So, you have a few stamps or a few thousand of them, and you want to know more about them? In that case, you would need a good place to start looking for more info. In this article we’ll try to cover 10 most useful websites where you could find more info about your stamp.
A stamp catalog is a reference book, and one of the most important tools, every serious collector should use at some point. Typically, it includes images and description, together with other relevant details like issue dates, denominations, perforations, historical context, and prices. The idea and the concept of the stamp catalog dates back to mid-19th century, and the first stamp catalog was published in France by Oscar Berger-Levrault on 17 September 1861 and the first illustrated catalog by Alfred Potiquet in December 1861.
If you’re into philately, you should know that the most popular stamp catalogs today are:
The problem with printed issues of stamp catalogs is that they become obsolete at some point. While the info, until the time they were issued, is correct, new stamps are constantly issued, and stamp values also change during the time.
Therefore, online stamp catalogs will save us a place on the shelves, money, but also paper.
In this article we’ve deiced to emphasize 2 online stamp catalogs:
In 1863, Gibbons published his first stamp catalog, which included detailed descriptions and prices for every stamp issued by the British Empire. The catalog was an immediate success, and it established Gibbons as the leading authority on British stamps. Over the years, the catalog grew in size and scope, expanding to include stamps from all over the world." - www.thememorabiliaclub.com
"The Scott Catalogue is actually a series of volumes that lists every stamp ever made from all over the world, alphabetically by country. Under each country is a brief biography along with a pronunciation code which is quite helpful and fun if you are working with unfamiliar names and are a geography junkie! Philatelists also use the Catalogue to research how much a stamp is worth as the price for an unused stamp is also noted in the listings." - postalmuseum.si.edu
Besides online versions, you can always buy printed versions. Their main advantage of the printed version is, same as printed books versus e-books, is that you don’t have to stare at the monitor the whole time. And printed version has some “magic” in it.
If you’re not ready to pay for catalogs, you can always look for free sources online. There are a plenty of them, but some of them are much better. That comes from the fact that somebody invested a lot of time (and money) to catalogize stamps (and other collectables).
The 3 sources I would like to point out are:
The next approach is to try to find your stamps and read more about them. You can do it so on sites like Philatelicly and The Philatelic Database:
In the last section is only 1 forum. While forums were very popular in the past, today they are not the “hot” stuff on the internet. Still, many people still use them to interact with others. While they are hundreds of them online, I would like to point out only to this one, because it has the large and active community:
Today we’ve seen 10 sources where you could find your stamps and their details. While you wait for the next article, feel free to take a look at articles related to some famous and valuable stamps.
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