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Rowan
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13 Oct 2020
06:43:36am
I have been reading and finding my way around StampoRama for a few days. Some of you will have seen some of my messages. So this is where it starts for me.

I inherited my collection and would like to sort and catalogue it using technology. My father in law was the collector and it stopped when he passed away. My interests, at present are in the history, geography and research side of things. However I have to admit its a bit addictive.

I first tried a few years ago, did my research so I could handle the stamps correctly, know some terminology, plus understand the basics. Then I got StampCat as a Dbase and started to catalogue and learn with the bags of loose stamps, before moving onto the beautiful sets and albums.

Fast forward to 2020, after several hiccups and "life" I am now trying to get back into things. StampCat is no longer supported. However finding this site has been informative.

To give you some idea of my task I will upload a some photos as the collection is extensive - whole world I think.

This is my collection - Bookcase holding all the Albums, Stamps, sets, First Day Covers and boxes, folders and more. Image Not Found

Sample pages Cyelon - Image Not Found
Sample pages India QV- Image Not Found
One of many sets:

Iran cover - Image Not Found
Sample page from Iran set - Image Not Found

As you can see I have some amazing stamps that need to be looked after properly and enjoyed. So where do I start?

Sorry this is a long post, but some guidance and suggestions from people who can understand would be truly appreciated.

Thanks
Stay Happy & Healthy
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13 Oct 2020
11:46:04am
re: Inherited Collection where to start

Check out this link to the American Philatelic Society:

https://stamps.org/learn/getting-started

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lerivage
14 Oct 2020
01:51:57am
re: Inherited Collection where to start

With such an inheritance, I see a hundred years of enjoyment in front of you. Welcome in this world.

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Speaker
14 Oct 2020
10:38:04am
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It's nice to inherit something like this. I started my collection totally from scratch many years ago, but I must say having a nice boost like this to get started is great.
Looks like a lot of the material is already organized and annotated. It looks from your photo that there is much stuff in boxes and envelopes, so that unorganized material would be your goal to get into albums, though it sounded like you did some of that already. You could then start cataloging everything, which it also sounds like you started on. I myself have not ever gotten around to putting all my material into a database; just too many other things to do. So, someone else would have to give you some advice on what to use these days in terms of software. Then, it would be time to see where you want to add anything to the collection. If, for example, you decided you like the Ceylon stamps, you would see what's missing from that collection that you would want to acquire. Depends on what you think would be fun; maybe you have so much already that adding to it is not a high priority. All this adds up to is - do what makes you happy.

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Harvey
14 Oct 2020
11:38:39am
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I also started my collection from scratch many years ago so I have never had to face the job you are facing now. My advice is, TAKE YOUR TIME! Decide which areas you would like to collect and organize these areas. Things are different now, when I started you had to buy albums and catalogs and organize that way. Now much of the work is done online - designing your own album and using on line catalogs. Each to his/her own, but I still prefer the old fashioned way. But the key is, take your time, decide what you want to collect and go from there. Good luck!!!

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14 Oct 2020
08:52:12pm
re: Inherited Collection where to start

Quote:

"My advice is, TAKE YOUR TIME!"



Precisely. It is a hobby, not a job. Relax and enjoy.
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Rowan
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16 Oct 2020
01:34:03am
re: Inherited Collection where to start

Thanks guys.
Previously I tried to catalogue and learn at teh same time, it was interesting to say the least. Now with more knowledge, I'm taking a different tack. I am looking through things to see where I want to start, plus checking as I also understand some terminology so can label things more accurately.



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