Collecting stamps or Philately is one of the oldest and respected hobbies for people of all ages who are interested in history, geography, art and world cultures. Stamps have been issued from postal services from all over the world since 1840. Every subject you can imagine has been depicted on colourful stamps: Animals, sports, maps, cars, ships, movie stars. No matter what your interest, there are stamps that will complement that interest. Stamp collecting is anything you want it to be.
How to Start :
For starters, one can buy few stamps online and from collectors. There are stamps that can come through posts and letters and that can be taken off carefully and be added in the collection.
You need the following :
All you need is to purchase a stamp collection book and a pair of special stamp holding tweezers to handle your stamps. Do not throw away any duplicate stamps, which you might have received. You can use them in exchange for another stamp of your choice. The infinite range of stamps covers famous personalities, cars, planes, historical events, animals, birds, etc. The list is endless and this is what could make you into an avid stamp collector or philatelist. With the above preparation you are ready to start you fascinating hobby of Stamp collection.
Collecting stamps is a better hobby than many other hobbies because first and foremost it occupies very little space. The money required to start this hobby is less as compared to collecting other expensive things. This hobby is safer and less hair-raising than collecting bugs or butterflies. It helps one understand the diverse culture and stories behind countries which are depicted through various stamps.
The value of stamps also increases significantly over time and so carefully bought stamps in best of the prices can yield very high returns over period of time.