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rbpuzzles
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Conquering the world one stamp at a time
07 Jul 2018
11:40:11pm
Been away from this forum for a while. Here's a short breakdown of what I've been up to:

About a year ago, me and the W moved, and we're still settling in.
Philatelicly, I've been on kind of a roller coaster. Many may remember my main collecting interest as early Spain, well that kind of ran it's course and I ran out of steam (money). So, I added Denmark and Sweden and almost a year ago I happened upon an opportunity, locally, to acquire a pretty big (to me) worldwide collection/accumulation, consisting of mostly unsorted, loose stamps. About 50 lbs worth.
This started me on my current journey of collecting worldwide stamps. I've been integrating my old Scott international album with what I bought, and mounting them on Steiner pages, which I love.

But I also love oddball, items, shades, varieties, postmarks, etc..., which aren't generally available on Steiner pages. So, I create Steiner "lookalike" pages using AlbumEasy.

It took quite a while just to get most of the stamps sorted into countries, and have spent the good part of the last 8 months or so, starting the long journey of id'ing stamps, printing pages, and mounting.

Right now, I stand at around 12,000 stamps mounted. Not a lot I realize, but I'm probably only about 10% through the collection.

I chose 32 lb, acid-free paper for my pages, clear Showgard mounts (bulk packs) for unused stamps and good ol' hinges for used.

I'm having more fun collecting now than I can ever remember.

Carry on! Just thought I'd re-introduce myself.
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angore
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Enjoying the little works of art
08 Jul 2018
06:28:28am
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Welcome back!

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08 Jul 2018
09:56:40am
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Welcome back rbpuzzles. Stamp collecting is a wonderful hobby.

Jim

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JohnnyRockets
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08 Jul 2018
06:28:27pm
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Hi RBPuzzles!

Great to meet you!

I'm a hardcore newbie, so I post a lot of questions that have probably been posted a million times before!

This group is absolutely GREAT.


JR

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AntoniusRa
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The truth is within and only you can reveal it
08 Jul 2018
08:13:19pm
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Howdy RB, long time no see. Sounds like you have finally lost it and gone WW. Hope you will find it as much fun as I have. Do you still have your Spain collection? Look forward to your postings.

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rbpuzzles
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Conquering the world one stamp at a time
09 Jul 2018
06:39:56am
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Thanks guys!

Mitch HI! - Yes and yes. Still have MOST of the Spain collection, but did wind up selling portions, and some individual items off. And yes, took the WW plunge. It's funny, I started out as a WW collector 45 years ago, migrated to specialization, and now I'm back to WW. But I believe specializing has actually helped with my WW goals as well. Probably starting this leg of my journey a bit late in my collecting life, especially if I expect any degree of completeness, but I don't care. So far it has been a godsend to my sanity while working through the everyday stresses of life. I'm finding more joy in just sitting with a batch of stamps sorting them out.
Will be attending my first stamp show next month as a WW collector, should be interesting.

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09 Jul 2018
09:14:14am
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welcome back, Richard,

another philatelic roller coaster.....

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rbpuzzles
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Conquering the world one stamp at a time
09 Jul 2018
05:21:13pm
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Roller coaster, or maybe a merry go round, It sure feels like I've come full circle.

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10 Jul 2018
08:41:54am
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and you've even used the full circle CDS for your avatar, Richard


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