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Course: An Introduction to the World of Stamp Collecting

An Introduction to the World of Stamp Collecting

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About this Course

This is a course I really enjoyed creating as I have had a life-time love affair with collecting stamps. I started as a child of about 7 or 8 when my friend's grandfather gave me a stock book with some stamps in it and I found they fascinated me. I had to learn all about them and my passion for it grew from there. I have now been collecting stamps for close to 55 years. I am not at it all the time but it is always there and I can open up my collection and spend time with it anytime I get the urge. I have found that in my younger years, I was voracious learning about this new world and I literally spent hundreds if not thousands of hours at it. As I aged and entered the business world, whenever I needed a release from work stresses or just some quiet time, my collection was there waiting for me to help me relax and soon all was right with the world again. As I got older with more leisure time available to me, it has been great fun for me to get back into it in a more serious way.

This course will teach you what I have learned about stamp collecting through my many years involved in this past-time. I'll teach you how to get started on it as a beginner - learning the basics of it so you can do the right things to get started and know what to do. Next, I will teach you more advanced methods of collecting and teach you what more mature collectors do when spending time on their collections. And, lastly, I'll teach you how you can turn this into a profitable business and make money at it if your interests lie in that direction.

This is a course for both children and adults, for parents wanting to get their kids into the hobby and for those serious about learning more about it - including how wise collectors earn incomes at it.

So if you are looking for some fun and rewarding ways to spend some leisure time, take this course and enjoy taking a look at a world that has fascinated me for a life-time. There is always something new you can do, something new to learn and pleasures to discover.

I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

Best wishes, 

Dan Grijzenhout - Course Creator

Basic knowledge
  • A stamp book is useful and adds to the fun but you can start even with an empty binder filled with paper
  • Also useful - A magnifying glass, tweezers, scissors and envelopes
What you will learn
  • Students will gain a solid initial grounding in how stamp collecting is done
  • Students will learn a lot about the world for which they are collecting stamps
  • Students will gain a great place to go to when they want to get away from the stresses of the day
Curriculum
Number of Lecture: 13
Total Duration: 00:45:02
Introduction to the World of Stamp Collecting
  • Welcome to the Fascinating World of Stamp Collecting  

    This course will teach you what I have learned about stamp collecting through my many years involved in this past-time. I'll teach you how to get started on it as a beginner - learning the basics of it so you can do the right things to get started and know what to do. Next, I will teach you more advanced methods of collecting and teach you what more mature collectors do when spending time on their collections. And, lastly, I'll teach you how you can turn this into a profitable business and make money at it if your interests lie in that direction.  


    This is a course for both children and adults, for parents wanting to get their kids into the hobby and for those serious about learning more about it - including how wise collectors earn incomes at it.

  • How Are New Stamp Issues Selected and Created?  

    Learn the process used in the USA since 1957 to bring a new stamp into public use. Even individuals such as yourself can propose a new stamp.

  • From Free and Low Cost to Expensive - It's All A Lot of Fun  

    Stamp collecting can be a great part-time for everyone. From children and beginners, to parents wanting to spend quality time with their children, to working class people wanting some relaxation and stress relief and to retirees with extra leisure time on their hands.

Stamp Collecting for the Beginner
  • The Tools of a Stamp Collector and Getting Started  

    Tools used for stamp collecting are for the most part, very inexpensive - you can get started at the hobby spending virtually nothing. And it is entirely up to you how much you want to spend on it as a hobby or even a business venture going forward.

  • Getting Used Stamps Off of Envelopes and Parcels  

    There are three primary ways that collectors remove used stamps from envelopes and parcels. Learn what they are through this lecture.

  • Stock Books  

    Stock books are one of the most useful tools available to the stamp collector and are used for a number of purposes. This is a great lecture on how to use them to help grow your collection.

  • Selecting Your Stamp Albums  

    One of the more fun aspects of collecting stamps is working with stamp albums. Watch this video to get my perspective on it along with a few tips and strategies.

More Advanced Stamp Collecting Techniques
  • Collecting Coil Stamps  

    Coil stamps are stamps issued in rolls. Find out why collectors enjoy collecting them.

  • Collecting First Day Covers  

    A First Day Cover is like a postcard that is issued by the post office on the first day that a new stamp comes into operation. These are items sought out and frequently traded by serious collectors. Find out why through this lecture.

  • Collecting Printer Proof Sheets  

    Printer Proof Sheets are rare and increase in value quickly. Find out why they are considered to be so valuable.

  • Stamp Catalogs and Researching Stamps  

    When you start getting serious about your stamp collection, it's probably time for you to get your own stamp catalog or catalogs. Learn why this is a good idea.

  • Stamp Clubs, Stamp Shows and Auctions  

    Want to really start having some fun with this? Then start attending stamp shows and auctions. They add an entirely new dimension to your collecting.

  • Can I Make Money at Collecting Stamps?  

    The bottom line answer to this question is yes. In this lecture, I explain the sorts of things that collectors do to make a positive income from this past-time.

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