A comprehensive guide about how to grade stamps and the impact condition has on value

To carry out stamp grading accurately, a degree of specialist philatelic knowledge is required. But even if you enjoy collecting stamps as a hobby rather than as an investment, you can still learn about the many different factors that must be considered when trying to determine a stamp’s value. The best philate...

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An in-depth philatelic dictionary of the most-used stamp terminology

Adhesive: A stamp that is gummed Airmail Stamp: Issued to prepay the postage of mail carried by air Albino: A design impression without any colour Aniline: A water soluble ink or dye Approvals: When a collector is offered ...

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How to value old postcards

The value of old postcards is affected by many variable factors, but demand, condition and rarity often have the greatest influence on how much a postcard’s worth. As experienced valuers of collectables, our experts are often asked: How do I value my vintage and old postcards? Unless you have years of ...

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The 32 most important factors which affect a rare error stamps value

Stamp errors are often highly prized by philatelic investors and collectors. The reason stamps with printing errors are so desirable is because their defects have unintentionally created some of the rarest and most visually striking stamps in the world. Some errors can result in a stamp being valued thous...

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The most important things to look for when researching the valuation of medals

Collecting military medals will always have an enduring appeal because it is such a great way to discover about history and the important roles people have played. Offering a unique insight into past events of major significance, medals are a lasting tribute to the sacrifices made by soldiers who have fought in c...

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