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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Few questions from a new guy

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Baronation
21 Jan 2019
12:56:09pm
Hello, new user here with some questions.

So I collected in my teens and early twenties, and twenty years later I'm going to take it up again, only this time concentrating only on the countries that interest me most, so that's USA, UK and Eastern Europe, post 1945.

Since online trading with complete strangers wasn't a thing back 20 odd years ago, I've a few questions.

A lot of the stuff I would be looking rid off has previously been hinged, should these old hinges be removed before trading? If so, any suggestions on how to remove these?

Since I was younger, clumsier and generally more reckless as a teen/ 20something, some stuff has been hinged and moved about many times, resulting in damage to the gummed side, is this stuff now junk and should be binned, or is it of use to a collector still?

What's the best way to package items for trading? I've bought stuff on eBay that's arrived in an envelope sandwiched between two bits of cardboard, and I was happy with that. Would others?

I've a lot of stuff that's been in the attic for 20 years, what's a good way to clean this stuff up?

And....
How come I've so much stuff from UAE? Laughing

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21 Jan 2019
01:25:53pm

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re: Few questions from a new guy

Baronation,

welcome back.

used stamps: don't sweat the hinges. I usually use my tongs like a knife to slice the hinge at the hold on a page. If it's not on page, but has a hinge, just leave it.

for mint stamps, be sure to describe them as hinged; and, if appropriate, having damaged gum. Other collectors will tell you what is acceptable and what not; honest and transparent conversations about what you have and what you want is perfect.

I usually pack my stamps in glassines and tape them to the back of cardboard or manilla. the less tape, the better in my opinion.

others may have other suggestions, and since I'm primarily a cover collector, give them more sway

David

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21 Jan 2019
02:29:18pm
re: Few questions from a new guy

If shipping to rainy climates, Pacific Northwest, don't pack just in glassines but in something water proof as high humidity in mailboxes can result in stamp permanently attaching to glassine from painful experience on the reception side. Happy

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Baronation
22 Jan 2019
03:31:01pm
re: Few questions from a new guy

More questions lads,

So I've been doing some research and discovered 'cancelled to order' stamps. I've a good few of these and don't mind them myself. Are they ok to use when trading or would more serious collectors be appalled by them? If I put a trade ad up I guess the best thing would be to say that this is what I'm trading and I'm more than happy to receive other cancelled to orders in return.

Commemeratives that where part of sets. I've also a lot of lose and random commeratives from around the world, is the trading of lose commemeratives acceptable?

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22 Jan 2019
03:48:52pm
re: Few questions from a new guy

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Everything is acceptable with full & accurate descriptions.

If you are concerned about a specific venue, where you think that there are many advanced collectors who will look down their noses at you for even admitting you own CTOs (or FDCs, or mint sheets of US 3c commemoratives, or ...), why not look at what other people are selling in that venue?

Offers to sell do not guarantee that there are sales - or that the sellers are held in high regard - but its a clue.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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