Tips for Preserving Your Valuable Stamp Collection

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.

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