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United States/Stamps : How does one collect modern US these days?

 

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likeseverystamp

04 Jul 2015
09:17:39pm
I have been collecting since 1957, when I received the Minkus All American Stamp Album. It was simple and easy back then to maintain it. One supplement each year. A couple of years later I started with plate blocks - using White Ace album and pages. That was also easy to maintain.

Nowadays, the All American supplements come in five parts. I have given up keeping up with United Nations, US stationery and booklet panes. Plus, a vast number of new issues come in sheetlet format. And the White Ace now has separate supplements for commemorative and regular issues. The hobby has become grossly expensive and, frankly, much too time consuming.

I try to maintain my US singles and plate block collections but the problem is that I never know how much of each new issue I will need to fill in the pages in the supplements that don't get printed until months after the year ends. For instance, there is a problem with sheetlets. I have found myself needing complete sheetlets for the singles AND plate block collection, and sometimes need a single stamp to fill a spot in the Minkus album. It seems crazy to be buying 3 sheets of most every new issue. I have accumulated large amounts of mint stamps in excess of my collection's requirements and in excess of household postage needs.

QUESTION: Assuming I want to continue investing time and money in modern US collecting, how can I determine what quantity of stamps I need for each new issue in order to fill in the supplement pages? Is there a rule of thumb as to what the supplement publisher's will include? Thanks for any help.
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04 Jul 2015
10:03:49pm
re: How does one collect modern US these days?

You can subscribe to the Linns Monthly edition (if you don't want to get the weekly edition). It contains new issue listings cataloged per Scott. The new US listings are listed in the format that the Scott supplements will have them.

However, there have been many times when I want to collect the entire sheet, such as with the Jamestown, Civil War, Medal of Honor, War of 1812, Made in America, etc. issues where I need a single stamp for the album, but I also want the sheet due to the informational nature of the sheet. I have plenty of extra first class forever stamps as well.

I sell some extras to collectors. Plus, I mail alot of packages, so I don't have the problem you do with surplus postage. You can always offer them for sale here as a lot in the want ad section, auction lots and/or in approval books.

If you live in a small town, and you are in good with the postmaster, see if you can trade in some of the surplus stamps for newer ones. Also, if you know that you'll only need a single and a plate block, just buy that. If the stamp sheet is perforated (many are not), there should be no problem buying a block and single.

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04 Jul 2015
11:56:53pm
re: How does one collect modern US these days?

Anglo, in most regards to my collecting, that is true. However, I do have a high usage of blank pages and stock books for items that do not have places in the pre-printed albums. For my collection, if I didn't use pre-printed pages, it would be a nightmare.

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likeseverystamp

04 Jul 2015
09:17:39pm

I have been collecting since 1957, when I received the Minkus All American Stamp Album. It was simple and easy back then to maintain it. One supplement each year. A couple of years later I started with plate blocks - using White Ace album and pages. That was also easy to maintain.

Nowadays, the All American supplements come in five parts. I have given up keeping up with United Nations, US stationery and booklet panes. Plus, a vast number of new issues come in sheetlet format. And the White Ace now has separate supplements for commemorative and regular issues. The hobby has become grossly expensive and, frankly, much too time consuming.

I try to maintain my US singles and plate block collections but the problem is that I never know how much of each new issue I will need to fill in the pages in the supplements that don't get printed until months after the year ends. For instance, there is a problem with sheetlets. I have found myself needing complete sheetlets for the singles AND plate block collection, and sometimes need a single stamp to fill a spot in the Minkus album. It seems crazy to be buying 3 sheets of most every new issue. I have accumulated large amounts of mint stamps in excess of my collection's requirements and in excess of household postage needs.

QUESTION: Assuming I want to continue investing time and money in modern US collecting, how can I determine what quantity of stamps I need for each new issue in order to fill in the supplement pages? Is there a rule of thumb as to what the supplement publisher's will include? Thanks for any help.

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re: How does one collect modern US these days?

You can subscribe to the Linns Monthly edition (if you don't want to get the weekly edition). It contains new issue listings cataloged per Scott. The new US listings are listed in the format that the Scott supplements will have them.

However, there have been many times when I want to collect the entire sheet, such as with the Jamestown, Civil War, Medal of Honor, War of 1812, Made in America, etc. issues where I need a single stamp for the album, but I also want the sheet due to the informational nature of the sheet. I have plenty of extra first class forever stamps as well.

I sell some extras to collectors. Plus, I mail alot of packages, so I don't have the problem you do with surplus postage. You can always offer them for sale here as a lot in the want ad section, auction lots and/or in approval books.

If you live in a small town, and you are in good with the postmaster, see if you can trade in some of the surplus stamps for newer ones. Also, if you know that you'll only need a single and a plate block, just buy that. If the stamp sheet is perforated (many are not), there should be no problem buying a block and single.

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04 Jul 2015
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re: How does one collect modern US these days?

Anglo, in most regards to my collecting, that is true. However, I do have a high usage of blank pages and stock books for items that do not have places in the pre-printed albums. For my collection, if I didn't use pre-printed pages, it would be a nightmare.

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