Collectible stamps can be a great investment, as their value can appreciate over time. However,
to ensure that your investment increases in value, you must take good
care of your stamps. Rare stamps that are in good condition or excellent
condition are worth a lot more money than stamps that are torn, discolored,
or otherwise damaged. Keep reading for some great tips for caring for
your rare stamps.
Protect Your Stamps from Environmental Factors
There are a number of environmental elements that adversely affect
stamps. Stamps must be protected from humidity, sunlight, artificial light, heat,
and mold. Don’t ever photocopy or scan stamps, as the light and
heat emitted from scanners and photocopiers may cause deterioration. Dehumidifiers,
calcium chloride crystals, silica gel, and activated alumina can be used
to remove moisture from the storage area where your stamps are housed.
Keep These Items Away from Stamps
Tape should never be used when storing or presenting stamps. Stamps should
never be stored on or near cardboard, as it is very acidic; the chemicals
present in cardboard can transfer to stamps very quickly, and will deteriorate
and destroy them. You should also ensure that certain items are not stored
with or near your stamps, or used in your stamp albums; these items include
rubber cement, ballpoint pens, paperclips, staples, rubber bands, masking
tape, and adhesive labels.
Clean Collectible Stamps Correctly
Collectible stamps can be cleaned using two methods: wet cleaning and dry
cleaning. One of the easiest ways to clean stamps is to use a pencil eraser
and a brush. The best pencil eraser for this purpose is a Faber-Castell
Magic-Rub. Chemical baths can be used to eradicate the growth of mildew
on stamps, and submersing a stamp in boiling water can remove grease and
For more information on how to best care for and store your
rare stamps in Rockville, MD, come see us at Coins of the Realm. Our experts can appraise your stamps
and recommend restoration or cleaning options, if necessary. For more
information, visit our website or call us today at (301) 340-1640.