Many people think they know what makes something a collectable, whether
it be stamps, coins, or memorabilia. While there are certain factors,
such as an item’s rarity, that influence whether it becomes a collectable,
that same item needs to be coveted by others to truly become a collectable.
Here is a brief look at what exactly can make a stamp into a collector’s item:
Rare stamps are hot commodities among collectors. These stamps could be
rare for any number of reasons. The most prominent reason being that there
was a small number of stamps originally printed. Stamps may also be rare
because many of the original run can no longer be found or printed. Some
rare stamps include the “Hawaiian Missionaries” from 1851
and the Tiflis stamp from 1857.
Some stamps become collectables because they were originally printed with
a defect. Before stamp collecting became a popular pastime, some countries
would order the destruction of a defective stamp. This meant that if any
defective stamps did make it into circulation, they often became very
valuable. Popular examples of collectable stamps with mistakes are the
Inverted Jenny—in which a military biplane was printed upside-down—and
the Post Office Mauritius.
Once stamp collecting became popular, the United States Post Office started
releasing specialized versions of their stamps for the express purpose
of becoming collectables. These stamps are often released with authentication
certificates and encouraged to be handled as a collectable. These collectable
stamps will often coincide with a specific pop culture anniversary or
a special date in history. Ask a stamp specialist or
visit the Post Office’s website to learn more about stamps specifically printed for collections.
Visit Coins of the Realm for all information on
collectable stamps in Rockville, MD. We can appraise your current stamp collection or help you start one.
Please visit our website or call us at (301) 340-1640 to learn more about
how we can help with your stamp collecting.