Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Pg. 2

2. How To Use This Book - Pg. 4

3. Getting Started - Pg. 5

4. Categories of Collecting - Pg. 7

5. Using a Catalog - Pg. 9

6. Acquiring an Album - Pg. 10

7. Supplies You Will Need - Pg. 13

8. Watermarking - Pg. 14

9. Perforations - Pg. 15

10. Locating Hard to Find Stamps in the Catalog - Pg. 15

11. Color Identification - Pg. 16

12. Mounting/Handling Stamps - Pg. 16

13. Removing Old Paper Hinges/Stamps that Have Stuck Down - Pg. 18

14. Advanced Collector - Pg. 21

15. Forgeries, Reprints, Damaged Stamps - Pg. 23

16. Watermarking/Perforations - Pg. 24

17. Storage - Pg. 25

18. Starting Dealer/Specialization - Pg. 26

19. Beginning Dealer Full or Part Time - Pg. 28

20. Selling on Ebay - Pg. 30

21. Acquiring Stamps for Resale - Pg. 31

22. Estimating a Worldwide Collection - Pg. 35

23. Warning Buying Fakes! - Pg. 37

24. Tips on Purchasing Better Items - Pg. 51

25. Purchasing Stamps at Auction - Pg. 52

26. Purchasing Stamps from Other Dealers/Private Parties - Pg. 61

27. Qualifying a Purchase Before an Appointment - Pg. 65

28. Appraisal Procedures, Appointments - Pg. 69

29. Purchasing Postal History - Pg. 71

30. Using the Michael Catalog - Pg. 72

31. Tips on Auction Firms - Pg. 73

32. Which Auction Firm Should I Use? - Pg. 75

33. Photo Section/For the Novice to See if he/she has a Valuable Collection or Only Hobby - Pg. 78

34. Stamp Vocabulary - Pg. 86

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