Whether you’ve recently inherited a stamp collection, are just starting
out, or have been collecting your entire life, it’s important that
you know how to preserve your collection. After all, a stamp’s condition
is one of the most important factors in determining its value, so the
better you take care of your stamps the more valuable your collection
will be over time. Here are some tips on how to properly store your collection from the
stamp experts at Rockville’s Coins of the Realm.
Improve Environmental Conditions
Of all the things you can do to preserve a
valuable stamp collection, the first and most important thing is to improve the overall environmental
conditions in which your collection is stored. Hot, humid, or excessively
dry areas can result in distortions, fading, mold, and other damage that
can lower the value of your collection.
Minimize Stamp Handling
It might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that the less you
handle your stamps the better. Even if you wear gloves or use philatelic
tweezers, anytime you take your stamps out you expose them to potentially
harmful elements and increase the likelihood of costly damage. If you
have stamps that you’re especially proud of, keep them in a glass
display box so you can show them off without having to physically handle them.
Prevent Theft or Vandalism
As your collection grows and becomes more valuable, it’s important
that you take measures to prevent theft or vandalism. We recommend locking
high value stamps in a safe to keep them safely out of the hands of anyone
who would like to steal your collection for a quick payday.
If you’re looking to add to your collection, visit Coins of the Realm
in Rockville, MD. We have a huge selection of mint sheets, singles, first-day
stamps, and commercial covers. Our stamp specialists also provide complementary
in-store appraisals so you know the true value of your collection. Call
us at (301) 340-1640 to learn more about our
collectible stamps and stamp appraisal services.