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I am new here , need some info

PostPosted: 11 Jul 2009 16:46
by hibcrazy
Hi fellow collectors

I am very very new to FDC collecting , did some small time stamp collecting when I was in school , but that was it . I still have those 2 small stamp books somewhere in my old book box. My friend whom is a collector wanted me to get some stamps when I went on a business trip to Hamburg. Accidently I bumped into a stamp shop while roaming the streets of Hamburg.This shop was dedicated to selling stamps , FDC's , stamp books and related items. Bought some for my friend and some for my sons. On my second trip some time later I bought a number of first day covers and more stamps. After returning from that trip I have started buying whatever Malaysian FDC that is launched.Actually I am doing it blindly without considering its future value or anything else for the matter , I am doing it like collecting plants , just for enjoyment of looking at them when flipping through the album.

Can anyone let me know what are the other benefits of collecting stamps /FDC and are there any specific ways to evaluate
the collection that is launched by Pos Malaysia , which are the launches worth buying, which are not. How do we stamp the postal mark on the FDC. Usually the clerk manning the FDC counter in my place passes the Postal mark stamp to us for us to stamp anyway we like. Is there any specific way to stamp the mark / make cancellation on the stamp. Would really appreciate your feedbacks on this. Thanks in advance.

Till I hear from you all

Regards
Aru
Sungai Petani

Re: I am new here , need some info

PostPosted: 12 Jul 2009 08:55
by yechohsan
hibcrazy wrote:Hi fellow collectors

Can anyone let me know what are the other benefits of collecting stamps /FDC and are there any specific ways to evaluate
the collection that is launched by Pos Malaysia , which are the launches worth buying, which are not. How do we stamp the postal mark on the FDC. Usually the clerk manning the FDC counter in my place passes the Postal mark stamp to us for us to stamp anyway we like. Is there any specific way to stamp the mark / make cancellation on the stamp. Would really appreciate your feedbacks on this. Thanks in advance.

Till I hear from you all

Regards
Aru
Sungai Petani


Try to go through all the threads and posts in the forum. I am sure you will find your questions answered.

I will try to answer a few of your questions:
1. There is no specific or definite requirement of the cancellation of stamps on FDC, as long as the stamps are canceled.
2. A Malaysian Stamp catalogue lists all the stamps, FDCs with their respective prices, try to acquire a copy, it gives some indication to the value of a stamp or FDC.
3. There is no definite answer to which issues of stamps are worth buying, if you like them, just buy and collect. Many collectors are becoming selective on issues. It is up to each individual to decide .. no one is able to tell which is worth buying and which is NOT.

Re: I am new here , need some info

PostPosted: 13 Jul 2009 02:58
by stampheart
Obviously there are many reasons and ways to collect stamps, FDCs, postal history, etc.
For starters I collect these for the sheet enjoyment of the designs, the events they commemorate, the art work, etc.
If they later on turn out to be of high catalogue reason, for whatever reason - inverted watermarks, different perforations, etc. I treat that as a bonus.
If you want to collect stamps and covers for investment purposes, then that is another ball game altogether and you may need to have deep pockets to do this.

As far as some of the other benefits with stamp collecting are concerned, these are some of my personal views:

1. It keeps the mind alert when you have to check catalogues, read up on varieties and about the issues, reading the phamplets that come with the FDCs.
2. Increases your knowledge in general.
3. Helps you meet with others of like interest.
4. It is a great hobby for when it rains and you are not much of a sportman like me.
5. If you go on blogs like this you get to make friends with people from all over the world and this has other benefits if you go visit them in their respective countries.

Cheers
Andrew