "Familializing" Yourself with Stamps.
Chapter 10: Showing off at Exhibits.
Part IV: Customizing Your Collection.
Chapter 11: Uncle Sam's Stamps.
Chapter 12: Globe-trotting.
Chapter 13: Planning and Theming.
Part V: Protecting Your Collection.
Chapter 14: Housing Your Stamps.
Chapter 15: Faking It.
Part VI: The Parts of Ten.
Chapter 16: Ten Keys to Stamp Identification.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Dispose of a Stamp or Collection.
Chapter 18: Ten Commonly Asked Questions About Postage Stamps.
Part VII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Rooting Through Resources.
Appendix B: Glossary.
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Posted July 27, 2013
As an adult beginning stamp collector I had difficulty finding general information in book form that was not written for a 10 year old. While this book would be helpful to a young collector it does not insult the older reader. It is written by someone who truly knows the ins and outs of the hobby and remembers what it is like to be starting out and overwhelmed by the possibilities the hobby presents. The book is logically organized and covers everything from basic equipment and purchasing/selling to specialization and exhibition. Included is a comprehensive glossary of terms unique to stamp collecting. Some of the web references are a bit dated but do not take away from the overall helpfulness of the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2005